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How long does Invisalign last?

Are you considering Invisalign to straighten your teeth, but wondering how long the treatment lasts?

You’re not alone. Many people are curious about how long Invisalign lasts, the treatment period, and how long the results last.

We’re here to help you learn more so you can make an informed decision.

What is Invisalign treatment?

Put simply, Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to straighten teeth discreetly.

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and can be easily removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and cleaning throughout the day.

This flexibility makes them a preferred choice for people seeking straight teeth, and the great news is that it is for everybody, not matter what age you are.

Invisalign is a great way to straighten your teeth, from simple to complex cases can be treated with Invisalign. Our Invisalign Expert Dr Gina Vega has completed over 1000 cases making her the perfect dentist to give you the smile of your dreams.

How long does Invisalign last?

The duration of Invisalign varies from person to person and depends on lots of different factors, including the complexity of the case and the individual’s compliance with wearing the aligners.

On average, Invisalign treatment typically lasts between 12 to 18 months. However, some cases may require shorter or longer treatment periods – it all depends on the specific needs and conditions of the patient.

During your initial consultation, Dr Gina Vega will assess your teeth and provide you with a custom treatment plan, including an estimated timeline for achieving the results you want.

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Does Invisalign permanently work?

Yes, Invisalign offers a permanent solution for straightening teeth, but maintaining results requires commitment. Regardless of whether you choose traditional braces or Invisalign, teeth never stop moving, so you will need a retainer to prevent  your teeth shifting back post-treatment.

Making sure you wear retainers consistently after treatment helps to stabilise teeth. Good oral hygiene and frequent dentist visits are also essential for long-lasting Invisalign results and overall dental health.

To maximise the effectiveness and benefits of Invisalign, it’s crucial to follow care instructions diligently. This includes wearing aligners for at least 20 hours daily, promptly replacing lost or damaged aligner trays, and attending regular check-ups.

Tips for making your Invisalign results last longer

Once you’ve completed your Invisalign treatment and achieved the desired shape and alignment of your teeth, you’ll move into the retention phase.

This phase is crucial for maintaining the results of your treatment in the long term. Here are some factors that can affect the longevity of your Invisalign results:

1. Wearing retainers

After completing your Invisalign treatment, we will provide you with retainers to wear. It’s important to follow our  instructions and wear your retainers as prescribed to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original position.

2. Regular dental check-ups

Routine dental check-ups are essential for monitoring the stability of your teeth alignment and addressing any issues promptly. It’s also great to have this time for communication with your dentist, where you can address any concerns or questions.

We invite our patients to attend 6 monthly retainers check-up and include 18 months free aftercare to make sure you are doing the right thing to keep your dream smile for life.

3. Good oral hygiene

Nurturing oral hygiene habits, including brushing, flossing, and scheduled dental cleanings, is crucial for preserving the health and alignment of your teeth.

4. Avoiding habits that can compromise results

Certain habits, such as teeth grinding or nail-biting, can put pressure on your teeth and affect the stability of your results. It’s essential to avoid these habits to ensure the longevity of your Invisalign results.

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Invisalign vs Braces: Which is Quicker?

When choosing between traditional metal braces and Invisalign, you might wonder which one works faster. In the short term, braces usually show quicker results because they move multiple teeth at once, even those already straight, causing temporary shifts.

In contrast, Invisalign moves teeth individually, starting slowly but progressing with each set of aligners. Despite braces showing faster initial changes, Invisalign achieves long-term results more efficiently due to its superior effectiveness.

Invisalign offers a convenient and discreet solution for achieving a straighter smile. While the duration of Invisalign treatment may vary, the results can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.

By following our instructions, wearing your retainers, and prioritising your dental health, you can enjoy the benefits of your Invisalign treatment for years to come.

Choose Bishopsgate Dental as your cosmetic dentist

At Bishopsgate Dental, we offer Invisalign services that are tailored to your needs.

Our removable Invisalign treatment offers the confidence of straight teeth without the self-consciousness that comes with wearing noticeable, traditional fixed braces.

We aim to ensure that quality dental care is easily accessible to all. Our appointment and consultation slots are available from 8am to 8pm on weekdays, with extended hours until 8pm on Wednesdays. You can book online or call our helpful team on 0207 377 6762.