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By Louis Ruland
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

You heard a friend mention "Invisalign" as she talked about her dental care. Curious, you asked what she was discussing and learned that invisalignInvisalign is a leading-edge orthodontic system which straightens teeth without brackets, wires, or rubber bands. Surprisingly, you also learned your friend was wearing Invisalign clear aligners from Ruland Family Dentistry in Annapolis, MD. Read more about getting a perfect smile the discreet Invisalign way.

Why do adults and teens get orthodontic care?

Maybe the answer should be "Why not?" Everyone deserves a healthy smile that's attractive and functional. So, more and more patients of non-traditional age (most orthodontic care starts between ages 10 and 14, reports KidsHealth) have begun exploring their orthodontic options.

While many smiles require conventional metal, ceramic or lingual (tongue-side) braces, others do not, and in fact, millions of people have straightened their mild to moderate issues with Invisalign since the late 1990s. Using a customized set of clear acrylic appliances, Drs. Louis, Michael, and John Ruland deliver new smiles to people with:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Crowding
  • Gaps
  • Overjet
  • Orthodontic relapse (teeth which shift after braces are removed)

Treatment times are substantially shorter (an average of one year) than with conventional braces. The appliances are comfortable, smooth, and removable, and both teens and adults feel no embarrassment or inconvenience as they advance through their care plans. Truly, treatment with Invisalign in Annapolis is a win-win situation.

Qualifying for and living with Invisalign

During an orthodontic consultation at Ruland Family Dentistry, your dentist will examine your teeth and take X-rays and a special three-dimensional scan. If treatment is feasible, Dr. Ruland uses the scan and other details to tell the Invisalign lab how to craft your aligners for each important step on your way to a new smile.

In all, you'll receive 18 to 30 aligner pairs, wearing each for about two weeks. It's important to keep the aligners in place for 20 to 22 hours per day, taking them out to eat, brush, and floss. Teen aligners may be crafted with compliance tabs to show doctor, parents, and patient how treatment is progressing.

When you complete your care plan, you'll probably wear a retainer--also crafted by Invisalign--to keep your new smile perfectly placed.

Want to know more?

Then, contact Ruland Family Dentistry to arrange an Invisalign consultation in Annapolis, MD. A straight, healthy smile can happen at any age! Call the office today: (410) 268-5800.

By Louis Ruland
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Find out how this clear orthodontic system could get you the smile results you’ve been looking for.invisalign

We all know that the idea of wearing a mouth full of metal brackets and wires may seem less than ideal, particularly if you are an adult who is in the working world. Sporting those braces for work and client meetings, dates and even social gatherings may be a one-way ticket to feeling self-conscious. But what if our Annapolis, MD, family dentists - Drs. Louis, John and Michael Ruland - told you that there is a way for you to fix your misaligned smile without others noticing?

Instead of wearing brackets and wires on the front of your teeth to fix your crooked smile, our Annapolis dentists offer a clear system that uses aligners instead. These aligners are made of clear, thin plastic and each aligner is made to fit tightly over your teeth to offer the proper amount of force necessary to shift teeth into their ideal positions.

Invisalign is a perfect option for teens and adults who want to straighten their smiles but feel self-conscious about wearing traditional braces. Invisalign can fix a myriad of dental issues such as:

  • Overlapping and crooked teeth
  • Spacing between teeth
  • Crowding
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

If your smile isn’t as straight as you wish it could be then it’s time you turned to us to find out if this nearly invisible orthodontic approach is exactly the treatment you need to get the results you want.

Not only are these custom aligners more comfortable than metal braces (which often cause irritation and chaffing in gums and cheeks) but they can also be removed so you won’t have to worry about nixing certain favorite foods from your diet or having to change up how you brush and floss to accommodate your treatment.

Invisalign easily fits into your lifestyle and schedule, making it one of the most convenient ways for busy individuals to still get the smile they want no matter how old they are.

Do you have questions about getting Invisalign in Annapolis, MD? Want to find out if our Invisalign system could fix your smile? Then call Ruland Family Dentistry today to schedule your consultation.

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.