How Long Does Invisalign® Treatment Take?

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Invisalign® is a great invisible alternative to metal braces, especially for adults who want to straighten their teeth as subtly as possible. One question that our patients often ask is: “How long does it take to see results with Invisalign?” The answer will make you smile!

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of clear, custom-made clear aligners that fit over your teeth and straighten them over time. They can move your teeth in any direction and even rotate crooked teeth, although this takes longer to do. Patients receive a new aligner weekly or every two weeks for gradual yet noticeable results if they wear them for 20-22 hours per day.

How Is Invisalign Different Than Metal Braces?

  • Metal braces stay on your teeth until your orthodontist removes them, while Invisalign aligners can be taken out and should not be worn when you eat or brush your teeth.
  • Biting into foods like corn on the cob and apples is OK for those with Invisalign, but those with metal braces are warned to steer clear of these because they damage your wires and brackets.
  • Brushing and flossing teeth is less complicated with Invisalign since there are no wires and brackets, but patients will need to clean their aligners daily just as they would a retainer.
  • It’s important to stay away from sticky foods with both kinds of orthodontics to prevent tooth decay, but more so with metal braces to avoid appliance damage.
  • Patients with metal braces are expected to have appointments with their orthodontist every few weeks to get any adjustments made, while Invisalign patients are required to change their aligners weekly or every two weeks in order to see results faster.

How Long Will I Have Invisalign?

As with all teeth straightening treatments, the length depends on how much correction your smile requires, but the average case takes about one year. Keep in mind that Invisalign is optimal for those with issues that include overbites, gapped teeth, underbites, teeth crowding, open bites, and crossbites. Patients that have problems with their back teeth or severely rotated teeth may not get the most straightening benefit from Invisalign and should consider metal braces.

Ask Us All Your Dental Questions!

If you’re considering Invisalign treatment, our team at Prairie Dental Group is here to answer all of your questions. Contact us to schedule a consultation today with our expert dentists.

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