Invisalign® “Invisible” Braces – Greenbelt, MD

Straighter Teeth Without the Metal

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Are you an adult who has always wanted to straighten your crooked teeth, but you can’t imagine facing the world with bulky metal braces? Or do you have an image-conscious teen at home who desperately needs braces but would literally die if they had to go to school with them? Invisalign® is the practically invisible orthodontic treatment that’s perfect for mature teens and adults, as this clear aligner system can reliably straighten teeth without affecting someone’s daily appearance in the process. Call McCarl Dental Group, PC today to learn more and schedule a consultation for Invisalign in Greenbelt.

Why Choose McCarl Dental Group, PC for Invisalign® “Invisible” Braces?

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  • Credit card icon More affordable than traditional braces
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Alternatives to Traditional Braces

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Invisalign Success Stories

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“My dental experience has enhanced my confidence. I now love showing my teeth when I smile!”

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“People never knew about my treatment unless I chose to tell them!”

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“McCarl Dental’s staff are considerate, competent professionals devoted to their patient’s well being”

How Invisalign® Works

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If you are self-conscious about your smile or concerned about your dental and overall health from crowded or crooked teeth, Invisalign® orthodontics is a great solution.

The clear, comfortable aligner trays straighten teeth and correct your bite just like metal braces - only almost no one else can tell you are wearing them. Dental hygienists endorse Invisalign® because their dental patients can easily take the clear trays out when eating and then brush and floss before replacing them. This keeps the gums healthy during treatment and helps prevent decay and tooth discoloration - both of which are potential problems with traditional braces.

The trays are designed to be worn for 1-2 weeks at a time, 20-22 hours each day. This allows for gentle, continuous pressure to move teeth over time into proper alignment.

Indications for Invisalign®

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Adults are having their teeth straightened in unprecedented numbers. Invisalign® can correct a wide variety of dental and orthodontic concerns such as crowded, gapped, and misaligned teeth and bites.

Crowded Teeth

Crowded and crooked teeth are harder to brush and floss, causing plaque buildup, tooth decay, and periodontal disease. Once Invisalign® aligners are incorporated, though, teeth can begin to move and generate space that allows for improved brushing and oral hygiene habits, which lead to better oral and overall health.

Gaps Between Teeth

When left untreated, missing or widely spaced teeth can prevent normal chewing and increase the likelihood of periodontal disease and bone loss. Closing these gaps with clear aligners makes it possible to enjoy a more attractive smile while also reducing the risk of common oral health problems that can negatively affect your mouth and body.

Bite Alignment

Misaligned teeth and jaws can cause abnormal wear on teeth and painful jaw joint problems including TMJ dysfunction. Overall gum and bone health are improved when Invisalign is used to bring teeth together correctly with an ideal bite. When teeth are properly aligned, the gums fit tighter around the teeth, enhancing gum health.

The Benefits of Invisalign

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There are advantages to selecting an Invisalign® dentist who is also experienced in other forms of cosmetic dentistry. Our dentists have comprehensive dental training and address multiple dental concerns with a wide range of dental solutions that are specific to each dental patient’s unique needs and objectives. Invisalign® Orthodontics is often combined with other dental treatments, so if you would like to learn more about Invisalign® and how it works, please contact our office today to set up an appointment with one of our dentists.

More Comfortable to Wear

There are no protruding brackets and wires with Invisalign, only a smooth plastic that fits snugly against your teeth. Because of this, there is a reduced chance of irritation to your soft oral tissues. The customized fit of your aligners will ensure that they not only straighten your teeth according to plan but also reduce discomfort to create a more enjoyable orthodontic experience.

Greater Subtlety

Invisalign trays are made of clear, medical-grade polyurethane resin. This makes them nearly undetectable to others. Their customization ensures a snug and comfortable fit when worn, and they have a ridge that aligns perfectly with the shape of gumline. You’ll never need to feel embarrassed while wearing your aligners because they are unlikely to be noticed.

Healthier Smile

Having removable aligners makes it easier to take proper care of your teeth and gums. Unlike metal braces that require you to brush around small brackets and wires, you can remove your Invisalign trays to perform your normal oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing. It’s also easier to clean your aligners because you must remove them to adequately brush away any bacterial buildup and food particles. There is no need for special equipment.

Fewer & Faster Follow-Ups

Traditional braces require you to visit your dentist every few weeks to have your wire tightened; however, with Invisalign, your follow-up visits will be fewer (every 4-6 weeks) and quicker. With no wire to replace or tighten, we will examine your smile to ensure that your teeth are shifting according to the timeline that we set for treatment. If any adjustments are required, we will make them at this time; however, one of the great benefits of Invisalign is the predictability of care.

