Invisalign

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Americans are eager to improve their smiles with orthodontic dentistry, but not so eager to wear non-removable metallic braces. That explains why Invisalign has become one of the top orthodontic treatments administered by dentists in the United States. If you want a prettier smile but aren’t so sure about whether you can wear metal braces for an extended period of time, consider the benefits of Invisalign from Dr. Steven L. Rattner in Gaithersburg, MD.

The Invisalign Effect

Invisalign became a popular alternative to traditional metal braces in the early 2000s. The popularity of this procedure is due largely to the fact that it gives patients a way to fix their smiles relatively inconspicuously. Instead of metal brackets, Invisalign uses clear plastic trays. You may be a candidate for this treatment if you have relatively minor cosmetic problems, like small spaces and teeth that are slightly out of position. Invisalign is commonly used to turn an average smile into one that is nearly perfect.

The Invisalign Timeline

How to Clean Clear Aligners

After you start Invisalign, you’ll visit your Gaithersburg, MD dentist every month or so for a checkup and to receive the next tray in your treatment plan. Each case is different, but because of the advanced technology behind Invisalign, the treatment plan commonly takes between six months to a year. Compare that to the two or three years that is common for regular metal braces, and you have another reason for the popularity of this treatment.


After Invisalign

Your last Invisalign tray will become your retainer, keeping your new smile intact. Your dentist will advise you to wear this retainer every night while sleeping. Wearing your retainer at night will also help you avoid bruxism and clenching, which could change the positioning of your teeth over time. Your new Invisalign smile can last a lifetime as long as you make dental care an important part of your daily routine and see your dentist every six months.

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