How Long Does Invisalign Take?
If you are ready to do something about misaligned teeth, but feel reluctant to undergo treatment with metal braces, you are probably wondering: How long does Invisalign take? The Invisalign treatment timeline can vary significantly because each patient has his or her own unique needs. The average treatment timeline is 12 to 18 months. After an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Frank Avason at Avason Family Dentistry, in Denver, NC, you can gain a better idea of how long your personalized treatment plan will take. For now, we invite you to learn more about the variables involved.
Factors That Can Affect Your Treatment Timeline
There are several different factors that can directly influence the length of your Invisalign treatment:
- Age: In general, teeth are much easier to move in younger patients. While adults can still enjoy the full benefits of Invisalign, treatment may take longer.
- Amount of correction needed: The greater the amount of correction you need, the longer you can expect your treatment to take.
- Size of teeth to be moved: The length of Invisalign treatment can also be influenced by the size of the affected teeth. For example, a single-root tooth can be aligned more quickly than a tooth with multiple roots.
- Patient compliance: One of the most important factors is the patient's ability to follow guidelines. To be effective, your aligners must be worn exactly as directed by your doctor. Those who fail to follow these guidelines will require longer treatment times. You must take care to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day and begin wearing the next aligner in the series as directed.
Invisalign treatment is often faster than treatment using traditional metal braces. However, it is important to understand that your case may be better suited to traditional braces, which are capable of correcting severe misalignment. Dr. Avason is committed to helping patients achieve the very best possible outcomes of this and other treatments, and will only recommend Invisalign if he believes it can help you. If your concerns are purely cosmetic, you may qualify for Six Month Smiles, an accelerated treatment.
The average treatment timeline is 12 to 18 months.
How Long Do You Have to Wear Retainers After Treatment?
For several months immediately after treatment, patients will need to wear their retainers at all times, except during meals. Afterward, patients may be able to switch
There are many different types of retainers available. During your consultation, Dr. Avason can help you choose an option that fits your lifestyle and needs.
Avason Family Dentistry
If you are considering Invisalign, schedule a visit at our practice. During an evaluation, we can assess your candidacy for Invisalign. If this treatment is right for you, we can let you know about how long your treatment will take based on your goals and the condition of your smile. Give us a call at (704) 820-9797 or contact us online anytime.
“Your smile is one of the first things someone notices about you—let us make it shine.” DR. FRANK AVASON III