How Quickly can Invisalign Straighten my Teeth?

Kingston TN

Maybe you were unable to receive orthodontic treatment as a teen. Or, perhaps, you did have your teeth straightened with braces as an adolescent, only to experience orthodontic relapse. No matter your situation, if you’re living with crooked teeth as an adult, orthodontic treatment still is possible. Today, while braces still are a tried-and-true method to correct crooked teeth, patients also can straighten their smile through a plastic aligner therapy method such as Invisalign. Today on the blog, we explore how quickly Invisalign can work to straighten your teeth in Kingston.

How does Invisalign straighten teeth?

Whereas braces use brackets and wires to bring crooked teeth into alignment, Invisalign accomplishes the same goal through the use of transparent plastic aligners. These aligners are custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth. When worn, they apply gentle pressure to realign teeth. Once treatment begins, you return to your Invisalign provider in Kingston every few weeks for a new set of aligners until treatment is complete and your teeth have reached their ideal alignment.

What length of treatment can I expect with Invisalign?

The needs of each patient vary on a case-by-case basis. However, generally speaking, orthodontic treatment with Invisalign can be completed in 12-18 months.

Factors that may affect the length of treatment time include:

  • If straightening your smile requires significant movement of your teeth;
  • If you do not maintain a regular schedule of follow-up visits with your dentist to receive new aligners; or
  • If you do not wear your aligners for the recommended minimum of 22 hours per day
  • It’s important to maintain realistic expectations while undergoing Invisalign treatment. You will work with your Invisalign provider to determine the entire estimated time of treatment.

Why choose Invisalign?

More people are choosing Invisalign over braces as their preferred method to straighten their teeth. Invisalign is especially popular among adults, who opt for this treatment type because the aligners are transparent, and more discreet, than braces.

Other benefits of orthodontic treatment through Invisalign include:

Less irritation: Although modern dentistry now offers ceramic braces that are less obtrusive and will not aggravate an existing metal allergy, any braces still have brackets and wires, which can irritate your teeth and mouth or poke at your cheeks, gums and tongue.

Removable: Although you do need to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day to achieve desired results, you also can remove your aligners when you eat or it’s time to clean your teeth. This makes the process of oral care much easier, as you do not have to navigate around the brackets and wires of braces, while also meaning you can receive orthodontic treatment without the dietary restrictions on hard, crunchy and chewy foods that typically come with braces.

Invisalign in Kingston, Tennessee

Not all dentists can supply orthodontic treatment with Invisalign – only certified Invisalign providers can offer this. LakeView Dental Arts is proud to be a certified Invisalign provider for patients in Kingston, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas. To learn more about Invisalign or any of the other services we provide, call (865) 376-9687 or contact us online to schedule your consultation today.

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