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Invisalign – Millersville, MD

Straighter Smiles – No Metal Braces

If you opted out of braces as a teen, you may think that means you’re stuck with an uneven smile unless you want to deal with the hassles of traditional braces as an adult. Luckily, McCarl Dental Group of Millersville offers an alternative – Invisalign clear braces. Whether you’re an adult who doesn’t want to spend years with metal braces or a busy teen who can’t keep up with all the orthodontist appointments, Invisalign alignment tray orthodontics may be a better solution. Keep reading to learn more about the clear braces orthodontic process or call the McCarl Dental Group team to schedule a consultation to discuss Invisalign in Millersville.

Why Choose McCarl Dental Group for Invisalign Clear Braces?

  • Invisalign Certified Dentist
  • Fast, Convenient Smile Alignment Solution
  • Share Camera-Ready Smiles Throughout Treatment

What are the Benefits of Invisalign?

Still not sure Invisalign is a great solution for you? Explore some of the benefits of this orthodontic treatment option, including:

  • Share a beautiful smile throughout your treatment with nearly invisible aligners
  • Minimal hassle to clean, store, and switch aligner sets
  • Fewer trips to the dental office than are necessary for traditional braces
  • Reduced discomfort, especially for those with sensitivities to metal
  • Most treatment plans are completed within a year
  • No need to change your diet or oral hygiene routine

How does Invisalign Work?

Traditional braces adjust smile alignment by using brackets and wires to place pressure on individual teeth. Over time as the wires are adjusted to increase pressure, the top portion of the tooth shifts followed by the supportive tooth root structure. Once the tooth is adjusted, it is held in place by the braces and then the retainer as the supportive bone and soft tissue reattach and anchor the tooth in its ideal position. Invisalign trays move teeth in much the same way. Each set of alignment trays represents the position of the bite one step closer to the desired end result. As the patient wears the aligner, pressure is placed on teeth gently shifting them to their new position without the need for complicated, uncomfortable brackets and wires.

Types of Invisalign Treatment

The Invisalign company offers two treatment options – traditional Invisalign for adults and Invisalign Teen.

Invisalign for Adults

The traditional Invisalign system shifts smiles into alignment over the course of twelve months of treatment or less. Depending on the individual case, most people complete treatment with 20 to 30 sets of alignment trays (one every week on average). Depending on the individual circumstances, patients will only need to come into our office about every six to eight weeks for a quick checkup to ensure their smile is moving according to plan.

Invisalign Teen

For teens, Invisalign has a unique system that offers the same treatment technique with a few added features that help younger patients stay on track with their Invisalign treatment. Some of the added elements of Invisalign Teen include a few free replacement aligners and built-in tracking technology that allows dentists and parents to determine whether or not teens are wearing their aligners as directed.

How do I Care for My Invisalign Aligners?

With Invisalign, there’s no need to give up your favorite foods or change the way you brush and floss your teeth. Caring for your alignment trays only requires a few extra minutes during your daily oral hygiene routine and between meals. When you brush and floss your teeth, take a few minutes to brush your aligners as well. Whenever possible after a meal, we recommend taking the time to brush your teeth and the aligners. If you don’t have time to brush between meals, at least take a few minutes to rinse out your mouth and clean off your aligner trays with water after you eat. When you don’t have the alignment trays in your mouth, you should make sure to store the aligners in their carrying case to prevent them from being warped or broken. You should always use cool water when cleaning the alignment trays as warm water can cause the alignment tray to warp.

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?

In the early days of Invisalign treatment, it was only recommended for mild orthodontic treatment like correcting slightly uneven tooth spacing, but as the materials and techniques have been improved over the years, Invisalign clear braces can treat almost any case, including over, under, and crossbite. During your consultation visit, we will examine your smile and help you determine whether or not Invisalign is the right option for your smile.