How Long Do I Have to Wear Invisalign®?

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Crooked or misaligned teeth can be frustrating to eat with and could be embarrassing to some. Everyone deserves to be able to flash a smile they’re proud of, but not everyone wants to have to deal with traditional braces. Thankfully, Invisalign® provides an alternative option to braces. That being said, you may be curious how long you have to wear Invisalign to reach the desired effects. Let’s take a look at how Invisalign works and how long you have to wear them.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign starts with an impression of your teeth being taken. This is because the Invisalign retainer will need to be designed specifically for your teeth. Invisalign is made of hard plastic and gradually shifts your teeth to a desired position. A series of retainers are made for you to use over time. You change them out about every two weeks to continue the shifting process. The final retainer will bring your teeth into the final desired position.

How Long Does It Take?

The entire process of Invisalign can take anywhere from six to 12 months to complete. The time frame is so wide because everyone’s dental needs are different. As mentioned before, Invisalign uses a series of retainers to shift the teeth into a final position. 

One person may need more time and more retainers depending on how drastic the shift needs to be. A person who only needs slight adjustments could be finished months before someone that needs more extensive work. Your dentist will evaluate your progress and make choices to provide you with the best results.

Seeking Treatment

Invisalign is an amazing teeth correction tool that can often bypass the need for braces. However, having close supervision from your dentist is important. That’s why Dr. Heather F. Fleschler provides Invisalign and makes it her mission to ensure a comfortable, efficient, and successful transition to a perfect smile. Dr. Fleschler is an award-winning and detail-oriented dentist who makes it her goal to have you leave her office happier than you came in. If you’re ready to take the first step with Invisalign, contact our office at 713-660-6500 today.

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