Straight, properly aligned teeth are not only attractive, but they are also healthier and fit more comfortably in your mouth. Crooked teeth and an improper bite can lead to long-term dental issues that later become painful and expensive to fix. This is why dentist Dr. Despina Markogiannakis is proud to offer the Invisalign system — removable, clear teeth aligners for her patients in Chevy Chase, MD. Custom made for your teeth and your specific needs, Invisalign is more attractive and comfortable than traditional metal orthodontics since they can be removed to make eating and brushing your teeth much easier. If you are interested in getting straighter teeth with Invisalign technology, schedule a consultation at Smiles of Chevy Chase to learn more about the program from Dr. Markogiannakis.
Best Candidates for Invisalign
There are many factors that can determine your teeth alignment: genetics, thumbsucking as a child, the loss of a tooth or teeth, and traumatic accidents to the face. The misalignment of your teeth can lead to other oral health problems, including dental malocclusion (a bad bite), abnormal enamel wear, trouble speaking and chewing, as well as toothaches and jaw pain. If Dr. Marko notices any of these problems during your dental exam, she may recommend an orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign.
This service is great for both adults and teens who want straighter teeth without the pain, hassle, and appearance of braces. While they do need to be worn for most of the time, Invisalign can be taken out for eating and brushing your teeth, as well as for special events and playing sports. Far more discreet than metal braces that cut and poke the inside of the mouth, most people will usually not be able to tell that you are wearing your Invisalign tray.
What To Expect with Invisalign®
Your first set of Invisalign trays will be created using digital impressions at Smiles of Chevy Chase. Once they are ready, you will return to get your first sets along with care instructions from Dr. Markogiannakis. You will need to wear your aligners at least 20 – 22 hours each day for the system to be effective, ideally removing them only for eating and cleaning. Over time, you will move to the next set of aligners as they gently move your teeth into their proper positions. You will need to schedule follow-up appointments every 4 – 6 weeks at Smiles of Chevy Chase to have the fit of your aligners checked and to have more digital impressions taken so new sets of aligners can be made. The length of time that you use Invisalign will vary based on the original position of your teeth and your cosmetic goals, but most patients wear aligners for about one year.
Once your teeth are in alignment, it's important to keep them from moving back to their old positions. Invisalign's Vivera retainers are designed with the same comfortable materials to help keep your teeth in place after your treatment has concluded. Each retainer is custom made at the Invisalign dental laboratory based on digital impressions taken once your treatment is complete. Dr. Markogiannakis will talk to you about how often to wear your retainer and how to care for it once it is sent from the lab. Dr. Marko will continue to monitor the alignment of your teeth and bite during your annual dental exams to ensure your teeth remain in the correct position.
Invisalign Insurance Coverage
For most patients, some of their Invisalign treatment cost can be covered by dental insurance. Our front office will confirm your benefits and calculate your personal costs. Smiles of Chevy Chase accepts many different payment methods for patients who don't have dental insurance. During your initial consultation, Dr. Marko can go over your estimated costs and ways to make your treatment more affordable, including flexible payment plans and medical financing.
Invisalign Teeth Straightening
If you or your child are interested in having straighter, healthier teeth without the pain and hassle of traditional metal braces, schedule a consultation with Dr. Markogiannakis to learn more about the advanced Invisalign system. She can develop your custom Invisalign treatment plan during your appointment at Smiles of Chevy Chase and get you started on the path to a more attractive smile.