Invisalign aligners are a great option for those who want to straighten their teeth without the hassle of traditional braces. Each aligner is designed to move your teeth up to a certain amount, and you should expect to change your aligners every one to two weeks. On average, it takes 6 to 12 months for teeth to move to the correct position with Invisalign. However, some people may take up to two years or more.
To determine if you're a suitable candidate for Invisalign aligners, your dentist will perform an X-ray and 3D scan of your teeth. After two or three days, the aligner will start to feel more comfortable and this is a sign that the tooth has started to move in the right direction. Usually, an aligner has done its job by the end of a two-week period and it's time to scrap it and replace it with the next aligner in the series. The aligner can be removed for short periods of time for eating and drinking and for brushing and flossing.
Some of you may only need to wear the aligners for about six months, while others may end up using the product for a few years. Patients like that they're a little more discreet than clumsy metal braces, so aligners are a great option for patients who want to avoid visible orthodontic devices while straightening their teeth. Wires and brackets can align the teeth through the wire arc, which applies most of the pressure to the teeth. However, to maintain this look, you'll need to use a retainer, as your teeth have a habit of returning to their original positions.
Another advantage of invisible aligners is that they are made of transparent resin and are custom-made to fit the teeth. One of the most notable advantages of removable aligners compared to traditional orthodontic appliances is that they allow you to take better care of your teeth. In general terms, the average duration of treatment with Invisalign is 12 months, but the good news is that you'll start to notice the difference a few weeks after treatment. However, in some cases, we may decide to have the tray on for up to 30 days to ensure that the desired changes take effect and that your teeth don't move backwards when you move to the next tray. Whatever it takes to see the changes, remember that the trays work to move the teeth to the desired position. Usually, teeth that are crooked or out of place move last, so it can take a while to notice dramatic results.
Orthodontists may recommend slightly slower treatment times to reduce any discomfort. However, ultimately, it is possible to change the teeth the maximum amount with each new tray change.