Posts for tag: Invisalign

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   Invisalign  

If you have considered braces but are unsure of changing your look so drastically, you can now straighten your smile discreetly and invisaligneffectively. Invisalign allows you to correct your teeth and bite issues without all the hassle of permanently attached metal brackets and wires. But how can Invisalign benefit you and your teeth? Are you a candidate for this procedure? Find out with Dr. Kenneth Woo, Dr. Edmond Woo, and Dr. Ho Kai Wang in Gaithersburg and Kensington, MD.

How does Invisalign work? 
Invisalign allows you to straighten your smile without all the metal brackets and wires required of traditional braces. Invisalign’s alternative design uses plastic aligner trays customized to your teeth to move them into new, straightened positions. The trays, created by Invisalign’s dental laboratory, come in a series and are worn in order for about two weeks at a time. Slowly, the trays push the teeth into their corrected positions. The length of the treatment depends on the patient, their teeth, the commitment they have to wearing their trays the recommended 22 hours a day, and how complex their treatment is.

The Benefits of Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Traditional braces are obvious, glued permanently onto the teeth during treatment. Invisalign’s clear design allows it to have a subtle, discreet appearance and appear almost invisible to those around you. This, in turn, allows you to straighten your teeth without compromising your look. Additionally, patients can simply Invisalign’s trays to eat the foods they love or brush their teeth as they would have before seeking out orthodontic treatment. Traditional braces require special flossers and avoiding certain foods to keep the teeth in top condition.

Invisalign Treatments in Gaithersburg and Kensington
If you think you can benefit from Invisalign, your dentist can help guide you towards the best treatment plan for you. A new, improved, and beautiful smile is just a phone call away. For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Kenneth Woo, Dr. Edmond Woo, and Dr. Ho Kai Wang in Gaithersburg, MD, and Kensington, MD. Call (240) 683-3833 to schedule your appointment in Gaithersburg, and (301) 933-1833 to schedule your appointment in Kensington today!

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
April 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   Invisalign  

What your dentists in Kensington and Gaithersburg want you to knowinvisalign

If you have bite alignment problems or teeth that are out of position, you may be thinking about orthodontic treatment. There are many different orthodontic treatments to choose from, but there is one orthodontic treatment that stands out above the rest; it’s Invisalign, the virtually invisible way to straighten your smile. Your dentists at Kenneth Woo, DDS & Associates want to help you discover the magic of Invisalign. They have offices in Kensington and Gaithersburg, MD, to serve you.

Thanks to Invisalign, you can have a straight, beautiful smile discreetly and in a short period of time. You don’t have to settle for unsightly metal brackets and wires or wearing braces for years.

When you choose Invisalign, you can count on these important advantages:

  • Unrivaled comfort, because there are no metal parts, only smooth, comfortable plastic
  • Unmatched convenience, because the appliances can be removed to eat the foods you love
  • Renewed confidence, because you know the appliances aren’t noticeable to the people around you

Invisalign is also a much healthier choice than conventional braces because you can remove the appliance to brush and floss your teeth normally. This helps prevent decay in between your teeth and inflamed gum tissue after the braces are removed. You don’t have to sacrifice your oral health for a straight smile!

Invisalign can correct the same functional and aesthetic issues as conventional braces including:

  • Rotated, badly aligned teeth
  • Overlapped or widely spaced teeth
  • Overbite and underbite
  • Crossbite and open bite

Invisalign treatment consists of clear plastic appliances called aligners which you wear for two week periods. You change to a new set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete. The entire Invisalign treatment takes about nine to fifteen months. Imagine, just a few months to a new, straight smile!

You deserve to discover the advantages of Invisalign for yourself. For more information about Invisalign treatment, call your dentists at Kenneth Woo, DDS & Associates, with offices in Kensington and Gaithersburg, MD. Don’t wait for your straight smile. Call today!

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
June 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Once your dentist attaches metal braces to your mouth, your life changes for the next year or two. Those gleaming silver wires and invisalignbrackets are obvious in every photograph, and if that's not bad enough, you have to give up your favorite treats. Luckily there's another way to straighten your teeth that doesn't have such a dramatic impact on your life. Dr. Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates; your Gaithersburg and Kensington, MD, dentists, explain how Invisalign changes your smile, not your life.

Invisalign offers the clear advantage

When you choose the Invisalign brace system, you'll receive removable aligner trays custom-made to fit over your upper and lower teeth. Since the trays are clear, they're practically invisible. The trays gently move your teeth into alignment without wires or brackets. Every two or three weeks, you'll replace the trays with a new set.

