How Long Does it Take For Invisalign to Work?

When you’re weighing the pros and cons of  Invisalign or other treatment options the length of treatment often affects your choice. It would be great if results could be as quickly as possible but when it comes to aligning your teeth that just isn’t the case. Several factors determine the course of treatment including how regularly you wear your Invisalign aligners. Read on for valuable information about Invisalign aligners to help you decide which option is better suited to you situation.

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How Long Will it Take?

As a general rule Invisalign treatment will take less time than braces to achieve the desired results. Another factor is that not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign aligners which is only for those with mild to moderate alignment needs. The complexity of each case will be the determining factor in the length of treatment, minor alignment cases can take as little as 6 months while moving stubborn back teeth could take up to 2 years. Always keep in mind each person is an individual and don’t base your length of treatment on someone else’s.

Why Do I Need to Change Aligners?

The Invisalign treatment is designed with a series of custom fit aligners gently shift your teeth into place. Every 2 weeks the aligners are changed out and the results may not even be noticeable. Trying to reposition teeth too quickly can cause root shrinkage making teeth less stable. If you decrease tooth stability in can cause teeth to be more mobile increasing the risk that teeth will move out of place or worse, they could become detached or even fall out of your mouth. Changing aligners every 2 weeks allow your teeth to slowly move over the course of treatment with no risk of tooth loss.

How Long Do I Need to Wear Aligners Each Day?

Patients can do their part in shortening the treatment timeline by wearing their aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Better yet commit to wearing them all day every day to shorten the length of your treatment period. At first the aligners are going to feel foreign and make your jaw feel stiff and sore, you may even feel the urge to pop them out. After several days the soreness will subside as you become accustomed to wearing them.

Interested in learning more about Surrey Invisalign treatment and what it can do for your smile contact Viva Orthodontics with convenient locations throughout the Greater Vancouver area.