Invisalign is a type of clear aligner that uses clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth discreetly. Unlike braces that use brackets and wires to reposition the teeth, Invisalign uses a series of custom-made aligners that are worn over the teeth to straighten them gradually. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks and replaced with the next set in the series.
The teeth straightening process is relatively simple, but it does require a series of steps and appointments that are designed to gradually move your teeth into alignment over time. Your first step is an initial consultation where we can review your orthodontic history and determine if Invisalign is the best treatment for your needs. Then we’ll take X-rays, pictures, and digital scans of your mouth to create a 3D rendering of your smile. Using these images, our dentist will map out a precise treatment plan just for you. This map outlines the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of the treatment. We’ll use this information to custom-make a set of clear aligners for you to wear as you go through each step of your treatment process. Each set of aligners corresponds with one of your stages of treatment. Every two weeks, you will wear a new set of aligners until you’ve gone through the entire plan of treatment.
If you need to straighten your teeth before a big event that can be spoiled by crooked teeth, then Invisalign is the better choice. It’s also a great option for teens who don’t want to wear traditional metal braces during their formative years.
An adult with mild to moderately severe misalignment may also choose Invisalign over metal braces. No matter which option you choose, we will make sure you still get the beautiful smile of dreams!
The aligners are made from a clear plastic material, so they’re hardly visible to other people when you’re wearing them. In fact, people may not even notice you’re wearing them at all!
The entire process typically takes nine to fifteen months to complete. But the treatment time depends on the severity of your condition.
Patients should be wearing their aligners for at least 22 hours a day for the best results. If patients are not doing so, they may not see optimal results with their treatment. However, it’s up to the patient to decide how much they want to wear their aligners and how often they change them out. Your dentist or orthodontist will give you specific instructions on how to care for your aligners to achieve the best results.
When you are wearing your aligners, they should only be removed to eat and drink anything other than water. Water will not affect the cleanliness of your aligners, so you do not need to remove them to drink them. However, you need to be careful when drinking hot beverages such as coffee or soup while wearing your aligners, as these can warp the plastic. In addition, acidic foods and drinks can also damage the clear material, so be sure to avoid citrus foods and juices that may temporarily stain the material. Hard candies should be avoided as well, as they can cause small chips in the plastic. If your aligner is damaged, do not wear it until it is repaired.
Invisalign is a discreet orthodontic solution that corrects a wide variety of dental issues. It can be used to correct crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
The cost of Invisalign treatment varies from patient to patient and is based on the complexity of your treatment plan. The exact cost will be determined at your consultation appointment once our dentist has reviewed your x-rays and your smile goals. We offer flexible financing options for qualified patients to make Invisalign more affordable.
Invisalign aligners are made from smooth plastic; they cause less irritation to your gums than traditional metal braces. They also make oral hygiene much easier and are removable for cleanings. In addition, you can remove them for special occasions where you don’t want to wear them, such as weddings or business meetings. However, you’ll still want to wear your aligners as much as possible to ensure the best results possible from this treatment.
Invisalign is a virtually invisible form of treatment that straightens the teeth using a series of custom-made, clear aligners instead of brackets and wires. The aligners are comfortable and do not cause irritation to the gums like traditional braces often do. Invisalign also requires fewer visits to the dentist’s office than traditional braces. Patients wear their aligners for two weeks before switching to the next set of aligners in their treatment plan. Over time, the aligners will gradually move your teeth into the desired position. When patients complete their treatment plan, they will have a straighter smile they can feel confident about.
Do not chew gum with Invisalign while you are wearing your aligners. The gum could stick to your teeth and either pull them off the tray or scratch its surface.
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2440 M Street, NW, Suite 328,
Washington, DCPhone : (202) 785-4141