How much longer is Invisalign than braces?

I have heard that Invisalign is a nicer alternative than regular metal braces. I really don’t want to get braces because they are ugly and all my friends have already got them off. How much longer does Invisalign take to straighten your teeth when compared to braces?

– Tammy in Texas

Dear Tammy,

The good news is that you have heard incorrectly about how long Invisalign takes. They actually take about half the time as traditional metal braces. On average, Invisalign takes about a year to straighten teeth and for some individuals they have worked in as little as six months.

Invisalign has many benefits. The clear aligners are invisible and completely removable. This means they can be removed before you eat and also when you need to care for your teeth. Invisalign is much more comfortable too. This innovative system is safe and works well for most adults.

It is true that they are a bit more expensive. Another disadvantage is that they are not recommended for children or teenagers whose teeth have not completely erupted.

You should meet with your dentist to help you to determine if you are a good candidate.

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