You Feel Better About Your Appearance

While wearing your Invisalign aligners, you won’t need to worry about your orthodontic treatment interfering with your daily appearance. The clear plastic is virtually invisible, so you’ll feel more confident smiling around others even throughout treatment. This is why so many self-conscious teenagers and working adults choose Invisalign. Once the trays come off, you’ll find that your smile is more properly aligned, allowing you to speak and smile with ease and confidence.

Flexible, Removable Orthodontics

Unlike metal braces that are bonded to your teeth and cannot be removed without the help of a trusted dental professional, Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit your smile and easily removable. Also, the scanning that is required to produce your trays is significantly easier because of the digital technology that is used, allowing for a more comfortable approach. It is a non-invasive form of treatment that requires no bonding or messy impressions but instead allows for a more flexible method of care.

Invisalign® for Teens

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For many image-conscious teens, the thought of spending years wearing traditional metal braces simply isn’t appealing. The conspicuous metal brackets and wires can lead to feelings of self-consciousness and may interfere with sports, playing an instrument, and more. With Invisalign® for teens, we can help your son or daughter enjoy straighter teeth and a more confident smile without the need for traditional orthodontic braces. The aligners are nearly invisible, completely comfortable, and easily removable for eating and home hygiene.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign®

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McCarl Dental Group, PC offers excellent financing options for our Invisalign® patients, and Invisalign® orthodontics may be covered by your dental insurance. You can expect that during your initial consultation, we will formulate your treatment plan and include a breakdown of the proposed costs associated with your care. Members of our team will review your dental insurance plan to find ways to maximize your benefits as well as discuss additional options for financing should you need it.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign

Determining the factors that are associated with the cost of your Invisalign requires a thorough consultation with a member of our McCarl Dental Group team. This visit not only involves deciding whether Invisalign is right for your unique needs but also how much you can expect to spend on your new smile.

A few of the factors our team will consider include:

  • How many Invisalign aligners you will need. Do you need treatment only for the upper or lower arch or both?
  • The severity of the dental issue you are experiencing. This may include overcrowding, gaps between teeth, and/or bite misalignment.
  • How many sets of aligners you will need to successfully complete treatment.
  • The type of retainer you will be required to wear once you are finished with Invisalign treatment.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Most dental insurance policies do not offer orthodontic coverage. It is instead something that you must pay for in addition to your regular plan. While many companies are beginning to incorporate clear aligners as part of their available coverage, it’s important that you review the details of a proposed plan before enrolling. In many cases, you may be able to receive 50% coverage for orthodontic treatment, which can help to cut down on your out-of-pocket expenses.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

Recognizing that not all patients have private dental insurance, our team at McCarl Dental Group, PC offers alternative payment options, including flexible financing through CareCredit. Designed to make paying for treatment easier and less burdensome for patients, you can opt to enroll in a low or no-interest payment plan with no surprise fees.

Invisalign FAQs

Invisalign clear aligners are a great way to straighten teeth that are suffering from overcrowding, gaps, and misalignment. After talking with your dentist about your options and what your future might look like with Invisalign, it’s understandable that you might still need clarification and have questions. To provide the clearest explanation about these clear aligners, our dental experts at McCarl Dental Group, PC have answered some frequently asked questions about Invisalign below.

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

A common misconception that many people have is that anyone can receive Invisalign. Unfortunately, many do-it-yourself systems make it easy for individuals to begin treatment without a proper consultation – a situation that can result in damaged teeth.

The only way to determine if Invisalign is right for you is to schedule a visit with one of our dentists. Not only will we take digital images of your smile, but we’ll also visually examine your teeth and bite to determine if overcrowding, crooked, or gapped teeth, or a misaligned bite are present. If so, we’ll decide if Invisalign is enough to fix the problem and produce beautiful, long-lasting results.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

It is not uncommon for a typical Invisalign treatment to take 12-18 months. This is drastically shorter than wearing traditional metal braces. However, it’s important that you do not expect your treatment to take the same length of time. Every case is different, which means that depending on the severity of your dental issue, you may need to wear Invisalign aligners for 15 months or even 24 months. Your plan will be tailored to meet your needs, and how often you wear your trays can also dictate whether you finish treatment on time or if you need additional aligners to ensure successful completion.

Do I Need to Wear a Retainer After Invisalign?

Retainers are essential components of Invisalign treatment. Most patients will be required to wear one because of how easy it is for teeth to shift out of alignment. Once your smile reaches its new destination, it will not be affixed in place right away. The teeth and bone must settle over time. To keep them from moving back to their original location, a retainer is worn to hold them in place.

With any form of orthodontics, each case is different, so you may be required to wear your retainer full-time (24/7) in the beginning. As time passes, your dentist may suggest that you wear it only at night.

Can I Be Treated With Invisalign If I’ve Worn Braces in the Past?

Usually yes but the decision to have you wear Invisalign is up to your providing dentist. If you’ve worn traditional braces in the past, your dentist will need to evaluate your current smile and if the changes needed could be corrected by  Invisalign aligners.