Facts about Invisalign
Updated: Aug 18, 2021
How long does Invisalign take to begin working?
Many of our patients see a change within the first few weeks. However, if you do not continue wearing your aligners as recommended, i.e. morning and night for 20-22 hours each day, removing them only for eating, drinking, and cleaning... or for the odd special event, teeth will begin to shift back.
How long does it take for Invisalign to straighten your teeth?
The shortest duration of therapy is about 12 weeks, while the average is approximately 6 months to a year. As is the case with all removable braces, the total treatment time for Invisalign is dependent not only on the complexity of your case (i.e. the amount of correction required), but also – and perhaps more importantly – on your commitment to wearing the aligners for the required amount of time each day.
How do I maximize the effectiveness of Invisalign?
Patient dedication is almost certainly the most important element in achieving the greatest outcomes. In brief, this means wearing your braces for at least 20 to 22 hours each day, removing them only to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. Additionally, it is critical that you maintain a good oral hygiene regimen, including cleaning your teeth after each meal or snack and cleaning your trays anytime you remove them.
What is the Invisalign procedure?
We capture precise 3D 'impressions' of your teeth in seconds using our state-of-the-art iTero digital scanner. Thus, there will be no more biting into dirty, sticky plates in order to get physical imprints. We may then show you the entire treatment plan, from the starting position of your teeth to the ultimate desired position, prior to treatment beginning!
Can Invisalign be used on just the upper teeth?
While this is theoretically true, as a general rule, we advise patients to treat both arches concurrently. Why? Simply because treating just your top or lower teeth may cause your bite to become disrupted.