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How Long Does it Take for Invisalign to Work?

Are you interested in straightening your smile but feel unsure about lengthy orthodontic treatments? Invisalign can offer a quicker, more convenient teeth-straightening solution. These aligners are made with a clear plastic material that is nearly invisible. This allows you to wear them comfortably throughout the day.

So, how long does it take for Invisalign to work? The timeframe to reach your desired results depends on the complexity of your misalignment.

How Fast Does Invisalign Work to Straighten Teeth?

On your first visit, we create a customized Invisalign treatment. During your treatment, you will meet with a doctor 4-5 times to ensure you are on track for any necessary adjustments to the plan. Some dental offices may require more visits, sometimes up to 20 trips.

During your first visit, your dentist will take scans of your teeth to make a 3D model of your smile. They'll use this model to create custom aligners for each step of the Invisalign process.

You should notice changes in your smile in just a few weeks. Once you start wearing your Invisalign, the aligners gradually move teeth by applying gentle pressure. Every two weeks, you'll switch to a new set of aligners that continue moving your teeth.

Which Teeth Does Invisalign Move First?

Typically, Invisalign treatment moves the teeth that protrude the most first. This can be the front teeth if they are the most crooked.

Sometimes, Invisalign treatments are designed to move the back teeth first to allow other teeth to shift.

Invisalign can also help correct overbites. It does this by moving your teeth so that the top teeth don't significantly extend over your bottom teeth.

How Quickly Does Invisalign Work to Make Your Teeth Perfect?

So how long does Invisalign take to work when you want perfect teeth?

The time it takes Invisalign to move your teeth depends on the complexity of your smile. Correcting minor teeth crowding is typically quicker than correcting gaps.

For mild to moderate teeth misalignment, Invisalign takes 12 to 18 months to straighten teeth completely. For minor adjustments, Invisalign can straighten teeth in as little as 6 weeks.

Your age can also affect tooth movement. Invisalign often moves teeth more quickly in younger patients than in adults.

How to Ensure Invisalign Works

Wear your aligners for 20-22 hours daily to ensure Invisalign works quickly. It's also important to remove your aligners while eating to avoid damage.

Like other orthodontic treatments, proper brushing and flossing are also key. You'll need to remove your aligners to brush and floss daily to keep your teeth and aligners clean. You can clean your Invisalign with a soft toothbrush, lukewarm water, and mild toothpaste. Always rinse and dry your aligners before putting them back in your mouth.

Ready to Start Invisalign?

How long will you need Invisalign to straighten your smile at Dentologie?

On average, Dentologie tailors treatment plans that can straighten teeth in 6-8 months. Our team can guide you through the entire Invisalign journey.

Schedule an appointment with one of our Chicago area locations to discuss the best treatment plan for your smile.

Book your visit today!

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