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How long does Invisalign® treatment take?

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign® uses clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth, making it a popular choice for those seeking a more comfortable and discreet orthodontic solution. If you're considering Invisalign® treatment, you may wonder, "How long will it take?" Here’s a rundown of the treatment process, plus some factors that can impact the duration of Invisalign® treatment.

A woman holding Invisalign® transparent aligner trays

Scheduling an initial consultation

The first step towards getting Invisalign® is to schedule an initial consultation with a qualified dentist or orthodontist who specializes in Invisalign® treatment. During this visit, you’ll receive an oral health evaluation, and your dentist will determine if you’re a suitable candidate for Invisalign®.

The assessment process

Your dentist will create a personalized treatment plan for you by taking dental impressions, X-rays and digital scans of your teeth. These tools provide insights into what you need and help design the most effective Invisalign® treatment plan for you. Your dentist may also show you a digital simulation of your corrected smile after using various Invisalign® aligner therapy methods so you can visualize what you can achieve.

Personalized treatment plans

Each Invisalign® treatment plan is tailored to suit the patient's specific needs. The complexity of the case plays a significant role in determining how long the treatment will take. Mild orthodontic issues may require a shorter treatment, while more severe misalignments or bite problems might take longer to correct.

The treatment timeline

Typically, Invisalign® treatments can last anywhere from six to 18 months, with most patients achieving their desired results within 12 months. The treatment timeline will vary based on the extent of alignment adjustment required and how well the patient adheres to the treatment plan.

Factors influencing treatment duration

Several factors can impact the length of Invisalign® treatment, and following the Invisalign® recommendations is the most essential one. Patients must wear the aligners for 20-22 hours per day. Failure to wear the aligners as prescribed may result in treatment delays or compromised results.

Age is another factor. Younger patients often experience faster tooth movement than older adults.

Mid-treatment adjustments and regular check-ups

During treatment, patients will receive a series of aligners that gradually shift their teeth into the desired position. It's essential to attend mid-treatment adjustments and follow-up appointments to track progress and make any changes to the treatment plan. Plus, regular check-ups with the dentist ensure the treatment is progressing as planned. You can use these appointments to discuss any concerns or issues that may arise.

Invisalign® and dental services in London, Ontario

If you're considering Invisalign®, our experienced team at Cosmo Dental Centre is here to provide exceptional dental services and guide you through your orthodontic journey. Contact us today to book your free consultation at our dental clinic in London.


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