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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My dental implant bridge isn’t aligned correctly.


I recently had some dental work done to replace four of my bottom right teeth. I ended up having a new implant bridge, using two dental implants. The problem is that when I bite down, it seems like my teeth don’t line up. What I mean by this is that the top and bottom teeth are off when my mouth is closed. Do you know if this is typical?

– Ruth from New Hampshire


From what you described, something is not right. Your teeth should be aligned correctly and naturally. When your mouth is closed, they should come together. If this isn’t taken care of so your bite does close properly, you may end up with TMJ disorder.

Dental implants require a lot of additional training beyond dental school, but implant dentistry is not a recognized specialty within the profession. Unfortunately, this means that any dentist can claim to be an implant dentist.

At this point, you may want to consider a second opinion. When you are researching a dentist’s credentials, there are a few organizations that will help to qualify them; the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Their involvement or any special designation, like fellowship or diplomate status is especially impressive within these prestigious organizations.

As far as what happened in your case, it is difficult to make any observation without actually seeing you in person. But it may be that they were placed incorrectly during the surgical phase. Maybe the surgery was done by one dentist, while another did the restoration? Communication can become a stumbling block when multiple dentists are involved.

Best of luck to you.

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