A fantastic way to straighten teeth without the discomfort and hassle of traditional braces is Invisalign. Of course, as with any newer method, people always wonder how long it will take to straighten the teeth. Typically, treatment with Invisalign takes twelve months for adults. Keep in mind that treatment may take a shorter or longer period of time depending on the individual being treated. More severe alignment issues will take a longer period of time to fix, while minimal changes happen quicker. Usually, people will begin to see results within three months of using the aligners.
There are three main issues that Invisalign treats, and each has varying amounts of time to wait to see results:
If the patient has a mild case of crowding, it can typically be resolved within six months. More severe crowding issues will take longer, and removing teeth or headgear may be options suggested by the orthodontist.
Small gaps can be repaired within as little as eight weeks. Gaps tend to come back if the patient fails to follow proper retention methods. A retainer will be needed to keep the gap closed after Invisalign treatment.
A typical treatment plan for straightening teeth with Invisalign varies between 12 and 24 months, depending on how much of a correction is needed. Even if you only need a minor correction, treatment can take longer if you don’t wear the aligner for 22 hours per day. Because people are different when it comes to the way their mouths are shaped, some people may have teeth that move easily, while others take a bit more coercing. There is no true way to tell how long the correction will take until you begin treatment.
Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign works quicker. The average person will only need the Invisalign aligner trays for twelve months. With traditional braces, you are making a commitment for at least two years. It is also a more convenient option than traditional braces. The aligner trays can be removed to eat and brush! Aligner trays also break less than traditional braces. With metal braces, the wires seem to snap all the time, making for discomfort until a dental appointment can be made. These breaks can delay progress.
In teenagers, treatment may take a bit longer due to the aligner trays not being worn for the recommended amount of time (22 hours daily). However, it is an ideal way for correction to take place, without hindering self-esteem at such a delicate time. Invisalign is also a great option for adults that want a better smile, without traditional metal braces. Because the trays are clear, no one will even know that you are wearing them! WIth straighter teeth, confidence seems to skyrocket
Contact your orthodontist today to see if Invisalign is the right choice for you! A consultation can be set up to determine the method, treatment plan, and anticipated results so you know exactly what is happening, and what you can expect after treatment.