How Often Do I Have To Wear Invisalign Aligners?

Invisalign is one of the most popular types of orthodontic treatments. Not only are they much less visible than braces, but they also provide higher comfort and easier maintenance at the same time! 

If you’re about to go in for your first Invisalign consultation in Poway, you might wonder how long you’ll need to follow this clear alignment therapy. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the Invisalign treatment timeline.

How Does Invisalign Work? 

Invisalign is a type of clear aligner that puts pressure on your teeth to slowly reposition them. Each aligner is designed based on a set of scans of your teeth, which map out the exact "journey" they need to take to correct your alignment issues. 

Invisalign needs to be almost in close contact with your teeth; otherwise, there is always a risk of them migrating back to their original placement. You will have to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day. 

Factors That Determine Invisalign Treatment Length 

Once you consult with Dr. Leila, you can get a more accurate estimation of how long your Invisalign treatment will last.

The timeline can be influenced by the following factors: 

1. Alignment issues

Minor or mild alignment problems are much easier to correct than trickier cases. If you only need subtle changes in your tooth alignment, you can expect fast results with minimal effort. 

Complex bite or alignment issues could take months to effectively treat. 

2. Age

Older patients often need longer Invisalign treatments. Kids' and teens’ bodies are still developing, so their teeth tend to migrate faster with Invisalign than adults'.

3. Treatment compliance 

You should wear your trays for at least 22 hours every day and only take them out to eat, drink anything other than clear water, brush your teeth, and clean the trays. 

Yes, you even have to wear the trays while you sleep. Not doing so can extend your treatment or even require new Invisalign trays if your original ones stop fitting. 

4. Teeth responsiveness

Patients' teeth respond differently to Invisalign or even braces. There isn't an underlying cause for it; it's just a fact. If your teeth are slower to respond, you can expect a longer treatment. 

5. Additional treatments 

Sometimes, orthodontic treatments need some support. If you need additional dental work, this can delay your Invisalign treatment. 

For example, Invisalign can effectively treat overcrowded teeth. Sometimes, you’ll need a tooth extraction before you can get your treatment, so you’ll have to heal from the extraction before getting your first tray. 

Find Out If Invisalign Is Right for You 

Schedule a short Invisalign consultation with Dr. Leila to find out if these clear aligners are the right solution to getting a perfectly straight and healthy smile! 

You can request a visit to Smiles by Dr. Leila online or call us at (858) 668-3390 for a chat.

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