Top 6 Invisalign® Questions and Answers: Everything You Need to Know
If you’re considering straightening your teeth, Invisalign® is a popular and effective orthodontic treatment to consider. However, our Alexandria dentist, Dr. Mullaney, understands you may have some questions before making a decision about treatment.
Here are the top six questions she gets about Invisalign® treatment.
What to Know About Invisalign®
- What Is Invisalign® and How Does It Work?
- How Does Invisalign® Compare to Traditional Braces?
- Can Anyone Get Invisalign® Treatment?
- How Long Does Invisalign® Treatment Take?
- What Is the Cost of Invisalign® Treatment?
- How Do I Take Care of My Invisalign® Aligners?
Invisalign® is a brand of clear, orthodontic aligners that gradually shift your teeth into alignment. The aligners are custom-made for your teeth using advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology.
Each aligner is worn for a week before being replaced by the next in the series. This gradual process helps your teeth move to their desired position over time.
Many people prefer Invisalign® over traditional braces for several reasons. Firstly, the clear aligners are virtually invisible, so you can straighten your teeth without drawing attention to your orthodontic treatment. Additionally, Invisalign® aligners are removable, allowing you to eat and drink whatever you like without any restrictions.
You can also maintain your oral hygiene routine by quickly brushing and flossing your teeth. Plus, Invisalign® aligners are more comfortable than traditional braces because they don’t have any sharp metal components that can irritate your mouth.
Invisalign® suits most teenagers and adults with mild to moderate orthodontic issues. However, it may not be appropriate for individuals with certain dental conditions, those with baby teeth, or second molars that haven’t erupted.
Contact our Alexandria dental office today to determine if Invisalign® is the right treatment option for you.
The duration of Invisalign® treatment varies depending on the complexity of your case. Generally, mild cases take around six months to complete, while moderate to severe cases take 12-18 months.
Dr. Mullaney will create a personalized treatment plan and provide an estimated timeline based on your needs.
The cost of Invisalign® treatment can vary depending on several factors, including case complexity and treatment duration. However, ask your dentist for an accurate cost estimate based on your circumstances.
Taking care of your Invisalign® aligners is relatively simple. You should clean your trays daily by brushing them gently with a toothbrush and colorless soap. Avoid using hot water, as it can distort the aligners. It’s also important to clean your teeth before reinserting the aligners to limit plaque and bacteria buildup.
Additionally, don’t eat or drink anything other than water while wearing your aligners to prevent staining.
Contact Our Alexandria Dental Office
Are you ready to start your journey to a straighter smile? Call 240-532-3335 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mullaney and her team today. As some of Old Town’s most trusted Invisalign® providers, we can help get you the information you need!
Author Bio: Dr. Kathleen Mullaney offers general and cosmetic dentistry services in Alexandria, VA. She earned her doctorate in dental surgery from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) and proudly served as a United States Navy dentist before opening her practice. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Mullaney is delighted to be one of Old Town’s most respected and sought-after dentists! Call 240-532-3335 to schedule an appointment.