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How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?

June 27, 2022
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Posted By: Healthy Living Dentistry
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Invisalign is an excellent alternative for aligning your teeth if you want discretion and efficiency. Busy adults near Foothill Ranch love that they can straighten their teeth without having to endure wearing unsightly metal brackets and wires. But just how long will it take before you can fully enjoy your straighter, more beautiful smile?

The answer differs significantly for each patient, depending on their unique needs. Let's look at a few of the problems Invisalign can correct and the range of time it may take.

Crowded or Overlapping Teeth

Depending on the severity, crowded teeth could take between three to 18 plus months to correct. Mild cases needing slight movement will be faster than those with severe crowding or overlapping.

Overbites and Underbites

Bite corrections are some of the more complicated problems Invisalign in Foothill Ranch can tackle. But, again, it depends on the patients' unique needs. Invisalign can correct most bite issues in 18 to 24 months. However, there may be more complex cases that would be better served with braces.

Closing Gaps

Eliminating gaps between teeth can often be completed in a few months for milder cases. However, more significant gaps may take 12 to 18 months to close.

What Affects Treatment Times?

Besides your personal treatment needs, patient compliance is also a factor in treatment times. For example, when you wear your clear aligners for at least 22 hours per day and change them every one to three weeks, your treatment will move along as scheduled, and you'll enjoy your new smile in no time.

If you take your trays out often and leave them out for long periods, it will impact the efficiency of your treatment. Broken or lost trays may also prolong your treatment.

Learn More About Invisalign in Foothill Ranch

If you're looking for an Invisalign dentist near Foothill Ranch, CA, Dr. Roy Kim, DDS is a certified Invisalign provider, and he would love to meet you! Contact our dentist office today at (949) 830-2003 to schedule a consultation for Invisalign clear aligners

Dr. Roy Kim and his team at Healthy Living Dentistry serve patients nearby Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Mission Viejo, CA.

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