Invisalign® starts an exciting journey to straight teeth. Aligned teeth make a memorable first impression and help you smile with confidence. No doubt, you’re anxious to see results. How long will it take before you notice them?
When Will You See Changes?
Although it depends on the position of your teeth and the complexity of your case, most patients in Invisalign or ClearCorrect® (Dr. Brooksher’s preferred invisible aligners) treatment notice changes in about three months. Each patient’s teeth are moved strategically and with precision, so don’t compare your results with others. Halfway through the treatment, the results are clearly noticeable. And you’ll feel your bite changing as your back teeth are moved to the correct position.
Your dentist will show you an animated 3-D preview of your teeth as they are moved. The preview includes a timeline to predict when you will see specific changes.
Although Invisalign and other types of invisible aligners can align your teeth up to 50 percent faster than traditional braces, they don’t work unless you’re wearing them. You need to wear the aligners 20-22 hours each day to keep the progress moving forward. If you frequently remove your aligners to snack or if you forget to wear them, your treatment time will be prolonged.
Maintaining the Results
Clear aligners work—regardless of the length of your treatment plan. Closely follow your dentist’s instructions throughout orthodontic treatment to get maximum results as quickly as possible for your case.
At the end of your treatment, your dentist will tell you how long and how often you need to wear a retainer. Without a retainer, your teeth will gradually shift back into their original position. If your teeth shift and you wait too long to see your dentist, you will need to wear a series of trays again to realign your teeth.
Schedule a Consultation
You don’t have to commit right away. Providers of Invisalign or other clear braces offer consultations. During the consultation, you’ll receive more information on the results you can expect and an estimate of the length of your treatment plan. After your dentist takes 3-D images of your teeth, you’ll see a digital version of how and when your tooth movement will progress.
This post is sponsored by Steven Brooksher, DDS of Baton Rouge, LA. Dr. Brooksher previously used Invisalign, but he prefers ClearCorrect. Read our Invisalign page to see why he made the switch.