Do you have crooked teeth? Are you looking for a different way to straighten your smile?
Dr. Evan Padousis provides Invisalign treatment to patients in his Rosedale, MD dental office. He completed his Invisalign treatment through the Hornbrook Group’s Ultimate Occlusion Program. Invisalign is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that helps patients comfortably realign their smiles.
The system uses clear aligners that gradually straighten teeth over time. Dr. Padousis ensures that Invisalign treatment is customized to each patient. He works with local dental labs to create custom-made aligners that can create healthier smiles.
Treatment with Invisalign
Before treatment, Dr. Padousis will take digital x-rays of your teeth. These images are used to map out your Invisalign treatment, ensuring that each pair of Invisalign aligners can gradually yet effectively realign your teeth. Dr. Padousis will send your impressions to a dental lab, where technicians will fabricate multiple pairs of your Invisalign aligners.
Once the aligners are complete, Dr. Padousis makes sure that the first pair fits precisely. You will wear each pair of your Invisalign aligners for two weeks. Then, you will swap out each pair for a new set. Because each pair of Invisalign aligners is different, they will subtly reposition and straighten your teeth over time.
To care for your Invisalign aligners, make sure that you keep them in their case when they are not in use. Remove your aligners when eating or drinking anything other than water. This can prevent staining and damage to the aligners. We will also recommend that you clean your teeth as well as your aligners before placing them back in your mouth. Keeping the aligners clean helps prevent bacteria buildup that contributes to dental decay.
Do you want to know more about Invisalign? Read answers to frequently asked questions that many of our patients have about this orthodontic treatment option below:
How long is Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign treatment typically takes 12 to 18 months. However, your own treatment time will depend on how long you wear your aligners as well as how you care for them. We recommend that patients wear their aligners for 22 hours a day. Cleaning the aligners and keeping them safe when not in use prevents bacteria buildup and damage to the aligners.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
No, Invisalign treatment is not painful. In fact, many patients may find that Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional orthodontic treatments. You may feel some soreness as you adjust to each new pair of aligners, but this quickly fades.
Do I need a retainer after Invisalign treatment?
Yes, to keep maintaining your Invisalign results, we will recommend that you wear a retainer. Retainers are required after the completion of any orthodontic treatment, Invisalign included. Wearing your retainer at night keeps your teeth straight and helps prevent tooth gaps or overcrowding.
Does pain mean Invisalign is working?
It is important to keep in mind that the aligners are repositioning your teeth. If you experience a slight degree of pain or discomfort, it is probably due to your teeth repositioning. Minor pain or tenderness means that your aligners are working as they should.
Does Invisalign make your speech different?
The trays used in Invisalign treatment won’t significantly affect your speech because they are so thin. On the first few days of treatment, you might notice a small lisp. You may have difficulty making sounds with the letters “s,” “sh,” or “z”, but in most cases, patients adjust and their speech goes back to normal after a week or two.
Contact Our Dental Office
Are you interested in learning more about Invisalign treatment? Call us at (410) 376-8548 or schedule a dental consultation with us on our website. Please let us know if you have any remaining questions about Invisalign at your next dental visit. We will be happy to help you.