How Long Does Invisalign® Take?
Patients considering Invisalign® often ask us, “How long does Invisalign take?” For most adults, treatment takes about a year, although this may vary from patient to patient. However, at Smile360 in Austin, TX, we can sometimes speed up your timeline. As a Preferred Provider of Invisalign, we can harness the power of PROPEL Excelleration™ technology to reduce the amount of time you undergo Invisalign therapy.
For most adults,
treatment takes about a year.
Factors Affecting Your Timeline
As with traditional orthodontics, Invisalign treatment times vary by patient. The two biggest factors affecting how long your treatment takes are the severity of the misalignment and your age. Patients with mild misalignment typically have shorter treatment timelines than patients with more severe issues.
It is worth nothing that timelines vary much more widely for teenagers because their mouths are still in development. In contrast, adults regularly require about 12 months to achieve their desired results.
Why Treatment Times May Take Longer
Patients should note that treatment times will take longer or may even fail altogether if the aligners are not worn at least 22 hours a day. Patients who do not wear their retainers for this daily minimum may not experience enough tooth movement to prepare them for the next retainer in their series. This typically pushes back the entire treatment timeline and can often necessitate more frequent checkups with the dentist.
With PROPEL Excelleration, we can reduce the time you spend in the dentist’s chair and shorten your follow-up appointments.
How We Can Speed Up Your Treatment Time
A huge advantage to receiving your Invisalign treatment at Smile360 is that we can expedite the process. Our practice is proud to use the advanced PROPEL Excelleration™ Product Series. These devices create small perforations that stimulate the thickened ridge of bone that contains the tooth sockets. This process effectively accelerates tooth movement.
With PROPEL Excelleration, we can reduce the time you spend in the dentist’s chair and shorten your follow-up appointments. We can apply this technique to a range of different case, including spacing, crowding, open bite, and crossbites.
PROPEL Excelleration is a simple 3-step process performed in just a few minutes during a regularly scheduled appointment. There is no discomfort or downtime, so you can get back to your busy schedule right away.
Maintaining Your Smile
After you have spent a year or more going through the Invisalign process, no doubt you will want to maintain your results. Patients should plan on wearing a retainer at night after their treatment is finished. This prevents the teeth from shifting out of their aligned position before they permanently settle into place.
Fortunately, you can typically use your final tray as a retainer. This allows patients to save money on having a retainer made specifically for maintenance, as is typically the case following traditional orthodontics.
Learn How to Expedite Your Treatment
At Smile360, we want all of our patients to achieve a healthy, straight smile in as short a time as possible. Experience the difference that expedited treatment can make at our practice. Learn more by calling our office today at (512) 444-4746 or contacting us online.