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Invisalign – Millersville, MD

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Compared to traditional orthodontics that have been around for centuries, Invisalign is relatively new. These clear braces were introduced in the late 1990s and have made a big difference in many patients’ smiles and quality of life. With Invisalign, you won’t be self-conscious about having metal braces. Would you like to know if Invisalign in Millersville is right for you? Then, schedule a consultation today at Conklin & Ward Dental Group.

What are the Benefits of Invisalign?

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In addition to being clear and practically invisible, Invisalign offers another important advantage that makes them very different from metal braces. The aligners are removable. That means that when you want to eat or brush and floss your teeth, just take them out and carry on as usual.

In addition, adults and teens with metal brackets and wires must be careful about what they eat. Some foods such as popcorn, hard candy, carrot sticks and pretzels can dislodge or even break a bracket. Repair or replacement means scheduling an unplanned trip to the orthodontist and possibly an additional charge. That won’t happen with Invisalign aligners.

And because you remove the aligners to clean your teeth, you’ll be able to brush and floss more thoroughly. What a difference this can make in your oral health while you wear braces! The risk of tooth decay and gum disease is dramatically reduced when you can perform good oral hygiene at home.

How Does Invisalign Work?

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Your well-aligned smile begins with a diagnosis to determine why your teeth are crooked and what the best course of treatment will be to straighten them. Then, with the aid of photographs, X-rays and an impression of your teeth, the dentist in Millersville develops a treatment plan.

At Invisalign, this plan is used to guide the design of your Invisalign orthodontic package. A virtual representation of how your teeth will move is created. You can even see this video at the start of treatment so you’ll know how your smile will look at the end. Finally, your aligners are manufactured in the Invisalign lab and sent to our office.

The aligners are arranged in sequential order. All you have to do is wear each pair—one for the teeth along your top arch and one for the bottom arch—for approximately 22 hours a day for two weeks. Then, move on to the next pair. Worn consistently, you should be able to finish your Invisalign treatment in one to two years.

Invisalign Provider in Millersville, MD

Dr. Charlie Ward is a certified Invisalign provider. If you would like to know if Invisalign is right for your orthodontic needs, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Ward.

Still not sure whether Invisalign is the best solution for correcting your smile? It’s important to have all the facts before getting any sort of orthodontic treatment. Here are the answers to some common questions that our patients often ask regarding Invisalign. Remember: you can always voice any other concerns your might have during your consultation!

Invisalign FAQs

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Invisalign in Severna Park is a popular orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages. Whether you’re an adult that can’t sacrifice your professional image or a teenager that doesn’t want to deal with uncomfortable metal in your mouth, Invisalign can help. If you’re considering using clear aligners to straighten your teeth, you may have some questions you’d like answered before scheduling your consultation. Here are some common concerns we receive from patients.

Does wearing Invisalign aligners hurt?

You’ve probably heard people talk about how sore their mouth is after getting their braces tightened and wonder if that’s how it’s going to be with Invisalign trays too. As with any oral appliance, when you first put it in your mouth, it feels like a foreign object that’ll take some adjusting to. Fortunately, you’ll get used to the feeling of your aligners within the first week or two.

After that, whenever you switch to your new series of trays, you may experience some slight soreness since they’ll be slightly tighter than your last set. To combat this discomfort, you can make the switch at night so you sleep through most of the day-long adjustment period. Invisalign treatment is virtually pain-free though.

Will my dental insurance cover Invisalign treatment?

Depending on what your dental benefits are, they may cover Invisalign treatment. The only way to know for sure is to your insurance provider directly. Many plans include assistance for orthodontic treatments if it’s vital to maintaining your oral health and doesn’t just offer cosmetic results. Plus, at Conklin & Ward Dental Group, we offer in-house financing plans to help break up the cost of the treatment into monthly installments. This allows our patients to get the care they need without breaking their monthly budgets.

How often will I need to visit my dentist during treatment?

One great benefit of Invisalign treatment is that patients will only need to visit their dentist in Severna Park every six weeks or so. These appointments are quick, 15-minute checkups to make sure you’re on the right track and so we can give you your next set of aligners. Because they’re so short, we can fit you in during your lunch break, or whenever is most convenient for you.

Are the aligners difficult to take care of?

Your Invisalign aligners will be relatively easy to care for. You just have to remember to take them out every time you eat and each time you drink anything other than water. Keeping them clean, clear, and germ-free from day-to-day involves soaking them in a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. You can also use a denture cleaner or special Invisalign cleaning crystals to do this.

In addition to soaking them, be sure to gently scrub them with clear antibacterial soap and a soft-bristled brush regularly to prevent food debris and plaque from transferring to your mouth. Remember that chewing gum or eating with your aligners could damage them and set you back in your treatment, so be sure not to do this.

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