How long does Invisalign take?
Most Invisalign treatment plans in our office are from 6-13 months. Some advanced cases may take longer such as 15+ months. Invisalign treatment time largely depends on patient compliance with wearing the aligners, complexity of tooth movement, and age of the patient. Highly motivated patients that wear the aligners 22+ hours a day have the best results with Invisalign and a smaller chance of running into treatment challenges. Also, some types of tooth movement are more complex than others and may take longer. Younger patients may also experience faster tooth movement compared to older patients. However, do not let your age discourage you from Invisalign or orthodontic treatment – it is never too late to get the smile you’ve wanted.
One of the major advantages of Invisalign versus other clear aligner brands is its track record with weekly aligner changes. For many years, dentists and orthodontists recommended changing Invisalign aligners every two weeks. However, in 2016 Invisalign released study data supporting one week aligner changes. This reduces treatment time by 50%! The one week aligner changes are at the dentist discretion
If you are worried about the length of time for your clear aligner therapy, do not stress until you have seen your Invisalign treatment plan. The first step is to call Dr. Bracy’s NYC dental office and schedule your Invisalign consultation. You’ll discuss the options and see if Invisalign if right for you. If it is, then Dr. Bracy will take the necessary x-rays, photographs and scan of your teeth (orthodontic records). This information is sent to Invisalign for treatment planning. After your Invisalign treatment plan is developed, you will meet with Dr. Bracy again to see the results, learn about the estimated treatment time and discuss your payment options.