What is the difference between the treatment time when having aligners or braces? I know some of my classmates who had braces for 3 years or more than that. I think that’s too long, that’s why I’m looking for other options. I’ve heard that aligners or Invisalign are faster. Is that true? If so, why is it faster than braces?
I got this from a licensed dentist’s page:
“Treatment time ultimately comes down to individual patient needs, but most of the time, yes, Invisalign treatment is faster than braces. When you have braces you wear them 24/7, and most who get braces will have them on for about an average of 2 years. On the other hand, those with Invisalign wear their aligning trays between 22 and 24 hours a day, and their treatment lasts anywhere from 6 to 18 months usually.”
In general, aligners or Invisalign takes less time than braces. The one-piece aligners are able to move the teeth as a whole while braces move each tooth individually.
The success of aligners and how fast the result would be depends almost entirely on the patient. If you don’t wear them, they won’t work. With braces, you don’t have any choice in the matter.
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Generally, aligners and Invisalign are faster than braces. While traditional metal braces require somewhere between 18 and 24 months, the average length of treatment with Invisalign is 12 months. However, the time needed to deliver the results you desire largely depends on how complex the treatment plan is. For example, patients with minor misalignment can see results in 6 months with Invisalign. However, those with severe crowding and issues with their bite can expect treatment to take up to 18 months. Therefore, it is important to follow all of your dentist’s instructions regarding your treatment so you can get results as quickly as possible!
In general, aligners are faster than braces. When you wear aligners, you change it every 2 weeks so you expect a change every time you change trays. While for braces, patients usually have an adjustment every 4 weeks.
In general Invisalign take less time than traditional braces to straighten teeth due to the type of force used by Invisalign.
But with aligners, since it is removable, the result would really depend on the patient’s compliance. Even if a patient has an easy case, it can take longer than 12 months if he/she doesn’t wear it for the prescribed time by the dentist.
thank you everyone for all the answers. I decided eventually to have aligners. I am currently on my 4th tray and my dentist said that I have an average of 20 pairs of trays. 16 more to go. so I guess I still have 8 months, right?