When you hear the term “orthodontics” you might envision headgear or uncomfortable retainers, but thanks to modern treatment techniques, achieving a straight, aesthetically pleasing smile is both easy and pain-free. At her self-titled practice in North Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Jane Brodsky and the team regularly prescribe Invisalign® aligners for men, women, and teens. To request your consultation, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Invisalign is a cutting-edge type of orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, nearly invisible plastic removable aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your teeth into place. Unlike traditional braces, one of the Invisalign system's best qualities is that it uses no metal bands, brackets, or wires that may trap food and plaque. And since the removable nature of Invisalign allows you to maintain good oral hygiene habits, you may also reduce chances of plaque buildup, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.
Invisalign aligners are both safe and effective. They’re made of a patented thermoplastic known as SmartTrack®. SmartTrack is FDA-approved and free of allergens including BPA, BPS, latex, and gluten.
Dr. Brodsky and the team typically recommend Invisalign to address mild or moderate orthodontic issues, including:
Invisalign also improves gum health and takes a preventive approach to periodontal disease and TMJ.
The only way to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign treatment is to make an appointment with the team at Dr. Jane Brodsky. Following an oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your aesthetic goals, the team can make recommendations that align with your needs. If you have healthy teeth and gums, you’re likely a good candidate for treatment.
After evaluating your smile, the team develops a digital treatment plan that maps out the precise, step-by-step transformation of your smile. After approving a plan, a laboratory manufactures your aligners.
To achieve the best results, you’ll need to wear your aligners between 20-22 hours each day. Every one to two weeks, you return to Dr. Jane Brodsky to change into a new set of aligners. Each new set of aligners slowly and gradually shift your teeth into place.
Dr. Brodsky is an Invisalign Premier Preferred Provider who has helped dozens of patients achieve straighter, more attractive smiles. We believe her results speak for themselves. We encourage you to refer to the Invisalign Photo Gallery, Example Cases, and Testimonials in order to see some of the beautiful results Dr. Brodsky has had with a wide variety of patients. She regularly combines Invisalign treatment with advanced non-orthodontic techniques and will work with you to create a custom Invisalign program to help you achieve optimal health and confidence.
As a Fellow of the Academy of Orofacial Pain, Dr. Brodsky plans your Invisalign treatment to avoid possible temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems and ensure your general orofacial health. Many orthodontic providers don’t offer such a holistic approach. Finally, Dr. Brodsky offers very competitive rates, complimentary consultation and bleaching, as well as flexible payment plans (including 0% interest for at least one year).
When your teeth are properly aligned, you’re less likely to experience periodontitis or gum disease. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, it’s also much easier to clean your teeth, lowering your risk of tooth decay, bad breath, and other problems associated with traditional braces.
In addition, Invisalign helps prevent damage to your teeth caused by teeth grinding or bruxism. When you’re teeth are properly aligned, you’re less likely to experience orofacial pain, general discomfort, and jaw problems.
The length of Invisalign treatment depends on a variety of factors, including how complex your orthodontic issues are and how often you wear your aligners. That said, most people see stunning results within 12-18 months. Depending on your unique situation, you might have to wear your aligners longer. Be patient and follow Dr. Brodsky’s instructions accordingly.
Signs of periodontal disease, such as swollen gums and redness, can surface due to teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Clinical studies have shown that when teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit tighter around the teeth, which can lead to better periodontal health. Since the Invisalign system's greatest advantage is its ability to align teeth, your gum health may improve after Invisalign treatment. And since you can brush and floss normally with Invisalign, unlike with traditional braces, you can more easily prevent tooth decay and related periodontal disease.
When you leave incorrectly positioned teeth and jaws untreated, it can lead to speech difficulties and uncomfortable chewing issues. Invisalign treatment can improve both of these problems by giving you better-aligned teeth and jaws.
Misaligned teeth and jaws can result in abnormal stress. This can cause painful trauma to supporting bone and jaw joints. These issues can also cause abnormal wear on your teeth, which can trigger continued problems in the future.
If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign, call the office or click the online scheduling tool and book your consultation at Jane Brodsky, DMD, MS, today.