Michael J. Urban, DDS -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Michael J. Urban, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Gaithersburg, MD

With advances in orthodontics, it has never been easier to obtain a straighter, more attractive smile. If you’re in the market for an enhanced smile, visit Michael J. Urban, DDS at his practice in Gaithersburg, Maryland, for an Invisalign® consultation. This revolutionary teeth straightening treatment uses clear, removable aligners to shift your teeth into alignment instead of bulky metal wires. To come in and learn more about how to improve your appearance with Invisalign, call or use the online booking tool today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a revolutionary treatment system that straightens your teeth quicker and more conveniently than traditional metal braces. Using thermoplastic aligners that are clear and removable, Invisalign gradually shifts your teeth into alignment.

Since the aligners are transparent, you can smile confidently while you wear them, making Invisalign one of the favored orthodontic treatments for teens and adults alike.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign starts with an in-office consultation with Dr. Urban to make sure you’re a good candidate. Then, he creates accurate models of your teeth to map out the precise movements that reshape and reinvent your smile.

Your custom-made aligners provide controlled amounts of force that move your teeth into optimal position. Every few weeks, you receive new sets of aligners with minor alterations that help continue the planned movement of your teeth.

In order for the aligners to work properly, you need to wear them at least 20-22 hours a day. You can take them out when you eat and brush your teeth. Make sure to keep your aligners in warm water — but not water that’s too hot — when you remove them. Scalding hot water can potentially bend the thermoplastic material.

How long does treatment with Invisalign take?

The length of your treatment with Invisalign depends on the condition of your teeth and your commitment to wearing your aligners as much as possible. In some cases, it can take just a few months, but it can take longer. On average, straightening your teeth with Invisalign takes approximately 12-18 months.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

The cosmetic benefit of Invisalign is something everyone can appreciate. Instead of walking around with a mouthful of metal, no one even has to know you’re wearing a dental appliance. You won’t feel self-conscious when you wear Invisalign’s clear aligners.

With Invisalign, you also don’t have to worry about food particles getting stuck in your braces, a common nuisance associated with traditional braces. Your regular appointments throughout Invisalign treatment are also a cinch. There’s no pulling on or tightening metal wires.

To come in for your Invisalign consultation, call Dr. Urban’s office or use the online booking tool today.