Clear braces: how long can I expect to be in treatment?


clear braces

As a treatment that is rapidly increasing in popularity in the dental market, clear braces can pose a number of benefits to the patient.

Previously, the only method of treatment for those with mal aligned teeth was traditional ‘train track’ braces. An eye-catching option with an average treatment length of 24 months, traditional braces are often approached with a sense of disdain – particularly amongst adult patients. However, due to developments in dental technology, there are now alternative treatments for patients to take.

As their name suggests, clear braces, or Invisalign aligners as you may know them, discreetly fix any alignment issues without drawing any unwanted attention. Also removable, clear braces consist of a series of aligners  that are custom-made to your specification. Each marginally different, they work by gradually moving your teeth in small increments until they are in the final position. 

Each brace is worn for a period of 2 weeks before progressing, rapidly decreasing the length of treatment. In some cases, orthodontic treatment for mild cases with clear braces can take as little as 12 weeks – a vast improvement on the treatment length with fixed braces. Realistically speaking though, most cases are completed within a year.

Transparent, removable and quick, not only do clear braces pose a number of benefits for a patient’s lifestyle – they are also beneficial to oral health. They can be removed with ease for cleaning and flossing teeth, something that is very difficult to achieve with fixed braces. In addition, their discreet appearance means that more and more people are opting for this method of orthodontic treatment.

Invisible braces: a summary

  • Clear in appearance, resulting in no unwanted attention
  • Removable, making them a seamless addition to your lifestyle and improving oral health
  • Quick, with treatment taking as little as 12 weeks and most cases completed within a year
  • Comfortable, their seamless, plastic appearance removes the risk of any sharp wiring.

So, now you know how long you can expect to be in treatment for clear braces. Make sure to get in touch with Northenden House Orthodontics today if you want to find out more about Invisalign aligners.

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  • Mohammad Malik
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