What Is Invisalign?

By Louis Ruland
February 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

If you have ever wished for straighter teeth - if only they didn't require braces - Invisalign clear aligner trays may be the answer. Custom invisaligndesigned to fit comfortably and snugly over the teeth, the removable trays are made of high-quality plastic and look virtually invisible once in place. Invisalign is ideal for adults and older teenagers looking for a discreet and minimally invasive option for straighter teeth. The dentists at Ruland Family Dentistry offer the Invisalign system to patients in the Annapolis, MD, area.

Invisalign in Annapolis, MD

People choose to undergo orthodontic treatment in adulthood for a number of reasons. Although braces are most common in adolescence, one in five of all orthodontic patients are adults (approximately one million men and women), according to the American Association of Orthodontics. But there is never a wrong time to make improvements to your smile and oral health. Invisalign is the ideal option for adults with concerns over the dietary restrictions and aesthetics of traditional metallic braces.

Like braces, Invisalign trays are designed to gradually shift the teeth into the desired alignment for common bite problems like overbite, crossbite, underbite or crowding. In addition to being virtually undetectable to the naked eye, Invisalign trays have several advantages over braces. The trays are removable for up to two hours a day, which allows you to continue enjoying your favorite meals without restrictions. Removing the trays also makes it possible to maintain a steady oral hygiene routine with daily brushing and flossing throughout the treatment period.

Each tray is worn for approximately two weeks and then replaced with a new tray. The overall treatment period may also be shorter with Invisalign than with traditional braces. Adults and older teenagers who can commit to wearing the trays for the required length of time every day and keep up with follow-up visits to the dentist are typically good candidates for Invisalign.

Find a Family Dentist in Annapolis, MD

For more information on how Invisalign works and whether it is the right orthodontic treatment option for you, call Ruland Family Dentistry at (410) 268-5800 to schedule an appointment with a dentist in Annapolis, MD, today.