Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional metal braces for both teens as well as adults. The treatment program utilizes clear, nearly-invisible aligners and a doctor-backed treatment plan customized specifically for each patient. If you’re considering Invisalign, you may wonder how long the treatment period lasts, and how long-lasting the results are.
Timespan of Invisalign Treatments
For starters, your treatment plan with Invisalign will be unique. The multi-phase treatment starts with an online Smile Assessment, which will help you see if Invisalign is right for you. Your next step is to make an appointment with an Invisalign Provider, where your doctor will determine what needs to be done to create the smile you deserve. They will develop a custom treatment plan that involves a series of invisible aligners that are meant to be changed out every so often. These aligners gradually move your teeth into the desired position and need to be switched out according to a schedule your doctor will provide for you.
In addition to changing out your aligners on schedule, you’ll visit your doctor every four to six weeks to make sure that your treatment is on track and your progression is where it should be. Invisalign moves your teeth gradually by controlled force with your aligners, but timing is crucial, as only certain teeth move at certain times (in other words, you won’t be moving around an entire mouthful of teeth at the same time).
For adult patients, treatment generally averages 12 months. For teens, this time can vary. For both types of patients, your specific treatment plan is custom tailored to your dental history, your goals and your individual needs. Also note that treatment time can be accelerated with Propel VPRO5, which can shorten treatment time by up to 50 percent.
The Timeline Also Depends on You
Although you receive an expected timeframe of your treatment during your first visits with your doctor, it’s important to note that the actual time of treatment also depends on how much you stay on track. You have to change your aligners at the right time and keep your scheduled appointments. And while it may be tempting to cease wearing your aligners because your teeth “look straight,” it’s extremely important to wear them until your doctor says you can stop.
Invisalign Is Long-Lasting
After your treatment ends and your smile is where it should be, your Invisalign experience may not be completely over. No matter what type of orthodontic treatment you’ve received, you’re usually advised to wear retainers to avoid your teeth shifting back to where they started out. This helps maintain the results, protect your investment and keep your teeth where they should be.
As long as you keep up with the treatment regimen, visit your doctor on a regular basis, change your aligners on schedule, and wear retainers if/when needed, Invisalign should last a lifetime, without the hassle of metal brackets, visible braces, painful wires, and frequent doctor visits.
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