Most people are not born with a straight smile but can obtain one using orthodontic treatment. Unfortunately, the permanent brackets and wires that come with metal braces can easily deter patients from moving forward with treatment, especially adults.
Invisalign offers a discreet way to achieve the smile you have always wanted. The best part? It works just as efficiently and effectively as metal braces — and in less time.
How long does Invisalign take to straighten your teeth? Let’s find out!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a dental treatment that addresses minor to moderate to severe orthodontic issues using clear aligners. It is used to treat teeth that are overcrowded, crooked, or have gaps. It also works for misaligned bites, such as cross bites, underbites, overbites, open bites, etc.
Using 3D technology, images are taken of the teeth and a map is created showing what the teeth look like now — and the perfect smile you want at the end of treatment. A series of soft plastic, clear aligners are custom-created to get your teeth to where they need to be.
Each aligner will be worn for usually 1 week before moving on to the next one. And, even though they are removable, for Invisalign to work, the aligners have to be in the mouth at least 20 hours per day 7 days a week. This means you can take them out to eat and brush your teeth without having to change up your diet or routine.
How Long is Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign treatment is highly personalized — and that means the time frame is, too. However, on average, most patients will complete their treatment sometime between six months and 18 months.
Before you begin, your dentist will be able to give you a good estimate on a more accurate timeframe as it pertains to you.
Factors That Impact Invisalign Treatment
There are a few factors that can impact an Invisalign treatment timeline, including the following:
The complexity of treatment. The more complex the treatment, the longer the timeline for Invisalign.
The age of the patient. While this does not always mean shorter treatment times, the teeth of younger patients tend to move with less encouragement, reducing the amount of time needed.
Compliance with treatment. As mentioned above, Invisalign aligners must be worn to make treatment efforts effective. They should be worn for an average of 20 to 22 hours per day. Not doing this will cause a delay in the timeline or cause the treatment to fail.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will I know what my teeth will look like after Invisalign treatment?
The 3D technology used with Invisalign treatment will allow you to see what your teeth will look like when completed. You will be able to see this before your treatment even starts!
Does insurance cover Invisalign?
If your dental insurance covers orthodontic treatment, then your Invisalign treatment should be covered, at least in part. It is always a good idea to confirm your benefits before moving forward with treatment.
Learn More About Invisalign
Are you interested in finding out whether or not Invisalign is a good option for your oral health needs? At Fine Dental Care, we provide you with all the dental services you need to have a healthy, beautiful smile — plus a FREE CONSULTATION for Invisalign.