How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?
- Posted on: Dec 20 2018
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that involves wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that straighten your teeth over time. They’re made of flexible plastic and give you freedom from brackets, wires, and off-limit foods.
What does Invisalign involve?
Before you and your dentist decide whether Invisalign is a good option for you, you’ll receive a thorough evaluation. Your dentist will check your overall oral health and talk with you about your dental concerns and what you’d like your treatment to achieve. He or she will then determine whether Invisalign would be appropriate for you.
If Invisalign is right for you, digital measurements will be taken of your teeth. This information is sent to a lab, where a custom-made set of alignment trays will be created.
You’ll see your dentist again when your aligners are ready, and you’ll receive instructions on how to care for them. They’ll need to be worn about 20 to 22 hours a day and can be taken out to eat, brush, or floss. You’ll receive a new set of aligners every few weeks as your teeth are slowly moved into the desired position.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The length of Invisalign treatment varies from patient to patient. It depends on factors such as how often you wear your aligners and how complicated your case is.
In general, teenagers usually need to wear Invisalign for about a year, and adult may need to wear the aligners for up to two years. Your dentist can give you specific information about how long your treatment is expected to last.
Who makes a good candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign can be appropriate to treat a large number of cosmetic dental issues, including the following:
- Misaligned teeth
- Spaces between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Under bite
- Overcrowded teeth
If you’d like to find out whether Invisalign is the right option for you, and if so, how long treatment will take, make an appointment today for a consultation with a dentist at one of Concerned Dental Care’s many locations throughout NY. We also accept walk-in patients if you find that more convenient.