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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign® has changed the face of orthodontics. Instead of wires attached to your teeth, your teeth can now be straightened invisibly. Invisalign® is clear.You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.Invisalign® is removable. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment. You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.Invisalign® is comfortable. No metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation, and less time in the dentist’s chair getting adjustments.

The Invisalign process has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthdontic practices nationwide. However, only a certified dentist like ours can undertake this procedure.


How Does Invisalign® Work?

A set of aligners are worn for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position the dentist has prescribed.You will visit us approximately once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.Total treatment time averages 11 months with the average number of aligners worn during treatment between 18 and 30. This of course will vary from case to case. The aligners are made through a combination of our dentists’ expertise and 3-D computer imaging technology provided by the Invisalign® company.


Invisalign® vs. Braces: Which Is Better?

Today’s orthodontics options are much more varied than those available decades ago. Although it is nice to have choices, this variety can also lead to a lot of questions. At Winning Smiles Orthodontics, with offices in Bowie and Hyattsville, one of the most common queries from our patients is: “Which is better? Invisalign® or braces?”

There is no clear answer to that question. That’s because, like all corrective dental work, the “best” option will depend on the individual. We strive to answer all of our patients’ questions, including details about Invisalign® vs. braces.

What Are the Pros of Invisalign® vs. Braces?

Invisalign® Pros:

  •  More comfortable

  •  No food restrictions

  •  Nearly invisible

  •  Easier brushing and flossing

  •  Removable

Braces Pros:

  •  Less expensive

  •  Can correct more dental issues

  •  Cannot lose them

  •  Sturdier

  •  Better control of corrective process



Which Is Right for Me? Invisalign® or Braces?

At Total Dentistry Care, we are pleased to offer Invisalign® and traditional braces to our patients. Although many people want an answer to the “Invisalign® vs. braces” question, the truth is there is no way to really know until you have had a through dental examination . After your initial consultation, we will help you determine whether Invisalign® or braces are better for you.

Don’t hesitate to contact US to discuss any aspect of your dental health – we don’t charge for giving advice!

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