Invisalign: An Overview
You can now straighten your teeth without anyone knowing through the use of Invisalign. Invisalign is a series of customized, clear aligners that slowly apply pressure to your teeth. Invisalign aligners are clear, removable, and designed with your comfort in mind. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment as long as you remove the aligners beforehand. Additionally, you can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene. The Invisalign process is the latest technology in orthodontics and has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide. However, this treatment is not available over-the-counter. Only a certified dentist like Laurel Smiles Dental Care can undertake this procedure.
Invisalign in Laurel, MD
We are proud to offer Invisalign treatment solutions to our Laurel patients as a part of our cosmetic dentistry solutions. After a consultation with our doctors, we can help you determine if this treatment is right for you. As your trusted dentist in Laurel, MD, we will let you know if Invisalign is an option to straighten your smile. Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have on the Invisalign process. The following are frequently asked questions about Invisalign:
How does Invisalign work?
Each set of invisible aligners are worn for about two weeks, only to be removed when you are eating and drinking. For the Invisalign treatment to be effective, you must wear the aligners as often as possible, or about 22 hours out of each day. About every two weeks, you’ll advance to the next aligner. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will slowly shift until they have straightened to the final desired position.
How long does Invisalign take to straighten my teeth?
Total treatment time averages 11 months. The average number of aligners worn during treatment is usually between 18 and 30. This, of course, will vary from case to case, depending on the severity of your teeth misalignment. You will visit us throughout your treatment so that we can monitor your progress and provide more accurate time estimates for your treatment.
Which is better, braces or Invisalign?
There are several different pros and cons to each orthodontic treatment solutions. While Invisalign allows you to maintain your aesthetic appearance while undergoing treatment, they also require willpower from the patient. You must hold yourself accountable for wearing them as often as possible, even though they are removable. With traditional braces, you must be careful with what you eat or drink to avoid damaging the braces. However, traditional braces are the most effective treatment option for our most severe orthodontic cases and may be recommended if you are determined not to be a candidate for Invisalign treatment.
Schedule An Appointment
The best way to determine if Invisalign treatment is right for you is to schedule an appointment with our doctors today. After a thorough evaluation of your teeth, gums, and jaw, our team will recommend how to proceed with bettering your smile. If you have any questions regarding Invisalign, feel free to call our office at 301-200-1315.