Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment designed to straighten the teeth and align the bite. Though it has been around since the late 1990s, it is the latest technology in orthodontic treatment. It was invented as an alternative to braces, providing similar treatment through a more discreet method.
If you’re considering Invisalign treatment, you probably have some questions, such as how long does Invisalign take to straighten teeth? Here’s what you can expect.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign consists of a series of clear plastic trays, called aligners, that fit over your teeth. Each aligner is slightly different from the last in order to gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment. You wear each aligner for 1 week, then switch to the next aligner in order. Once you have progressed through the entire set of aligners, your teeth should be in the desired position.
What Can Invisalign Do?
Invisalign can straighten crooked teeth, close gaps between the teeth, alleviate crowding, and help the upper and lower teeth meet together properly. It is ideal for mild to moderate orthodontic cases.
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?
Invisalign can take anywhere from 4 to 18 months to straighten your teeth. The actual length of your treatment depends on a variety of factors
Factors That Affect Invisalign Treatment Time
The following factors will determine how long your Invisalign treatment will take:
- The severity of your case. The extent of the orthodontic corrections that need to be made will determine how long your treatment will take. The further your teeth need to move from their original position the longer it will take to achieve the desired results.
- How much you wear your aligners. You will be instructed to wear your aligners for 20 – 22 hours a day, only taking them out to eat and clean your teeth. The more you wear your aligners, the sooner your teeth will shift into the proper position.
- Keeping track of your aligners. It is important that you keep up with your aligners. Only store them in the case provided to prevent loss or damage. When you lose an aligner it will take a few weeks for us to order a new one for you, which will delay your progress.
- Your age. The adolescent years are ideal for Invisalign treatment because the teeth are easier to move when you are still growing. Adult treatment can take longer because the teeth are more set in place and are more difficult to move.
How Does Invisalign Compare to Braces?
On average, Invisalign takes less time than braces to straighten teeth. Braces treatment typically takes between 1 and 3 years, where Invisalign treatment is often less than a year and no more than a year and a half. The primary reason for this is that patients who are eligible for Invisalign treatment have milder cases. There are some orthodontic conditions that Invisalign can’t treat, which will most likely require braces and may take longer to correct. Another reason it can be quicker is you are given multiple sets of aligners to switch weekly at home. You don’t have to wait for your next orthodontic “adjustment” appointment to get things moving again.
Benefits of Invisalign
Besides a shorter treatment time, Invisalign has many other benefits:
- Discreet. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible on your teeth. They are clear and fit snugly to your teeth so that they are difficult to detect.
- Comfortable. The aligners are made of smooth, flexible plastic that gently shifts the teeth and won’t irritate the soft tissues of your mouth.
- Convenient. The aligners are removable, meaning you can take them out to eat and clean your teeth. There are no food restrictions and no special brushing and flossing tools or techniques required.
Creekview Dental Provides Invisalign
If you’re in need of orthodontic treatment or you simply want to improve your smile, Creekview Dental provides Invisalign treatment for teens and adults. After a brief, free evaluation we can give you a general estimate of how long Invisalign treatment will take to straighten your teeth.
Call 651-738-8204 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.