How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth?

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth?

Team Invisalign

Planning for your new smile with Invisalign can be exciting. Of course, you want to complete your treatment as quickly as possible. Here’s a closer look at how long treatment typically takes, and ways you can support the transformation to the new you!

The Average Length of Treatment

On average, treatment with Invisalign takes 12 to 18 months. However, everyone’s experience is unique. More complex cases can take longer, and simple corrections can be quicker. Some people may complete their treatment in as little as 6 months.

Regardless of your total treatment time, you can expect to start seeing results in a matter of weeks!

You Play an Important Role!

As you probably know, Invisalign works by wearing invisible aligners, which gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. In order to achieve your new smile, you change to a new set of aligners in accordance with your doctor’s instructions – usually every 1 to 2 weeks.

A great feature of Invisalign is that you can take the aligners out to eat, drink, or brush your teeth. It’s important to remember to put them back on when you’re done and wear them for 20 to 22 hours each day. Otherwise, you can fall behind on your schedule and delay completion of your treatment.

Your dedication to following instructions can help you reach your goals!

How Else Can You Stay on Track?

Just as you need to wear your aligners for the instructed number of hours each day, it’s also important to change to new sets of aligners in accordance with your doctor’s instructions. It can be a little uncomfortable when you first switch to a new set. This is because they are putting pressure on your teeth. It means that the treatment is working!

Also, be sure to attend your regular appointments with your doctor. This provides a way for your doctor to monitor your progress. It’s also a great time for you to ask questions along the way.

Is Treatment Time Similar with Traditional Braces?

Both Invisalign and traditional braces are effective at moving teeth. The best way to compare the two options is to talk with your orthodontic specialist. Treatment times can be impacted by factors such as the complexity of your case and your compliance with your doctor’s instructions if you use Invisalign. Because of this, it can be hard to say if one is better or faster than another. What’s most important is that you find an option that works best for you.

Be Patient – It’s Worth the Wait!

Completing Invisalign treatment takes patience and dedication, but it’s worth it to have a beautiful smile for a lifetime. Not only can a new smile with Invisalign help boost your self-esteem, but straight teeth are also easier to keep clean and healthy.

Want to learn more?

If you’d like to schedule an appointment for a consultation to learn more about Invisalign, contact us today at 314-432-5544.