How Long Does Invisalign Take?
One of the main questions patients have when deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment of any kind is how long it will take. This can depend on various factors, including which type of orthodontic device you use to align your teeth, as well as how much correction is needed. At Smile Family Dentistry we offer Invisalign clear aligners to our patients as the premier option for correcting misaligned teeth, overbites and underbites.
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?
First, our dentist will thoroughly investigate your oral cavity, checking the alignment and any possible protruding teeth. An x-ray and 3D imaging will take place, as well as creating a mold of your oral cavity, to fully assess the bite of the jaw and the placement of your teeth. A full dental and medical history will determine your viability for any possible orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign.
Our dentist will be able to tell you what type of treatment is available to you, and the benefits you could expect to receive from each one. A treatment’s time scale, and appliances needed to achieve forecasted results, depends on a case to case basis.
What is Invisalign and How Does it Work?
The Invisalign system consists of clear aligner trays that are worn to gradually and gently shift your teeth into the desired position. These trays will be created from molds the dentist makes of your teeth. They are made out of a special plastic material that is both comfortable, as well as invisible in your mouth. Approximately every two weeks you will switch to a new set of aligner trays.
Benefits to Choosing Invisalign
Not only is Invisalign invisible, there are many other benefits to these clear aligners. Unlike traditional metal braces that are permanently cemented to your teeth, Invisalign is removable. The clear aligner trays can, and should be, removed to eat and drink, and to brush and floss your teeth. The aligner trays should be worn at all other times, preferably up to 22 hours a day. Not only does removing the trays allow easier brushing and flossing, but closing the gaps in your teeth is important not only for aesthetic purposes but to remove space where food and bacteria can hide. Closing these spaces greatly reduces the risk of developing gum disease as well as cavities.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
There is sometimes a misconception that orthodontic treatment takes a long time. In fact, for braces, in most cases, patients only have to wear them for about 18 months.
Invisalign treatment is typically shorter than that of metal braces. On average, it usually takes about one year to have the expected results from using Invisalign. Since individuals and the extent of correction are different, it might take different times for different people. It is, therefore, advisable to follow the dentist's recommendations and observe proper oral hygiene.
You can visit our dental clinic to learn more about the Invisalign system at Smile Family Dentistry, where we specialize in helping to restore smiles. Our line 925-825-1130 is always open for any inquiries and to schedule appointments. Contact us today.