Crooked teeth are a major cosmetic concern that causes many patients to feel self-conscious about their smiles. At Baltimore Dental Co., we are proud to offer cosmetic dentistry solutions to help patients achieve their dream smiles. If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, we are happy to consult with you on your options for resolving this concern.
Dr. Leah Romay is an experienced dentist serving the Reisterstown area and is proud to provide Invisalign to qualified patients. Invisalign is a comfortable and discreet alternative to traditional braces. Used to treat mild to moderate orthodontic concerns, Invisalign can help you achieve a straighter smile while avoiding the metallic aesthetics associated with traditional orthodontia.
Invisalign in Glyndon, MD
An alternative treatment option to traditional braces, Invisalign operates as a clear aligner system. Patients are given all of their aligners upfront along with a strict treatment plan on when to progress to the next aligner. Over time, as the aligners are worn, they put gentle, consistent pressure on your teeth and encourage them to shift into a straighter position. Dr. Romay is happy to answer any questions you might have about Invisalign. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about this dental service:
How often do I need to wear my Invisalign aligners?
Invisalign aligners should be worn as often as possible to ensure that your treatment plan progresses as intended. While the aligners are removable, we suggest only removing them to eat, drink, or brush your teeth. On average, you should wear your Invisalign aligners 20-22 hours each day.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign offers patients many benefits that they won’t find with traditional orthodontic treatment methods. Because the aligners are made from a clear, plastic material, patients are able to maintain their natural smile aesthetics even while undergoing treatment. No one should be able to tell that you are wearing an Invisalign aligner unless you remove the aligner in front of them. With the aligners being removable, patients do not have to worry about any dietary restrictions or oral hygiene obstacles either. This treatment option requires minimal lifestyle disruptions for optimal patient support and satisfaction.
Am I a candidate for Invisalign?
Patients will need to be evaluated by a dental professional to determine if they are a good candidate for Invisalign. While Invisalign can be used to treat crooked teeth, overbite, and underbite, there are some orthodontic concerns that are too extreme to be resolved with Invisalign. Your dentist will need to also ensure that you are in otherwise good dental health before you pursue any orthodontic treatment. Any underlying dental health concerns should be treated before cosmetic concerns are addressed to ensure the longevity of your results.
How long does it take to see good results with Invisalign?
It all depends on what shape your teeth are in before treatment. If your case is not that bad, then you could see good results in as little as 6 months. You could also notice changes in 4 to 6 weeks. The average treatment time is 12 months. Everyone is different. However, if your teeth are in bad shape, it could take up to 2 years.
Can Invisalign damage teeth?
Invisalign can damage your teeth if you do not follow proper instructions from your provider. You can cause damage to your aligners through mistreatment. You should avoid drinking liquids such as soda and fruit juice. These drinks and other food can get stuck under your aligners and do damage to your teeth. It is important to watch your diet and follow your provider’s instructions to avoid these problems.
Do you sleep with Invisalign?
The answer is yes. You need to wear them at least 22 hours a day, this inculdes when going to sleep for the night. You should resist the temptation to remove them before going to bed.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are considering pursuing Invisalign treatment for your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Leah Romay. During your cosmetic consultation. Dr. Romay will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for this treatment option. She can also provide you with many other cosmetic solutions to help you achieve your dream smile. We look forward to seeing you soon.