How long do I have to wear invisible braces?

Thinking about getting invisible braces to straighten your teeth, but not sure how long you’ll have to wear them? The thought of undergoing orthodontic treatment can be daunting, especially when you consider the time involved.

However, invisible braces offer a discreet and comfortable solution to improve your smile, so most of the discomfort associated with braces disappears.

However, if you want to know more about this form of treatment, in this blog post we’ll explore the typical time frame for invisible braces, the factors that can influence the length of treatment and what you can expect throughout the process.

The importance of a personalised assessment for invisible orthodontic treatment

The personalised assessment in this type of treatment is fundamental because the invisible orthodontic dentist is dedicated to developing a complete assessment for each patient, through which the specialist decides which technique is the most suitable for each particular situation, thus guaranteeing the best results.

In order to define the appropriate invisible orthodontic treatment plan and treatment, it is important to follow the patient’s opinion as well as the specialist’s recommendation. Finally, a programme is designed to suit the requirements and needs of each individual.

Factors that affect the length of Invisalign treatment

The duration of Invisalign treatment can be affected by several variables depending on each patient. Let’s take a look at some of the factors that affect Invisalign:

Degree of correction needed and dental complexity

How long Invisalign takes will depend on the complexity of the problem. For example, in patients with severe orthodontic problems, Invisalign treatment takes longer because the teeth take longer to achieve their correct position.

Here are some cases where invisible orthodontics has a longer treatment time:

  • Crowded teeth.
  • Closed or open bites.
  • Unerupted teeth.
  • Bites, cross-bites.
  • Patient’s age.

Patient compliance and daily use

It is essential to follow your invisible orthodontic dentist’s instructions regarding the correct use of your aligners, adherence to scheduled appointments and oral hygiene. If the parameters are adhered to, the time spent wearing invisalign may be reduced.

Technology and advanced techniques in invisible orthodontics

Today’s technological advances in invisible orthodontics can also modify the duration of invisalign treatments, improving patient comfort and aesthetics.

Estimated treatment times with Invisalign

The duration is estimated at 4 to 6 months.

Moderate to severe cases: understanding extended treatment times

Another common question is: how long does invisible orthodontics last in severe cases?

In these situations the time is usually much longer, due to the tooth movement that must occur to achieve functional occlusion. The estimated duration is 9 to 18 months.

Tips to maximise the effectiveness of your Invisalign treatment

To maximise the success of your results you need to follow these tips:

Care and maintenance of aligners

It is vital to establish an oral hygiene routine and clean your invisible aligners daily.

  • Rinse invisible braces with lukewarm water.
  • Do not use mouthwash or toothpaste.
  • Store Invisalign splints in a case.

The importance of regular visits to the orthodontist

The evolution of Invisalign month by month depends to a large extent on the patient’s attendance at all scheduled visits to the specialist. Regular visits make it possible to:

  • Monitor the progress of the placement of the invisible braces.
  • Make adjustments to the invisible brackets.
  • Avoid complications.
  • Provide guidance.
  • Identify any problems that arise during treatment.

Frequently asked questions about invisible braces

How many hours a day should I wear the aligners?

In general, patients are recommended to wear the Invisalign appliance for 22 hours a day, which means that it should only be removed at mealtimes and when cleaning.

If you pay attention to your orthodontist’s instructions, you will know how many hours you have to wear Invisalign or, in other words, how long you have to wear invisible braces, as each case is different.

Can I speed up the process of my Invisalign treatment?

Yes, thanks to technology, there are several ways to speed up Invisalign treatment. Let’s see what they are:

  • Wear the invisible aligners.
  • Attend regular appointments.
  • Change aligners on time.
  • Corticotomies: Surgical procedure.
  • Pulsed light accelerators: Through their effect, they increase the movement of roots and bones. This reduces the total time of invisible orthodontic treatments.
  • Acceledent: This is a small device that produces gentle vibratory waves on the teeth and bones, thus accelerating the Invisalign treatment.
  • Propel Alveocentesis: This is a slightly more invasive technique that promotes cytokine activity. It consists of making micro-perforations in the bone.

What happens if I forget to wear my aligners for a day?

If you forget to wear your invisible aligners for a whole day, it is not serious, but we advise you to contact your specialist. He or she will tell you how to resolve this small mishap.

What are the signs of progress during Invisalign treatment?

You may notice several changes throughout your Invisalign treatment:

  • Noticeable change in dental alignment.
  • Decreased pain.
  • Improved bite.
  • Dental aligners feel tighter.

How do daily habits affect the success of Invisalign?

Daily habits are a major determinant of a successful outcome, because oral hygiene is essential in all phases of treatment. It is also essential:

  • Wearing invisible aligners responsibly.
  • Eat a proper diet.
  • Avoid vices such as smoking.
  • Clean the storage case.
  • Maintain communication with the dentist with invisible braces.

How often is Invisalign changed?

They are changed every 7 to 15 days, but it all depends on your treatment plan.

How does invisible orthodontics work?

It works by gradually aligning your teeth using clear, removable aligners.

How long does it take to align teeth with orthodontics?

There is no specific time.


This article clearly answers the question of many patients in consultation regarding how long is the minimum time for orthodontics? Or rather, how long should Invisalign be worn? As we could observe, the estimated time of Invisalign treatments will depend mostly on the complexity of each particular case.

However, in order to achieve success with this type of treatment, it is crucial to keep in contact with the orthodontist, follow each of their instructions and maintain proper oral hygiene.

Make regular visits to the dentist!



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