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By Padonia Dental Associates
February 23, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

It’s estimated that up to four million people at any one time are wearing braces in the United States and Canada. But our team at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, know that braces have come a long way from the early days of orthodontics, so much so that these days, options are available that are not visible to onlookers. The most popular of these “invisible” braces is Invisalign. Here’s a list of FAQs regarding Invisalign:

Are they really invisible?

Yes, the clear liners are virtually invisible, so they enable patients to feel good about themselves and their appearance while getting the orthodontic treatment they need.

Are there wires, rubber bands, and brackets with Invisalign?

Nope. Invisalign is truly an alternative to conventional braces. The treatment consists of clear liners that can easily be removed and cleaned throughout the day. There are no wires, so there’s less poking and mouth irritation compared to braces. There’s also no wire tightening at adjustment appointments, so patients don’t have to worry about a sore mouth in the days that follow in-office visits.

I’ve heard that if I get braces, I won’t be able to eat certain foods like popcorn and hard candy. Is this true with Invisalign too?

No. With Invisalign, there are no food restrictions. You simply remove your aligners when you’re eating, and replace them after you’ve finished and brushed any leftover food particles away.

Does Invisalign cost more than braces?

While overall cost varies on a patient-by-patient basis and is based largely on the level of treatment, Invisalign costs about the same as traditional braces, which makes this treatment option a truly affordable alternative.

How does brushing compare with conventional braces?

Brushing your teeth while wearing conventional braces takes some getting used to. Patients have to brush around the metal brackets and floss with a specialty tool to get into the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. By contrast, Invisalign can be removed at any time to permit regular brushing and flossing.

Every patient is different and Invisalign might not be the best course of orthodontic treatment for everyone, but it's an option that's gaining more and more popularity, and it's an orthodontic alternative that doesn't sacrifice comfort and convenience for results. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please give us a call at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD. Our office can be reached at 410-560-1400.

By Padonia Dental Associates
June 16, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: invisalign  

You now have various options to choose from when it comes to correcting dental misalignment problems. Invisalign clear aligners are one of them. However, if you are more familiar with traditional braces, it's normal to wonder how and if they truly get the job done. Your Cockeysville, MD, dentists at Padonia Dental Associates will tell you everything you need to know about Invisalign.

What is Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear trays to slowly shift your teeth and correct your tooth alignment issues. The growing popularity of Invisalign treatment is because it offers the most discrete way to straighten your teeth.

Conditions That Invisalign Treatment Can Correct

Minor and moderate cases of dental or jaw misalignment can benefit from Invisalign treatment. More severe dental abnormalities might require oral surgery or treatment with braces before Invisalign treatment can be effective.

Your Cockeysville, MD, dental team at Padonia Dental Associates will begin your Invisalign treatment with a thorough assessment of your oral health and function. If you're deemed an excellent candidate for Invisalign, your dentist will send you home with your clear aligners to correct the following conditions:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth

How Invisalign Works

The clear aligners for your Invisalign treatment put pressure on your teeth, causing them to shift and straighten over time. To ensure you get the best results, you'll need to wear them for as long as possible daily, only taking them off when you need to eat or clean your teeth.

Your Invisalign clear aligners are made just for you. Your Cockeysville, MD, dentists will take impressions and images of your teeth that guide them in making your custom clear aligners.

Your Invisalign treatment could last between 9 - 15 months with routine checkups every 6 weeks at Padonia Dental Associates to monitor your progress. You could use between 18 - 30 sets of Invisalign clear aligners during your treatment and each set could last about two weeks before you move to the next.

A visit to your Cockeysville, MD, dentists at Padonia Dental Associates will let you know if Invisalign is right for you. Call (410) 560-1400 to schedule your appointment and learn more about Invisalign.

By Padonia Dental Associates
June 23, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Here’s why so many people are turning to Invisalign for straight smiles.

Invisalign touts itself as “the invisible way to straighten your teeth” and it’s an amazing option for many older teens and adults who are looking to improve the appearance and health of their smile but feel a bit nervous about taking the plunge to get braces. Our Cockeysville, MD dentist has helped patients getting beautiful smile results through Invisalign. Could you be next? Let’s find out.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign is a unique system that uses a set of clear, custom-made aligners that fit over your teeth similarly to mouthguards or whitening trays; however, since each aligner is custom-molded to your mouth, each set applies the right amount of pressure to your teeth to move them gradually into place.

Will Invisalign work for me?

Invisalign is ideal for older teens and adults whose teeth have already fully developed and are no longer growing. This will ensure that each set of aligners provides a perfect fit throughout the treatment process. If you are an adult or teen who is dealing with a misaligned smile and is looking for a subtle way to straighten teeth that others aren’t as likely to notice then Invisalign could definitely be right for you.

Invisalign can treat a variety of common bad bites (also known as malocclusions) and dental problems including,

  • Crowding
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

If your teeth are out of alignment or if they don’t fit together properly when you bite then Invisalign may be able to help.

What are the steps involved in getting Invisalign?

Once your dentist has determined that you are an ideal candidate for treatment and they’ve taken impressions of your teeth you will come back into the office to receive your Invisalign aligners. Here are the steps involved in Invisalign treatment,

  • You will wear your aligners for about two weeks at a time, only removing them to eat, drink, brush and floss
  • You will replace your current aligners in two weeks for the next set in your treatment plan
  • You should aim to wear your aligners for around 20-22 hours each day
  • You will visit the dentist about every six weeks for checkups
  • Most treatment plans last anywhere from 9-15 months but can take between 18-30 months

Wondering how Invisalign could improve your smile? If so, schedule a consultation with our Cockeysville, MD, cosmetic dentist here at Padonia Dental Associates by calling (410) 560-1400.

By Padonia Dental Associates
June 12, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Would you prefer keeping your orthodontic treatment private? Thanks to Invisalign, you can improve your smile without metal wires and invisalignbrackets. The Invisalign system realigns teeth with removable aligner trays that are practically invisible. The dentists at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, offer Invisalign and other treatments that improve the appearance and health of your teeth.

How does the Invisalign system straighten teeth?

Constant pressure is the key to realigning your teeth. Unlike metal braces, the Invisalign system doesn't use a system of wires and brackets to provide pressure. When you choose Invisalign, you'll wear a series of clear, removable aligner trays that constantly exert gentle pressure on your teeth. Trays are replaced every two weeks and are worn for about 22 hours per day.

Digital images, impressions, and X-rays are taken of your teeth during the first step in the process. The Invisalign software combines the digital information into a three-dimensional image that can be manipulated to approximate the effect of the aligners on your teeth throughout your treatment. This technology allows your dentist to create trays that correct your specific orthodontic issues without drawing unwanted attention to your smile.

Do I have to give up my favorite foods to wear the aligner trays?

Food restrictions are necessary when you wear metal or ceramic braces. If you're not careful, hard, tough, or sticky foods can damage wires or brackets. There are no restrictions with the Invisalign system. You'll take your trays out before you eat, rinse them, then put them back after your meal.

You'll also remove the aligner trays before you brush or floss your teeth. Once the trays have been removed, you'll simply follow your usual oral hygiene routine.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is a good option for many people. The system can straighten teeth, improve spacing problems, and treat common bite problems, such as underbites and overbites. Although metal braces are a better option if you have a severe orthodontic problem, Invisalign is an excellent, effective option if you have mild or moderate issues.

Straighten your teeth discreetly with Invisalign! Call the Cockeysville, MD, dentists at Padonia Dental Associates at (410) 560-1400 to schedule your appointment.