How to Speed Up Invisalign Treatment

How to Speed Up Invisalign Treatment

In this week’s video, I share my top 5 tips (+ a bonus tip) for speeding up Invisalign treatment and avoiding refinements. All of these tips are from personal experience (i’m not an orthodontic professional), but I hope that you can find them useful.

– Tip #1: 2:00 Wear for 22 hours a day, EVERY DAY
– Tip #2: 6:14 Brush & floss before wearing your trays
– Tip #3: 8:05 Keep your trays clean
– Tip #4: 9:35 Be gentle with your trays
– Tip #5: 11:32 Discuss your options
– Bonus: 15:04 Don’t reschedule appointments

Aligner cleaning routines:
Cleaning your aligners (the right way):–wqU4
Updated cleaning routine:

Background music: Global – Emmit Fenn (from YouTube’s Audio Library)

63 thoughts on “How to Speed Up Invisalign Treatment”

  1. DrSimonRosenberg (The Center For High Tech Dentistry)

    Shilique, I have been delivering Invisalign treatment to my patients in NYC for almost 20 years and this video is great! it reviews all of the important issues and is incredibly motivating. Thank you. I hope to share your video with my patients, if that is ok with you! Dr. R.

    1. Shilique Clement-Sharpe

      Hello Dr. Rosenberg,
      Thank you so much for your kind words, I would be absolutely honoured to have you share my video with your patients! 😊

  2. I’m a random passerby and this is almost like taking a vow of abstention for a year.

    This is serious shit lol

  3. I have to get 3 tooth extracted and it really kinda scared me off a bit.. I hope my journey will be as smooth as yours.. 🙏 Thanks for sharing the tips 🙏

    1. Shilique Clement-Sharpe

      Sending good vibes your way, I hope everything goes smoothly for you too! 💙

  4. Coffee one sugar

    Great video. Can i afford to removed my trays for 4-6 hours for one day as I have a celebration tomorrow?

    1. Shilique Clement-Sharpe

      You most definitely can, that’s the beauty of Invisalign 😊
      Whenever I needed to have my Aligners out for longer than usual I’d always try to make up the time and wear them as much as possible in the following days.
      Hope this helps and enjoy your celebration!! 🎉

  5. Travel with Kunjal

    I am gonna start my treatment in the next couple months!! Just found your video and wanted to thank you for the tips and tricks. As per doctor, my treatment will take around 24 months, and I am definitely looking forward to be consistent in wearing them regularly and following other tips and tricks so I can finish my treatment as soon as possible! 🙂 I also plan to create video series for my entire invisalign journey so I can help others as well just like how you are doing! 🙂 Great work!! I subscribed!!

    1. Hey, have you started your treatment? I’ve just started mine and I think we would have started at the same time. How is it going for you?

    2. Travel with Kunjal

      @Valérie hey.. you are right on time to ask… today was my Day 1… i just came back from my first appointment about couple hours back 🙂 When did you start?

    3. @Travel with Kunjal Hi, I started four days ago! So we are starting this journey together.. So far so good. Although I find a bit annoying having to do all that staff before eating, taking them off, which, for the moment takes me a while, and having to clean, floss after. Also, not being able to drink tea, coffee or eat whenever I want.. I realise it’s a real change of habits and it takes discipline. But I guess, it is an opportunity to detox my body. Apart, from that, it feels a bit strange having plastic in my mouth but it’s not so bad. I’m driking water regularly to keep my mouth moist.. Maybe we can keep in touch to see how we’re doing, and give each other tips.. Sorry about my English but it’s not my first language. Good luck with your first week! Regards, from France.

    4. Travel with Kunjal

      @Valérie thank you for sharing your experience 🙂 it was great to hear all of that from you.. my food intake has reduced drastically in the last 24 hours, lol. of course, let’s be in touch and share our experiences and go through this journey together!! It feels great to know that someone started along with me and feels we are together on this journey! 🙂 are you on Instagram? we can keep in touch there, let me know and I can share my id.. good luck with your journey! 🙂

    5. @Travel with Kunjal Hi, I’m not on Instagram but on FB. Do you use it? Doing this is not going to be easy;;I’m suppose to go on a picnic with friends tomorrow and I really don’t know how I’m going to manage it, as taking these things off my mouth still takes me minutes…

    1. Shilique Clement-Sharpe

      You don’t know how happy that makes me 🥹💙 If there’s ever a question you have or a topic you’d like me to cover, definitely let me know!

