FAQ: All About Invisalign

Many of our patients visit our office looking for a discreet way to achieve a straighter smile. Traditional braces bring about metallic aesthetics along with dietary restrictions and oral hygiene challenges. As your trusted cosmetic dentist in Chevy Chase, MD, we wanted to provide some additional information on Invisalign, what it is, and how it can help you achieve your dream smile. Here are answers to frequently asked questions regarding Invisalign:

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a set of removable aligners made of a clear, plastic material. Every few weeks, you will replace the aligner for a new set predetermined by your dentist and treatment plan. As the treatment plan progresses, the aligners gradually apply pressure to your teeth and encourage them to shift into a straighter position. These aligners are designed custom to your smile and are aimed at solving mild to moderate orthodontic concerns.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Because Invisalign aligners are made from clear, plastic material, this means that they are practically invisible even while in use. People will not be able to tell that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment unless you remove the aligners in front of them. Invisalign’s removability is also a major benefit to this treatment option. Patients can remove their aligner to eat, drink, or brush their teeth. This means no dietary restrictions or added steps in your oral hygiene routine with Invisalign.

Can I remove my Invisalign aligner for an event?

Even though Invisalign is specifically designed for more discreet treatment, some patients might want to remove their aligners for special occasions. If you are going on a first date, attending a job interview, or anything in between, it is perfectly okay to remove your Invisalign aligner during the event. As long as you wear your aligner 22 hours out of every day, your treatment plan will not be affected.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is an excellent option if you want to straighten your smile without traditional braces. Dr. Christopher Banks is an Invisalign dentist in Chevy Chase, MD. He will provide a thorough consultation of your smile to determine if your orthodontic concerns can be resolved through Invisalign. During this consultation, Dr. Banks will evaluate the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone to ensure that they are healthy enough to undergo treatment. If you are interested in finding out if Invisalign is right for you, please schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.


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