Did you know that 48% of people have untagged themselves from a picture on Facebook due to insecurities surrounding their teeth? Plus, a staggering 33% of Americans are unhappy with their smile and 22% believe a better smile would lead to a better love life! Decades prior, fixing misaligned or crooked teeth would require metal brackets, pesky wires, and even headgear. However, patients today can opt for Invisalign, which delivers the same powerful results in a fraction of the time! Read on for what to expect and how quickly you can see results.
An Inside Look at How Invisalign Works
Throughout your treatment, your dentist will provide you with a series of clear, plastic, removable trays that will gradually guide your teeth into the desired location. This process is mapped out ahead of time with a 3D computerized model of your teeth, which helps your orthodontist determine where your teeth need to move. Each phase of treatment will shift your teeth up to .33 millimeters before it is time to begin the next set of aligners. Throughout the process, your dental team will continue to ensure that your oral health is in pristine condition and that you are on track with your original treatment plan.
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?
Since Invisalign delivers flawless, jaw-dropping smiles, it’s not surprising that many patients anxiously anticipate the end result. While traditional braces can take 18+ months to complete, Invisalign delivers results in an average of only 12 months! However, it is important to remember that each patient’s smile is unique, which means timelines can vary. Therefore, it is important to speak directly with your orthodontist for an exact timeframe.
Your Role in the Process
To stay on track with your treatment timeline, it is important to be an active participant in the process. While your orthodontist will supervise your progress continually, you can achieve optimal results by:
- Attending all your follow-up appointments.
- Wearing your trays for at least 22 hours a day.
- Practicing proper oral hygiene.
- Cleaning your aligners consistently.
Starting Invisalign is an exciting step toward achieving your dream smile. Plus, by following all your dental team’s instructions, you can have perfectly straight teeth by this time next year!
About the Author
For nearly two decades. Dr. Jason Hong has used his clinical expertise and genuine passion for his craft to help his patients achieve strong, healthy, beautiful smiles. Dr. Hong is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, has a Masters Certification in progressive orthodontics, and is an Invisalign certified provider. If you would like to speak with him about upgrading your smile, don’t hesitate to visit his website or give him a call at 630-789-1555.