Invisalign in Gaithersburg, MD

Invisalign in Gaithersburg, MD provides an alternative for patients wishing to achieve a more aesthetically appealing smile and a healthier bite alignment without traditional bracket-and-wire orthodontics. No one wants to wear metal in their mouth, and we completely understand this!

Older style braces may cause patients to feel self-conscious about their appearance, or the metal and wires may negatively impact their lifestyle. This is especially true for busy adults and older teenagers.

At Lakeforest Dental Associates, we achieve excellent results using Invisalign clear braces to enhance smiles. We think you'll be excited by your results following Invisalign braces in Gaithersburg, MD. Invisalign is similar to ClearCorrect, which is another comparable clear braces option. We have chosen the Invisalign brand because they are tried and true and have been around far longer than ClearCorrect.

If you would like to schedule an Invisalign appointment with one of our top cosmetic dentists in Gaithersburg, MD, contact us today at (310) 330-8787. This initial consultation at Lakeforest Dental Associates helps our dentists determine whether you're a good candidate for Invisalign orthodontics.

See a few of our frequently asked questions below for more information about Invisalign! If you have questions that are not addressed here, contact the compassionate team at Lakeforest Dental Associates. We are always happy to talk to patients about Invisalign, a therapy that we believe in!



What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a system of clear plastic aligners designed to straighten your teeth over a predetermined period. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign clear braces are discreet, transparent, and removable.

Your aligners are changed out every few weeks to straighten your teeth over time. One of our dentists will discuss with you how long you'll need Invisalign therapy based on your initial consultation and exam results.  

How does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign is a convenient alternative for most healthy older teenagers and adult patients.

The first step is to determine whether you're a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. This calls for a comprehensive oral evaluation—including x-rays—with Dr. Neil Daftary or Dr. Robert Zaner. Together, you will discuss ways in which you would like to change your smile.

If you're a good candidate for Invisalign, one of our top Gaithersburg, MD cosmetic dentists will take impressions of your mouth. These impressions are used to create your clear plastic aligners.

Generally, you will wear your aligners for 22 hours per day over a period of months or up to two years. The length of orthodontic treatment is based on your specific needs or what will best straighten your teeth.

What types of issues does Invisalign fix?

Invisalign can correct a variety of dental issues, including:

  • Bite alignment — An uneven bite can wear down your teeth.
  • Gaps between teeth — Gaps can be unsightly but also provide a place for bacteria to collect.
  • Twisted teeth – Twisted or tilted teeth are difficult to brush and maintain.
  • Overlapping teeth – Overlapping teeth are also vulnerable to bacteria and difficult to brush and floss effectively.
  • Crooked teeth – Like overlapping and twisted teeth, crooked teeth can lead to further dental problems down the road.

What should I expect during Invisalign therapy?

You will wear your trays for approximately two to three weeks before switching to the next in the series. With each set of aligner trays, you will move closer to a properly aligned and ideal smile.

We will maintain a regular schedule of dental appointments to monitor treatment and make any adjustments necessary, ensuring an ideal outcome.

Throughout your Invisalign braces treatment, we are always available if you have questions or concerns.

What are the benefits of Invisalign clear aligners?

Because Invisalign replaces brackets and wires, it provides a number of practical benefits for patients:

  • Smooth, comfortable texture – Clear aligner trays will not irritate the delicate tissue inside your mouth. 
  • Custom-fit – Each series of aligner trays is custom-designed to fit well and stay in place while speaking.
  • Removable – Because Invisalign trays are removable, maintaining regular dental hygiene at home is easy. Teeth cleaning appointments are still necessary to keep teeth healthy during treatment.
  • Clear – Aligners are clear and barely noticeable. This is a huge plus for older teenagers and adults who want to take care of their teeth discreetly.
  • No "tightening" appointments – Invisalign aligners use constant pressure to move teeth into alignment. No uncomfortable "tightening" appointments, which are common with traditional orthodontics or older-style braces.
  • Similar treatment time – Treatment time with Invisalign is similar to traditional braces. We can discuss this in detail during the orthodontic exam.

The benefits following Invisalign are straight teeth without gaps, and there are many advantages to straight teeth beyond aesthetics.

Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss effectively, which means fewer cavities or dental infections. Additionally, straight teeth mean a more even bite, which helps prevent wear on your teeth.

Does Invisalign therapy hurt?

Because Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic, there is no metal or wires to scratch your mouth. This makes Invisalign a more comfortable option compared with traditional braces.

Also, Invisalign relies on low pressure to bring teeth in line. This is a gentle but effective way to straighten your teeth in Gaithersburg, MD.

Remember, Invisalign clear aligners are "snug" but not achingly tight!

Will people notice that I am wearing Invisalign clear aligners?

Invisalign, as the name suggests, is almost invisible. You are wearing a clear aligner over your teeth, and it is barely noticeable, especially when compared to braces. This is why Invisalign is often a popular choice for adults seeking orthodontic treatments or teenagers who are concerned with their appearance. 

With Invisalign aligners, you will experience a smooth, comfortable texture. Aligners are custom fit to stay in place while speaking. Aligners are also easy to remove while eating and do not require "tightening" appointments. 

It is unlikely that anyone will notice you're wearing Invisalign!

Will I have to wear a retainer after Invisalign therapy?

Your teeth have grown accustomed to being in the wrong position for a long time. Invisalign puts them where they're supposed to be, and a retainer helps to train your teeth to stay in their new correct positions. A retainer is like insurance.

Dr. Neil Daftary or Dr. Robert Zaner will prescribe a custom retainer following Invisalign therapy to help you protect your investment and remind your teeth to stay in their new positions.

At Lakeforest Dental Associates, we want you to get the most out of your new smile! This means we do not want you to have an orthodontic relapse.

Does my insurance cover Invisalign therapy?

All or a portion of your Invisalign therapy may be covered by insurance if you have orthodontic coverage as part of your plan.  Each insurance plan is different, however.

If you are considering Invisalign but are not sure whether your dental insurance covers it, simply give your insurance provider or us a call to learn more about the details of your plan.

At Lakeforest Dental Associates, we are always here to help you make the most of your insurance benefits and maximize your yearly allowance.

We accept most major insurance plans and are adding new ones all the time. If you don't see your insurance provider listed on our financials page, contact us.

Do you offer payment plans for Invisalign therapy?

At Lakeforest Dental Associates, we want you to achieve your best smile without exhausting your savings or compromising your budget. This is why we offer financing to help make it easier for you and your family to get the dentistry you need, including cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics.

We work with CareCredit, beWell, LendingClub, and Citi Health Cards. Contact us to learn more about each of these plans and how to get started. In some cases, these programs do not charge interest and offer easy payback options for your dentistry!

Additionally, we accept most major credit cards, including:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express

How can I learn more about Invisalign in Gaithersburg, MD?

We invite patients and families in the Gaithersburg, MD area to contact our dental office to learn more about Invisalign as an alternative to metal and wire braces. Invisalign provides solutions for bite-related oral health concerns and offers cosmetic improvements to the appearance of your smile.

Our skilled and experienced Invisalign dentists achieve great results with Invisalign therapy, and our patients have been ecstatic over their new smiles following clear braces orthodontic treatment completion.