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How Long Do You Have To Wear Invisalign?

April 14, 2024
How Long Do You Have To Wear Invisalign?

Invisalign has been around for many years as an alternative to traditional metal braces. They work just as well as brackets and wires with more freedom and perks along the way. 

But just how do these clear aligners work? And how long do you have to wear Invisalign? Let’s find out. 

How Does Invisalign Work? 

Invisalign is a simple treatment that uses soft, clear plastic aligners to encourage teeth to move in the direction of a straight, beautiful smile. 

Using 3D imaging technology, your dentist will be able to get current images of your teeth and create a pathway to the smile of your dreams. Aligners are then created that will carry you through your entire smile transformation. 

They are effective in moving teeth using the custom-designed series of aligners, creating a perfect smile. A few trips to the dentist throughout your treatment will ensure everything is moving as it should be. 

Wearing Invisalign

One of the main reasons many patients turn to this treatment option is that the aligners are removable. This makes it easy to eat and brush your teeth without having to make any lifestyle or dietary changes. 

For Invisalign to work, though, the aligners have to be in your mouth. 

Wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours every day will help you stay on track with your treatment timeline. Not doing so will result in delays — or failed treatment altogether. 

Length of Invisalign Treatment

You will be given a series of aligners, typically wearing each one for about two weeks before switching to the next in line. This means that the more aligners you have, the longer your Invisalign treatment will last. 

On average, Invisalign treatment can take anywhere from 6 months to 18 months. 

Remember, Invisalign is designed for those with mild to moderate orthodontic needs. More complex attention may mean a longer treatment timeline. 

Factors The Impact Your Invisalign Treatment Timeline

Your dentist will give you an idea of how long your Invisalign treatment will last. The length of this time is personalized for each patient and will depend on a few different factors, including: 

  • The complexity of treatment. As mentioned above, the more complex your need, the longer your treatment will last. Those with only minor treatment needs will be required to wear them for a much shorter amount of time. 
  • The age of the patient. Teens will often have a shorter Invisalign treatment time since their teeth and jawbone are less fixed in their place and more easily moved. 
  • Compliance with treatment. Patients must comply with treatment by wearing the aligners as they should. This can significantly impact the timeline. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you wear Invisalign when sleeping? 

Yes, you wear Invisalign when sleeping. You must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours every day for treatment to be effective. 

How painful is Invisalign? 

Invisalign is not painful. New aligners often have a snug fit which may cause some discomfort, but this will dissipate after a day or so. 

Are You A Candidate for Invisalign Treatment? 

Are you interested in Invisalign treatment? Do you want to see if you are a good candidate for it? At Quincy Family Orthodontics, we have watched many patients transform their smiles into ones they can feel good about with the help of Invisalign. 

Contact us today to learn more— and see if Invisalign is right for you.

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