How Long Can Invisalign Treatment Take?
How long Invisalign takes can vary based on a variety of factors. Our Invisalign doctor will evaluate your case and develop your treatment plan to provide you with an estimated treatment time.
Some things that can affect your Invisalign treatment time include:
- Your individual treatment needs
- The type of Invisalign treatment you receive
- How many weeks each set of aligners is worn
- How many sets of aligners you need to wear
- The complexity of your case
- The frequency of your checkups
- How long you wear retainers after active treatment
Most people will be in the active phase of their treatment between twelve and eighteen months. During this time, they will be wearing Invisalign aligners and changing them about every two weeks. To stay on schedule, you will need to wear your aligners the recommended amount of time and change them as prescribed. Taking your aligners out too often or failing to change them on time can delay your overall treatment.
Some patients may be in treatment longer particularly if their cases are complex, while minor orthodontic issues can often be addressed in much less time. In fact, Invisalign Express was designed specifically for patients who have minor orthodontic problems and can be completed in just six months.
After any orthodontic treatment, retainers must be worn. Retainers help stabilize the position of your teeth and preserve the spacing of your smile. Call our offices today to learn more about Invisalign or to schedule your consultation with our dentist.
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