It’s common for patients to have the desire to reduce the amount of time they spend undergoing orthodontic treatment. After all, they lead busy lives and do not want to spend years and years wearing braces. In the past, it took a year or longer for patients to achieve straight teeth and healthy smiles. Fortunately, Invisalign allows many patients to enjoy great results in a year or less.
It is important to note that Invisalign treatment time varies from patient to patient. While it does take many patients a year or less, patients with more severe cases may have to wear their aligners for longer.
If your goal is to cut the amount of time you have to wear braces, be sure to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Sometimes, patients refrain from doing so and end up prolonging their treatment time. While it’s okay to remove Invisalign for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing, removing them because you “don’t feel like wearing them” will not lead to quicker results.
Fortunately, a few innovations in the Invisalign process have helped patients achieve attractive smiles in less time. One of these innovations is the SmartTrack aligner material. This material retains more of its elasticity over time and is able to provide greater tooth movement strength. This allows treatment to be completed in a shorter period of time.