How Long Do You Have to Wear Invisalign

How Long Do You Have to Wear Invisalign?

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Invisalign® is an advanced orthodontic treatment that moves your teeth into their best position without brackets and wires.

One of the system's best features is that it is often faster than traditional braces. You must wear Invisalign 20 to 22 hours daily for about 12 to 18 months to see permanent results.

How Invisalign Works

The first step in changing your smile is visiting your dentist for a consultation. Dr. Haave will discuss your expectations and the results you want to see from the aligners. She will then take images of your teeth and gums with an intraoral scanner, a small, handheld wand that fits comfortably in the mouth.

After scanning, she will use the data to create a 3-D digital model of your smile. This will show what your teeth will look like after treatment.

The data then goes to the Invisalign dental lab, where they make the aligners from clear, medical-grade plastic. When your aligners return from the lab, you will visit the office for a fitting and start your treatment.

Benefits of Invisalign


The aligners fit flush against your teeth and have no sharp corners or edges. After you have worn Invisalign for a few weeks, it will feel natural.


Many busy adults and teens want straighter teeth but don't want the extra attention. Invisalign moves teeth gently and gradually, allowing patients to keep their treatment private.


You will wear each set of clear aligners for one to two weeks before changing to the next in the series. You must only see your orthodontistt every six weeks to check your progress.

No Food Restrictions

With Invisalign, the aligners come out when you eat or drink anything but water. You don't have to avoid corn, apples, popcorn, candy, or any other food as long as you properly care for your teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

The system produces the best results in adults and older teens. These individuals should have excellent oral hygiene skills, no untreated tooth decay, and no untreated gum disease.

Is there anyone who shouldn't use Invisalign?

Invisalign is useful for straightening teeth and correcting minor to moderate dental bite problems. Anyone with complex orthodontic needs may do better with braces.

Patients must also be responsible enough to follow directions and wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily.

Call Wilson Park Dental

If you've always wanted straighter teeth, Invisalign can create the smile of your dreams. Please call our Rapid City, SD, office at 605-343-9352 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Haave today.