How Long Does It Really Take to Complete Invisalign?

Invisalign patients have a lot in common. They must all follow the same set of rules to make the treatment work effectively – wear the trays 20 to 22 hours a day, switch the trays out every two weeks, visit their Center City orthodontist every six to eight weeks. None of this, of course, addresses the question of just how long it really takes to finish Invisalign treatment. The answer will vary depending on how much your teeth need to move to get into alignment.

Every Patient Has Different Alignment Needs

There are several types of Invisalign, and the kind you wear will determine how long your treatment is likely to take.

  • Invisalign Full: This is the traditional alignment method and trays are worn on both the top and bottom teeth. For how long? About one year. Some cases may take a little longer but the average is 12 months. Patients who need to correct an overbite, underbite, open bite, cross bite, or other major issues do well with this version.
  • Invisalign Lite: The Invisalign Lite version works just like Invisalign Full but treatment time is only about six or seven months. It is designed to correct mild overcrowding and space issues. Many adults find this kind of Invisalign just right for their needs.
  • Invisalign Express: If you slacked on wearing retainers after you had braces many years ago, or if you’ve always lived with spaces in your teeth that bother you and interrupt your smile, Invisalign Express could be the fast-moving treatment for you. Only five to 10 sets of trays are needed for this treatment which lasts from three to six months.
  • Invisalign Teen: This treatment is just for the tweens and teens who qualify. It’s an advanced form of Invisalign that can move the jaw forward, improve bite, and the trays even leave room for teeth that have yet to erupt. For patients who worry about their kid following the rules, blue compliance indicators are added to each tray and wear off as the trays are worn, showing your Center City Invisalign provider that the aligners are being worn as instructed. Time commitment? At least one year, probably longer.

What Type of Invisalign Is Right for You?

Ultimately, the version of Invisalign that you qualify for is irrelevant. What’s important is that you are a good candidate for this treatment, and what’s double important is that you follow the instructions your orthodontist provides so you get the biggest benefits and most amazing results out of your treatment.

The success of Invisalign has everything to do with how well you follow the rules of wearing the trays. Your Center City orthodontist plans everything from the start – simply do what’s indicated, when indicated, and your new smile should come out looking beautiful right on time.

Get answers to all your timing questions from Dr. Roberts or Dr. de Marsche. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.