If you're considering using Invisalign to straighten your teeth, you may be wondering how long it will take to start seeing results. Generally, you can expect to start noticing an improvement in your smile within three months. However, some patients may see changes in as little as two weeks. It's relatively common for patients who use Invisalign or other types of clear aligners to start seeing changes early.
Some may even notice a difference in their smile after just six weeks of treatment. The average Invisalign treatment plan lasts 12 months, although it can be as short as six months for minor adjustments. If you have Invisalign trays on your upper and lower teeth, treatment may progress at slightly different rates. For optimal results, Invisalign gradually aligns your teeth, minimizing discomfort and ensuring an accurate, healthy smile.
If you've just enrolled in Invisalign, your treatment may be shorter or longer than other patients. There are also types of dental movements that must be performed to refine the bite and that won't necessarily be noticed in the mirror. In order to ensure that your Invisalign treatment proceeds as quickly as possible, it's important to follow your orthodontist's instructions carefully. This includes wearing the aligners for the recommended amount of time each day and changing them out as directed.
If you stop using the aligners as directed by your orthodontist, it will take even longer for you to see results. If it's been more than five months and you still don't notice any difference, you'll want to schedule a follow-up appointment with the treatment provider. All of this means that people often see movement with traditional braces before they see movement with Invisalign.