Invisalign in Gaithersburg

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces. It’s an orthodontic treatment that corrects the position of your teeth by using clear, thin plastic “aligners.” These aligners look like a mouthguard or a retainer. Just like braces, Invisalign aligners place pressure on your teeth, gently moving them toward the correct position over time. 

But unlike braces, Invisalign aligners are invisible when worn. They're also comfortable and can be removed to eat and drink, and to brush and floss. Contact Lifetime Smile for an appointment with Dr. Ranju Bhasin, learn more, and see if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.

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What To Expect From The Invisalign Treatment Process

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Orthodontic consultation

To begin the process at Lifetime Smile, you’ll need to get a consultation with Dr. Bhasin. She will perform a comprehensive orthodontic exam and determine if Invisalign is right for you. Most patients are good candidates for treatment with Invisalign aligners.

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Aligner fitting and treatment plan

Once you’ve been approved for Invisalign, Dr. Bhasin will scan your teeth and use this information to develop a treatment plan with Invisalign. Once she finalizes your plan, Invisalign will begin building your aligner treatment system.

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Pick up your first sets of aligners

In a couple of weeks, you’ll pick up your first few sets of aligners. Each set is usually worn for 20-22 hours per day for 2 weeks. Then, you switch to a new one. Dr. Bhasin will give you a full set of instructions on how to wear your aligners and care for your teeth.

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Come back for checkups Us Right Away

You’ll come back for regular appointments at our office about every 6 weeks. Most checkups take less than 30 minutes. During your appointment, Dr. Bhasin will check your progress and give you your next several sets of aligners. This process will continue until your treatment is complete, which usually takes about a year.

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Understanding How Invisalign Works

Invisalign works by exerting pressure on your teeth. This pressure forces your teeth to move over time. Each set of aligners is designed to move your teeth to a specific position. Once your teeth move, heal, and get used to their new position, you will switch to a new set of aligners. 

Similarly to adjusting braces, switching to a new set of aligners starts the process over again. Your teeth will move in response to the pressure, then heal and adjust to the new position. Aligners are usually swapped every 2 weeks, and most patients need between 18-30 sets of aligners during treatment, depending on their unique situation.

Dental Issues That Invisalign Can Fix

Invisalign can fix most minor-to-moderate orthodontic issues. It can treat crooked teeth, uneven teeth, gaps between the teeth, and most other problems with the positioning of your teeth. It’s also a good choice for correcting bad bites (malocclusions) like underbites, overbites, and crossbites. With Invisalign, you can get a healthy bite, straight teeth, and a picture-perfect smile.

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Weekend Appointments

If a dental emergency strikes over the weekend, there’s no need to wait until Monday for care. By offering limited weekend hours and appointments by request, you can receive prompt emergency dental care and get relief from your pain and discomfort. Give us a call for more information.

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Common Emergency Procedures

To restore the health and functionality of your mouth, your dentist will address the emergency situation and recommend a variety of treatments. For example, broken, damaged, or decayed teeth can be fixed with dental crowns. If an underlying infection is causing you to experience a severe or chronic toothache, root canal therapy may be the best option for you.

Another common restorative procedure is tooth splinting, which stabilizes a loose or knocked-out tooth to allow for proper healing. Tooth extractions are a rare but occasionally necessary procedure to remove severely damaged teeth that cannot be fixed otherwise.

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Am I A Good Candidate For Invisalign?

If you have a healthy mouth and minor-to-moderate issues with your bite and your teeth, you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. Most patients qualify, so contact Lifetime Smile for a consultation now and see if it’s right for you.

However, Invisalign may not be the best choice for patients with very severe orthodontic problems. Traditional braces are a more versatile solution for correcting these issues, and may be recommended if you’re not a good candidate for Invisalign.