December 17, 2018
Did you know that an estimated 4 million people have straightened their teeth with Invisalign? This discreet but effective alternative to braces has only been around for about 20 years, but it’s been a real game-changer for anyone who wants the benefits of orthodontic treatment without wearing brackets and wires. And while it’s true that Invisalign usually works faster than braces, there’s an additional option that works even faster: Invisalign Go. For busy people who need relatively minor adjustments, it’s a great way to correct their smile without spending years in braces. Keep reading to learn how quickly this option can work and whether it might be right for you!
What Determines How Long You’ll Be In Treatment?
On average, regular Invisalign takes 12-18 months, compared to 18-24 months for braces. Invisalign Go is even better – most patients get their results in only 3-6 months.
Having said that, it’s important to remember that everyone is unique and that it will depend on how severe your bite issues are. That’s why the best way to get a more concrete idea is to schedule a consultation with a dentist who offers Invisalign.
Here are some of the factors that affect your treatment time:
- Compliance – To get your results on time, it’s crucial that you wear your trays for the recommended minimum of 22 hours per day. That leaves 2 hours for meals and your oral hygiene routine. You can also take out your trays for important events like job interviews or presentations, as long as you keep this to a minimum.
- Severity – While regular Invisalign works for most people with mild to moderate problems, the best candidates for Invisalign Go are those who only need minor adjustments.
- Age – As everyone ages, the bone mass in their jaws becomes more dense, so it can take longer to move the teeth their corrected positions. However, while this has an effect, it isn’t usually significant enough to make a huge difference.
Will Invisalign Go Work For You?
Again, everyone’s case is unique, but Invisalign Go generally works best for spacing and crowding issues. Crossbites, underbites and overbites are usually treated more effectively with either regular Invisalign or traditional braces.
Also, if you’re one of the many people who wore braces as a teenager but didn’t wear your retainers afterwards, you might be a great candidate for Invisalign Go. You probably wouldn’t need as much treatment as someone who’s never had orthodontics because most of the major corrections to your bite were done with braces.
Invisalign has a 96% satisfaction rating amongst patients, which says a lot about how effective it is. And, after a consultation, you’ll have a better idea of which option will give you the best result so you can make the right choice for your smile!
About the Author
Dr. Bita Kamali is an Invisalign-certified general and cosmetic dentist who knows the impact that straight teeth have on oral health and self-confidence. She offers both Invisalign and Invisalign Go, and when possible, loves being able to give her patients results in less time than they expect. If you want to straighten your teeth and would like to know more, you can contact her via her website or at (972) 818-1300.