Dental Care for the Whole Family

How Long Does Invisalign® Treatment Take?

Invisalign® can be an innovative way to straighten teeth for a number of orthodontic concerns. If gapped, overcrowded, or misaligned teeth are negatively impacting your smile, Invisalign® can address these issues with clear aligners that are designed to work discreetly and effectively. This system can also correct several biting irregularities that may be affecting the functional and aesthetic aspects of your smile, including overbites, underbites, open bites, and crossbites. One of the many benefits of Invisalign® is that the removable aligners used to reposition teeth work gradually, but can often obtain the desired cosmetic outcome in less time than it would take traditional metal braces.

A question frequently raised to our cosmetic dentist, Jeffrey Schultz, DDS, is exactly how much time is required for the Invisalign® system to achieve results.  The specific duration of your treatment is typically dependent on the complexity of your case. For example, more severe overcrowding can take a longer time to correct than teeth affected by minor gaps or misalignments. While every patient has unique concerns, the average duration of treatment for many adults is generally 12 months or less. Most individuals begin to see a noticeable change after four to six weeks of wearing their aligners. Dr. Schultz can give you an estimate of your specific treatment time during a consultation.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of the Invisalign® system, we recommend wearing your clear aligners for at least 22 hours a day and removing them only for eating, brushing, and flossing. Additionally, you can minimize treatment time by switching to your next set of aligners every two weeks. Because each set provides approximately 0.25 mm of movement, wearing your aligners often and changing them as directed can decrease the likelihood of a prolonged treatment.

To learn more about the Invisalign® system, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our practice today.