What is Invisalign?

Do you have a crooked smile? Are misaligned teeth creating an uneven bite? Try Invisalign. Dr. Corey Anolik and Dr. Steven Anolik provide Invisalign treatment to patients in Gaithersburg, MD. At Totally Smiles, Drs. Anolik help patients create more even and comfortable smiles. Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to straighten teeth over time. Our team will help determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign and if it is a viable solution for your crooked teeth.

Invisalign in Gaithersburg, MD

Q&A: Invisalign in Gaithersburg, MD

Read answers to popular questions many patients have about Invisalign treatment:

What are the benefits of Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign is a more comfortable alternative to metal braces. This treatment uses clear aligners that offer discreet treatment. In addition, Invisalign aligners are removable, which means patients can remove their appliances to eat and brush their teeth. With braces, it can be difficult for patients to clean their teeth behind their wires and brackets. Invisalign makes it easy to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums.

How can Invisalign prevent future dental problems?

Straightening your smile with Invisalign can help prevent TMJ disorders and even gum disease. It is often difficult to clean between crooked teeth, and bacteria can easily build upon the gums. As a result, patients with crooked teeth are more at risk of developing periodontitis. Additionally, patients with a misaligned bite are more prone to TMJ disorders. Temporomandibular joint disorders lead to jaw and tooth pain as well as teeth clenching and grinding.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign treatment?

The best candidates for Invisalign are teenagers and adults. If you have mild or moderately crooked or misaligned teeth, you are a good candidate for Invisalign. We will recommend metal braces or oral surgery for patients with severe overcrowding or misalignment. During a consultation with one of our dentists, you can discuss your options to determine your candidacy. Our team takes your budget and oral health goals in mind before recommending orthodontic treatment.

How long is Invisalign treatment?

Every patient is different. However, patients can typically complete their Invisalign treatment in 12 to 18 months. This timeline depends on how patients care for and wear their aligners. Patients can stay on track to complete their treatment in a timely manner if they clean their aligners and wear them for 22 hours a day.

How do I care for my Invisalign aligners?

If you are eating or drinking anything other than water, remove your aligners. Wearing your Invisalign when eating can break or stain the appliances. Then, after you are done eating or drinking, brush your teeth and clean your aligners. Keep your aligners in their case when you are not wearing them to prevent any damage or loss.

Straighten Your Smile Today

Are you interested in treatment with Invisalign? If you are a new patient, call us at 301-701-5861. Current patients of Totally Smiles can call 301-948-8838. Feel free to schedule a dental consultation with our dentists online. Let us know if you have any remaining questions or concerns at your next visit.