People learning about Invisalign for the first time generally have several important questions about the treatment procedure. Even though Invisalign has been used in the dental field since the late 1990s, the American population still tends to see the procedure as innovative. That’s particularly accurate when considering that Invisalign is a far newer approach to orthodontics when compared to traditional metal braces.
Often the number-one question asked by clients is the relative timeline for Invisalign. Not only about when the treatment will be completed, but also how long it will be before they start seeing the changes in their teeth or how long the Invisalign braces must be worn for each day. Since this question has been so popular, here is a comprehensive guideline for what your Invisalign treatment will probably look like.
An Overall Timeline for your Invisalign Treatment
The best Invisalign treatments are custom-tailored to the individual needs of every patient. It’s nearly impossible to approach Invisalign with a one-size-fits-all attitude. If you elect for an Invisalign treatment program, you can’t necessarily compare your timeframe exactly with somebody else. On average, Invisalign treatments will be completed within a 13 to 18-month range.
When Can Someone Start Seeing Results?
Each Invisalign program is optimized to gradually move each tooth into its proper position. Every time you receive a new set of aligners, your teeth will begin to move again in earnest. Since each new set of aligners will only move your teeth slightly, the odds are high that it will take at least a month or two before you notice significant changes beginning to take place in your mouth.
The earliest results that some people report taking place within as little as two weeks. The longest that people need to wait to see improvement is generally three months. It is typically within five months that you will see the largest changes happening. If your Invisalign program has been ongoing for longer than five months without any results noticeable in the mirror, consider scheduling an appointment with your orthodontist. Your board-certified team will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is on course to deliver you life-long results.
Having faith that your orthodontist has your best oral interests in mind, combined with some patience, will make the waiting process before you begin seeing results less arduous. Concentrate on the feeling of how good it will feel once you finally begin to see the changes in your dental health that you’ve only dreamed of as Invisalign begins working as intended.
Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign: Which is Quicker?
When comparing the differences between Invisalign and traditional metallic braces, you may stumble upon questions regarding which treatment produces results quicker. The solution is dependent on if you’re looking at a short-term or long-term time table. While it’s possible to guarantee what method will show what result and when, some generalities can be deduced from each treatment style.
With traditional braces, results are more typically noticeable in the short-term. This is because metallic braces are designed to guide teeth into their proper positions in a manner that’s more randomized than Invisalign. Braces will apply force to your entire mouth at the same time, including teeth that are already straight and in the proper positions. These straight teeth will be forced to leave their correct positions only to be returned to them later on. This process is known as “round-tripping”.
By selecting Invisalign, your already straight teeth are allowed to remain in their proper positions while each misaligned tooth can be adjusted individually. Small increments are used to start movement before becoming more dramatic with each new Invisalign set you receive. This is why so many people claim that metal braces appear “faster” when they are looking in the mirror during the early phases of their treatment program.
Invisalign will produce long-term results faster than traditional metal braces. In the long run, metal braces can be less efficient when you factor in “round-tripping”. Therefore, Invisalign is uniquely poised to deliver ideal results quickly.
How Long Does Someone Wear Each Invisalign Set?
Each Invisalign set will need to be worn for approximately two weeks before your teeth are aligned to that particular set. Once the set completes its work, you’ll then be able to graduate to another one in a prescribed sequence of braces. If you fail to wear your Invisalign set for the required length of time for your teeth to adjust before moving on to the next set, you will end up delaying your results.
How to Avoid Extending Invisalign Treatments Unnecessarily
While making sure to wear your Invisalign braces for the proper length of time, take care to pay careful attention to your orthodontist and their other tips that they will give you to make your first round of treatment the only round of treatment.
Although it may appear obvious at first, the most important thing that you can do is to wear your Invisalign set for a minimum of 19 to 21 hours each day. Failure to do so will certainly throw the entire treatment program off its course. It is also very important to keep proper track of your braces. Once lost or misplaced, you’ll be forced to revert to your previous set until it’s possible to ship you a new set for your teeth.
If you used your earlier Invisalign set for a long enough time, there’s a possibility that you can advance the next set earlier than anticipated so long as your orthodontist says that you are allowed. In several instances, your orthodontist will just order a replacement set for you.
Contact Dr. Gallardo Today to Learn More
Located in the Coral Gables area of Miami, FL, John Paul Gallardo is a professional oral health expert operating in the fields of not just surgical and non-surgical treatments but also general oral health. With an ideal chair-side manner, John Paul Gallardo will help you through any required procedure no matter how routine or complex. If you’re committed to securing yourself a healthy smile, contact the office at (305) 447-1447.