A doctor uses a computer to 3-D print a series of clear aligners that, when worn correctly for about two weeks each, gradually shift teeth into place. The aligners are replaced approximately every two weeks until your desired result is achieved, and you can throw them away once your treatment is complete.
You’ll need to brush and floss as you normally would while wearing Invisalign otherwise, bacteria can build up in and around your teeth not what you want when straightening your smile! Most people find it easiest to wear their aligners overnight for best results. To keep things sanitary, you’ll also have to soak your aligners in water overnight before wearing them again.
Your Dentista will talk to you about how long it will take to correct your overbite; most patients see significant improvements after 12 months but treatment lengths vary depending on what needs correcting most urgently and how cooperative your teeth are being throughout the process. If your current oral health isn’t ideal, discuss what steps you can take beforehand to help make your aligner even more effective flossing and regular checkups are always encouraged. For example, if you’re noticing gum recession during treatment or discover any potential dental issues during your first visit, these will affect how quickly Invisalign works for you going forward.
All told, it takes between six months and a year to complete Invisalign treatments; don’t worry if things don’t move along exactly on schedule though since we know life gets busy sometimes. Some orthodontists might recommend retainer therapy following your treatment, which helps lock everything into place until your teeth naturally change positions.
However, not everyone needs retainers and there’s no way to tell for sure whether you fall into that category or not until about two years after completing treatment; lots of factors can influence how well Invisalign performs including other dental work performed simultaneously, medication interactions, diet changes.
How Long Do You Wear An Invisalign For?
Most patients wear their aligners for 22 hours a day during treatment. We recommend taking them out when you eat and brush your teeth, to avoid accidentally swallowing them. Aligners can usually be removed at night to eat and drink but not while sleeping. While most people see results in nine months, it may take up to two years depending on how quickly you’re able to wear your aligners consistently and keep them clean. You should also visit your orthodontist regularly throughout treatment, so they can check that your teeth are moving as expected. How long treatment takes will vary from person to person factors like having worn braces before or crooked teeth will have an impact on treatment time.
Do whatever makes you happy! Would anyone else notice? Your friends and family might think it’s impressive that you’ve invested in dental care, but no one else will be able to tell what treatment has been done unless they know about Invisalign specifically meaning no more awkward conversations about whether or not someone thinks your teeth look weird. What happens if I break an aligner? Don’t panic.