Invisalign® is one of the most popular choices for straightening your smile with clear, comfortable aligners. Howard County Smiles, led by Dr. Ray Becker in Columbia, MD, offers Invisalign®. Teens and adults prefer the discreet treatment that offers the convenience of easy removal for daily oral hygiene, eating and routine dental care. Invisalign® is for people who have mild to moderate problems and want to straighten their smiles for both cosmetic and dental health reasons. Invisalign® invisible braces are a safe, comfortable, convenient and virtually unnoticeable option for a straighter and healthier smile. Invisalign® won’t damage teeth, gums or TMJ and many patients see full results in as little as 6 – 12 months.
The main reason patients prefer Invisalign® to metal braces is that the aligners are so thin and clear; no one knows you’re wearing braces. Studies show that clear braces may be better for your dental hygiene during treatment compared to traditional metal braces. Invisalign® braces alleviate many of the hassles associated with traditional metal braces including:
- No dietary restrictions
- Easy removal for cleaning and routine dental care
- Discreet treatment
- No risk of tooth enamel staining from permanently attached brackets
Am I Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign® has been a proven treatment to help people who suffer from a variety of teeth straightening cases. Invisalign is appropriate for teens and adults and can be used as follow up care for previous orthodontic treatments. Dr. Becker will evaluate your condition to determine your candidacy at his Columbia, MD cosmetic dentistry office. Some common concerns Dr. Becker may use Invisalign to treat are:
- Crooked teeth
- Gapped Teeth
- Open Bite
- Overly Crowded teeth
The Invisalign Process
The Invisalign® process begins with Dr. Becker performing an initial examination to determine if Invisalign® treatment is right for you. If it appears that Invisalign® is an option, we will take photographs, x-rays, and an impression of your teeth in our Columbia, MD dentist office.
He will then complete further diagnostic analysis to verify that Invisalign® will work for you and create a treatment plan that will determine exactly how the teeth are straightened. At that time, we will be able to let you know if you qualify for orthodontic insurance benefits and the estimated cost and length of treatment.
Dr. Becker will use the images of your teeth to create your personalized treatment plan and the images will be sent to the Invisalign® lab. There, a series of custom designed aligners will be created to shift teeth back into proper alignment.
You will receive your first set of aligners that will slowly reposition the teeth. About every two weeks, you will get a new set of clear aligners according to the detailed treatment plan Dr. Becker creates using your dental impressions.
Your clear braces should be worn for 22 hours a day. This allows you to remove them to eat and continue normal oral hygiene routine.
The length of your treatment and the number of aligners you will require will depend on the severity of your dental concerns and your cosmetic goals. Most patients will complete treatment in 12 months.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re considering Invisalign® in Ellicott City and Columbia MD areas, contact Howard County Smiles today. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Becker at his cosmetic dentistry office to find out how to get a straighter smile that you’ve always wanted.