7 Super Cool Facts About Invisalign That You Didn't Know

Teeth that extend too far forward or backward, are gapped, crowded, or overlapping aren’t just a cosmetic problem. A poorly aligned bite can affect the function of your jaw, leading to painful conditions like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and even digestive issues due to poor chewing.

If you or your teen have avoided getting traditional orthodontic braces because of their unattractive appearance, Invisalign’s clear, custom-designed aligner trays can fix your teeth quickly and discreetly. At the Dental Center of Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia, our certified Invisalign provider and expert dentist Dr. Maqsood Chaudhry knows seven super cool facts about Invisalign that he’d like to share with you:

1. Almost no one can see Invisalign.

Invisalign is renowned for its clear aligner trays that are custom-molded to the shape and size of your teeth and gums. They fit so snugly and perfectly that when you’re wearing them, almost no one can tell. You change your aligners every week or two, so the patented clear material never has a chance to discolor.

2. Invisalign fixes even tough alignment problems.

The original Invisalign was known for correcting common alignment problems, such as overbite, underbite, and crossbite. But the latest version can realign even the toughest teeth. Dr. Chaudry can fit you with the new, tooth-colored SmartForce® attachments that allow him to make more complex tooth movements without traditional braces, if needed.

3. Invisalign is faster than ever.

Traditional braces may take two to three years to shift your teeth into healthy alignment. With Invisalign, you can have straighter teeth in just 12 to 18 months. If you have minor misalignment or crowding, you may also be a candidate for Invisalign Express, which can work in just 10 to 20 weeks.

4. Invisalign is super comfy.

Invisalign is made of patented SmartTrack® composite material, that’s soft and silky smooth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign doesn’t feature any sharp metal brackets or wires that can get loose and injure your soft tissues.

You also stay comfortable with Invisalign because the aligner trays gradually nudge and rotate your teeth into more perfect alignment due to slight variations in the configuration of each new set. When you switch to a new set of trays, you may feel a little sore for a few days as your teeth, gums, and bones adjust to the gentle, constant pressure in a new direction. However, you quickly adapt and may even forget that you’re wearing them.

5. You can take Invisalign out for selfies.

You only have to wear Invisalign for 22 hours a day. You take them out for meals and cleaning, of course, but you can also take them out for special occasions — like the perfect photo op after the prom or during a big event. Time it just right, and you can go for a whole date alignment tray-free.

6. Invisalign reminds you when to change.

Invisalign Teen® was developed because everyone knows that teenagers have a lot more on their minds than alignment trays. Invisalign Teen features a compliance dot that turns blue after two weeks. When you see the dot, you know it’s time to switch to a new tray.

Way past your teen years? Don’t worry. If you need help remembering when to change your tray, Dr. Chaudhry can give you Invisalign Teen, too.

7. Your insurance may reimburse you for Invisalign.

If you or your child have a misalignment problem that interferes with the healthy function of your jaw or teeth, your dental insurance may cover part or all of the cost of Invisalign. Talk to your provider, and call us at Dental Center of Tysons Corner to be sure. Either way, we can arrange a payment plan so you can get the straighter teeth you need, quickly and comfortably.

Ready for straighter teeth? Call us today, or book an Invisalign consultation online.

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