Invisalign Results: How Long Does it Take?

Invisalign can be a great way to unobtrusively straighten your teeth and improve your smile. Instead of having metal or ceramic braces affixed to your teeth, you’ll simply rely on a thin, transparent tray that slowly guides your teeth into the proper place. But how long will you need to wear Invisalign braces before you see a difference? How long is the typical treatment plan? Below we’ll discuss what timeline you can expect when it comes to seeing Invisalign results.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

The specific length of time you’ll need Invisalign braces will depend on your dental needs. Fixing crooked teeth or an underbite may require a longer course of treatment than someone who just wants to close a small gap. However, in most cases, the entire course of Invisalign treatment lasts between 12 and 18 months.

When Will You See Results?

In most cases, and with proper dental care, you should start seeing Invisalign results within five to six months. If you haven’t noticed anything different after another few months, you may want to discuss your treatment plan with your orthodontist to see if Invisalign is the best orthodontic option for you.

Can You Speed Up Invisalign Treatment?

There are a few things you can do to try to reduce the overall length of time you’ll need to wear Invisalign braces. The main one is to wear your braces as much as you can. Although you need to remove your Invisalign tray before eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth, leaving it in the rest of the time will give it more time to work; orthodontists recommend wearing your trays for at least 20 hours per day to see the best results.

Invisalign Results Over the Long Term

Your Invisalign results will largely depend on the frequency with which you wore your trays and how aggressive your treatment plan is. Your orthodontist may also recommend that you wear a retainer at night or even have a permanent retainer installed to hold your teeth in their new and improved places. If you’re ready to get started with Invisalign, make an appointment with Perfect Smiles Orthodontics today.