Invisalign treatment requires 22 out of 24 hours of wear per day. That only time the Invisalign aligners should be out of your mouth is when you are eating, drinking anything but water, and brushing your teeth. That means that Invisalign must be worn during the overnight hours to procure proper teeth positioning. Sleeping with a foreign device in your mouth may seem awkward at first, but before you know it, it will become perfectly natural, and you will drift off to sleep as easily as you did before you started your teeth straightening regime.
For the first few nights, as your device settles perfectly into place, your mouth may remain slightly open while sleeping, and you may notice an increase in nighttime salivating/ drooling.To help alleviate this, Dr. Weber recommends to sleep facing upward, with head elevated. It is also a good idea to keep a glass of water by your bedside to combat any dry mouth you might experience as a result of your mouth being slightly ajar.
The increased nighttime drooling and initial discomfort are minor inconveniences in the grand scheme of things, and the amazing smile you achieve with Invisalign will make it all worthwhile in the end. In addition to allowing for optimal straightening, wearing your Invisalign braces at night will also provide a barrier between teeth, protecting them from destructive nightly grinding. This protective feature adds an additional benefit over metal braces.
Considering Invisalign? Schedule an appointment with Kansas City orthodontist Dr. Ashlee Weber, for an effortless transformation of your smile.
At Weber Orthodontics, we care about your kids’ health, and want their first dental experiences to be good ones. We offer traditional, clear, and Invisalign braces. Contact our office by phone (816) 746-1200 or complete our appointment request form to schedule an appointment.