How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth?

At Eastern Virginia Orthodontics, we understand that patients want to straighten their teeth as quickly as possible and they want the most effective orthodontic treatment. The good news is – our orthodontists offer fast, yet effective orthodontic care like Invisalign to quickly straighten your teeth. Invisalign works by slowly shifting your teeth to the desired position through a series of clear, plastic aligners that are custom-made for your teeth and are changed every two weeks.


Average Length of Time with Invisalign

While every patient and their mouth is different, our orthodontists can usually give you a close estimate of when you will be finished with your orthodontic treatment. The average Invisalign treatment normally takes about 12-18 months to be completed. This time frame does not include the retention phase, which requires the patient to wear their last set of clear aligners to keep their newly straightened teeth in place.

How to Keep Your Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment On Track

Although every patient is different, there are some things that you can do to keep your Invisalign treatment on track and not cause any delays. Eastern Virginia Orthodontics recommends the following to get the most out of your Invisalign and keep your orthodontic treatment on time:

  • Good Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth twice per day, floss once per day, and wash your Invisalign aligners once per day. Good oral hygiene is essential for all Hampton Roads orthodontics.
  • Wear Your Aligners for 22+ Hours: In order to keep your orthodontic treatment on track, you must wear your clear aligners for at least 22 hours per day. If you do not, your orthodontic treatment will be delayed and will take longer.
  • Attend all of Your Orthodontic & Dental Appointments: Stay up to date with all of your scheduled orthodontic appointments and dental appointments. This will ensure that your teeth are healthy and you are on track to finish your orthodontic treatment.


Schedule Your Next Appointment for Orthodontics in Hampton Roads!

If you are interested in orthodontic care like Invisalign, contact Eastern Virginia Orthodontics. Our team of specialized orthodontists will gladly evaluate your teeth to determine the best course of action for your orthodontic treatment. Request an appointment by filling out our easy online form. We look forward to seeing you soon!