Invisalign Aligners | What Do You Need To Know?
Invisalign: How Long Will I Need to Wear My Aligners?
Correcting the bite or alignment of your teeth can be done without other people knowing. Over time, they will just realize that something’s changing about you and you’re looking better.
Decades ago, when people wanted to achieve perfectly straight teeth, they had to wear this metal contraption around their head and mouth. After a while, the metal braces (with which everybody is familiar now) took over. The treatment then was clearly something everybody could see. Luckily, modern technology has allowed for a smile makeover to be accomplished in a less obvious way — through Invisalign.
How Do Invisalign Aligners Work?
Invisalign aligners work like braces but look like thin and perfectly fitted and clear mouth guards that can be removed for easier oral hygiene. They move teeth with the right placement of controlled movement. But unlike metal (or ceramic or clear) braces with brackets, Invisalign not only controls the amount of movement per aligner, but also the timing of the movement. Therefore, at every stage of the treatment, only a few specific teeth move with the help of the aligners according to the treatment plan created by the orthodontist. It’s an efficient force delivery system to correctly align teeth.
Needless to say, it’s a fantastic solution if you want a more convenient correction of your teeth alignment or bite. Now, there’s a question that you and others have about this treatment. “With Invisalign, how long will I need to wear my aligners?”
Total Duration of Invisalign Treatment?
Since they essentially are braces, the total duration of an Invisalign treatment is quite similar to wearing traditional braces. The duration of your treatment depends on the complexity of the dental problem. If you don’t have crooked teeth and you’re really just fixing your bite, the treatment duration is expected to be shorter. Generally, though, treatments with Invisalign usually range between 9 and 18 months. If you want a completely accurate answer, only your dentist can tell you all about that.
It’s important to keep your Invisalign aligners on for most of the day. If you want the best results it is crucial to stick to the treatment duration your orthodontist told you about. It is just as important to make sure to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day. You only remove them to eat, drink and when you need to clean them.
If you have other concerns about Invisalign, get in touch with your Shreveport orthodontist. He’ll be able to provide you specific answers to all of your questions.