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How Long Does It Take for Invisalign to Straighten Teeth?

March 26, 2022
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“How long will I need Invisalign treatment?” 

It’s one of the most commonly asked questions by patients considering aligner therapy. Our response to this question isn't as simple as you would think because there are many variables at play, some of which are obvious and others that you might not even think about. 

Here's what you need to know about Invisalign treatment time.

Average Invisalign Treatment Time

The average treatment time for Invisalign is 6-9 months. While this is typical for most patients, there are situations in which you may need treatment longer than 1 year.,  

The predictability of Invisalign treatment is one of its key advantages compared with braces. We will be able to give you an estimated treatment timeline when you come in for your consultation since the movements of your teeth are carefully planned by your dentist.

Your Orthodontic Case

The extent of your crowding, spacing, and bite problems is the most important deciding factor when it comes to the duration of your Invisalign treatment.

Adults who had braces as teenagers and later suffered orthodontic relapse (teeth shifting after braces when retainers aren’t worn as directed) often benefit from Invisalign. These patients may only need a few months of aligner therapy to correct slightly crowded and misaligned teeth. A patient with a severe overbite or underbite, as well as crowding or misalignments, may require Invisalign treatment for more than 12 months.

These factors are all accounted for when we create your unique treatment plan. That said, there are certain variables that we can’t plan for.

Compliance With Invisalign Treatment

We'll send you home with detailed instructions on how to use your Invisalign aligners when you pick them up from our office. Wearing aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day is recommended by Invisalign, but wearing them all the time except when eating, drinking anything other than water, brushing, or flossing, is even better. Unlike standard braces, which are permanently attached to your teeth and work around the clock to improve your smile and bite, Invisalign aligners only work while you wear them. Maximizing the amount of time you wear them each day can go a long way when it comes to keeping your treatment on track.

If you take your aligners out often and for long periods of time, your treatment will not progress properly.

Learn More About Invisalign

If you'd like to learn more about whether Invisalign is right for you, contact us today at 212-269-6655 to schedule a consultation at our Wall Street dental practice in NYC.

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