How Long Before My Invisalign Starts Showing Results?

A lot of people prefer clear aligners like ClearCorrect over traditional braces for several reasons. The trays are almost unnoticeable, more comfortable than braces, and can be taken off when eating. But, there's one more benefit clear aligners can offer - the duration of the treatment can be significantly shorter than in the case of braces. 

How Soon Can I See Results With Clear Aligners Therapy? 

Everyone is different, so we can't give an exact answer for your particular case without a clear treatment plan. Moreover, factors like the complexity of your case, your age, and how consistently you wear your aligners can influence the effectiveness of the treatment. 

Generally, you might start to notice some changes within 2 to 3 weeks of wearing your clear aligners. These changes are often subtle and not easily noticeable to others.

You will notice significant visible changes around 3 to 6 months into treatment.  

Are Clear Aligners Faster Than Braces? 

You will see results with braces faster than with clear aligners. That's because braces put pressure on all teeth and move even the ones that are already straight. Don't worry, they will fall into the correct position again as the treatment progresses. 

Clear aligners, on the other hand, put precise pressure only on the teeth that need to be moved. These small adjustments may not be too noticeable at first, but because the treatment is so precise, the overall duration is shorter. 

It usually takes between 6 to 18 months for clear aligners to fix mild to moderate cases of misalignment whereas traditional braces typically take 18 to 24 months.

Keep in mind though that complex orthodontic cases, such as severe alignment issues, large gaps, or rotation of canines or molars can't be fixed with clear aligners and require traditional orthodontic treatment. 

How to Ensure Your Clear Aligners Treatment Is Successful 

If you want to see fast results with clear aligners, you also need to follow the dentist's instructions. Specifically, you need to: 

  • Wear your aligners for about 20-22 hours a day. Only remove them for eating, drinking anything other than water, and brushing and flossing your teeth.
  • Clean your aligners every day with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. 
  • Brush and floss after each meal before putting your aligners back in. This way, you can make sure that no food particles will get trapped between your aligners and your teeth. 
  • Use your aligners in the order prescribed and change them as directed.
  • Don’t eat or drink (except water) while wearing your aligners. Avoid foods or beverages that are too hot since they can damage your aligners. 
  • When you're not wearing your aligners, store them in their case. 

Interested in Clear Aligners? Let's Talk! 

Do you want to straighten your smile but aren't excited about wearing metal braces? Come for a consultation at Valor Dental and find out if clear aligners in Justin, TX are for you. 

Contact us today to book your appointment. 

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