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If you have crooked teeth or misaligned jaws, you probably want to correct those issues. However, you may be discouraged by the prospect of wearing unsightly metal orthodontic appliances on your teeth for a couple of years in order to achieve that goal.
Enter Invisalign, a solution that helps you straighten your teeth without obscuring your smile for months on end. This innovative system is based on the same principles that inform traditional orthodontics, so it is highly effective. However, Invisalign offers patients numerous advantages in comparison to standard braces.
To learn more about Invisalign and whether it might be right for you, call our office to schedule an evaluation.
Invisalign straightens the teeth using a progressive series of clear, removable plastic trays to apply specific forces to the teeth and reposition them. The patient swaps out trays as directed by Dr. Nathanson, approximately every two weeks.
Keep in mind that the patient takes on a significant amount of responsibility when using Invisalign. Patients must follow Dr. Nathanson’s instructions for switching trays, as well as take care to wear the trays for the recommended amount of time, at least 22 hours each day.
It’s important for patients to use the trays as directed in order to achieve the desired results within the anticipated time frame.
Invisalign offers patients a number of benefits:
Invisalign and traditional orthodontic treatment approaches differ in several important ways, including the following.
Invisalign uses clear plastic trays to reposition the teeth, while traditional orthodontics uses brackets and wires that intrude on the smile’s appearance.
Invisalign can be completed in as little as 12 months, depending on the patient’s situation. In contrast, traditional orthodontics take at least 18 months to move the teeth, and even longer in many cases.
Invisalign patients are essentially adjusting the appliances on their own when switching trays, so they need to come to the office less frequently (every 1-2 months) than patients receiving standard orthodontic treatments.
Patients take on more responsibility with Invisalign than with standard orthodontics because they need to follow Dr. Nathanson’s directions closely in order to get the desired results.
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment system that helps patients straighten their smiles without wearing clunky braces. Instead, Invisalign repositions the teeth using a series of clear plastic trays. The trays are designed to be worn at least 22 hours each day and to be used in a specific progression so that the teeth will move in particular ways. The trays can be removed at mealtime and for oral hygiene purposes for maximum convenience.
Invisalign is appropriate for patients in a variety of cases, even with complex issues like severe crowding or malocclusions. In order to determine whether Invisalign is the right choice for your specific case, you should schedule an evaluation with Dr. Nathanson. At that appointment, Dr. Nathanson can examine your smile and discuss your goals with you in order to make a treatment recommendation.
The duration of your treatment with Invisalign will depend on certain aspects of your case. Some patients may only need to wear Invisalign trays for a year in order to straighten their smiles, but those with more complex problems are likely to have longer treatment timelines. Keep in mind that you also will influence the treatment timeline. If you follow Dr. Nathanson’s instructions for wearing your trays, treatment will progress as expected. If you don’t, the treatment may take longer than anticipated initially.
Dental insurance may cover a portion of orthodontic treatment, particularly if the patient is under 18 years old. However, insurance policies vary in the amount of coverage they offer, if any at all. Our experienced office staff will work closely with you to maximize any insurance coverage you may have and assist in filing any necessary claims. We also accept a variety of payment options, including payment plans, so that you can incorporate any out-of-pocket costs associated with treatment into your budget.
Dr. Nathanson and his staff are great! Dr. Nathanson (along with the very professional and friendly hygienist) identified a few issues not identified by prior dentists. Everyone in the office goes the extra mile to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Nothing but great things to say about this practice.
Best dental office I've ever been to. I've been going to them for years. They make you feel so comfortable and cared for. Everyone is friendly and they make the whole experience amazing every single time!!!
I started coming to Nathanson Dental Oct. 2018 and had the best experience with a root canal! Following that, my sons and I have never been more excited to go to the dentist. Being welcomed by a friendly staff and personable employees is a joy.
Joel I. Nathanson, DMD, MAGD, graduated from Columbia University and received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. After serving a tour of duty as an officer in the U.S. Army Dental Corps at Ft. Stewart, Georgia, Dr. Nathanson began practicing comprehensive dental care in the Baltimore area in 1985.
A respected professional in his field, Dr. Nathanson aims to provide the best possible dental experience for his patients. His entire career has been a study in pursuing the highest and most advanced dental techniques and technologies for the benefit of his patients.
Dr. Nathanson is a founding Elite Member of Dental Sleep Masters and a member of the following organizations: