The question of how long the Invisalign system requires to straighten teeth is akin to asking how long it takes to drive to Reno. The answer is as simple as it is unenlightening: it depends on where you start. The essential fact is though all adults originally have 32 teeth, that’s where our uniformity ends. In Mount Pleasant, NC, each patient will have unique challenges in alignment, crooked teeth, overbites, overlaps, gaps, or all of the above; every smile is different. That’s why it’s so important to consult with Dr. Jason Annan at East Cooper Smiles because he has definite strategies to answer that all-important question. Here’s what you need to know.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a cutting-edge process to straighten teeth as an alternative to traditional wire and bracket braces. The system consists of a series of clear trays made of a patented material called SmartTrack, which is thermoplastic that will fit your mouth superbly. This is because Dr. Annan will take hyper-accurate impressions of your teeth to ensure a tight, comfortable fit.
Your consultation will help answer the question of treatment length as Invisalign is progressive. You will begin with the first tray and wear it 20-22 hours per day for approximately two weeks. An advantage of the Invisalign system is that you may remove your tray while you eat and drink and brush and floss. This enhances their comfort and effectiveness as they won’t interfere with meals or oral hygiene. After the first two weeks, you’ll move to the second tray, and so on.
Will I Have to Wait to See Results?
Another advantage of the progressive nature of your Invisalign treatment is watching the process unfold. As each aligner does its work, you will be able to see your teeth slowly moving to their final alignment. There’s no required big reveal because you can observe the results in real-time. Many patients find this inspiration towards faithfully keeping with the treatment regimen. Seeing, after all, is believing.
Where Do I Go from Here?
From our experience with Invisalign, treatments can be completed in as little as a few months, or they can take up to a couple of years. That range is vast, which is why we treat you as an individual. Our warm and welcoming staff will take the time to discuss your smile goals and your specific situation to devise the ideal treatment plan. So contact us today and start on the journey towards your perfect smile.