Many residents in Silver Spring, MD, have enhanced their smiles with Invisalign from Cummins Dental Group. Invisalign is a unique orthodontic product that allows patients to fix orthodontic concerns discreetly. Invisalign can help patients with bite concerns and misaligned smiles.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a discrete orthodontic treatment to enhance your smile. There are several cosmetic and health benefits to Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign is the process where patients receive multiple clear aligners that progressively apply more pressure on their teeth to align them. Every one to two weeks, you will receive a new set of clear aligners to help you reach your orthodontic goals. Dr. Cummins recommends that patients wear their aligners for 22 hours per day.
How do you Get Invisalign?
The first step to getting Invisalign clear aligners is to call Cummins Dental Group and schedule a consultation appointment. During the consultation appointment, Dr. Cummins will explain the clear aligners process.
Next, he will examine your smile and determine if you are a good candidate for clear aligners. If you decide to move forward with the process, he will take an impression of your teeth. We will send this impression to a lab where they will design your first set of clear aligners.
Once the aligners are made, Dr. Cummins will invite you back to the office to try them on the aligners. As mentioned above, Dr. Cummins will instruct you to wear the aligners 22 hours per day. Dr. Cummins recommends you remove the aligners when you brush your teeth and eat.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign?
There are numerous benefits to Invisalign clear aligners, from the discrete appearance to the freedom to eat the foods you love.
Discrete. Invisalign clear aligners appear nearly invisible. Invisalign is an excellent solution for teens or older adults who do not want the appearance of traditional metal braces. Other benefits include:
More Comfort. Many patients say that Invisalign clear aligners are more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Traditional braces use a series of metal brackets on each tooth attached with archwires. Often the brackets or the archwires can irritate the soft tissue in your mouth, leading to cuts and scrapes. Patients are told to use wax to ease the discomfort.
With Invisalign, patients do not have to worry about painful brackets or archwires because Invisalign clear aligners are designed to be comfortable.
More Freedom. Another advantage of Invisalign clear aligners is that patients can eat the foods they love. We instruct our patients to avoid hard, chewy, or sticky foods with traditional braces. These foods can damage the hardware in the mouth or get stuck and lead to cavities. With Invisalign clear aligners, you can remove your aligners before you eat. Then, when you finish eating, you should rinse out the aligners and brush your teeth before placing the aligners back on. Cleaning your teeth before putting on the aligners prevents bacteria and debris from getting stuck between your teeth and the aligners.
Better Oral Health. Compared to traditional metal braces, with Invisalign clear aligners, most patients experience better oral health. It is harder to clean between the teeth with conventional metal braces patients. Many patients have to use special floss to clean between their teeth with traditional braces. With Invisalign, there are no barriers to cleaning your teeth. Brush, floss, and use mouthwash twice a day.
Additionally, your dentist can easily adjust your teeth during your Invisalign treatment, such as repairing dental decay. Most patients with traditional metal braces have gum disease or dental decay following their treatment. However, this is not the case with Invisalign clear aligners.
Invisalign clear aligners can improve your oral health and enhance the appearance of your smile. Call our office today for more information about Invisalign clear aligners or to schedule an appointment.