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The Power of 22: The Importance of Wearing Your Invisalign Aligners 22 Hours Every Day

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In modern dentistry and orthodontics, patients are not limited to their options for achieving a straight and properly aligned smile. Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma and the team at Lake Chaparral Dental Care in Calgary, Alberta, offer an excellent alternative to traditional braces in the form of Invisalign clear aligners. With Invisalign, patients are offered the flexibility and comfort of clear, plastic aligners as an alternative to metal braces, which can be restrictive and uncomfortable. However, for Invisalign to work properly, you need to wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, without fail, for the duration of your treatment. Let’s take a look at why this is.

Consistency and Efficiency

Invisalign clear aligners apply gentle, continuous pressure to your teeth to gradually shift them into their proper position and alignment. The only way to make this a reality is to wear your aligners for the recommended 20 to 22 hours daily. This will ensure your teeth receive consistent pressure, promoting effective and predictable tooth movement.

The prescribed wear time is strategically designed to maximize treatment efficiency. Failure to meet this requirement may slow progress, extend the overall treatment duration, and potentially compromise the final outcome.

Minimize Discomfort 

Ensuring you wear your aligners consistently will not only accelerate the transformation of your smile but will also minimize potential discomfort associated with the adjustment process. Irregular wear can lead to unnecessary shifts and adjustments each time you put your aligners back in, causing discomfort and potential setbacks in your treatment plan.

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Important For Complex Issues

Wearing your Invisalign aligners for the recommended 20- to 22-hour duration is especially critical if you have complex alignment issues. The aligners are custom-made to address specific tooth movements, and sticking to the prescribed wear time ensures that these movements are executed as planned, addressing even the most intricate dental challenges.

Maintaining Oral Health

Invisalign aligners are easy to remove when you need to eat or perform your oral hygiene regimen. But you should always remember to put them back on immediately after. This habit ensures that your teeth are consistently guided into the correct position, reducing the risk of relapse or the need for additional refinement after treatment.

Learn More About Invisalign!

If you are ready to learn more about Invisalign, please contact Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma to schedule an appointment at our Calgary, AB office by calling (403) 768-2271 or visiting our website at www.lcdcare.ca.

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Dr. Palka Sawhney Sharma, a graduate from the University of Alberta Neuroscience program, received Dental training at University of Alberta in Edmonton and went on to complete a two-year residency at Albert Einstein Medical Centre in Philadelphia, PA (United States). While at Albert Einstein Medical Centre she served as chief resident for a year. In this prestigious program, she took additional training in implantology, oral surgery, cosmetic services, and general dentistry.

Dr. Jay's passion for dentistry began in middle school when she selected the topic "teeth whitening agents" for a science fair competition. She considered dentists as artists who could improve smiles, increase confidence, and create beneficial changes in people's lives from an early age.

Dr. Jay pursued her passion of becoming a dentist in Gold Coast, Australia, where she earned a Master of Dentistry degree from Griffith University. Her enthusiasm for dentistry and sympathetic attitude drives her to make your dental visit as peaceful and comfortable as possible.

She enjoys educating patients about the significance of oral health and is dedicated to expanding her knowledge of the most recent dental innovations to provide outstanding care to her patients. Dr. Jay finds it tremendously satisfying to alleviate dental anxiety while ensuring your trust is always in excellent hands.

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