It’s easy to put off orthodontic work. Even if you’re not satisfied with your smile, you might figure that the process of getting braces will be too time-consuming and uncomfortable. However, thanks to advances in orthodontic technology, you may have another option: Invisalign®.
Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to gently move teeth into their proper position. This innovative approach eliminates the need for traditional metal braces and wires, making it a popular choice among adults and teens alike. Knowing what Invisalign® is and how it works can help you make an informed decision about whether this is the right treatment option for you.
At Columbia Smiles, our team, led by Dr. Michael Hsu, provides premier Invisalign® services to patients in Maryland. With our expertise and experience, we can help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Call 410.690.4855 today to get started.
What Is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is an innovative orthodontic solution that offers an alternative to traditional braces. It consists of a series of transparent, customized, and removable aligners designed to gradually shift your teeth into their correct positions. The aligners are virtually invisible—they seamlessly blend with your teeth, making it almost undistinguishable that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. The treatment is thoroughly tailored to your needs by your dentist or orthodontist, who uses advanced 3D computer imaging technology to map out your complete treatment plan from the initial position to the desired final position of your teeth. The clear aligners are then fabricated based on the plan, each designed to make slight adjustments to the position of your teeth. Apart from their aesthetic appeal, Invisalign® aligners are removable, allowing you to eat, drink, brush, and floss normally.
What You Can Expect from Invisalign Services
When you’re working with a dentist or orthodontist who provides Invisalign® services, the process typically begins with a consultation. During this time, your doctor will evaluate your teeth and bite to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for Invisalign® and discuss how long treatment may take. If you decide to proceed with the treatment, they’ll take digital impressions of your teeth, which will be used to create your custom aligners. You’ll receive a series of aligners, each one designed to be worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next set in the series.
When wearing your aligners, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- You should wear them for 20 to 22 hours per day for optimal results
- Remove the aligners only when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing
- Don’t use toothpaste to clean your aligners as it may scratch them—instead, rinse with lukewarm water and a soft-bristled brush
As you progress through the series of aligners, your teeth will gradually shift into their correct positions. Every six to eight weeks, you’ll visit your dentist or orthodontist for a check-up and to receive new sets of aligners.
Invisalign® Services at Columbia Smiles
If you’re in Maryland and considering Invisalign®, look no further than Columbia Smiles. Whether you’re an adult looking to straighten your teeth discreetly or a teenager who wants to avoid the discomfort and appearance of traditional braces, our team is here to help. We’ll work closely with you to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals. With our state-of-the-art technology and exceptional patient care, we strive to make the Invisalign® experience as comfortable, efficient, and effective as possible.
Call Columbia Smiles Today
Don’t wait any longer to achieve the beautiful, straight smile you deserve. Call Columbia Smiles today at 410.690.4855 to schedule your Invisalign® consultation and take the first step toward a confident, healthy smile.