The term “tracking” refers to a proper fit of your Invisalign aligners. Good tracking means that your aligners are closely following the shapes of your teeth, and are moving them properly. But poor tracking means your aligners might be loose, not fitting over one or more teeth, or may not be moving your teeth properly.
Are your Invisalign trays tracking properly? Wondering what you should do to ensure the best possible treatment results? Here are a few tips and options to consider from the team at Scarsdale Smiles:
Chewies are soft, tube-shaped devices that are given to you at the start of your Invisalign treatment. By chewing them whenever you replace your aligners in your mouth, you can ensure that your aligners are seated properly.
When you chew an Invisalign chewie, this helps push your aligners onto your teeth. This is particularly important when you first switch to a new set of aligners. Not only that, but chewies also help relieve pressure on your teeth and make your aligners more comfortable.
20 hours is the bare minimum that you should wear your aligners per day. Ideally, you should wear your aligners for 22+ hours per day. Take them out only to brush and floss, and to eat and drink.
If you have not been diligent about wearing your aligners properly, your treatment will fall behind, and your aligners will stop tracking properly, leading to poor overall results. Your dentist may need to revise your treatment plan accordingly, which will delay your treatment further.
Don’t do this without talking to your dentist first. “Backtracking” means that you’ll switch to your previous Invisalign aligner, and wear it for a week or two to ensure that your teeth are properly aligned.
If you have only minor tracking issues, this may be enough to get your treatment back on track. You may need to schedule a consultation with your dentist to get their input and find out if backtracking is a good option for you.
Wondering whether Invisalign is right for you? Worried about not tracking properly? The best way to learn more about Invisalign is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cox at Scarsdale Smiles. Dr. Cox is an experienced Invisalign provider. Contact us at (914) 723-1186, or stop by our office at 2 Overhill Road, Suite 230, Scarsdale, NY 10583.