Most people know all about Invisalign these days. They’ve seen the commercials and magazine ads, they have friends who have used the system to straighten their teeth, and they know exactly what clear aligners are and how they work. However, before beginning treatment, some patients still have questions regarding Invisalign, including “How long does Invisalign take to straighten your teeth?” You may expect a simple answer, but the truth is a little more complicated.
Average Invisalign Treatment Time
The average treatment time for most patients, according to the Invisalign website, is 12 to 18 months. Because this is an average, some patients may achieve their results in less than a year, while others may take longer than 18 months. Still, the vast majority of patients complete their Invisalign treatment within this time frame.
The predictability of Invisalign is a significant benefit of the system. Because your dentist plans the precise movements of each of your teeth, we know exactly how many sets of aligners you’ll need throughout your treatment. This means we can also predict the amount of time you’ll need for Invisalign because each set of aligners is worn for roughly two weeks.
Understanding Your Orthodontic Needs
The severity of your orthodontic case is the biggest determining factor in how long you’ll need to wear aligners. Naturally, if you have more complicated orthodontic issues, you’ll need longer Invisalign treatment, just as you would with traditional metal braces.
If you’re an adult who is interested in Invisalign to address minor orthodontic relapse caused by not wearing a retainer after having braces as a teen, it’s common to need less than a year of aligner therapy. On the other hand, if you’ve never had orthodontic treatment and need to correct significant bite problems and tooth misalignments, you could need to wear aligners for up to 18 months.
Compliance With Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign is highly predictable compared to many other dental treatments, but one thing we can’t predict is your compliance with the system. Because braces are affixed to your teeth, they work all the time, whereas Invisalign aligners only work while you wear them. Wearing your aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day is recommended by Invisalign, however we suggest that you only take them out to eat, brush, and floss. Every two weeks, or as directed, you’ll move to a new pair of aligners.
You’ll lengthen your treatment time if you take out your aligners frequently and leave them out for hours or even days. You may think that continuing to switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks will accomplish the same outcome regardless of whether you wear them for at least 20 hours a day, but this can cause serious dental issues.
Learn More About Invisalign
Are you wondering how long it will take to straighten your teeth with Invisalign? During your consultation, we can provide you with an estimated timeline. Contact us today at 201-337-7733 to schedule an appointment.