Nighttime clear aligners straighten teeth while you sleep. They’re comfortable and don’t get in the way of eating, brushing your teeth — or cramp your trendy style.
Right now, patients can choose from both day and nighttime aligners. Orthodontists recommend patients who need longer teeth-straightening treatments opt for daytime aligners; nighttime aligners are only worn for 10 hours in a 24-hour period, so most people opt for these for less severe teeth straightening issues.
All-day aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours in a 24-hour period; wearing the aligners for less time will prolong treatment times and possibly not straighten teeth much at all.
Nighttime aligners work the same as traditional braces and (more similarly) as all-day aligners. They straighten your teeth over the course of a few months. The biggest difference is that they do so while you sleep. Similar to that nighttime retainer you had back in middle school, nighttime aligners do all the heavy lifting after dark.
Nighttime clear aligners are easier to wear and more convenient than most all-day aligners. At-home nighttime aligners are:
Most nighttime aligners need to be worn for 10 hours a day — minimum. They should never be worn when you’re brushing your teeth, eating, or drinking.