How Long Does Invisalign Take?

Northern Virginia Orthodontics is the #1 Invisalign provider in North America. Invisalign clear aligners can be used to correct multiple oral issues and properly align teeth in children, teens, and adults. The process can be fairly simple, but the timeline from the first appointment to the final beautiful smile can vary from patient to patient. Some factors that go into how long Invisalign will take include the severity of the case, the age of the patient (baby teeth shift easier than adult teeth), and the patient’s dedication to regularly wearing the aligners. Learn more about the Invisalign process and tentative timelines to reach a perfect smile.

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Getting Started With Invisalign

The Invisalign process isn’t a one size fits all treatment. Your smile is your best asset, and Invisalign clear aligners are the easiest, quickest method to getting the smile of your dreams. The process with Northern Virginia Orthodontics is fairly simple, just three easy steps can put you on the path to your best smile. Depending on the complexity of your case, treatment can take as little as six months.

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The process starts with a consultation at the NVO Invisalign Studio. After a smile evaluation, your doctor will map out what the process will look like using customized digital treatments that showcase the transformation of your smile while setting expectations. These expectations are ultimately what make or break your initial timeline.

Wearing Invisalign Consistently

Once approved, your doctor will get to work on creating your custom Invisalign aligners. This can take about 4 weeks once you receive the 3D digital iTero scan of your smile. Each set of aligners will be worn for the recommended amount of 22 hours a day. Your treatment plan will include changing to a new set of trays every one to two weeks. By gently moving and shifting your teeth according to your treatment, you’ll start to see results almost immediately. 

Consistency Is Key

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners are not permanent or glued to your teeth. Due to this, it is important to wear your aligners as recommended by the Northern Virginia Orthodontics team. A treatment timeline of 6 months to a great smile might be given, but if you do not wear your aligners as recommended it will slow down the process and take much longer. It is also important to switch to new trays when recommended to not further delay the alignment process. 

You can rest assured knowing that your Invisalign aligners are virtually transparent. Live your life confidently while transforming your smile with removable trays. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners can be removed to enjoy food or colored beverages, when needed for public appearances or events, and even for easy cleaning. 

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Post-Treatment Smile Maintenance

Once you’ve made it through your smile transformation journey with Northern Virginia Orthodontics and Invisalign clear aligners,  keep your smile beautiful and photo-ready with the Vivera retainer. This custom retainer is 30% stronger than other retainers. Just like your Invisalign aligners, Vivera is made to fit your smile comfortably, but it is worn while you sleep. This retainer is intended to last virtually a lifetime to keep your teeth in proper alignment.

Contact Northern Virginia Orthodontics Today

Ready to start your smile transformation? We offer Invisalign treatment at four convenient locations. Contact Northern Virginia Orthodontics to schedule your smile assessment