Invisalign has completely revolutionized orthodontic treatment. Instead of the traditional approach that uses brackets and wires to push and pull the teeth into place, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to gently guide your teeth into their ideal positions. The result is a beautiful smile and orthodontic treatment that is discreet, comfortable, and convenient. Here are some common questions our patients have about Invisalign in Germantown.
Which is better, braces or Invisalign?
The answer to this question depends on your orthodontic needs, preferences, lifestyle, and budget. There are some complex cases in which braces are either the only solution or the best option, but for all others, braces and Invisalign are equally effective. Most patients prefer Invisalign because the aligners are clear, they can continue to eat their favorite foods, and oral hygiene is easier.
How long do you have to wear Invisalign?
You’ll wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day. It’s important to remember that Invisalign aligners only work when you wear them, so the more you take them out, the longer your total treatment time will be.
How much does Invisalign cost in Germantown, MD?
The cost of Invisalign in Germantown, MD ranges between $3000 and $7000, depending on the amount of orthodontic correction needed. Teeth that need more correction require more aligners and a longer treatment time.
Is Invisalign worth getting?
Yes, Invisalign is well-worth the cost. Many patients who get Invisalign are adults who have never felt confident about their smiles—Invisalign allows them to achieve the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted without the hassle of metal braces. From the perspective of a dentist, Invisalign is worth it because straighter teeth are easier to take care of, less susceptible to decay, and eliminate the risk of dental issues caused by improper bite.
Is Invisalign a permanent fix?
Just like traditional braces, the results of Invisalign are permanent, but only if you wear your retainers as directed once your treatment is complete. Maintenance is key if you want your new smile to last a lifetime.
Does Invisalign change your face shape?
Yes, any orthodontic treatment will change your face shape, including Invisalign. The more orthodontic correction that is needed, the more dramatic the change will be. The result of Invisalign is a more symmetrical, balanced facial appearance and improved profile.
Is Invisalign good for older adults?
There is no age limit when it comes to Invisalign! No matter what your age, you’ll benefit from having straighter teeth. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, you are a candidate for Invisalign.
How painful is Invisalign?
One of the many benefits of Invisalign is that it’s more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Instead of bulky metal brackets and wires that poke your cheeks and gums, aligners are made with smooth, thin plastic. Rather than going in for orthodontic adjustments every four weeks, you’ll switch out your aligners at home every two weeks—more frequent, gradual adjustment is less painful, producing only a small amount of discomfort, if any.