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Treatment Time for Invisalign vs Braces
When it comes to straightening teeth, Invisalign® — a set of clear aligners that gradually move teeth in the mouth — is a great alternative to traditional braces. Many patients are attracted to the shorter treatment time required for these devices. Understanding how long it takes transparent aligners to create a beautiful smile compared to braces can help patients choose the right course of action for treatment.
The amount of time a patient wears aligners or braces depends mostly on individual needs. If a patient’s teeth have significant spacing issues or are very crooked, more time is naturally needed regardless of the treatment option chosen. However, Invisalign® tends to be quicker than braces.
On average, patients use aligners between 12 and 18 months. Patients may receive anywhere between 20 and 30 clear aligners with their treatment plan, and most professionals advise switching to a new set once a week or every two weeks. The number of aligners often dictates the total number of months a patient needs to wear them. For patients who have limited time or have minimal teeth misalignment, an express option is possible, which can take as little as six months.
Traditional braces require an average of two years to fix crooked teeth. Oftentimes, patients require braces if there are more serious alignment issues with a smile. In advanced cases, braces may be needed for more than two years. Patients can speak to a professional to get an estimate on how long braces are needed. This can help determine whether aligners or braces are the better choice.
Other Invisalign® advantages
Aligners have other benefits over braces that may persuade a patient toward one or the other. Keep in mind that everyone is different, and some advantages work more in the favor of some people than others. Which straightening option is selected often depends on personal preference.
Eating and brushing
One key difference between Invisalign® and braces is the patient’s ability to remove the devices. Braces are permanent and can only be removed by a professional after the treatment is complete. The brackets remain adhered to teeth for all activities, including eating, brushing, and flossing. Patients must learn how to maintain good oral hygiene even with braces on.
Aligners can be removed whenever the patient wishes. It is recommended that patients keep the devices in for most of the day (about 22 to 23 hours). However, for eating and brushing, the aligners can be easily removed. Maintaining oral health can therefore be easier with this option.
The transparent nature of aligners attracts many patients, particularly older ones. Some people do not feel comfortable wearing visible braces to work or school. Aligners are difficult to see and much easier to hide, allowing patients to straighten teeth without feeling self-conscious about the treatment.
You may be able to get a gorgeous, straight smile without the hassle of braces. Invisalign® offers an alternative treatment with quick and convenient results for many patients.
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