Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners are removable and can be worn for about two weeks at a time, with new ones being provided every few weeks. This allows patients to see results faster than traditional braces.
Invisalign also has several other advantages over traditional braces:
- It’s more comfortable because the aligners do not touch your gums or cheeks like metal brackets would. That means no soreness during treatment!
- You’ll have fewer appointments than if you were wearing traditional braces (because there’s no need for adjustments). In fact, if everything goes well with your treatment plan and there aren’t any complications along the way (which is rare), then most people will only need one visit per month until their final checkup before they get their permanent retainer put in place at around 18 months after starting treatment (this varies depending on how quickly each person responds).
Factors that Affect Invisalign Treatment Time
As with any treatment, there are factors that can affect the time it takes for your Invisalign aligners to work. These include:
- The severity of your issue
- How often you wear them (or don’t)
- Your compliance with instructions
Average Treatment Time
The average treatment time for Invisalign is 18 months to 2 years.
- Adult patients can expect to wear their aligners for about 22 hours a day, with occasional breaks for eating and drinking.
- Teenage patients will wear their aligners for about 16 hours a day with occasional breaks for eating and drinking.
How to Speed Up the Process
- Wear your aligners for 22 hours a day, except when eating and drinking.
- Avoid eating or drinking while wearing your aligners (you can brush your teeth as usual).
- Clean your aligners regularly with a toothbrush and water, or by soaking them in the special cleaning solution provided by Invisalign.
Risks of Rushing Treatment
When you rush Invisalign treatment, there are a number of risks that can occur. First and foremost is increased pain. When you’re in a hurry to get your braces off, it’s easy to forget about proper oral hygiene and flossing habits. This can lead to gum irritation and bleeding gums which can be very painful for the patient.
Secondly, rushing through treatment may increase damage caused by improper alignment or tooth movement during the process. If this happens then it will require more time than expected for correction later on down the road when they finally do get their braces removed!