When patients come in for Invisalign, they often ask us how long the treatment will take. This can be a hard question to answer because every patient’s teeth are different.
For some cases, such as mild crowding, treatment can be completed in as little as six months. However, more severe cases may take longer to complete.
The length of your Invisalign treatment varies depending on the complexity of your particular case. Some patients may require up to two years of treatment to achieve the desired results, while others who have minor alignment challenges can expect to finish in as little as six months or less. As you can imagine, this is a highly personal decision that should be made with the aid of a thorough consultation with a professional at your beck and call. Your doctor will likely use a combination of digital X-rays and a full mouth series of photos to develop your treatment plan. A well-designed, individualized treatment plan will maximize your chances of success and minimize the number of visits to our office. The aforementioned x-rays will also reveal any cavities that need to be repaired or extracted, and the doctor will be able to discuss your treatment options in a much more unbiased manner.
During treatment, your teeth shift into their new positions through gradual movement. This occurs on a cellular level as tissue and bone remodeling takes place. This process, called resorption, can take anywhere from nine to twelve months.
To ensure that your teeth remain straight and don’t move back to their previous positions, your orthodontist recommends wearing retainers indefinitely after treatment. These retainers are made of clear plastic and are designed to keep your teeth in their new positions as long as possible.
When you remove your aligners, it’s important to continue brushing and flossing your teeth properly. This will help remove any food that might be stuck in-between your teeth or on the surfaces of your teeth.
While you won’t have to visit the orthodontist as often, it’s still recommended to attend at least one follow-up appointment. This will give your orthodontist the chance to check your progress and make sure that your treatment is effective.
Invisalign is a popular alternative to braces for straightening teeth and delivering beautiful smiles. It uses a series of custom, removable trays to gradually mold teeth into the desired alignment.
Patients have follow-up visits with their dentist to ensure treatment is progressing according to the doctor’s plan. These visits are typically short and only take about 15 minutes
During these appointments, your dentist will check the progress of your teeth, make any adjustments needed, and dispense new aligners. You will receive a set of aligners every week or two to move your teeth closer to their ideal position.
As an Invisalign patient, you must maintain excellent oral hygiene to keep your smile healthy and avoid potential dental problems. Your regular oral care routine should include brushing and flossing each day, and scheduling regular dental exams and cleanings.
The length of treatment varies, but it can take anywhere from six months to two years. The length of treatment can be influenced by many factors, such as age, sex and complexity of the alignment problem. It also depends on the size and quality of your aligners. You may also need to wear your aligners around the clock (or at least when you’re not eating) to achieve the best results.
Regardless of your specific needs, the good news is that there’s an Invisalign solution for you. Designed to fit your unique teeth and lifestyle, Invisalign uses a specially engineered patented material that’s proven to move your teeth more precisely and more comfortably than conventional braces. The best part is you don’t have to make any drastic changes to your diet or your lifestyle, and you can remove your aligners when you want to.
What’s more, it’s available now at your local dentist.
The Invisalign technology is a state of the art, FDA-approved orthodontic system that uses clear plastic trays to straighten your teeth and correct your jawline and bite.