Invisalign Specialist

Shaun Alex, DDS -  - General Dentistry

District Cosmetic Dental

Shaun Alex, DDS

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Washington, DC

Invisalign® has transformed the smiles of more than 5 million people — including more than a million teens — without bulky metal braces. At District Cosmetic Dental in Washington, D.C., Shaun Alex, DDS, helps patients achieve straighter smiles with the innovative Invisalign system. Preferable to traditional braces, Invisalign shifts your teeth into proper alignment without anyone knowing you’re wearing a dental appliance. To learn more, call or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a cutting-edge teeth-straightening treatment that uses transparent, removable aligners. The appliances, which are made out of a sturdy, flexible thermoplastic material, are more comfortable and less restrictive than traditional metal braces.

The aligners, which are FDA-approved, gradually shift your teeth into alignment over the course of treatment. On average, Invisalign takes one year to produce a perfect smile, but that can vary depending on the case. Custom-made for you, the aligners fit snugly over your teeth based on impressions of your mouth.

How does Invisalign treatment work?

At the outset of treatment, Dr. Alex will perform a digital diagnostic to map out a precise plan of how your teeth will gradually shift into a perfect smile. You can even see what your smile will look like.

Once your aligners arrive, you will need to wear them at least 20-22 hours a day. You can take them out when you eat or brush your teeth.

Every few weeks, you’ll replace your aligners with a new set that will continue shifting your teeth. Over time, the aligners will apply a controlled force to your teeth, shifting them into the proper position.

Throughout treatment, you will maintain regular appointments so Dr. Alex can monitor your progress.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

The main advantage of Invisalign is they’re practically invisible. No one enjoys smiling with a mouth full of metal. With Invisalign, you can smile with confidence, and many people won’t even know you’re wearing a dental appliance.

Another benefit is the aligners are removable. Since you can take them out when you eat, you won’t have to worry about food getting stuck in them. Brushing your teeth is also much easier when you remove your aligners.

Lastly, your Invisalign appointments will be simple and straightforward. There’ll be no need to tighten and tug on uncomfortable metal brackets. At most, he’ll make minor adjustments to your aligners or offer tips on how to better care for them.

How do I take care of my aligners?

It’s important to take good care of your aligners. The best way to do so is by treating them like your teeth. Brush them with fluoride toothpaste and rinse them in warm water. But don’t use hot water, as it can bend the thermoplastic.

To learn more about Invisalign, call or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation today.