How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth?
Posted on 03/04/2022

Invisalign is high tech, innovative way to straighten teeth. It is extremely popular for its ease of use, and invisible appearance, which allows adults and adolescents to enjoy the results they would get from braces treatment, without changing their diet and appearance. Dr. Lauren Windhorst has guided countless patients through Invisalign treatment at Choice Orthodontics in Saint Joseph, MO. So how long does Invisalign take to straighten teeth? That can depend on a few different factors.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign uses a series of custom-made clear aligners to gradually change the position of your teeth. Invisalign is suitable for treating a range of orthodontic issues including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and spacing issues. The complexity of your case may affect how long your treatment takes. Very complex cases may require the use of palatal expanders before Invisalign or may be better treated with traditional braces.

Typical Treatment Time

Invisalign treatment is generally completed in a year. Some cases take a little longer, and some patients achieve the final result in as few as 6 months. The orthodontist will use imaging technology to create a 3d model of your teeth, which will be used to predict your final results and craft your set of aligners. Patients progress to a new set of clear aligners every week, mild cases requiring as few as 5 sets, and complex cases needing as many as 52 sets.

Tips to Speed Up Invisalign Treatment

No matter how complex your case, there are a few things you can do to speed up your treatment.

  • Always wear aligners for the required 22 hours a day
  • Attend all scheduled orthodontist appointments to stay on track with new aligners
  • Use ortho chews to ensure a tight fit when you switch to new aligners
  • Prevent complications by practicing careful dental hygiene

Contact Your Orthodontist Today

If you’re ready to get started with Invisalign treatment, contact us at Choice Orthodontics and request an appointment. Don’t wait any longer to see the beautiful results orthodontic treatment can provide. With Invisalign, results are visible in just 10 weeks. Compare treatment options and learn about the different types of braces, or read our patient testimonials to see why Choice Orthodontics is a trusted Saint Joseph family orthodontist.