Invisalign: When Will I See My Dream Smile?


Invisalign Houston TXHaving a straight smile is something that is often related to a sense of confidence. We admire straight smiles, especially when they are also radiantly white. Because we find a straight smile so pleasing, the presence of crooked or crowded teeth in our smile can cause a lot of frustration. In recent years, we have been fortunate to see expansion in the way we treat concerns related to the straightness of the smile.

Invisalign is a prime example of this advancement in dentistry. Although there are numerous benefits to teeth-straightening with this system, many patients still feel a bit of urgency around seeing the results they have long desired. How long will it take to straighten your smile with Invisalign? Let’s take a look at the process of orthodontic correction to see if we can answer this question.

The Task of Moving Teeth

Orthodontic treatments like conventional braces, invisible braces, and Invisalign share one objective: to move teeth. There is something that has to happen before teeth can move to their ideal situation, they need to become loose within the periodontal ligament. So, moving teeth is a two-phase process; first loosening and then moving. Remember, there is a final phase of orthodontic treatment, retention with a retainer.

The way that Invisalign completes this process is through the constant, gentle exertion of force on teeth.  Some aligners will focus on one are or even one tooth, while others will be more widespread regarding pressure. To maintain the consistency of pressure needed, patients are instructed to change aligners every two weeks. The number of aligners that are prescribed is determined by the degree of correction needed; and here is where we start to see a glimpse of the timeframe for treatment.

Invisalign is more than a cosmetic dentistry treatment. This protocol can correct mild to moderate bite issues in addition to gaps, overlapping, and turning. With each change in aligners, patients get to witness the transformation of their smile. When aligners are worn as directed (about 22 hours a day), a standard course of treatment may take anywhere from six to eighteen months, depending on how much correction needs to be achieved.

Do you want to know more about how long Invisalign treatment may take for your needs? Schedule your visit at a Royal Dental office near you. We proudly serve patients from areas in and around Houston, Sugar Land, Humble, and more.

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