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Invisalign Q & A


What is Invisalign?

Invisalign helps you achieve a straighter smile with transparent, removable aligners that gradually shift your teeth into the desired position over time.

The aligners are made of durable, flexible thermoplastic that’s typically preferable to the metal brackets of traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are FDA-approved and custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth.

How does Invisalign work?

At the outset of your treatment, Dr. Salim evaluates your teeth and creates a comprehensive plan that maps out precise movements of your teeth required to achieve your desired smile.

Next, he takes impressions of your teeth to produce your custom aligners.

When you receive your aligners, you must wear them for 20-22 hours per day. Every few weeks after that, you receive a new set of slightly adjusted aligners that keep your treatment plan on course.

How long you have to wear the aligners depends on your case, but you can expect the process to take one year — more or less. Dr. Salim provides details regarding the duration of your treatment when he creates your personalized treatment plan.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

The main benefit Invisalign is they’re much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. When you choose Invisalign to straighten your teeth, you can smile with confidence.

Another perk is you can easily remove the aligners when you brush or floss. This convenience means you can eat all your favorite foods and keep your oral hygiene routine.

Not only is your home care easier with Invisalign versus metal braces, but your dental appointments during the course of Invisalign treatment are typically shorter and more straightforward.
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How do I take care of my Invisalign aligners?

Properly caring for your Invisalign aligners ensures they work their straightening magic. Dr. Salim recommends, at the very least, brushing your aligners daily with fluoride toothpaste and rinsing them in warm water. Beware, water that’s too hot can bend or damage the plastic material.

You can also order the Invisalign cleaning system online.

If you’re curious about Invisalign and would like to find out if it’s right for you, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an in-office consultation.

Invisalign FAQs

How much do invisible braces cost?

The cost of invisible braces will depend from patient to patient. For costs and to learn more about invisible braces procedure, shoot us your queries at (571) 380-7800.

Are invisible braces painful?

No, invisible braces or Invisalign is not painful, but it can leave a patient's teeth feeling sore.

Which is better, metal braces or invisible braces?

If you are the kind of patient who wants their teeth alignment to be discreet, then Invisalign (invisible braces) is the superior choice.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign?

We recommend Invisalign for older teenagers and adults, because teeth may still be growing in our younger patients.

What can I expect from Invisalign treatment?

Once you decide to go for an Invisalign treatment, your dentist will build a custom plan for you. The process begins with digital x-rays, molded impressions, and photographs of your teeth to create a road map that your dentist can follow.

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