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How Long Do You Have To Wear Clear Aligners?

January 20, 2024

Clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment, meaning the purpose is to correct the position of the teeth and the alignment of the bite. This new technology is changing the field of orthodontics by providing an alternative to traditional braces for patients who are eligible. 

If you’re considering clear aligners for yourself or your child, you may be wondering how long the treatment takes, among other questions. Here’s what you can expect when it comes to treatment length with clear aligners. 

What Are Clear Aligners? 

Clear aligner systems use a series of plastic trays that fit over the teeth to shift them into proper alignment. Each aligner is slightly different so that the teeth are shifted gently and gradually. Patients are instructed to wear each aligner for about 2 weeks, then switch to the next aligner in order until all of the aligners have been worn. Periodic monitoring by your dentist will ensure that the treatment is working effectively. 

Average Length of Treatment with Clear Aligners 

Clear aligners may take anywhere from 6 to 18 months to achieve the desired results. The average treatment time is about one year. 

Factors That Affect Treatment Length

There are a few different factors that may contribute to the length of your clear aligner treatment, such as: 

  • Severity of case. The severity of your case will have an effect on the length of your treatment. The further your teeth need to be shifted and the extent of the corrections necessary will determine how many aligners you will need to achieve the desired results. 
  • Compliance. How well you follow your treatment instructions will affect the length of your treatment. You will be instructed to wear your aligners for up to 22 hours a day or more. The more you wear them, the more effective your treatment will be. 
  • Brand of aligners. There are a few different brands of clear aligners on the market. Treatment lengths vary based on the brand, so if your top priority is short treatment, you can choose your aligner system accordingly. 
  • Age. Clear aligners often take longer for adults than for children and teens. This is because adult teeth are more set in place and not as easy to shift. Young people are still growing and the teeth and jaw are more malleable. 

Am I a Candidate for Clear Aligners? 

To determine whether you or your child are eligible for clear aligners, a brief evaluation is necessary. An assessment of the current position of the teeth and bite will determine whether or not clear aligners would be an effective treatment option for the conditions present. 

Schedule an Evaluation Today 

One major benefit of clear aligners is that they are offered by many dental offices without going to a separate orthodontist. If you’re interested in clear aligners, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with Altitude Dental. When and if you are eligible for this treatment, a plan can be made to get started. 

Call 425-775-3446 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Clear Aligners 

What happens if I lose an aligner? 

Aligners can be replaced if lost. We recommend wearing the previous aligner until a new one can be made. Invisalign Teen offers two free replacement aligners during the course of treatment. 

Are clear aligners covered by insurance?

Clear aligners are considered an orthodontic treatment, and in most cases they are eligible for insurance coverage. If your dental insurance includes coverage for orthodontic treatment, the amount specified in your plan should be able to be applied to your clear aligners. Contact your insurance provider for more information. 

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