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How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Your Teeth?


Invisalign has given millions of people a beautiful, straight smile in under two years. Although each patient is a little different, the majority of patients will complete treatment in 12-18 months. But, early results begin to show much sooner. Some patients using Invisalign treatment begin to see a noticeable difference in just six weeks.  Here’s what to know about how Invisalign treatment works, and where to go for Invisalign treatment on the Upper West Side.

Is Invisalign Right for You?

Invisalign is the most innovative and effective tooth straightening system available. Its nearly invisible appearance makes it incredibly attractive for both adults and teens. Although many people opt for Invisalign due to the discrete nature of the alignment trays, there are many additional benefits of Invisalign.


Metal wire and bracket braces are, to put it bluntly, clunky and uncomfortable. The brackets can scrape the insides of your teeth and lips, and broken wires can also cut or scrape you. By contrast, Invisalign aligners are made of BPA-free, clear, smooth plastic, keeping your mouth safe from toxins, and allowing your lips and cheeks to glide seamlessly over the aligners.


Anyone who has worn metal braces can attest to the never-ending struggle to keep food from getting stuck in your braces.  Because your Invisalign trays are removable, you’re able to eat anything and everything you want.  


Metal braces can make you insecure about smiling. Whether you’re self-conscious about showing off your treatment, or you worry that food may be stuck in your teeth, metal braces can negatively impact self-esteem. With proper care to ensure your aligners don’t become scratched, cloudy, or dulled, Invisalign trays are almost invisible.

Healthier Smiles

One of the primary drawbacks of metal braces is the inability to thoroughly clean the entire surface of your teeth. Stains from food and lifestyle habits can develop on the teeth not covered with the brackets. Unfortunately for some people, this can lead to a white space on the teeth once the braces are removed.  Moreover, because it is more challenging to floss with metal traces, you’re at greater risk for developing gum disease, or tooth decay.  Invisalign allows you to maintain excellent oral health throughout your entire treatment, which is why top dentists recommend it.

Fewer Check-Up Appointments

If you choose to straighten your teeth with metal braces, be sure you’re prepared for a lot of dental appointments. Bracket and wire braces need to be tightened frequently throughout treatment, so you’ll be seeing the dentist a lot. Invisalign doesn’t require any tightening, so you can expect to check in with your dentist less frequently.  

Faster Results

Some people may complete Invisalign treatment in as little as nine months with the average length of treatment being 12-15 months. Treatment can straighten teeth in as little as four to six months.  Most patients begin seeing subtle changes in just weeks.  

New York’s Favorite Invisalign Provider

Glassman Dental Care is a leading Invisalign provider in Manhattan. As a forward-thinking dental practice, Dr. Steven Glassman was an early adopter and advocate for the benefits of Invisalign treatment. His unmatched experience and education in alignment technology have solidified Glassman Dental Care as a top Invisalign provider in NYC. We invite you to browse our Invisalign gallery of before and after photos of patients.  
If you’re ready to correct a less than perfect smile, contact us today by calling 212-787-4860, or feel free to text our team at 917-451-7140.  We look forward to helping you achieve a straight, brilliant smile.