How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?
Invisalign treatment varies in length based on the degree of correction necessary for the patient. In this respect, Invisalign is similar to metal braces. However, metal braces require much more maintenance because regular appointments are needed to adjust and tighten the brackets and wires.
Dr. Sanders, Rocklin Invisalign dentist, says that while patients still have to keep appointments during treatment, these visits are primarily for monitoring purposes. Instead of making adjustments directly, the dentist watches for when the next aligner is necessary. For patients, this means that a single missed appointment is unlikely to extend total treatment time significantly, which can occur with metal braces. In addition, time is not wasted by the repeated tension reductions associated with braces made of metal.
If patients keep their aligners in for at least 22 hours in each 24-hour period, they can normally expect to finish treatment within 12 to 18 months. However, these are only estimates, and actual time can only be determined on an individual basis. Examination by our orthodontist in Rocklin can help patients learn more about the potential length of their own Invisalign treatment.
While Invisalign has similar treatment time to metal braces, the time can seem to pass by more quickly thanks to several factors. Comfort, convenience and appearance are all areas where Invisalign shines. Finally, the end of Invisalign treatment only involves removing the aligner, a short and simple alternative to the process of removing metal braces that have been cemented onto the teeth.
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