- On September 4, 2018
Invisalign is one of the most popular alternatives to metal and ceramic braces. At All Smiles Dentistry, we have been providing it for years to patients who are looking to straighten their teeth. One of the most common questions patients ask is how long does the Invisalign treatment take? There is no exact answer to this question, but we can outline some of the factors that play a role in this matter and explain how each of them affects the treatment time.
The Degree of Deviation
The degree of deviation refers to the extent of the alignment offset a patient has, or in other words, how crooked their teeth are. Minor adjustments can be performed within nine months, with the first results showing after just about a quarter of that time. When the situation is a bit more complicated, and a major alignment is required, it usually warrants a 12 month period to show the desired effect. Most patients fall under this category, but there are cases where it takes longer.
Closing the Gap
Patients looking to close a gap (or two) can see satisfactory results in as little as eight weeks. Going with this option is a popular choice because it doesn’t require much attention and doesn’t take long to fix.
The Age, Wear and Tear, and Other Factors
The time it takes for Invisalign to straighten crooked teeth varies depending on the age of the patient, their activity and awareness, and other factors such as the amount of daily wear time. Teenagers tend to remove it more often to eat, brush their teeth or do sports, affecting the time it takes to show results. Some of the other factors that affect the time it takes Invisalign to straighten your teeth are checkup frequency and the quality of work your orthodontist performs. For the best results, make sure you schedule a visit with All Smiles Dentistry and get a professional opinion regarding crooked teeth and Invisalign in general.
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