Invisalign is versatile

If you're only familiar with metal braces, it may be difficult to believe that removable aligner trays can produce the same results that metal braces do. Although Invisalign isn't a good choice for severe orthodontic issues, the aligner trays will straighten your teeth just as effectively as traditional braces if you have a mild to moderate alignment problem, such as:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open Bite
  • Gaps
  • Crowding

Invisalign is convenient

Although the Invisalign aligner trays are clear, there still may be times when you would rather not wear your braces. If you're competing in your favorite sport or attending a special event, you can remove your aligner trays for a few hours if you want. Since the trays don't have to be adjusted, unlike metal braces, you'll visit your dentist less often than your friends who wear traditional braces, which means you'll have more time to do the things you enjoy most.

People who wear metal braces must be very careful when eating. Foods that damage wires and brackets, such as popcorn, hard fruits and vegetables, or sticky candies must be avoided until the braces are removed. When you choose Invisalign, you can eat what you want, since you'll remove the trays to eat.

Contact your Gaithersburg and Kensington dentists

Invisalign offers the most convenient way to straighten your teeth. Dr. Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates; your Gaithersburg and Kensington, MD, dentists, to schedule an appointment to discuss Invisalign. Transform your smile with Invisalign!

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
November 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Traditional braces are not known for being aesthetically pleasing. Having to wear braces can be cumbersome, embarrassing or even mean avoiding foods that you love. Luckily, straightening your teeth no longer means having metal in your mouth. Thanks to Invisalign, you can avoid all of the hassle of traditional, permanent braces while keeping your smile your own.Invisalign

What is Invisalign? 
Invisalign uses a series of removable, clear aligner trays to straighten your teeth. A mold is taken of the mouth and used to create the custom trays to the exact specifications of your teeth and mouth. Then, a plan for the path on which the teeth will move is established. While traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to move the teeth, Invisalign trays simply pop into the mouth. The next tray in the series is worn roughly every two weeks, until the teeth are moved to their final positions.

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign? 
Depending on the severity, if you have one or more of the following, Invisalign can treat and correct it:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps in your teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

Invisalign works best for teenagers and adults. Younger teens or children may not make good candidates due to still-growing teeth. Invisalign also takes dedication in order to work. Since the trays are removable, you must wear them and commit to not leaving them out after a meal or at night.

How does Invisalign compare to traditional braces? 
Wearing traditional metal braces means being able to see them. It also means avoiding foods like apples, chewing gum or popcorn, for example. Special flossers must be used in order to floss between the metal brackets and under the metal wires, and your dental hygiene routine may become much longer. Since Invisalign is removed before eating or brushing, many of the inconveniences of traditional braces are skipped.

Dr. Kenneth Woo, DDS, Dr. Edmond Woo, DDS, Dr. Philip Lee, DDS and Dr. Yoon Hee Kim, DDS at Dr. Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates in Gaithersburg can help you on your journey to the perfect smile. Call (240) 683-3833 to schedule an appointment for a consultation today!

By Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates
June 08, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Find out how clear braces could finally set your smile straight.

Are you looking to finally get that straighter smile? Tired of everyone noticing your crooked teeth rather than you? However, many teens or Dental Implantsadults dealing with this problem also don’t relish the idea of wearing braces. While braces might seem like a rite of passage when we are younger, it can feel more like a nuisance as we get older. Luckily, your Gaithersburg dentists at Kenneth Woo, DDS and Associates offer Invisalign.

What cases can Invisalign treat?

Invisalign treats everything from mild to more serious cases. It can fix protruding and crooked teeth, as well as a variety of malocclusions such as overbites, underbites or crossbites. It can also mend gaps between teeth, and overcrowding.

Is Invisalign right for me?

Invisalign can be a wonderful option for someone looking to get a straighter smile without wearing traditional braces. Invisalign is right for most teens and adults with malocclusions and other common dental problems; however, it won’t be the right treatment for children and some young teens since their teeth are still growing.

Invisalign is usually best for someone responsible enough to wear their braces. Since Invisalign aligners can be removed, it's natural to want to take your braces out more often that you should; therefore, you need to be disciplined enough to wear your aligners for about 22 hours out of the day. While you can take your aligners off to eat, brush and floss, it’s important to continue to wear them the rest of the time.

Furthermore, it’s not uncommon to wear a retainer following your Invisalign treatment. But your Gaithersburg dentist has seen many patients ignore their retainer regimen, which ultimately causes teeth to shift back to their original position. Therefore, it’s important that you are dedicated fully to your orthodontic treatment to make sure you get the results you want.

Are you interested in finding out if Invisalign is right for your smile? If so, then it’s time to pick up the phone and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kenneth Woo, your Gaithersburg dentist. Finally get the smile you’ve always wanted with Invisalign.