Invisalign FAQs

Orthodontist in Bethesda & Laurel, MD

At Heller Orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile. Our mission is to help our patients achieve one through convenient orthodontic treatment. As a leading orthodontist serving Bethesda and Laurel and the surrounding areas, we're proud to offer a wide range of orthodontic treatment options to our patients, and one of our most convenient options is Invisalign clear aligners. We believe patient education is a vital part of the treatment process, and if you would like to learn more about Invisalign, this FAQ page can help. Read on to find answers to some of the most common questions surrounding Invisalign.

Common Questions About Invisalign

What is Invisalign, exactly?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment alternative to braces that straightens teeth using clear, removable trays called aligners instead of brackets and wires. Invisalign aligners are made from a clear plastic material that's molded to fit your bite and lays flat against the teeth, making the aligners both nearly impossible to see when worn and easy to remove for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene.

Why should I choose Invisalign over braces?

While it's not right for everyone, Invisalign comes with a number of advantages over traditional braces. Thanks to its unique construction, Invisalign patients will get to enjoy all of the following benefits:

  • Virtually invisible when worn
  • No dietary restrictions or foods to avoid
  • Brushing and flossing are as easy as ever
  • Smooth to the touch for improved comfort
How long does Invisalign treatment take?

The length of treatment varies drastically depending on the specifics of your orthodontic problem. The "average" treatment time is around 12 to 18 months, although this may be shorter or longer depending on how much tooth movement is required.

What should I expect during Invisalign treatment?

The treatment process for Invisalign is fairly simple. After we construct your own set of custom aligners based on your orthodontic consultation, you'll wear each pair of aligners 20-22 hours per day, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss your teeth. You'll switch to a new pair of aligners every 7-10 days, and once you finish your last pair, your new smile is yours to keep.

Schedule a Consultation for Invisalign in North Potomac

Invisalign is one of the most convenient orthodontic treatments on the market today, and if you think it may be right for you, we can help you find out. Request an appointment online to set up your orthodontic consultation today. We'll help you understand your orthodontic condition, explore your treatment options, and start on the path towards a beautiful, healthy new smile.