  6. Agent:Tronster

    I started yesterday, the pressure feeling from the little dots on my teeth is the most uncomfortable part.

    1. Shilique Clement-Sharpe

      It’s definitely uncomfortable for the first little while, but you’ll be used to it in no time!
      Wishing you a smooth, speedy treatment! 💙

  7. Hello, I recently discovered your videos and find them to be quite informative. However, I’ve been having problems with my invisalign for a few years. It’s difficult for me to keep going and wear my invisalign for 22 hours a day. Normally, I would ignore it and not wear it at all. My orthodontist restarted my treatment after that happened, and it’s been a couple of months. I’m still having trouble wearing my invisalign aligners every day, and I should be on my 20th tray or more by now. However, I’m just on my fourth tray and was hoping to find a solution to stay motivated to wear my invisalign aligners. I also chose invisalign because my dentist said I couldn’t wear braces because of my jaw, therefore invisalign was my only option. So I’m hoping there’s a simpler method to stay motivated because I dislike brushing and flossing after each meal. Also, if I do that, I usually run out of floss or mouthwash every week or so and have to keep buying new ones.

    1. Shilique Clement-Sharpe

      Hey Rahma!

      I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling to stay motivated 😔
      Personally what kept me going was the TrayMinder app. Whenever I took my trays out the app would remind me to put them back in (it reminds you every few minutes so it’s almost impossible to forget). The app will also track your wear time and “score” you (green = good/over 22h) and that helped me because I hated seeing yellow or red on the calendar.

      Also looking at the end result on my ClinCheck and thinking about how beautiful my smile would be if I stuck with it was a huge thing for me.

      The thought of putting my Aligners back on with dirty teeth also made me feel super icky so I’d always brush and floss. If I’m being honest brushing/flossing after every meal was pretty exhausting so I’d only brush/ floss enough to where I felt my teeth were “clean enough” not the full 2 min and I found that that helped. Also trying to only eat at meal times helped because it meant less brushing/flossing. I used to water down my mouthwash as well because I’d go through it super fast.
      It sucks that your orthodontist has advised against traditional braces because it sounds like that would otherwise be a great solution for you.
      I’m going to make a community post to have people share what keeps them motivated and hopefully that will help provide some suggestions.

      Wishing you all the best as you continue your journey! You can do it 💙

    1. Shilique Clement-Sharpe

      Thank you so much! That’s so exciting, best of luck on your Invisalign journey! 💙

  8. Thank you so much for sharing! I just watched a bunch of your invisalign videos and they’re so informative! I’m wondering if you were asked to do teeth extractions at all and also if you felt like the results changed your face shape? I feel like my teeth are very similar to yours and I’m thinking of starting Invisalign 🙂 Thank you!!

    1. Shilique Clement-Sharpe

      Hey Cindy!
      Thank you so much 😊
      I technically didn’t have to do any extractions for Invisalign, but I did have my wisdom teeth removed a few months before I started my treatment (they were impacted and my teeth were crowded so I decided to get them removed).
      I do think my face shape kind of changed from my treatment, mainly my bottom jaw shifted forward when they corrected my overbite. Hope this helps! 💙

    1. Peace is Yeshua 💜✝️

      She doesn’t need veneers! Her teeth look awesome. A lot of people are getting veneers who absolutely do not need them. It’s a trend that needs to stop. 🛑

    1. Shilique Clement-Sharpe

      Thank you so much! 🥹❤️ took me tears to get the technique down and find a product that works for me and now the pro yay is discontinued 🙃
      Might do a wash n go video soon!

    1. Shilique Clement-Sharpe

      Hey Neisa! So glad to have you 🥰🇨🇦
      Also congrats on taking the first big step toward your beautiful new smile, I’m super excited for you 💙

  9. Michelle Coley

    Hi thanks for the video what’s the difference between tray minder and my Invisalign app? It also has a tracker I think

    1. Shilique Clement-Sharpe

      Hey Michelle!
      I just found that TrayMinder was more user friendly and easier to use to than the Invisalign app.

