Why Are My Teeth Taking A Long Time to Move in Invisalign® Aligners?

By: Dr. Victoria Veytsman


Many people choose Invisalign aligners over traditional braces to straighten their teeth. The near-invisibility of Invisalign treatment is far more desirable, especially for adults. Of course, even with a virtually invisible device, patients are eager to get the treatment over with as quickly as possible. That’s understandable. But good things don’t happen overnight.

At Cosmetic Dental Studios in New York City, NY, top celebrity dentist Dr. Victoria Veytsman works with patients to give the best cosmetic dentistry care possible, including Invisalign aligners. Below, she’ll explain what to expect from Invisalign treatment and how long patients have to wait for results.

What results can patients expect from Invisalign aligners?

Not every patient is an ideal candidate for Invisalign treatment. Finding out if you can straighten your teeth with these aligners requires a consultation with a top cosmetic dentist, such as Dr. Veytsman. Invisalign clear aligners can provide excellent results for people who face the following dental issues:

  • Minimally crooked teeth

  • Overlapping teeth

  • Teeth that need slight repositioning

  • Tooth gaps

  • Overcrowded teeth

  • Protruding teeth

  • Mild overbites and underbites

But when these conditions are severe, Dr. Veytsman may recommend another method. Invisalign treatment isn’t practical for extreme conditions or issues related to the alignment of the jaw. But other methods may be, so you’ll want to schedule a consultation to find out.

How does Invisalign treatment move the teeth?

Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic that is customized for each patient. Dr. Veytsman will take photos and digital x-rays, and make impressions of your mouth to ensure the ideal fit.

It’s important to note that Invisalign works in steps, and patients will receive more than one set of aligners. Each set is shaped a bit differently so that your teeth are encouraged to move gradually. Dr. Veytsman will instruct you on when to move to the next set of aligners based on your specific needs, but typically patients change aligners every two weeks.

It’s important to note that to see Invisalign aligner results, your retainer must be worn for at least 20 – 22 hours a day. This requires discipline, but the leading cause of poor results is a lack of patient compliance with this instruction.

How long does Invisalign treatment take to straighten teeth?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Veytsman will be able to estimate the length of your treatment. The time it takes for Invisalign aligners to straighten teeth will depend on two main factors: treatment goals and patient compliance. As with braces, minor adjustments will take less time, and some patients can finish their treatment in as little as six months. More dramatic results can take over a year.

Most Invisalign patients see full results in 1 – 2 years. Your results may become visible in as little as two weeks, which can feel very encouraging and motivate patients to wear their aligners properly. But for patients with more severe tooth issues, it may take up to six weeks to see the first signs of change. It’s important not to get discouraged if you don’t see results right away. Dr. Veytsman will be able to tell you if your treatment plan is on the right track.

Get Invisalign treatment results in NYC

As a top celebrity dentist, Dr. Victoria Veytsman understands the importance of creating an alluring smile. Her extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry helps ensure patients get the best treatment possible.

If you’re curious about how long it takes for Invisalign to straighten your teeth, the first step is to schedule a consultation at Cosmetic Dental Studios in New York City.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.