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Invisalign services offered in Washington, DC

Would you love a straighter smile without the look and feel of traditional metal braces? If so, Invisalign® might be a great option. This tray-based teeth alignment system is one of many services available from Walter J Grace, DDS, through his Washington, DC, practice. To explore Invisalign in more detail, call the office today to set up a visit, or schedule using the online booking tool.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a teeth alignment system that uses a series of clear plastic trays to place gentle pressure on your teeth. As the treatment progresses, your teeth slowly shift into optimal alignment, just like with traditional metal braces. 

Many people choose Invisalign to avoid a gleaming metal smile. Others prefer the tray-based approach because it’s more comfortable for the soft tissues in the mouth. 

Adults and teens love the fact that Invisalign allows them to correct and improve their smile without metal brackets and wires or elastic bands and other orthodontic devices. 

The removable trays also make it far easier to remove plaque, bacteria, and food particles as compared to brushing and flossing around brackets and wires. 

What kinds of dental issues can Invisalign correct?

Invisalign can correct most of the same issues as traditional metal braces. Some examples of treatable cases include:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Mix of permanent and baby teeth

There are cases in which metal braces are a better option. Dr. Grace performs a thorough assessment to determine which approach is right for you and gives you all the details needed to make an informed decision about your care. 

What is it like to wear Invisalign?

Once your initial set of trays arrive, you’ll begin wearing them around the clock. The only time you remove the trays is during meals and while performing your dental hygiene routines. After brushing and flossing, simply clean your Invisalign trays and place them back in. 

The trays fit securely over the surface of your teeth. You simply line them up and snap them into place. It’s normal to experience some soreness during the first few days of a new set of trays, just like the sensations that follow having a wire changed on traditional metal braces. 

After a couple of weeks, you’ll switch to a new set of trays, and the process will begin anew. Over time your treatment trays will slowly change the alignment of your bite, giving you your best smile. You’ll return periodically to allow Dr. Grace to check your progress and make any necessary adjustments in your treatment plan. 

If you have additional questions or concerns about the Invisalign system, call the office to set up a visit. Online booking is also an option and takes little time to complete.