    1. Shilique Clement-Sharpe

      Congrats on starting your Invisalign journey! Don’t be too worried if you don’t see big changes right away. It took a few trays for me to really start seeing a difference. Not every tooth is being shifted with each tray, and I found that I saw the biggest difference when my really crooked teeth were being moved.

      Wishing you all the best! 💙

  10. Shania Stuart

    Hi, I just started using Invisalign. I know I should be brushing before putting the trays in after eating but I know I’m not supposed to brush my teeth until 30-60 minutes after eating to make sure I’m not brushing when my enamel is weak. What I’ve been doing is putting my trays back in after using mouthwash and then brushing 30-60 minutes after eating, is this okay?

    1. Peace is Yeshua 💜✝️

      @Shania Stuart
      Yes!! 😂 I actually started Keto and intermittent fasting a few months before I started Invisalign, so it worked out! I’m a very slow eater, but with only two meals a day, I’m thankfully finding it easy to do 21+ hours a day of wear time! I *try* to only have them out for no more than an hour each time.

      Before/while I eat dinner, after brushing my aligners with soap, I run my aligners in an ultrasonic cleaner for five minutes with some hydrogen peroxide. Then after dinner I floss, use my WaterPik, then brush and put them back in.

      I hope your journey goes really well! I have 20 trays, but I see small, black triangles in my ClinCheck at the end, so it looks like I’ll need refinements. 🤪 Oh well! It’ll be worth it in the end! 🦷✨

    2. @Peace is Yeshua 💜✝️ I eat so slowly 🥲 it takes me 30 minutes minimum to eat a bowl of instant ramen, I try my best to get 22+ hours each day but about a third of the time I’m only getting 21+, , I have 38 trays so it’s going to be a while for me 😂 I hope everything goes well with your trays as well!

    3. Peace is Yeshua 💜✝️

      @Shania Stuart
      I’m the same! I don’t know anyone who eats as slowly as me except for my sister. Everyone is *always* waiting for us. 😂 I definitely don’t want to eat quickly either, as that’s not healthy. However, I do think 21+ hours is still excellent! My Ortho is a Diamond or whatever it’s called, LOL, top provider, and they’re written info I received says to wear 18+ hours a day is all, *but* I’m also to wear each tray for 2 weeks, so maybe that’s why they say 18. I go back for my first checkup in 2 months, and I’ll wonder if they’ll move me to 10 days.

      But yes, eating slowly, then not wanting to brush right after, then tooth & tray hygiene, then the 5-10 minutes it takes me to put them back “in,” LOL, I doubt I’ll make 22 hours too many days!

      Oh! I also sweeten my green matcha or hot chocolate with erythritol and stevia, and erythritol is actually good for your teeth! I “do” drink my drink faster than I used to, but I give myself about 20 minutes to drink it, and then I feel safe to brush.

      I use the Tray Minder app, and it lets me know when 30 minutes have passed, the 45, then an hour.

      Those 38 trays will go by quickly for you! I enjoy looking at my ClinCheck in the Invisalign app—it’s motivating to see the end result, although, I think I’ll need refinements based the end results, LOL. We’ll get there!! 😊

    4. @Peace is Yeshua 💜✝️ No one in my family eats as slowly as me and I also don’t want to eat quickly as if I eat too much I get digestive issues so I have to give my body time to tell me I’ve had enough. I’m wearing each tray only for a week, at least for the first 3 months, hopefully my teeth are progressing has expected!

    5. Peace is Yeshua 💜✝️

      @Shania Stuart
      Aww, I hope so!! I’m sure so long as you’re getting in at least 21 hours a day that you’ll be fine! I think just two meals really helps because that also means we’re spending less time taking them in/out and brushing/flossing!! 😅

      I love that we are both two very slow eaters and we both bumped into each other on YouTube when we got started!! 😂

      One idea too would be a smoothie that you could just quickly drink down for one meal. So long as it has enough fat, it should sustain you for several hours. 💕

    1. Shilique Clement-Sharpe

      Oh my! I haven’t really heard much about byte, so you have an orthodontist that you can check in with or anything like that?
      Fingers crossed you’re done soon and have amazing results! 💙

    1. Shilique Clement-Sharpe

      Honestly the more you talk the faster you get used to them. I used to get a bit of a lisp for the first few hours when I started wearing a new tray, but it would go away quickly 😋

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