Want straight teeth but do not want to wear braces? Clear aligners have grown in popularity over the years because of their ease of use and the simplicity of the treatment. Unlike metal braces, clear braces are discreet and will not interfere with your everyday life. We offer the Invisalign® clear aligner system to patients located in the neighboring town of Forest Hill, MD. Invisalign can solve several orthodontic issues, including:
- Crooked Teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Open bites
What are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are an alternative to metal braces that are worn on the top and bottom rows of teeth. They are created from molds of your teeth so they will fit snuggly against your teeth. You will need to change the trays about every two weeks. Each new set will gently shift your teeth into the desired position. These invisible trays have to be worn for 22-24 hours a day to accomplish proper alignment. The Invisalign aligners are made of a strong, medical-grade material that is FDA-approved and BPA-free.
Most adults and mature teenagers will qualify for clear trays. However, for more complicated orthodontic cases, we may need to refer you to an orthodontist.
The Benefits of Clear Aligners
There are many benefits to choosing a clear aligner system such as Invisalign to fix your orthodontic problems. It offer so much versatility that you cannot get with metal braces. Even though the aligners need to be worn for a majority of the day, you are able to take them out. This means you can remove them to brush and floss daily. It also means you can eat without worrying about food getting stuck in the wires and brackets. Since they are removed for meals, you can also eat whatever you want without any restrictions.
Invisible aligners are more comfortable to wear. They are made of a smooth material that will not irritate the soft tissues in your mouth like metal braces do. The aligners are not very thick and will not take up a lot of room in your mouth. Finally, they are clear! Not many people will even know you are wearing the aligners.
The Clear Aligner Process
The first step is to schedule a consultation with us in our Forest Hill, MD, area dental office. Here, she will examine your teeth to determine if you qualify for Invisalign. If you do, we will take digital impressions of your teeth utilizing a handheld device. This creates images that will be used to fabricate your aligners. Once we receive your aligners, you will begin wearing them and switching them out about every week or two. They should be worn for at least 22 hours a day. Your treatment time will depend on the severity of your misalignment.
If you are ready to achieve straight teeth the easy way, book a consultation today with us in our Forest Hill, MD area dental office. Our custom-made clear aligners are comfortable and convenient and will not interfere with your life-like traditional metal braces. Call our office or request an appointment online today to get started on your path to a straighter smile.
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