If you think clear aligners might be right for you, start by visiting an orthodontist. They will create a three-dimensional image of your jaw and mouth, and devise a plan for realigning your teeth. Once that plan is ready, a series of customized plastic aligners will be created. Wearing them will put pressure on your teeth, slowly moving them into their proper places.
Clear aligners need to be switched out every one to two weeks, or per your orthodontist’s instructions. Usually, they need to be worn for up to 22 hours a day for maximum effectiveness. They can be removed when you’re eating or drinking, brushing or flossing your teeth, or cleaning your aligners.
Something to keep in mind – do not clean your aligners in very hot water. It can damage the plastic, which would in turn lead to altering the fit of your aligners. Ill-fitted aligners do not work properly and thus affect progress.
Another aspect to think about is the complexity of your orthodontic issues. The more problems you’re trying to fix, or the more complex your issues are, the longer your treatment may be.
According to studies, Invisalign is more effective for people ages 35-50 as the rate of teeth movement increases slightly in that age group. In addition, men between the ages of 50 – 70 experience a greater decline in tooth movement than women.