How Long Does Invisalign Take? by Hunt Valley, MD Dentist Dr. Joel Nathanson.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
Invisalign can take different amounts of time for different patients. It really depends on what you’re trying to accomplish with it, and it also depends on how much tooth movement is needed to accomplish those goals. It’s going to be different for different patients, again, depending on whether you’re just going for a cosmetic result or whether the patient has issues with their bite that they’re trying to fix and get a healthier situation with their mouth.
The shortest course of Invisalign that I’ve ever treated, it took around three to four months. And then there was one patient who I treated who took over two years to accomplish what she wanted to accomplish. But the really good thing about it was that whether it took just a few months or took the couple of years, we got a great result in both cases.
So a nice thing about Invisalign is that they will do a computer simulation before treatment so a patient can tell approximately how long it should take to get the results that they’re looking for. And once they know those results, they approve the treatment and then we go forward and help them to get the Invisalign ordered, get it fitted to their mouth. We monitor the process all the way along and end up with some really beautiful smiles in the end.
Our Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Effective 5 P.M today (03/24), the Maryland Department of Health issued a directive stating that health care providers “shall perform only medical procedures that are critically necessary for the maintenance of health for a patient. All elective and nonurgent medical [and dental] procedures and appointments shall cease effective at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and shall not be performed for the duration of the catastrophic health emergency.”
So the question you may have in response to this is “What would be considered an ‘urgent’ condition for which I SHOULD seek treatment?” To answer this question with regard to dental emergencies, the American Dental Association (ADA) has published the following guidance:
Dental care that you should have taken care of by a dentist at this time:
Bleeding that doesn’t stop
Painful swelling in or around your mouth
Pain in a tooth, teeth or jaw bone
Gum infection with pain or swelling
After surgery treatment (dressing change, stitch removal)
Broken or knocked-out tooth
Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other treatment for cancer
Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheek or gums
Biopsy of abnormal tissue
Dental care you can reschedule for another time:
Regular visits for exams, cleanings, and x-rays
Regular visits for braces
Removal of teeth that aren’t painful
Treatment of cavities that aren’t painful
If you do have a true dental emergency (as described above), call your dentist or contact our office. STAY SAFE!