FAQs: How Long Does The Invisalign Treatment Take?

The Invisalign aligner system is used to treat misalignments in both kids and adults. The treatment works by wearing a series of transparent, removable aligners that will gradually straighten your teeth. There are no wires or brackets, nor are there any of the limitations that come with metal braces.

The clear aligners are made of medical-grade plastic called SmartTrack. This special, flexible plastic is made specifically for creating Invisalign aligners.

When you choose the Invisalign aligner system to address your teeth misalignments, our doctors will create a personalized treatment plan that will be unique to you. Using advanced 3D software, a model of your teeth will be created and you’ll be able to see what the end-results of your Invisalign journey will look like.

How it works

The 3D scanning is what allows our dentists to create an outline of your treatment plan, which will determine how long your treatment will last and how many Invisalign aligners you’ll need. Your Invisalign clear aligners are created to apply the proper amount of force to the proper location at the proper time. Our doctors will be there to check on your progress throughout your treatment and make sure your aligners are fitted properly.

On average, the treatment can take anywhere between 12 and 24 months, depending on the severity of your case. However, you’ll be able to see results as quick as 4 weeks after starting the treatments.

Factors affecting length of treatment

Complexity of your Malocclusions

After your consultation at our clinic, our dentists will be able to determine the kind of misalignment you have that would need to be treated and will be able to give a proper estimate of how long it would take to achieve the desired outcome.

For example, mild crowding can take as little as 6 to 12 months to resolve. On the other hand, closing gaps between teeth can take up to 24 months.

Your age

Aligners are effective at any age, however, they work faster on young children and teenagers. This is because a child’s jaw and teeth continue to grow at a rapid pace at this age and this allows aligners to help the teeth move in the correct direction.

In adults, bones are more solidified and are more difficult to manipulate. However our orthodontists assure you that Invisalign aligners are for everyone of any age.

Patient compliance

The Invisalign aligners system only works depending on how well you follow your treatment plan. Form healthy habits at the beginning of your Invisalign treatment to ensure a successful outcome with no delays.

Here are a few habits that can help you on your Invisalign treatment journey:

  • Keep your teeth clean after meals.
  • Keep your aligners clean.
  • Make sure to wear them for 20-22 hours per day.
  • Stay away from foods that could stain your aligners.