Invisalign FAQ

Invisalign® FAQ in Frederick, MD

Zainali Orthodontics, located conveniently in Frederick, MD, and led by board-certified orthodontist Dr. Lobat Zainali, provides Invisalign® treatment for residents of Frederick, Urbana, Middletown, Hagerstown and nearby communities who want to learn more about straightening their teeth with Invisalign®.

How does Invisalign® straighten and align teeth?

The Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that are custom-made for each patient. These aligners are made of durable plastic and resemble night guards. The aligners are replaced regularly with new aligners that each move the teeth a step closer to their correct position. Over time, as the aligners are steadily replaced, the teeth shift gradually into the proper position.

How often are Invisalign® aligners replaced?

The Invisalign® aligners are typically replaced every week, and each new aligner shifts teeth one step closer to the correct position.

Are the Invisalign® aligners removable?

Invisalign® aligners may be removed for eating and cleaning, meaning you can eat whatever foods you want and also maintain regular dental hygiene without any adjustments.

What if Invisalign® treatment doesn’t achieve the desired correction?

In some cases, even after allowing a reasonable amount of time, Invisalign® treatment does not achieve the desired alignment in some patients, and regular braces may be required to complete the treatment. In some cases, patients may successfully transition from regular braces to Invisalign® in order to complete and optimize the results of their treatment.

What are the advantages of Invisalign® over braces?

Invisalign® offers greater convenience for wearers while also providing nearly invisible correction. Invisalign® aligners are removable in contrast to conventional braces, thereby making it possible for the patient to remove them before eating, allowing them to eat anything they want. The fact that they can be removed for cleaning also helps wearers keep their teeth cleaned and flossed during treatment as well as being able to easily clean the aligners thoroughly.

Are there any disadvantages to Invisalign® vs. conventional braces?

In some cases, alignment may take longer with Invisalign® than with traditional braces, or it may not succeed in achieving the desired correction, necessitating the use of conventional braces to complete treatment.

How do I clean my Invisalign® aligners?

The Invisalign® aligners are made of a durable clear plastic and may be easily cleaned by rinsing with mild soap and warm water. It is best to avoid hot water when washing the aligners, and they should never be placed in the dishwasher or cleaned with harsh chemicals.

Who is an ideal candidate for Invisalign® treatment?

Although Invisalign® treatment may be suitable for many orthodontic patients, it doesn’t work for everyone and may not be strong enough to achieve proper alignment in some patients.

How long does it take to straighten or align teeth with Invisalign®?

The duration of Invisalign® treatment varies with each individual, and it may take between six to eighteen months depending on the severity of each case.

Does Invisalign® treatment hurt?

Invisalign® treatment may cause mild soreness after each initial fitting, and this may last a day or so, but typically Invisalign® treatment is not considered painful and produces less discomfort than treatment with conventional braces.

Why select an orthodontist for Invisalign® instead of a regular dentist?

Although some dentists are now fitting patients with Invisalign®, orthodontists are actually specialists trained in tooth movement, alignment of the teeth and jaw, and healthy jaw function, while dentists are trained to provide more general dental care.

How can I learn more about straightening or aligning teeth with Invisalign®?

Residents of Frederick, Urbana, Middletown, Hagerstown, or nearby communities in Maryland who want to straighten their teeth with Invisalign® should contact Zainali Orthodontics today to schedule an appointment for a free consultation to see if Invisalign® treatment is right for you.