How Long Do I Have To Wear Invisalign?

How Long Do I Have To Wear Invisalign?
Posted on 08/08/2016

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Tyler S. Pritchard, D.D.S., M.S. and the professional team at Pritchard Orthodontics are the experts in Centennial, CO for orthodontic treatment using Invisalign clear aligners. Treatment with Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces, may reduce the time it takes to reach your treatment goals and the number of visits you make to the orthodontist.

Is Invisalign Right for You?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Tyler Pritchard will discuss with you your orthodontic needs and treatment goals. At this visit, the staff will determine the severity of your malocclusion (the misalignment between the upper and lower jaws). This consultation may take from one-and-a-half to two hours and is important to assess the condition of your teeth and your possible orthodontic treatment options. If the doctor says that you’re a candidate for the Invisalign system, then you’re ready to start your treatment!

Is Invisalign Effective?

Invisalign takes less time to work its magic than traditional metal braces. Treatment with Invisalign can last anywhere from 9 to 18 months, from fitting to completion, depending on how much work needs to be done. Dr. Pritchard and his team stress upon their patients that they must wear the aligners as directed. If you leave your aligners out for too long, your teeth can shift into unintended positions, and that may require a patient to have to start the whole process all over again.

What Does Invisalign Require?

Patients will need to visit their orthodontist every six-to-eight weeks (depending on individual needs) for check-ups on treatment progress with the Invisalign system. These check-ups will take about a half hour, during which your orthodontist will make sure that your aligners are comfortable and that they’re doing their job correctly.

The benefits of Invisalign are clear. Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible, are never permanently bonded to your teeth. You can take them out to eat, brush, floss, and clean the tray.  

If you’re looking for an Invisalign orthodontist in Centennial, CO, or if you’re ready to schedule an initial consultation, then Dr. Tyler Pritchard and the specialist team at Pritchard Orthodontics are here to help. If you have any questions or concerns about Invisalign, call Dr. Tyler Pritchard at: 360-667-4111