How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The length of a patient's Invisalign treatment varies greatly with the complexity of their case. Patients needing only minor movement may complete their treatment in 6 months or less, while patients who need a lot of tooth movement may require up to 18 months of treatment. Each Invisalign treatment is individualized to your needs. During your treatment period you will need to visit our office about once a month to make sure your Invisalign aligners are fitting properly.
Importance of wearing your aligners
Additionally, Invisalign can only move your teeth properly when you wear your aligners as instructed. It is important that you wear your retainers at all times except for eating, drinking beverages other than water, and brushing your teeth. This should total about 22 hours a day. This means if your aligners are not worn at all other times, it may prolong your treatment. While there may be slight discomfort when moving from one aligner to another, just as there are with regular braces, the majority of the time Invisalign aligners are extremely comfortable, which will make it easy to ensure you wear them as much as possible.
Your Invisalign Retainer
At the end of treatment, it is important to always wear your retainer at night when sleeping. Your retainer will ensure your teeth stay in the proper place and do not shift following your treatment.
If you are interested in Invisalign, call our Elma, NY dental office today for a personalized consultation. At your consultation, we will do a thorough evaluation and take any necessary x-rays to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. If together we determine that Invisalign is a good fit for you, we will be able to give you a better estimate of your timeframe for wearing Invisalign and we can get you on the path to a beautiful smile!