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Invisalign®: You're Never Too Old for Well-Aligned Teeth

Oct 10, 2023
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More than 15 million Americans, many of them adults, thank Invisalign® for their well-aligned smiles. From gaps between teeth to overbites, Invisalign can correct many smile flaws regardless of your age.

If you've always been bothered by misaligned teeth or your teeth have shifted over the years, Invisalign® can discretely and comfortably remedy that. Beyond appearance, properly positioned teeth function better and are easier to keep clean. 

At Smile Design Studio of Bethesda, in Bethesda, MD, Board Certified Dentist Treva Willis, DDS, recommends Invisalign to both young patients and their parents. Here, she explains why. 

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign teeth-straightening system uses clear, custom-made aligners to gently move your teeth into their desired positions. These aligners are nearly invisible, making them an attractive option for anyone who wants to straighten their teeth without the noticeable appearance of traditional braces.

What the process entails


In the first step, Dr. Willis assesses your teeth and discusses your treatment goals.

Customized treatment plan

Next, a 3D image of your teeth is created via state-of-the-art technology.

From this, Dr. Willis designs a personalized treatment plan, showing you the step-by-step process of your teeth's transformation.

Aligner fabrication

Based on the treatment plan, a series of clear aligners is custom-made for you. These aligners are worn for about two weeks each, gradually moving your teeth into their desired positions.

Regular check-ins

You'll have periodic check-ups with Dr. Willis throughout the treatment to ensure everything is progressing as planned.

Achieving the perfect smile

After completing the series of aligners, you'll be amazed at the transformation. Your teeth will be aligned, giving you the functional, confident smile you've always wanted. Treatment plans differ among patients but are typically at least six months.

What sets Invisalign apart?

Invisalign offers several advantages over traditional metal braces:

  • Invisibility: The clear aligners are virtually invisible. Most people won't even notice you're undergoing orthodontic treatment.
  • Comfort: Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic. There are no sharp wires or brackets to cause pain or sores in your mouth, as can be the case with metal braces.
  • Removability: Unlike traditional braces, you can remove Invisalign aligners to eat, brush, and floss. This means you can enjoy your favorite foods without restrictions and maintain excellent oral hygiene throughout treatment.

What orthodontic issues can Invisalign fix?

Invisalign is incredibly versatile. It can address a wide range of orthodontic issues, including:

  • Crooked teeth: If you have teeth that are misaligned or rotated, Invisalign can guide them into the correct position.
  • Gaps between teeth: Invisalign can close gaps between teeth for a more uniform smile.
  • Overcrowding: Invisalign can create the necessary space by gently shifting your teeth into the right alignment.
  • Underbites and overbites: Invisalign can correct these bite alignment issues, improving both function and aesthetics.

To learn whether you’re a candidate for Invisalign, book a consultation with Dr. Willis at Smile Design Studio of Bethesda today. Either call the office or request an appointment using the online booking tool.