Invisalign® is an excellent way to straighten your teeth, and both adults and teens often prefer it over traditional metal braces because it straightens teeth without anyone noticing that you are correcting your smile. Dr. Hines is an Invisalign® Dentist who treats patients throughout the 20012 area. If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, call (202) 723-2400 to schedule a consultation and see if Invisalign® is right for you.

How does Invisalign® work?

Invisalign® straightens teeth using a series of aligners that are made to custom fit your teeth. The aligners are made out of a thermoplastic material that is strong and at the same time flexible in order to be comfortable when worn for long periods of time. It’s also virtually invisible.

Invisalign® aligners should be worn for 22 hours a day for two weeks. After that time, they need to be switched out with the next one in the series. Over a period of months, the aligners will slowly move teeth into place, making one minor adjustment at a time that is targeted to specific teeth. This method for straightening teeth is comfortable because they are moved into position at a manageable pace. And once you are done wearing your aligners, your teeth should be perfectly straight.

Benefits of Invisalign®

  • Patients prefer wearing Invisalign® because of its convenience vs. wearing traditional braces.
  • The aligners are clear, so no one can tell you are straightening your teeth.
  • They are only worn for 22 hours a day, so you can take them out to eat dinner, go on a date, or make an important presentation at work.
  • You can brush and floss your teeth like normal, and no additional tools are required.
  • There is less of a risk that your teeth will become stained vs. wearing metal braces that can be difficult to clean.
  • The procedure is more comfortable than metal braces since the aligners move teeth into place slowly and only focus on a few teeth at a time.
  • Aligners are easy to take care of, and you only use the same aligner for a couple of weeks.

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How do I care for my aligners?

Dr. Hines recommends that patients remove their aligner and rinse it with warm water on a daily basis. You may also want to brush it with a soft toothbrush.

Attachments and Ridges

Some patients need to wear attachments or ridges in order to ensure that their teeth move into place perfectly. An attachment is a clear bump that is made of an enamel-colored composite and secured to the teeth in order to better hold the aligner in place. Ridges work in a similar way, but with an indent vs. a raised bump. This can be necessary for more complicated cases to ensure that a particular tooth, or several teeth, move into place like they should.


Patients of Premier Dental Care will need to see Dr. Hines for checkups to ensure that teeth are moving like they are supposed to. But since all of the necessary Invisalign® aligners are made at the beginning of the procedure, appointments are less frequent than if you were wearing metal braces. With traditional braces, a metal bracket is placed on each tooth, and a wire is threaded between them then held in place using rubber bands. The wires need to be adjusted on a regular basis in order to keep teeth moving in the right direction. This requires frequent office visits. It’s inconvenient for people with busy schedules and a hectic life, but any delay in appointment scheduling can prolong the timeframe that braces need to be worn. As an Invisalign® Dentist, Dr. Hines sees patients less frequently because the checkups are not to adjust anything, just to make sure that the procedure is working

Treatment Time

For most patients, the Invisalign® procedure takes around 12 months. The exact timeframe will depend on your individual situation, and only Dr. Hines can tell you how long they will need to be worn. The overall treatment time can be less than traditional braces, however, and that’s partly because you don’t have to schedule appointments to keep your teeth moving. Simply pull out a new aligner and keep going!

How will Invisalign® impact my life?

Unlike wearing traditional braces, Invisalign® won’t make a major impact on your quality of life. And since the aligners are clear, it won’t impact your appearance, either. Because they only need to be worn for 22 hours a day, Invisalign® aligners will not interfere with eating — it’s a huge advantage because you can eat your favorite plate of ribs, go out for a romantic date, or eat a caramel apple without worrying about getting something stuck or pulling out a wire. This time restriction also allows you to take the aligner out when having an important conversation or making a presentation at work. Overall, it’s a convenient way to straighten your teeth that provides the maximum level of flexibility.

Some people are concerned about whether or not wearing an aligner will impact their speech. Most of our patients tell us that they may notice a slight lisp while getting used to wearing the aligners, but it tends to go away once they become used to speaking while wearing them. This type of adjustment period is standard with any orthodontic procedure, and fortunately most people can speak normally while wearing Invisalign® within a couple of days.

Finding an Invisalign® Dentist

Not all dentists offer Invisalign®. Special training is required to provide it to patients, and Dr. Hines is one of the best Invisalign® Dentists in the District of Columbia. To learn if the procedure is right for you, schedule an appointment with our Premier Dental Care office by calling (202) 723-2400.

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