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Dr. Moles has worked hard to become a platinum provider for Invisalign! What does it mean to be a Platinum Provider? Invisalign© awards distinctions to providers with more experience. Dr. Moles has pursued and completed specialized training on the uses of Invisalign© and Invisalign Teen and now Invisalign first, for staged care patients. Our office also offers an Invisalign guarantee for Teens! If you’re not satisfied with your teen progress in Invisalign within the first 6 months,we will place braces free of any additional fees! Invislign is an excellent choice for most orthodontic issues, there’s not many treatment plans Dr. Moles can not treat using removable therapy!

Benefits Of Invisalign

Unlike traditional braces and other orthodontic appliances, Invisalign is not bonded or cemented to you teeth. The aligners are removable, allowing you to eat, as well as brush and floss without the interference of wires. They can also be temporarily removed for special occasions. However, it’s critical to wear Invisalign as often as possible, to ensure treatment progresses as planned. Other advantages of this popular orthodontic treatment include:

  • A Discreet Look - Invisalign clear aligners are practically invisible, so you can straighten your teeth without many noticing

  • Comfortable Fit - The soft and flexible polyurethane plastic won’t irritate the inside of your mouth.

  • Improved Oral Hygiene - Because you can remove Invisalign before brushing, you’ll be able to clean them much more effectively than you would with wires in the way.

  • Fewer Dietary Restrictions - With braces comes a long list of foods to avoid during treatment. Clear aligners allow you to still enjoy your favorite crunchy and chewy foods.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign technology has improved dramatically over the years, making it possible to treat numerous malocclusions that once wouldn’t have been possible. Of course, there are still some situations where braces would be the recommended treatment, and Dr. Moles will discuss your different treatment options with you to ensure you achieve desired results. Clear aligners work the same way traditional braces do, applying force to slowly shift teeth into an optimal position.

Our office uses advanced 3D computer graphics to design a personalized course of treatment. You’ll then receive your first set of plastic trays, for your top and bottom set of teeth, which you’ll need to wear for two weeks straight. Try your best to wear them at least 20 hours a day to ensure your treatment moves along. After you’ll get your next set of aligners, that will continue to gradually move your teeth until your smile is perfect. In all, your treatment will be broken down into several dozen stages, which is why it’s important to always wear your aligners as advised by your orthodontist. With good compliance and close monitoring, Aligners are best changed every 7 days unless otherwise instructed. Explain that they are given 3 months worth of aligners and monitored weekly with the DM app creating a more convenient option for busy adults. Dr. Moles sets up his treatment plans accommodate quarterly in office visits. 

How We Speed Up Invisalign Treatment

We want orthodontic journey to complement your busy everyday life, which is why we use some of the most advanced technology in Frederick County in tandem with your treatment plan. One of our newest advancements is the Vpro5 by Propel, which uses gentle vibrations to create better fitting aligners for our patients. It's been shown that aligners with a more precise fit promote faster, more effective treatment.

Caring for Your Teeth

It’s important to keep your trays as clean as possible throughout treatment, in order to prevent common oral health issues such as cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. After you finish eating, be sure to brush your teeth and aligners, to ensure that food and plaque don’t get lodged inside.

After your treatment is complete, it’s also important to wear your retainer exactly as prescribed by your orthodontist. You don’t want all your hard work to go to waste! 

Invisalign is one of the most popular treatment options at The Village Orthodontist, as it provides a discreet way to improve the smile for patients of all ages. Using the most advanced orthodontic technology in Frederick County, including Dental Monitoring, Dr. Moles is able to deliver results without anyone even knowing that patients are undergoing treatment. There’s plenty of information out there about Invisalign, and we understand it can get confusing at times. That’s why we’ve put together this list of frequently asked questions, and answers from your local experts. If you have any additional questions, feel free to call our office at (301) 874-4747. 

Q: How long will my Invisalign treatment last? 

A: Treatment time with Invisalign varies from one patient to another. You could be in treatment anywhere from six to eighteen months, depending upon a few factors such as:

  • The nature and severity of your orthodontic problem(s) 
  • How compliant you are regarding wearing your aligners as directed
  • How compliant you are with keeping all your scheduled appointments with Dr. Moles

During your consultation appointment, Dr. Moles will be able to provide you with an estimate of how long treatment will take.

Q: Can I take the aligners out overnight while I’m sleeping?

A: No. You need to wear your aligners for 22 hours every day in order for Invisalign to work as it’s designed. You can take them out at mealtime and when you’re brushing and flossing. You can also remove them temporarily for those special occasions like school photos or interviews, as long as you put them right back in immediately afterward. 

Q: Do I have to steer clear of any foods with Invisalign?

A: No, that’s one of the nicest things about Invisalign! You are free to eat anything you like including hard, sticky and chewy foods because the aligners are supposed to be taken out when eating. Just be sure to brush your teeth well after eating to keep your aligners and teeth clean. 

Q: Is it OK if I smoke with the aligners in? 

A: We don’t recommend it because the smoke can stain and discolor your aligners.

Q: What about chewing gum? Is that OK?

A: We don’t recommend chewing gum when you have the aligners in because it will stick to your aligners and make a big mess.

Q: How do I clean the aligners?

A: Just brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small strip of toothpaste, then rinse them off with cool water. You should never use hot water because it can warp the plastic aligners to make them unwearable.

Q: How often do I have to visit your office during the treatment process? 

A: At the beginning of your treatment, we’ll ask you to come in every few weeks. After that, you will need to visit Dr. Moles every 12 weeks so he can check your progress to make sure your treatment is moving along as it’s planned.

Be sure to ask your treatment coordinator about Dental Monitoring, which allows patients to provide Dr. Moles with updates about their treatment progress no matter where they are.

Q: Will I be all done with my orthodontic treatment once I’m finished wearing my aligners?

A: No. Once you’re done wearing all your aligners, you will begin the retention phase of your treatment. This is when you will need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original positions.

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