Meadow Ridge Dental Centre

How long does Invisalign take?

Invisalign clear aligners offer another approach to straightening smiles compared to traditional orthodontics. The old method utilizes metal brackets and wires that move teeth through the pressure your orthodontist creates when adjusting the wires. Clear aligners like Invisalign also physically manipulate teeth, but the method is through clear aligners you wear in sequence. Your aligners are designed and produced especially for you, each one gently moving your teeth into the positions we plan when starting the treatment.

Invisalign Treatment Plans Provide a Predictable Timetable

Because we create your Invisalign treatment plan digitally, we can accurately project how long you need to be aware of your aligners. In most cases, the typical treatment time ranges from 12 to 18 months. We can help confirm this through a complete exam and consultation, where we discuss your hopes for your smile. Then, we take hyper-accurate scans of your teeth so that we can simulate how your teeth will move and thereby better predict the outcome.

Treatment begins after an Invisalign lab fabricates a series of aligners just for you. Each aligner should last approximately two weeks before you move on to the next one. The number of aligners in your treatment plan establishes your total time for treatment.

After completing your primary series of aligner wear, you still should follow our recommendations around wearing a retainer. Most patients require this appliance during the first year or two, but we can help you determine the ideal approach. A retainer protects your investment by preventing your teeth from slipping back to their previous positions. Our goal is to maintain your new smile for the life of your teeth.