Are you self-conscious about your crooked teeth? Do you want an easier way to subtly realign your smile? Receive cosmetic dental care with Invisalign clear aligners today. Dr. Srotalina Khanna provides Invisalign treatment to patients in Bethesda, MD. Straightening crooked or misaligned teeth not only improves the look of the smile but helps prevent future oral health problems.
It can be difficult to clean spaces between crooked teeth if they overlap one another. Harmful bacteria may build up between teeth if not removed and can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. In addition to this, patients with misaligned teeth are more likely to develop bad habits such as teeth clenching and grinding, also known as bruxism. Realigning the smile with Invisalign can make it easier for patients to maintain their oral health.
Treatment with Invisalign at Bethesda Family Smiles
Dr. Khanna begins treatment by taking panoramic x-rays that show the spacing and orientation of the teeth. She takes digital dental impressions of the teeth which are used to map out each patient’s treatment. These impressions are sent to a dental lab, where customized clear aligners are fabricated. Once complete, Dr. Khanna ensures that the preliminary pair of aligners fit comfortably. She provides patients with multiple pairs of aligners before they leave her office, as patients switch out their aligners every couple of weeks.
Want to know more about Invisalign treatment? Read the answers to questions that many patients may have about Invisalign:
What are the benefits of Invisalign compared to metal braces?
When compared to traditional orthodontics, Invisalign aligners provide a more discreet and comfortable way to realign a smile. This is because Invisalign aligners are made of a clear plastic that is customized to each patient. Patients may also remove their aligners to eat as well as brush and floss their teeth. Metal braces have metal brackets that need to be adjusted. Sometimes the metal wires can poke into the gums and cause irritation. Invisalign aligners are pre-adjusted as each new pair slightly changes the alignment of the teeth.
How long is Invisalign treatment?
The average treatment time for Invisalign is 12 to 18 months. However, each patient’s treatment time varies, depending on how misaligned their teeth are as well as how well patients care for their aligners. We recommend that patients wear their Invisalign aligners for about 22 hours a day, only removing them to brush their natural teeth and eat meals. Cleaning the aligners also keeps them fresh and free from bacteria.
Am I a candidate for Invisalign treatment?
Teens and adults with mild to moderate orthodontic problems are the best candidates for Invisalign. Dr. Khanna will examine your smile to determine if you would benefit from Invisalign or more traditional orthodontics. She can also provide treatment prior to Invisalign to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy.
Request a Dental Consultation Today
Call Bethesda Family Smiles today at 301-500-2205. If you are already a patient of Dr. Khanna, call 301-530-0700. Feel free to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Khanna on our website. Let Dr. Khanna know if you have remaining questions or concerns about treatment, she will be glad to help you.