How long does Invisalign take? And other common questions

There are several reasons why over time your teeth may shift and become misaligned. Ageing, pressure from eating, teeth grinding or not wearing your retainer after having orthodontic work done can all contribute to having crooked teeth. One of the top teeth straightening treatments available currently is Invisalign clear braces. In this blog post, our dentists in Grantham answer some of your commonly asked questions about this popular treatment.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a tooth straightening treatment that uses a series of custom made, removable aligners to gradually move your teeth into place. These aligners are virtually invisible, making them a much more discrete option than traditional metal braces and a popular option for adults wanting to undergo teeth straightening.

How long does the treatment take?

This varies from person to person, depending on your orthodontic needs. Treatment can take as little as 6 weeks, or up to 24 months for more complex cases. To get the most out of your treatment you will need to ensure that you are wearing your clear aligners for at least 22 hours a day and switching them when needed. You will also need to wear a retainer after your treatment to keep your teeth from shifting back to their original position.

What are the advantages of Invisalign treatment?

Many people choose Invisalign as an alternative to fixed metal braces. Invisalign braces are virtually invisible which makes them less noticeable, so you won’t have to worry about metal wires and brackets showing when you talk or smile.

They are also removable so that you can still eat all of your favourite foods, which isn’t recommended with fixed braces. You may also wish to remove them for a special occasion, such as a wedding.

How do you keep Invisalign braces clean?

Invisalign clear braces are also a better option for your dental health, as they prevent food from getting lodged between your teeth and causing a buildup of bacteria, and are much easier to clean than metal braces. You can rinse your aligners every night and brush them gently with a toothbrush, and use an Invisalign cleaning solution to keep your braces from becoming cloudy.

How much does Invisalign treatment cost?

The success and popularity of Invisalign mean that for some the treatment can be costly. At The Dental Health Centre, we understand that cost can play a large part in deciding which orthodontic treatment to choose, so we offer dental finance plans to help you spread the cost. You can discuss this during your appointment or visit our finance page for more information.

Whats next?

If you think that Invisalign treatment is right for you, visit our contact page to get in touch with our dentists in Grantham and we can help you start your journey towards straighter teeth.