Invisalign FAQ: How Long Does it Take?

Dental braces are probably your best option if you have crooked teeth, an overbite, or an underbite. Traditional braces take a few years and may cause pain during treatment. The maintenance includes regular visits to adjust and tighten the braces. While traditional braces are still a great option, and sometimes the only option, for many people, we have an different choice available.

Invisalign is a great method compared to traditional braces for several reasons. Clear aligners are smooth and comfortable, compared to the abrasiveness of metal braces. You won’t have to have braces cemented to your teeth because the clear aligners fit right over your teeth. But how long does Invisalign take?

The Invisalign Process

Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign is easy! You don’t have to come in to have braces tightened, and you’re free to eat any food you want. The aligners are simple and don’t take as long to work as other braces.

The dentist will take a mold of your teeth and then create Invisalign trays custom-made for each stage of your treatment. The aligners should be worn at least 20 hours a day for two weeks, which will ready your teeth for the next set of aligners.

After two weeks, you will pick up the next tray from your dentist and repeat the process. Invisalign could straighten your teeth in just over a year, depending on your unique situation.

Invisalign Advantages

  • Comfort: Invisalign is made of smooth silicone and won’t tear up the inside of your mouth. The removable clear trays don’t need adjusting or tightening, reducing pain and discomfort.
  • Ease: Taking care of traditional braces can be difficult, with the numerous devices needed to help clean the teeth, and you’ll have to avoid certain foods. Thanks to smooth, removable trays make it easy to eat and clean your teeth.
  • Invisible: Invisalign aligners are clear and are virtually unnoticable! If you’re self-conscious about your smile, Invisalign may be a good option for you.

If you would like to know more about Invisalign or any other orthodontics services we have, set up an appointment with Dr. Kraus at our office in Allen, TX. Call us at (469) 619-9959.