Invisalign is a fantastic way to straighten your teeth without braces. With Invisalign, you can enjoy a faster, simpler, and more convenient treatment experience, and get the straight, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
But how long does it take to start working? How long does it take, and how can you make sure you keep your treatment on track? Find out now in this blog from HD Dental Studios, and learn more sometimes to speed up the Invisalign treatment process from Dr. Delano Hankins.
Our Top 4 Tips to Speed up The Invisalign Treatment Process
Unlike braces, Invisalign is removable. This is convenient, but it also means you’re responsible for how quickly your treatment progresses. If you don’t wear your aligners enough or you damage a set of aligners, this can set your treatment back quite a bit. So here are a few top tips for keeping your Invisalign treatment on track!
- Wear your aligners for 22 hours per day (or longer) – You should only remove your aligners to eat and drink, and to brush and floss. Wearing them for 22 hours or longer per day gives your aligners plenty of time to move your teeth into the proper positions.
- Maintain good oral hygiene – Cavities can set your treatment back quite a bit, so make sure you brush and floss properly throughout the Invisalign treatment process.
- Don’t miss Invisalign adjustments and dental appointments – Always come to HD Dental Studios as scheduled for Invisalign checkups, and for any other dental appointments like teeth cleanings and oral exams. Missing appointments or delaying them can set your treatment time back quite a bit!
- Clean your aligners and keep them protected – Keeping your aligners clean helps protect you against tooth decay. Regular cleaning also keeps them invisible and ensures they don’t smell. And whenever you’re not wearing them or cleaning them, such as during a meal, make sure to put your aligners in their protective case. Losing, damaging, or breaking your aligners will cause treatment delays.
When Does Invisalign Start Working?
So, how quickly does Invisalign start working? The short answer is “immediately!” As soon as you put your first set of aligners in your mouth, they will start placing pressure on your teeth, and moving them toward healthier positions in your mouth. That’s why your teeth may start to feel a bit sore as soon as you put on your aligners.
However, these movements are very small. It takes time for them to add up and become visible. You won’t usually see any noticeable results within the first few weeks of your treatment. It may take up to 10-12 weeks to notice visible changes in how your smile looks, and how your teeth fit together.
So be patient! Your aligners are working as intended. By moving your teeth slowly, Invisalign gives them plenty of time to get used to their new positions. This ensures that your newly-straightened smile will last a lifetime.
Most Patients Need Invisalign For At Least A Year
Once your treatment starts, you’ll usually need to continue Invisalign treatment for about a year. However, this depends on the extent of your orthodontic issues and the specifics of your case. Some patients may only need 6-9 months, while others may need 18 months or longer to complete Invisalign treatment.
During the Invisalign consultation and planning process, Dr. Hankins will give you an estimate of how long your treatment will take. However, this may change over time, depending on how good you are about wearing your aligners properly. And that brings us to our next point!
Interested In Invisalign In Culver City? Come To HD Dental Studios!
If you’re self-conscious due to gaps in your smile, crooked teeth, or any other issues with the alignment of your teeth, Invisalign in Culver City may be right for you. To learn more and find out if you’re a candidate, you can schedule an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Hankins at HD Dental Studios. Give us a call at (424) 362-5801 or contact us online to get started, and see how Invisalign can help you transform your smile.