Invisalign – Chevy Chase, MD
Creating a Straight, Healthy Smile
A straight, healthy smile is something every patient deserves, and your cosmetic dentist in Chevy Chase, Dr. Ronan Freyne, is happy to offer Invisalign to help you achieve just that. Rather than large brackets and wires that can irritate the soft tissues in your mouth and leave you feeling less than confident in your smile during treatment, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays to gently move teeth into their ideal position over the course of eight to eighteen months of treatment on average. If you want to learn more, contact Dr. Freyne and his dental team to schedule an Invisalign consultation today.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign in Chevy Chase uses a series of clear alignment trays to deliver perfectly aligned smiles. Each set of aligners represents the smile one step closer to the ideal end position. Once in place, you’ll wear the set of aligners for about two weeks at a time. Then, simply exchange the current set for the next set in the series. Every six to eight weeks, you visit our dental office for a checkup to ensure your smile is moving according to plan. After just eight to eighteen weeks of treatment, you’ll have a perfectly aligned smile.
Indications for Invisalign
Several different orthodontic issues can be corrected by Invisalign, including:
If your teeth are too close together, it can be difficult to properly clean them, inviting bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Invisalign can create more space between the teeth so they can be more easily cleaned.
Spaces Between Teeth
You might feel like your gapped smile is unattractive, but it’s much worse than that. Bits of food can get caught in the spaces between your teeth, causing problems like bad breath and cavities. Invisalign can create more even spaces between your teeth.
Having problems like an overbite, underbite, or crossbite can place undue pressure on your jaw joint and lead to problems like teeth grinding and jaw clenching. These issues can accelerate wear and tear on your tooth enamel and leave you more susceptible to cavities and sensitivity. Invisalign can correct your overall bite alignment.
Benefits of Invisalign
When you decide that Invisalign is the right orthodontic option to deliver your healthiest smile, there are a number of benefits you can expect during treatment, including:
- Speed – Overall treatment time is just 8 to 18 months compared with 18 to 36 months for traditional bracket and wire braces. Patients also need to visit our office less often for checkups throughout the course of treatment.
- Comfort – Brackets and wires could be very irritating to the soft tissue, especially for patients with allergies or sensitivities to metal. The smooth, plastic Invisalign trays ensure patients’ complete comfort.
- Hassle-free – Traditional bracket and wire braces require patients to make changes to their diet and oral hygiene routines, but removable Invisalign trays allow patients to continue consuming all of their favorite foods and brushing and flossing as usual during treatment.
- Cosmetic – Perhaps the most obvious benefit of Invisalign is the natural-looking appearance of your smile even with your alignment trays in place. You can smile with complete confidence while undergoing treatment.
Cost of Invisalign
Invisalign typically costs around the same as traditional braces, but not always. There are several factors that could influence the final cost of your treatment, such as your age, the severity of your dental misalignment, and your dedication to wearing your aligners. The best way to find out how much you will end up paying out-of-pocket is to come see us for an Invisalign consultation.