How Long Does Invisalign Take?

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

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Invisalign benefits adults and older teens who need to straighten their teeth and correct mild to moderate bite issues. On average, Invisalign treatment takes between 12 and 18 months. Braces take between 18 months and 3 years.

Why Is Invisalign So Much Faster Than Braces?

Invisalign is faster than braces because it works differently to straighten teeth. Invisalign trays place gentle, constant pressure on the teeth. The customized trays continually shift the teeth rather than providing intermittent pressure from braces adjustments. Braces adjustments can even be painful on occasion.

The Invisalign Process

The process begins with a consultation with your dentist. Your dentist will examine your teeth and dental records and decide whether you should undergo Invisalign treatment or whether braces suit your situation better.

The dentist designs a series of aligners using computerized 3-D imaging. During the planning process, they closely examine each tooth and how it should move to create the best final arrangement.

When the aligners return from the lab, the dentist will ask that you wear each one for approximately one to two weeks. Every six weeks, the dentist will request that you visit the office for a progress check.

You must wear your aligner for 22 hours daily to work correctly. You may notice results within a few weeks when you wear your aligner day and night as directed, except to eat, drink, and care for your teeth. Even if you see immediate results, continuing to wear the aligners for the entire prescribed time is essential.

Benefits of Invisalign

Straighten Your Teeth Discreetly

People will notice your new smile when you use Invisalign, but you won’t receive unwanted attention like braces wearers. You will be able to smile, laugh, and make excellent first impressions.


One of braces wearers’ top complaints is that the appliances are uncomfortable. They are rough on the cheeks, lips, and tongue, and periodic adjustments can also be painful. Clear aligners are much more user-friendly.

Better Oral Health

Since you don’t have to brush and floss around braces, you can keep your teeth and gums in better condition. Many people with braces find that they have gum disease and more tooth decay later in life.

Eat Anything You Want

The clear aligners come out when you eat or drink. Within reason, you can eat what you like with Invisalign. You can easily eat candy, popcorn, and corn on the cob if you brush and floss carefully afterward and keep your aligners clean.

Call Sunshine Dentistry

Not everyone who needs orthodontic work can receive it in childhood. If you are interested in improving your smile quickly and efficiently, Invisalign may be right for you. Call our Cape May Court House, NJ office at 609-465-5415 to set up a consultation and have your questions answered.