Looking for Invisalign in Bethesda? We have you covered. We get a lot of different questions when it comes to Invisalign. It is a great option if you are looking for something that works but is also not harsh on your gums and lips. 

Let’s check out what you need to know before getting Invisalign:

Invisalign Treatment Times

This is a typical question that we get before treating people. It makes sense, you do not want to have years of treatment. You want your smile to look great as soon as possible. The great thing is that Invisalign treatment does not go on for years. It may take a year or two at most but that is for extreme cases. 

Every patient is different and we have seen this while working in Bethesda. For Invisalign in Bethesda, we have seen cases that take as little as 6 months. More extreme cases can take up to a year and a half. Either way, you will get a smile that you love without having braces.

The easiest way to tell how long treatment will be for you is to go to your local dentist that offers Invisalign in Bethesda. They can give you a consultant for cost and treatment time. This lets you know how long the treatment will take.

Brushing and Flossing with Invisalign

If you weren’t brushing or flossing before, now is a great time to start. When you get your trays, they can get messy and gross if you are not getting care of your teeth. This leads to your trays becoming dirty which can get your teeth dirty. 

Taking the time to take care of your teeth and trays will keep your teeth looking great while your smile transforms. The great thing with Invisalign trays is that you do not need to relearn how to brush or floss. 

With traditional metal braces, you have probably seen that you have to floss differently and get up and around the metal. Invisalign is simple, you take your tray out of your mouth, brush and floss as normal, and put your tray back in.

You will want to change how often you brush and floss. It is recommended that you brush and floss anytime you eat. We recommend this because it is easy for food to get trapped in your trays. There is nothing more embarrassing than walking around with food in your teeth. Prevent this by brushing and flossing regularly and you will be able to walk around with confidence.

Invisalign in Bethesda and Orthodontic Treatment

Invisalign in Bethesda is just one of many options that are available to you. There are plenty of other orthodontic treatments that we offer at The Dental Institute. The great thing about getting orthodontic treatment at a dentist is that you do not have to go to a different building. You can stay in the same area and not worry about having to find another orthodontist.

A typical appointment will look like this: you meet with Dr. Lanza or another doctor and they will take you through the treatment process. This can look like the first set of trays, new trays, and checking and monitoring teeth movement. If anything is off, they will make adjustments to your treatment plan. If everything is looking good, you will get a new set of trays that move your teeth a little bit more.

Metal Braces versus Invisalign in Bethesda

Many people choose Invisalign over metal braces because of the many benefits. These benefits are things such as not having metal braces, healthier gums, and the discreet nature of Invisalign. 

When you think of metal braces you typically think of middle school or junior high kids. You do not think of adults or even people in high school or college. Invisalign is wonderful for people both young and old if they do not want to get traditional metal braces. 

Another great benefit of Invisalign over metal braces is that your gums and lips stay in better condition. Metal is hard on your gums and lips, creating sores and cuts. These cuts are added pain to the pain your teeth and mouth are already in. With Invisalign, your gums and lips do not have to be built up to be protected from metal braces.

Lastly, nobody has to know that you are getting work done on your teeth with Invisalign. The trays are clear and discreet, unless you look for them. You still need to wear the trays as often as you can, around 20 to 22 hours a day. This is a great option for teens and adults that do not want to have metal braces.

Tooth Movement with Invisalign

Your teeth will still move gradually with Invisalign. This means you are going to feel some discomfort and slight pain when you wear your trays. The longer you wear your trays, the more your teeth will move, allowing you to get some relief. The pain should go away after a week or two. If it does not lessen or gets worse, give us a call so we can help you.

Because your teeth move, it is normal for them to be in pain. You may experience some gum bleeding that was not there before. This is normal and should go away after several days. Your teeth are moving, and that means your smile is going to start to look different. Keep an eye on your smile and look at the progress your mouth is making.

Keeping Up with Oral Health and Invisalign

Even though you are going to the dentist more frequently with Invisalign, you will still want to schedule your regular cleanings and check ups. We recommend getting a cleanly every 6 months, or twice a year. 

You want your smile to look great, and oral health plays a big role in this. You will want any cavities fixed and treated while you are getting treated with Invisalign. This will ensure that your smile will look fabulous after getting Invisalign.