How Long Does It Take for Invisalign to Work?

How Long Does It Take for Invisalign to Work

Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment using clear aligners that are nearly invisible. Many people like it because it’s hard to see them, and you can take them out when you eat. But the question is, how long does it take for Invisalign to work?

The time it takes to straighten teeth with Invisalign varies. Simple cases can take as little as six months, but typically it’s 12 to 18 months. For more complex cases like crowded teeth, it might take up to 24 months. If Invisalign can’t fix severe crowding, braces might be recommended by the orthodontist. Treatment time depends on individual mouth differences.


Why Does the Invisalign Treatment Length Vary So Much?

Every case is different, so Elite Dental and Orthodontics will estimate how long your treatment will last. The time it takes for Invisalign treatment depends on a few factors:

  • The amount of movement your teeth need: The more movement required, the longer the treatment.
  • The complexity of your case: If your case is more complicated, it will take longer to complete the treatment.
  • Your compliance with wearing Invisalign: You need to wear the aligners for 22 hours a day. If you don’t, the treatment will be slower and less effective.

During your first appointment, Elite Dental and Orthodontics will give you an estimate of the treatment time. They’ll create a plan and recommend the best treatments. Following their estimate should lead to similar results.

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How Long Does Invisalign Take to Close a Gap?

Invisalign can help close gaps between teeth, but it has limits. It can close a gap up to 6mm, and smaller gaps might need less time. However, Invisalign won’t close a gap if the total gap on either the top or bottom row is more than 6mm.

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Align Crowded Teeth?

Invisalign can treat mild crowding in as little as six to twelve months. The longer it takes to treat crowded teeth, the more severe they are. Invisalign might not be the right treatment for severe crowding. Elite Dental and Orthodontics will give you their professional opinion. They may recommend Invisalign in conjunction with other treatments or that you do not use Invisalign.

How Long Does It Take to Straighten Teeth for Adults with Invisalign?

Invisalign treatment time for adults isn’t necessarily longer than for children or teens. Age doesn’t play a role. Each person’s mouth is unique. Some people’s teeth move faster, while others take longer.

Recommended Daily Time for Wearing Invisalign

Many patients choose Invisalign because they can remove the retainers, unlike standard metal braces. However, it’s important to know that Invisalign trays need to be worn 22-23 hours a day to work effectively. They should only be taken out for eating, brushing, and drinking.

Invisalign is a great choice for those who can stick to wearing their retainers for most of the day. If not, other orthodontic treatments might be more suitable.

How Can You Shorten Your Treatment Period?

To make sure you get the most out of your clear aligner treatment, follow these tips:

First, listen to the instructions from Elite Dental and Orthodontics. If they say to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day, do so. You might feel a bit tender in your teeth and jaws at first, but this is normal as your teeth are adjusting.

Second, take good care of your aligners. Let Elite Dental and Orthodontics know if one cracks so they can replace it. Also, remove any food or plaque stuck to the aligners. Deep-clean them at least twice a month to keep them working well and maintain oral health.

If you’re planning to travel, make sure you change your aligners at the right time.

Remember, you can use a monitoring app to scan your teeth. This helps Elite Dental and Orthodontics track your progress, and you might progress faster through your aligners if your teeth are moving quickly.

Overall, the shorter your treatment, whether with Invisalign® or metal braces, the better.

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What Is Your Role in the Process?

Your treatment will be overseen by an orthodontic specialist. Once it begins, it’s up to you to follow the plan provided by Elite Dental and Orthodontics for the best results.

You’ll need to wear aligners for about 22 hours every day.

You can take them out briefly for eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. Not following your dentist’s instructions can affect how quickly aligners like Invisalign® work and may increase the overall treatment time.


What to Be Aware of with Clear Aligners

Invisalign’s clear aligners are appealing because they’re almost invisible. You have to be very close to notice them; from afar or in pictures, they’re hardly noticeable.

One advantage of Invisalign is that it doesn’t restrict your diet. Unlike traditional braces, which limit you from eating sticky, crunchy, or hard foods to avoid damaging the brackets or wires, you can eat anything with Invisalign because you remove the aligners before eating. However, remember to brush your teeth after eating. If you put back your aligners without brushing, you risk decay or the Invisalign not working as well.


Contact an Orthodontist to Get a Personalized Treatment Plan

Some patients don’t realize that Invisalign may not deliver the same results as braces. While it’s a good choice for some, every case is unique. It’s important to explore all your options before deciding on the right treatment for you. To find out if Invisalign is suitable, schedule an appointment with a qualified orthodontist. They’ll give you all the information you need.

Call (310) 641-8890 to book an appointment with Elite Dental and Orthodontics.

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