Orthodontics – North Bethesda, MD

Discreet Solutions, Beautiful Smiles

Maybe you regret never wearing braces as a teenager, but as an adult the prospect of wearing metal brackets and wires for months on end can be even less appealing. There are plenty of teenagers who wear braces in high school, but they aren’t quite as common in the adult world. As much as you might want straighter teeth, the idea of having to wear braces to important business meetings or social events can be embarrassing. Of course, straightening teeth is about more than improving your appearance; it also helps prevent bacterial buildup in crowded areas and undue wear and tear of the teeth. But if the idea of wearing braces is just too much for you, maybe it’s time to consider an alternative in the form of Invisalign. Keep reading to learn more about your options for orthodontics in our North Bethesda, MD dental office.

Woman placing Invisalign clear braces tray

Why Choose Aesthetic & Family Dentistry of North Bethesda for Orthodontics?

  • Discreet Clear
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    Teens and Adults
  • A Team of Caring
    Dental Experts

Invisalign® Clear Braces

Hand holding Invisalign clear braces tray

At Aesthetic & Family Dentistry of North Bethesda, we want everyone to be able to enjoy their best possible smile. Thanks to Invisalign, you no longer have to overcome your aversion to metal brackets and wires to correct crooked teeth. You can instead wear convenient see-through Invisalign aligners that will let you continue living your life as you normally would.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Closeup of patient placing Invisalign clear braces tray

The Invisalign process involves a series of alignment trays that exert small amounts of pressure on the teeth to move them into place. First we need to scan your mouth with our 3D digital X-ray. Unlike a traditional 2D X-ray, these scans will give us a more complete picture of your bite, allowing us to create a digital impression of your teeth that can be used to create a number of clear aligners. Once you’ve received your aligners, it’s all a matter of wearing them for about 20 to 22 hours every day and switching to the next one in the series when the time comes, which is typically every two weeks or so.

You’ll need to come back to our dental office every six weeks or so to make sure that your teeth are moving in accordance with our expectations. If the proper movements aren’t being made, you may need to return to an earlier aligner, or you might have to wear your current aligner for slightly longer. The upside of Invisalign is that it’s removable, and while you do need to keep it in your mouth for most of the day, you can take it out for meals, allowing you to enjoy all of your favorite foods. You’ll also be able to continue your normal dental hygiene routine; the only change will be that you’ll need to brush your aligners along with your teeth.

Invisalign FAQs

Does Invisalign Hurt?

If you’ve been putting off straightening your teeth because you’re worried that clear aligner treatment will hurt, you have nothing to worry about, especially since Invisalign is considerably more comfortable than traditional braces. Any soreness you do experience will likely be limited to the hours following the transition to a new tray, which is when your teeth are moving the most. The good news is that you can alleviate this discomfort with a few simple steps, including taking OTC pain medication, sipping on cool water, and avoiding crunchy, sticky, and hard foods.

Does Invisalign Give You a Lisp?

Following whether or not Invisalign is painful, another common concern that patients have is if they will develop a lisp from the aligners. The short answer is “no.” In fact, the overwhelming majority of people who chose this teeth-straightening treatment reported no changes to their speaking pattern. If you’re a part of the small percentage that do, don’t worry – it’s not permanent; your tongue just needs some time to adjust.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

The average treatment timeline with Invisalign is 12-18 months, which is quite short since traditional braces usually take 2-3 years. Ultimately, the time it takes to straighten your teeth will depend on factors unique to you, including how complex your case is and how well you follow the treatment guidelines. That said, we will provide you with an estimate at your consultation, and we’ll share all of our tips and tricks for staying on-track with your plan to avoid unwanted delays.

Is There Anything You Can’t Eat with Invisalign?

Technically, there aren’t any foods that are completely off-limits. There are, however, some that we recommend avoiding during clear aligner treatment. Sour candies that are gummy in texture are a great example because they are acidic, sticky, and sugary, which is a recipe for disaster when it comes to your oral health. You should also exercise caution with crunchy foods, like popcorn, tortilla chips, and hard pretzels since they increase your risk of a tooth chipping or an attachment coming off.

What If I Lose My Aligners?

If you can’t find your aligners, it’s important that you call us ASAP to let us know. After all, each minute you’re not wearing them increases the chances of delays.

Note: If your trays aren’t where you left them, do your best to retrace your steps, starting from the last place you know you had them. There’s a chance that they have fallen onto the floor or into a random crevice, like the space between your nightstand and your bed.

Can I Drink Coffee with Invisalign?

You can drink coffee during your teeth-straightening journey, but there is a caveat: you need to remove your aligners first. If you don’t, then they will stain, making your orthodontic treatment considerably less discreet.