Are you eager to straighten your smile? The good news is that you no longer need to spend your entire orthodontic treatment with a mouthful of metal brackets and wires. Instead, you have the option of Invisalign. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gently shift your teeth into their aligned positions. There are all sorts of benefits of the treatment, but how long can you expect it to take place? Continue reading to learn which factors play a role and some steps you can take to finish your treatment as soon as you can.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
Everyone is different, so each person’s teeth move at a different pace. While the average time needed to complete Invisalign is approximately 12 months, there are all sorts of factors that can impact the length of your treatment. Here are some things that can alter your treatment time:
- Severe Alignment Problems: Some individuals require more in-depth changes to achieve the final goal. When you have issues related to the teeth and jaw, it may take additional time to complete your treatment.
- Overcrowding: Mild crowding of the teeth may only take six months or so, but if you have more severe overcrowding, you could be looking at additional time.
- Gaps: If you have large gaps between the teeth, treatment will likely take longer. This is because the teeth ultimately need to move further.
How Can You Speed Up Your Treatment?
While Invisalign cannot be rushed, there are some steps you can take to increase the likelihood of everything going smoothly and as planned:
- Always Wear Your Aligners: In most cases, when a treatment doesn’t go as expected, it’s because the patient didn’t wear their aligners as often as they should have. Be sure that you are always wearing your aligners for 22 hours each day. Only take them out to eat, drink, and clean your teeth.
- Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene: If you need to get other dental work done in the midst of treatment due to poor oral hygiene, this could get in the way of your Invisalign treatment. Always brush and floss before putting your aligners in, even if you only had a small snack.
- Attend Your Appointments: You have occasional appointments during Invisalign treatment to ensure that everything is going as planned. This way, if there are any issues, adjustments can be made to keep you on track.
When it comes to Invisalign, patience is key. By utilizing the tips listed above, you will have the beautiful results you’re looking for before you know it!
About the Author
Dr. Gordon Barfield earned his dental doctorate from the University of North Carolina before completing an Advanced General Dentistry Residency with the US Air Force. He then served as the Staff Comprehensive Dentist at Barksdale Airforce Base before returning home to practice family and esthetic dentistry for 16 years. Later, he completed his Residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at the University of Nevada. Currently, he is a proud member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Georgia Dental Association, and Seattle Study Club. To learn more about Invisalign, or to schedule a consultation at his office in Marietta, visit his website or call (770) 939-1280.