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How Long Do the Results of Invisalign Treatment Last?

August 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — gentledentistry @ 9:27 pm
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Invisalign is an incredibly subtle method of realigning teeth without any dietary restrictions. The results of the treatment can last for a lifetime, but the process takes some time to get there. While it does not usually last as long as traditional braces, the treatment typically takes around twelve to sixteen months. Read on to learn about the factors that determine how long an Invisalign treatment can take.

How Does Invisalign Work?

The Invisalign process uses a sequence of clear aligner trays custom-fitted to your teeth. Each tray is designed to push your teeth a little more into better alignment. You wear each set of trays 22 hours a day for about two weeks before moving on to the next, removing them for eating and oral hygiene. If the process isn’t going quite right, refinements can be introduced to correct the course of treatment. By the end, your teeth can be expected to be in a superior state of alignment.

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Realign Teeth?

The length of Invisalign treatment largely depends on how complex the case is. If your case is not very complicated, the treatment can last for about six months. If your case is requires more extensive treatment, realignment can take up to two years. Treatments times average about twelve months, and you can expect to be able to see changes in your alignment within the first six weeks.

The other main factor in how long treatment will take is compliance with the process. If you are diligently wearing your trays for at least 22 hours every day, your treatment will likely take less time than if you had not been so meticulous. Issues resulting from poor oral hygiene can also extend the treatment because your dentist might have to resolve them before the Invisalign process can continue.

How Can I Take Good Care of My Aligner Trays?

Proper care of your aligner trays is a key part of making your treatment as brief as possible. Though wearing your trays can cause tenderness of the teeth in the beginning, this will cease after a little time wearing them. If you find a crack in your aligner, notify your dentist so they can get you a replacement. Be sure to keep aligners in their cases when eating or brushing, and make sure to keep track of them. Lost aligners can be a big setback.

In addition to a daily dental hygiene regimen of brushing at least twice, flossing at least once, and using antibacterial mouthwash, you should also be sure to thoroughly clean your retainers twice a week by brushing out any food particles or plaque. Be sure to change your aligners on the prescribed date, and if you go traveling bring any trays you might need later.

Invisalign can bring your smile into its ideal alignment without all the maintenance and restrictions that come with traditional braces. While it does require some time investment, complying with the treatment can make the process as speedy as possible and leave you with the best possible result.

About the Practice

Gentle Dentistry Sparta makes dentistry a pleasant experience in Sparta, NJ. Led by Drs. Zelia Cannon and James Shahinian, the dedicated staff creates a warm and welcoming environment for dental and orthodontic care. Services include general, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry in addition to Invisalign orthodontic treatments. To learn more about what to expect during an Invisalign treatment, contact the office online or dial (973) 729-9044.

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