Dream Smiles offers a wide range of orthodontic treatments, including a number of options for adults
We aim to provide treatments that are both effective and convenient. So, if you’d like to straighten your smile, but can’t stand the thought of traditional metal braces, it’s well worth considering Invisalign. The treatment makes use of a series of virtually invisible aligners, that are custom-made and removable. Invisalign produces great results, and because there are no metal brackets or wires involved, they can be comfortable to wear.
But how long do they take to straighten teeth? We have a look at how this innovative technology works, and how much time you can expect to undergo for treatment.
How does Invisalign work?
The aligners work by exerting pressure against the teeth, gradually moving them into the desired position. Each set of aligners is worn for two weeks, after which your teeth will have moved. You will change your aligners every two weeks, until your teeth have moved into the desired position, in terms of both function and appearance.
What are the advantages?
There are a number of advantages to using Invisalign. One of the most obvious is that they are almost entirely invisible. In fact, most people won’t even be able to tell that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. They are also very easy to put on and take off, and don’t have any effect on speech or biting function.
There is less risk of mouth irritation than there is with the use of metal brackets and wires, and they can be removed whenever you choose. This means Invisalign can be taken out during meals, and when you are brushing your teeth. They can also be removed for special occasions, like weddings, job interviews, and school dances, if you prefer not to wear them at these events. Also, thanks to the latest computer technology, you are able to view your future results before you even begin your treatment. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and show you what you can expect from your treatment plan.
How long does it take?
While the treatment is comfortable, it’s natural to wonder how long you will have to wear the aligners before you can enjoy a beautiful, straight smile. As with all treatments, the time will vary from case to case. The treatment can last anywhere from six months to two to three years. But most adult patients will see results after around 12 months. Treatment times in teenage patients will vary, depending on the situation. Your treatment time will depend on a number of factors, such as the severity of your condition and any other dental needs you might have.
It’s important to know that your treatment time will also depend on your compliance when it comes to your dentist’s instructions—the aligners need to be worn for 22 hours every day for optimal results. This may sound like a lot of time but remember that they are completely removable. This means that you can take your aligners out when eating and drinking, as well as when you brush and floss your teeth. While traditional metal braces are typically worn for an average of two years, Invisalign generally produces results in much less time if they are worn for the recommended period of time each day.
For the best results, you should see your dentist every six to eight weeks to make sure that your treatment is going according to plan. Regular consultations will also help you to stay motivated to keep wearing your aligners for the recommended amount of time.
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