Invisalign is an amazing and convenient way to discreetly straighten your teeth. The translucent—practically invisible—aligners nudge your teeth into a straighter position without any wires or metal brackets.
But how long does it take for Invisalign to work? Can you straighten your teeth in a few months, or does it take a couple of years? Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering invisible teeth straightening treatments.
First and foremost, everyone’s smile is unique. It may take longer to move some teeth because of how severely misaligned they are, whereas someone else only needs minor bite correction. The most important step in getting an estimated treatment length is to have an Invisalign provider evaluate your bite.
In most cases, you can see a virtual preview of your tooth movement (including the time required) before your first set of Invisalign trays is even ready to wear.
The length of your Invisalign treatment depends on the number of trays necessary to move your teeth. Each pair is worn for two weeks and then exchanged for the next one in the series. The systematic approach safely and gradually moves your teeth to the desired position.
During your treatment consultation, we will interpret your dental information into the Invisalign planning software. From there, we can project the prescribed tooth alignment and map out the sequence of trays required. At that point, your care plan will reflect how many trays (and time) are necessary to achieve the desired results. Depending on the individual, Invisalign treatment may take as little as 3-6 months or up to 18-24. The average case only takes about a year from start to finish.
There are specific things you can do at home to ensure your Invisalign treatment is completed on time. To avoid delayed results, be sure to:
1. Wear your trays as prescribed. Not wearing them for the appropriate amount of time each day can jeopardise how your bite responds to the aligners.
2. Keep your appointments. Periodic visits allow us to make sure your teeth are moving as they ought to and make changes in your digital care plan when needed. If you aren’t here to pick up your next sets of trays, your smile won’t progress to the next phase of therapy.
3. Never change out your trays sooner than you’re supposed to. While it may seem like you are straightening your teeth more quickly, it can actually result in relapse and delayed results.
Some types of Invisalign treatments are quicker than others. Especially those involving limited tooth movement, such as only straightening the teeth at the front of your smile.
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Dr. Manish Shah is a cosmetic dentist with a special interest in porcelain veneers, dental implants and Invisalign in Sydney. He is also a medical doctor with an expertise in sleep & craniofacial pain medicine practising at Smile Concepts.