Invisalign Timeline: The Complete Guide by Movemints

Invisalign Timeline: The Complete Guide by Movemints

Let's align your smile together!

We'll discover everything about straightening our teeth with Invisalign and Movemints in this complete guide.

From the first consultation to the final results, we'll walk through each step of treatment. Wave goodbye to mouthfuls of metal and hello to clear aligner comfort!

What is Invisalign?

As an alternative to old-fashioned traditional braces, Invisalign uses a series of customized, transparent, removable plastic aligners to progressively straighten teeth over time. The Invisalign aligners are constructed from smooth, comfy plastic that is practically invisible when worn.

Unlike braces, Invisalign allows you to remove the aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Treatment time averages 6-18 months, but it all depends on the complexity of your case. Invisalign is suitable for adults and teens looking to correct mild to moderate alignment issues such as crooked teeth, gaps, or spacing.

How Does Invisalign Work? The Invisalign Process Timeline:

The Invisalign process involves the following steps:

Step 1: Initial Consultation and Treatment Plan

Image showing a patient during the initial consultation and treatment planning for Invisalign.

During your initial consultation, an Orthodontist will assess your teeth using photos, x-rays, and impressions. These records are then used to create a customized 3D treatment plan and aligners.

You'll be able to see simulations of how your teeth are expected to move with Invisalign and preview your new smile. This helps you understand the treatment timeline and expected results.

If you decide to proceed, you'll sign paperwork and pay the initial treatment fee. It can take 4-6 weeks for your custom aligners to be produced and shipped to your orthodontist.

Step 2: Receiving Your Invisalign Aligners

Patient receiving their Invisalign aligners.

Once your custom aligners are manufactured, you'll have an appointment with your orthodontist to get your first set of aligners.

During your orthodontic treatment, they will:

  • Give you instructions on how to properly wear and care for your aligners

  • Show you how to insert and remove them

  • Provide you with aligner accessories like Movemints to help seat the trays

  • Answer any questions you have about the treatment process

You'll receive your initial set of aligners and switch to the next set every week as your teeth gradually shift into alignment.

Step 3: Regular Checkups and Aligner Changes

Image of a patient undergoing regular checkups and aligner changes.

During treatment, you'll have regular appointments with your orthodontist every 4-8 weeks. At these visits, your orthodontist will:

  • Check on your progress and how well the aligners are fitting
  • Give you your next set of aligners
  • Make sure you're wearing them for the prescribed time each day
  • Advise you on caring for your aligners and teeth
  • Answer any questions or concerns

    It's important to attend all your appointments and wear a fresh aligner set for the recommended period before switching. This ensures your teeth move efficiently through each stage of the treatment plan.

    Things that Can Affect the Timeline

    The duration of your Invisalign timeline varies based on factors such as the extent of crowding, the complexity of the treatment plan, adherence to the instructions, maintaining good hygiene, attending appointments, and individual biology, with major adjustments taking longer than minor tweaks.

    The exact time depends on your specific case. But stick with your Invisalign provider and use Movemints products to optimize your journey. We'll get you smiling in no time!

    Using Movemints for Aligner Seating

    So how do these magical Movemints work their aligner-seating magic? Here's the spearmint-flavored play-by-play:

    • Pop one in after putting new aligners in your mouth.
    • Gently bite down - the mint's grooves guide your teeth into the perfect pressure position.
    • Keep biting as the mint moves in your mouth to fully seat those aligners in place.
    • Xylitol in the mint helps prevent dry mouth.
    • Enjoy the fresh burst of flavor as you chew away.

      With their patented shape and design, Movemints make seating aligners easy and comfortable. No more battling soreness and irritation. These little mints are your Invisalign BFF.

      Spearmint Movemints

      An image of Spearmint Movemints, chewable mints to help seat your aligners.

      The classic Spearmint Movemints provide a crisp, refreshing burst of minty flavor. These mints help seat aligners, freshen breath, and relieve dry mouth.

      Orange Movemints

      An image of Orange Movemints, chewable mints to help seat your Invisalign aligners.

      Zesty, tangy Orange Movemints ignite the senses with a bright citrus flavor. They liven up your breath while aiding aligner seating and hydration.

      Mint Chocolate Movemints

      Image of Mint Chocolate Movemints, mints to help seat your aligners.

      Indulge in the irresistible mix of rich chocolate and minty freshness with Mint Chocolate Movemints. A tasty treat that smooths aligner discomfort.

      With Movemints by your side, you'll enjoy the journey to your new, confident smile even more.

      Invisalign Timeline FAQ

      How often do I need to wear my aligners?

      To achieve optimal results, you should wear the Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours daily, only removing them for eating, drinking, brushing teeth, and flossing. Less than 20 hours of daily wear time can extend your treatment timeline and delay achieving your desired smile. Be diligent about wearing your aligners as prescribed for efficient teeth straightening.

      Can I speed up my Invisalign treatment?

      The estimated timeline depends on your specific goals and plan. But you may shorten treatment by:

      • Wearing aligners 22+ hours daily
      • Using Movemints/chewies to seat aligners
      • Attending all appointments
      • Practicing excellent oral hygiene
      • Avoiding staining foods/drinks

        Discuss pace concerns with your orthodontist. Complex cases often need the full estimated time. But properly wearing aligners and Movemints can help optimize your Invisalign journey!

        What if I lose or break an aligner?

        For uninterrupted progress, promptly contact your orthodontist if your aligner tray is lost or damaged, as each aligner tray is crucial for your treatment plan. They will guide you on using the previous aligner temporarily or provide a replacement. To prevent issues, follow instructions, avoid losing aligners, and inform your orthodontist promptly about any concerns.

        Conclusion: Achieving Your Perfect Smile with Invisalign and Movemints

        A picture of 3 different flavors of chewable Movemints for invisible braces.


        Invisalign revolutionized orthodontics with its clear, removable aligners. This more comfortable and convenient alternative to braces better suits many lifestyles.

        Treatment time averages 6-18 months but depends on your specific case. More alignment needed equals more time. To maximize efficiency, wear aligners 20+ hours daily, use Movemints to seat aligners, and attend all appointments.

        With patience and properly wearing aligners, Invisalign gently straightens teeth over time. Movemints' accessories make treatment even more comfortable. Soon you'll have the smile you want with Invisalign and Movemints!


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