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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
801 Brewster Ave Ste 255
Redwood City, CA 94063
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Does Invisalign Work Faster Than Braces?

October 22, 2022 @ 11:22 AM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman

photo of a person wearing Invisalign and bracesThe length of time it takes to achieve the desired results with Invisalign or braces can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the severity of the misalignment and how well the patient follows their orthodontist's instructions. At the practice of Jean E. Barthman, DDS, in Redwood City, CA, we can determine if braces or Invisalign can straighten your teeth. We can also advise you on treatment timelines, and answer questions like does Invisalign work faster than braces?

Average Invisalign Treatment Time

The length of time for Invisalign treatment can vary depending on the individual case and the specific treatment goals. However, on average, Invisalign treatment takes around 12 to 18 months. Some cases may take less time, while more complex cases could take up to two years or more.

The number of Invisalign aligners needed for treatment can vary depending on the individual case and the specific treatment goals. On average, Invisalign treatment involves using between 20 and 30 sets of aligners, but some cases may require more or fewer aligners.

How Invisalign Works

Each set of aligners is worn for about one to two weeks, and each set is designed to move the teeth gradually closer to their desired position. The number of aligners required will depend on the complexity of the case and the amount of shifting needed to achieve the desired results.

What Can Delay Treatment?

It's important to note that Invisalign treatment time can also depend on how well the patient follows the orthodontist's instructions, such as wearing the aligners for the recommended amount of time each day and switching to new aligners as directed. Skipping or delaying aligner changes could prolong the treatment time. Since the aligners are removable, there is a lot more patient responsibility that plays a role in the Invisalign treatment timeline.

Average Braces Treatment Time

The length of time for braces treatment can vary depending on the individual case and the specific treatment goals. On average, treatment with traditional braces takes around 18 to 24 months. However, more complex cases can take longer, and some cases may take less time.

How Braces Work

During braces treatment, brackets are placed on the teeth and connected with wires, which apply gradual pressure to move the teeth into their desired positions. The orthodontist will adjust the wires periodically throughout treatment to ensure that the teeth continue to move in the right direction.

What Can Delay Treatment?

The length of treatment can also depend on how well the patient follows the orthodontist's instructions, such as keeping the teeth and braces clean, avoiding certain foods that can damage the braces, and attending all scheduled appointments.

Are Either of These Treatments Actually Faster?

Although the average treatment time for braces is longer than for Invisalign, it doesn’t take into account that braces are often used to treat more severe tooth misalignment issues. Both treatments rely on the same slow, safe, and methodical tooth movements that slowly bring the teeth into alignment. Moving the teeth too quickly during orthodontic treatment can potentially cause damage to the teeth, roots, and supporting structures, resulting in problems such as root resorption, gum recession, and bite problems.

The speed of treatment is not the only factor to consider when deciding between Invisalign and braces. Other factors, such as the severity of the misalignment, the patient's age, and their lifestyle and personal preferences, should also play a role in the decision-making process. It's important to consult with our experienced Redwood City orthodontists to determine which treatment option is best for your individual needs and goals.

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