How Long Does It Take For Invisalign to Work?

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When you want to straighten your teeth with orthodontics, Ferrari & Aldieri Dental Associates offers Invisalign® treatment to correct the positioning of your teeth. During a consultation, our team can determine if you’re a candidate for this procedure and answer any questions, like what does Invisalign do to your teeth? Every patient is different in Farmingdale, NY, and the rate at which your teeth move depends on the shape of your jaw, your diet, your genetics, and your gum condition. Our dentists can give an estimated time table for your treatment, but typically it can last anywhere from six to 18 months.

Invisalign versus braces

At Ferrari & Aldieri Dental Associates, we map out your treatment with 3-D models of your mouth. This allows our team to create a series of images (with clear teeth aligners) to see how your teeth will move during your treatment. We can also give you an animated preview of your teeth movement before you start treatment. With Invisalign, we map out each tooth movement. Clear teeth aligners work on individual teeth. It's not uncommon for patients to see results faster with braces since all of the teeth move at the same time. However, metal braces are more visible and can be more uncomfortable than Invisalign. A mild case of crowded teeth could take as little as six months for results, while more severe cases of overlapping teeth could take as long as 18 months.

What do I do when I’m not seeing results?

It’s no secret that Invisalign can sometimes work slowly. The teeth that are the most out of place will move last, so it may take some time to see the dramatic results you’re looking for. You will have periodic follow-up visits at Ferrari & Aldieri Dental Associates. You should see significant changes at least halfway through your treatment period. There are times when treatment isn’t on track, such as if your teeth are colliding during treatment or if you’re not wearing your aligners as often as you should. Our team can address any of your concerns to make sure that your treatment is successful.

How do I make sure that my Invisalign treatment is successful?

At Ferrari & Aldieri Dental Associates, we provide thorough instructions on how to properly use and clean Invisalign. It’s important that you wear your trays for at least 22 hours a day for the best results. Remember, you should change your trays as planned to make sure that your treatment stays on schedule.

Schedule a consultation to learn how Invisalign can straighten your teeth in Farmingdale, NY

During a consultation, our team at Ferrari & Aldieri Dental Associates can answer your questions and help you set Invisalign expectations. We are committed to ensuring that all of our patients understand the treatment process ahead. To learn more about the orthodontic treatments we offer, call our professional team in Farmingdale, NY today to schedule a consultation.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.