Invisalign – Washington, DC

Clear Braces - Clearly Beautiful Smiles

As a teenager, you may have been relieved that you didn’t have to undergo traumatically embarrassing tooth alignment using traditional braces, but as an adult, you might be looking at your crowded or gapped teeth wishing you had. While getting braces might have seemed embarrassing at the time, you realize in retrospect that more than half of your friends had them. As an adult, this is probably not the case. You want to correct your bite misalignment because you know a straighter smile helps prevent bacterial buildup in crowded dental areas, and uneven wearing of your teeth, but the thought of wearing braces to your upcoming business meeting is preventing you from taking the next step. If this sounds familiar, you may want to consider smile alignment with Invisalign from our Washington, DC cosmetic dentist.

Woman placing an Invisalign tray

Why Choose Aesthetic & Family Dentistry of Washington for Invisalign?

  • Discreet Invisalign Treatment
  • Orthodontics for Teens & Adults
  • Experienced Team of Dentists

Invisalign® Clear Braces

Hand holding an Invisalign tray

At Aesthetic & Family Dentistry of Washington, we know just how you feel. That’s why we offer Invisalign in Washington, DC. These clear braces work to straighten your teeth in less time, with less pain, and none of the metallic smiles that go along with traditional braces. It’s an effective way to get a corrected bite without missing a beat.

How Does
Invisalign Work?

Dentist and patient looking at Invisalign tray

Invisalign uses a series of clear alignment trays to gradually shift your teeth into place. It all starts with dental scanning using our 3D digital X-ray technology. These scans produce high-definition images of your entire bite allowing us to view your current smile irregularities accurately and create an impression of your teeth digitally that can then be used to develop the series of aligners that will lead to your flawless smile. Once your aligners are created, you will simply place them on your teeth and wear them about 20 to 22 hours per day. After about two weeks, you will replace the current set with a new set to continue your alignment.

Periodically, you will need to visit our dental office to ensure your bite is aligning according to plan, and make any necessary changes to your alignment trays. You will need about half as many of these appointments compared to traditional braces, and they will not take nearly as long as orthodontic appointments, which means more time for work, family, and fun. Because they’re removable, Invisalign can be taken out during meals which means there’s no need to give up any of your favorite foods while you straighten your teeth, and you can continue with the at-home dental hygiene routine you’re used to with the addition of gently brushing your alignment trays whenever you brush your teeth.

Invisalign FAQs

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

It generally takes between 12 to 18 months to complete Invisalign treatment, although it could be more or less, depending on a few different factors. For example, if you have mild misalignments and your teeth shift as quickly as intended, then it might only take 6 months. If you have more severe issues then it could take up to 2 years, which is still less time than it takes with traditional braces. Also, if you don’t wear your aligners for 22 hours every day then your teeth could revert to their previous placements which will delay your treatment timeline.

Does Invisalign Hurt?

Invisalign is not considered a painful treatment, especially when compared to traditional orthodontics. However, anything that exerts enough pressure on your teeth to move them has the potential to cause discomfort. It’s natural to feel some soreness and tenderness when you receive your new trays until your mouth has adjusted to wearing them.

Fortunately, any aching is usually mild and resolves itself in a few days. In the meantime, you can apply a cold compress or take over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen for a reprieve. If you find that it doesn’t go away or only gets worse, then contact us so we can ensure that your Invisalign fits as intended.

Does Invisalign Give You a Lisp?

Invisalign uses clear plastic trays that fit snuggly over your teeth to reposition them which causes your teeth to rest differently when they come together. It’s not uncommon to have an initial adjustment period while your tongue and mouth learn to work around them to form all the right sounds and words. You might develop a mild lisp during this time, but it typically only lasts a few weeks at the most. Other patients are unaffected and don’t experience any changes to their speech at all.

If you do have challenges at first, one of the best ways to get through them is to practice. Speaking frequently allows your tongue to adjust more quickly.

How Do I Clean My Invisalign?

You’ll need to care for your aligners properly for them to continue doing their job. Some tips for keeping them in good shape include:

  • Remove them for meals and rinse them (and your mouth) with water before putting them back in.
  • Take them out to brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice daily to remove unwanted bacteria and plaque buildup.
  • Soak them each day with Invisalign cleaning crystals to dissolve up to 99% of germs.
  • Brush and floss your teeth thoroughly twice daily so you’re putting your trays into a clean mouth.
  • Remember not to expose your aligners to hot water because it can warp or crack them.