Though much more discrete than traditional metal braces, Invisalign® invisible aligners still require a sizeable commitment in order to realize your goal of straightening your teeth. It’s a commitment to making slight to moderate alterations to your eating, drinking and dental hygiene practices. How well you stick with your commitment will play a major factor in determining how long you’ll need to wear Invisalign.
Before diving into how eating, drinking, dental hygiene and related elements factor into the length of time you’ll have to wear your aligners, let’s make sure we’re on the same page about how Invisalign works.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign clear aligners essentially work like conventional metal braces, but the distinguishing factor is that the trays are nearly undetectable and make such a noticeable change to your appearance.
Your Invisalign system might look like a simple set of plastic, but it is much more. Your Invisalign aligners are custom made for you, and only you. With time, your teeth will move into their ideal placement and align to put your smile in it’s prime.
So, how long does Invisalign take?
Your treatment plan could span as little as a six months’ time or it could take years, all depending, in large, on how much your teeth need to move to reach their ideal placement.
Your dentist will advise you to try to wear your aligner trays for roughly 20 to 22 hours a day. But because they’re removable and patients are advised to remove their aligners while eating or drinking, it can be tempting to wear Invisalign less time each day than required. Ultimately, not wearing them long enough each day can extend your treatment time.
What should my next steps be?
Contact a local orthodontist for a consultation to find out if you’re a candidate for Invisalign. While Invisalign may be the most stylish option, traditional braces may suit you better.
Talk with a Nassau County dentist today. Schedule a consultation with National Dental in Williston Park to find out the best routes to get straighter, whiter, healthier teeth with invisible aligners and a full complement of other dental services offered.