Do you have crooked teeth? Are you looking for a modern substitute for metal braces?
Horizon Family Dental Care provides Invisalign treatment to patients in Hanover, La Plata, Baltimore, and Clinton, MD dental office locations. Invisalign is a modern cosmetic dental treatment that straightens crooked teeth. Worn for 22 hours a day, and switched out every few weeks, Invisalign aligners treat crooked teeth gradually yet effectively. Invisalign aligners are clear trays that patients can remove and clean while they straighten your teeth.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Traditional metal braces can be tight and painful for patients. The metal brackets and wires can irritate the gums. At routine appointments, the orthodontist will tighten the brackets and this usually leads to tooth pain. There are also many types of food that patients must avoid when wearing metal braces. This includes foods that are too chewy or crunchy because they may damage the metal wires.
With Invisalign clear braces, patients can easily realign their smiles. The clear Invisalign aligners conform to the smile and offer discreet treatment. The aligners are removable, so patients are free to eat the foods they love. Additionally, patients can remove the aligners to clean their teeth, which is not possible with metal braces.
We begin the treatment by making sure that your teeth and gums are healthy. Your dentist will do a complete oral exam to look for dental concerns and then create a treatment plan. Our team will treat dental or gum infections before cosmetic treatments like Invisalign. This will ensure the best results possible. Then, we take dental impressions of your teeth. These are used to map out the movement of your teeth with the aligners. The aligners are created to these specifications in a dental lab and then sent to our office.
Once the aligners are ready, our team fits the first set of aligners to the patient. They will also provide the aligners the patient will need to wear for the first few weeks.
You have to wear the clear aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Your treatment time and the number of aligners you need will depend on the severity of your dental concerns and cosmetic goals. Most patients will complete treatment in less than 12 months.
Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The total treatment time varies from patient to patient. Typically, patients can complete their Invisalign treatment in about a year. However, patients can complete treatment in under a year if they only have several crooked teeth that need aligned. Patients also need to wear their Invisalign aligners for about 22 hours a day. They can remove them to eat as well as brush and floss their teeth.
Do I qualify for Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign treats patients with mild orthodontic concerns. Patients who have very crooked teeth may benefit from metal braces or oral surgery. Prior to treatment, we examine the smile for any signs of infection or other dental problems. Patients with good oral health and all of their natural teeth are the best candidates for Invisalign.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
The Invisalign treatment is not painful. However, some patients may be sore as they adjust to each new aligner, but this quickly fades. Compared to metal braces, the Invisalign aligners offer more comfort and are easier to use.
How long does it take for teeth to set after Invisalign?
Orthodontic retainers must be worn after finishing Invisalign to keep your teeth in position until a new bone is formed. Your body needs nine to twelve months to grow enough bone to support and stabilize the new position of your teeth.
Does the first tray of Invisalign do anything?
Typically, the first Invisalign tray you use will shift the teeth about 1/10mm. However, depending on your situation, the way your teeth move throughout therapy may vary slightly.
Which tray of Invisalign hurts the most?
The first few Invisalign trays for our patients typically feel the most uncomfortable since the pressure and feeling of the Invisalign aligners are unfamiliar at the beginning of treatment. As you transition further into treatment you begin to adjust to the aligners, and discomfort is drastically less.
Why is it so hard to remove my Invisalign?
You may find it difficult to take out or remove your Invisalign aligners for a variety of reasons, such that they are too tight, your teeth or gums are irritated. It may also be a side effect of adjusting to your aligners, or you ate something that made it difficult for you to handle your aligners afterward.
Contact Our Dental Office Today
Do you want a straight smile? Try comfortable orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. Request a dental appointment at Horizon Family Dental Care on our website.