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Invisalign® Annapolis MD

Invisalign®An Overview

Invisalign® is quickly becoming the first choice for patients who want straighter teeth without metal braces. Using CAD/CAM software, Dr. Finlay is able to create virtual changes in the position of your teeth before treatment begins.

The software also produces exact measurements for clear plastic aligners, or retainers, worn to reposition your teeth gently. Invisalign aligners are made of ultra-thin, ultra-clear, hard-soft plastic and won’t damage teeth, gums, or TMJ.

Invisalign may be used in conjunction with other restorative dental treatments in order to position and align teeth as an aid to reduce the number of teeth needing treatment and/or facilitate a more conservative restorative technique. This is often the case for patients with complex bite disorders or an uneven bite that is also affected by misaligned teeth.

Invisalign Annapolis

Benefits of Invisalign

The Invisalign clear aligner system is the easiest way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you have always wanted. Many people worldwide have enjoyed the benefits invisible braces have to offer. It is a discreet, comfortable treatment for adults and teens who do not want the hassles and discomfort of traditional metal braces, or adults experiencing shifting teeth after previous orthodontic treatment.

One of the key benefits of using Invisalign to straighten your teeth is that the aligners are easily removed. This allows you to eat a normal healthy diet without any diet restrictions. You will also be able to perform your normal oral hygiene routine easily.

Patients are less likely to experience decay or tooth stains as a result of adhesives typically used with metal braces. Invisalign orthodontic treatment can often be completed in less time than traditional metal braces.

Introducing a more effective way to align your smile

Our Annapolis dentist office is equipped with the newest, most advanced tools and technology to implement the best possible experience for our patients, including an innovative digital scanner, the iTero Element Intraoral Scanner.

About the iTero Element Intraoral Scanner

  • Invisalign® Outcome Simulator: Dentists can create a patient’s projected smile with an advanced outcome similar.
  • 3D Progress Assessment Feature: See comparisons between each specific stage of your customized Invisalign treatment plan.
  • Real-Time Visualization: Patients can see their current and projected smile right on the computer screen.

Invisalign® What to Expect

The first step is a consultation with Dr. Finlay. They will meet with you to evaluate your oral health and determine if Invisalign is right for you. Dr. Finlay will then take impressions and 3-D images of your teeth and jaw. These will be used in the fabrication of your custom clear aligners and to show you what your new smile will look like after treatment.

The images and models are sent to the Invisalign® laboratory where your clear aligners will be made according to your personalized treatment plan. You will receive several sets of clear aligners where each pair should be worn for about two weeks to gradually reposition the teeth.

The length of your Invisalign treatment and the number of aligners you receive depends on the severity of your dental health concerns and your desired cosmetic outcome. Most people will finish the treatment in 6 to 9 months, but some patients may achieve the results they want in as few as 3 or 4 months.

Though Invisalign aligners can sometimes cost more than traditional braces, many find that the aesthetic benefits outweigh the cost. There is the additional option of whitening the teeth while your orthodontic treatment is being completed!

In addition to being an Invisalign provider, Dr. Finlay provides a range of dental services in Annapolis, MD.

For more information about Invisalign, call our Annapolis, MD dentist office at 410.989.7132 or request an appointment online.

Invisalign® FAQs

Is the Invisalign process painful?

No. There is some getting used to if you have not worn braces or clear aligners before, but there is no pain. You will feel some discomfort initially because your teeth are being gently shifted into place. You will get used to the feeling and not notice as much after your second or third set of aligners.

How long do I have to wear Invisalign?

This depends on your specific dental situation. If you have mild crooked teeth issues, you may need to wear Invisalign for no more than a year. If you have more moderate to severe issues, you may have to wear your clear aligners for over a year. Only our dentist can tell you exactly how long your treatment plan should be.

What happens after Invisalign?

After your treatment ends, you will be required to wear a retainer. A retainer will ensure that your Invisalign treatment results remain, and your teeth do not revert back to their crooked position.