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How Long Does Invisalign Take To Straighten Teeth?
Posted on 06/28/2017

How Long Does Invisalign Take To Straighten Teeth?

The time it will take to straighten your teeth with Invisalign is dependent on each individual case, but adult Invisalign treatment averages about 12 months. Your Phoenix Affiliated Pediatric Orthodontist will develop a treatment plan after your initial examination based on your individual needs.

We understand that, once you decide to get orthodontic treatment, you will be anxious to show off your new smile as quickly as possible. Our orthodontists are experienced experts at giving you the beautiful, confident smile you are looking for in the least amount of time possible.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign works by molding clear plastic trays to your teeth and creating several sets of trays that change incrementally until they have shifted your teeth into the new, desired positions. Our Scottsdale, Shea and Grayhawk patients range from early teens to adults and they all love the almost invisible look of their Invisalign aligners. The custom aligners fit snugly over your teeth and must be worn 22 hours each day for maximum tooth movement. The aligners are changed to a new set every two weeks.

What Are The Advantages of Invisalign Over Braces?


Invisalign vs. Braces






Straightening Teeth with Invisalign






Straightening Teeth with Braces






Length of Treatment






6 to 18 months






2 years






Food Restrictions






Recommend drinking only water with aligners in; take out to eat and drink your choice of food






Recommend not eating sticky or very hard foods and not drinking sugary drinks






Material used






Plastic aligner trays






Metal or ceramic bands and wires






Type of orthodontic problems






Best for more mild orthodontic problems such as moderate crowding or relapsed tooth movement.






Best for more challenging orthodontic problems such as significant over and underbites and twisted teeth






Orthodontist visits






Fewer visits to your Scottsdale orthodontist, approx. every 6 weeks to check progress and pick up new sets of aligners






Visit monthly to change wires and tighten brackets






Use with accelerated orthodontics?
























Generally more expensive than braces with an average cost of $5000, depending on individual treatment needs






Generally less expensive than Invisalign with an average cost between $1800 and $5500, depending on individual treatment needs






Want To Know More About Invisalign? Call Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics Today!

When you are looking for an orthodontist, you want to search for experienced professionals who were successful in their education and are active in their professional organizations and communities. When you meet the doctors at APDO, you’ll find they are exactly that.  And they bring that knowledge and experience to their patients, young and old, providing caring pediatric dentistry and orthodontic treatment. See if Invisalign is right for you by calling APDO at (480) 949-0332 in the Grayhawk area or (480) 556-0600 in the Scottsdale and Shea areas. Our professionals will examine your teeth and get you started on the best treatment plan for creating a lasting shining smile.