How Long Does Invisalign® Treatment Take?

Invisalign® clear aligners are often considered the premier alternative to traditional braces, giving patients everywhere the opportunity to achieve a beautiful smile without the intrusive nature of metal wiring and brackets. The myriad of advantages offered by Invisalign® has many individuals wondering how much treatment time is required for this discreet orthodontic system to effectively straighten teeth.

In most cases, Invisalign® can reposition teeth to correct alignment problems and achieve a healthier bite in a shorter treatment time than metal braces. What’s more, Invisalign® typically warrants fewer office appointments to treat orthodontic concerns than traditional techniques. On average, Invisalign® takes roughly 9 to 12 months to yield the final outcome, although the length of your unique treatment period will depend on the severity of your misalignments or malocclusion (poor bite). More complex concerns, such as biting irregularities, generally take longer to correct than smaller issues that require movement of only a few teeth. For those who only need a mild amount of orthodontic work, Invisalign® Lite is an abbreviated version of a standard Invisalign® treatment plan that often produces the desired results with less time and expense than other techniques.

The most important thing to remember with regard to reducing your treatment time is to follow the instructions provided by our Morristown dentists. Some simple steps that can be essential in completing the Invisalign® process on time—and even shortening the duration of treatment—include:

  • Wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours per day
  • Keeping the aligners free of food particles and deep cleaning them at least once a week to prevents cracks and other damage
  • Changing your aligners on the proper date, according to your treatment plan

Drs. Edward Romano, Robert Bizzarro, and Kathleen Dunn will inform you of when you can expect to complete treatment once they evaluate your teeth in a consultation. For more information about whether you are a candidate for Invisalign®, please contact our practice today.