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 cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics and has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide. However, this cosmetic dental treatment is not available over the counter. Only a certified dentist like Laurel Smiles Dental Care can undertake this procedure.
Why Choose Invisalign?
Invisalign is often the top choice for straightening crooked teeth today. They’re subtle and a lot less noticeable than metal braces and other traditional methods. Particularly for adults, they don’t want their teeth straightening solutions to be noticeable or distracting. Clear plastic aligners can barely be seen when they’re used unless someone is close up. You can stay confident in your smile and not feel the need to hide it.
Invisalign aligners are also more comfortable than traditional methods. The aligners are customized for your smile. They fit snugly, but the plastic doesn’t irritate your gums or other soft tissue in the mouth. Brackets and wires often pinch and poke your gums and cheeks. It’s smooth plastic that’s fitted closely to your smile. Problems don’t arise when your cheeks and lips are moving around as you’re speaking or eating.
It’s easier to take care of your oral health with Invisalign. The aligners are removable, so you can take them out to brush and floss your teeth like you normally would. The aligners themselves are cleaned separately. You don’t have to try and brush and floss properly around additional wires and devices in your mouth. If you don’t clean properly with braces, it’s noticeable when your braces come off. The areas where the brackets were are whiter than the rest of your smile.
Lastly, because they’re removable, no changes need to be made to your diet. While the aligners are worn for 22 hours a day, they’re taken out when you’re eating. Only drink water when you have your aligners in. When they’re out, you can eat anything you’d like! You don’t have to worry about damaging wires while you’re eating harder foods.
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 cosmetic dentists 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 is 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 solution. 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.
How long must I wear my aligners each day?
Your aligners stay in for about 22 hours a day. The only times your aligners should be removed are when you’re eating, drinking something that’s not water, or performing your oral healthcare routine. If they aren’t worn long enough each day, your treatment will take longer to accomplish ideal results.
What can’t I do with Invisalign?
Don’t drink anything other than water with your aligners in. Acidic drinks damage the material, while drinks like coffee and tea will stain it. Don’t consume food with your aligners in, either. Food damages or scratches up the aligners, and they may not work as effectively.
Can I speed up my Invisalign treatment?
Many patients try to “cheat” on their treatment. When you change your aligners, you experience some soreness or discomfort for a few days. Your teeth get used to the new position and you don’t feel the discomfort anymore. But this isn’t a sign that the aligners are ready to be changed. If changed too early, your teeth shift and become loose. Wear the aligners for the recommended amount of time, at minimum, before changing.
Will Invisalign give me a lisp?
Some patients report that they have a lisp when they first start Invisalign treatment. It does take time to get used to your new aligners. However, if you notice a lisp, it’s like that it’s only noticeable to you. It’s very minimal and goes away after a few days.
Will I need a retainer after Invisalign treatment?
In most cases, yes. Without a retainer, you’ll experience an orthodontic relapse. You want to keep your teeth in the ideal positioning Invisalign put them in. Wearing your retainer keeps your teeth in the correct position.
Schedule A Dental Exam and Consultation Today
The best way to determine if Invisalign treatment is right for you is to schedule a dental exam 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.