Dr. Paul Karpovich is an Invisalign provider who serves patients in Hunt Valley, Timonium, and Towson, MD. This cosmetic dentistry treatment uses sets of clear removable aligners to straighten teeth. Because the aligners are flexible, they are more comfortable than other orthodontic treatments. Invisalign can be used to treat overbite, underbite, and crooked teeth.
Patients with orthodontic concerns like crooked teeth may find it difficult to properly clean their teeth. Bacteria can easily hide in hard-to-reach areas and cause problems like gum disease. Crooked teeth can also cause painful TMJ problems. By addressing orthodontic concerns, patients not only improve the look of their smiles but their overall dental health.
Treatment with Invisalign in Timonium, MD
Prior to your treatment, Dr. Karpovich will assess your smile to see if Invisalign is the right treatment option for you. If you are a candidate, he will capture digital images of the teeth. These images will help him map out a treatment plan for how the teeth will move.
We work with U.S. labs to ensure that our patients receive high-quality restorations. Once the aligners are created, we will ensure they fit properly. Every few weeks, we will provide a new set of aligners for you to wear. At regular appointments, we will help chart your progress.
Invisalign treatment is most effective when worn 22 hours a day.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Patients can remove their Invisalign aligners to eat, brush, and floss. The average treatment of Invisalign patients ranges from 6 to 18 months. Our method of treatment planning offers more predictable treatment. Because each is custom, they fit more precisely and comfortably.
Patients with metal allergies can feel comfortable with reduced irritation. Because Invisalign aligners are removable, patients can easily maintain their gum and tooth health.
Learn the answers to questions that patients may have about Invisalign:
Can I eat or drink when wearing Invisalign?
We do not recommend that patients eat or drink anything other than water when wearing their Invisalign trays. Eating or drinking with Invisalign can stain or damage the aligners.
Even without your aligners, you should avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and coffee and tea. These substances can leave residue unless you brush thoroughly before placing your aligners back in your mouth. You should also avoid hard foods that can injure or crack the teeth.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign treatment varies from patient to patient. One of the biggest factors that impact treatment price is the number of aligners needed. Although Invisalign is typically not covered by dental insurance, we can help you maximize your insurance benefits.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
You may feel some pressure on your teeth as you switch to each new aligner, but Invisalign is crafted with comfort in mind. The aligners are slowly shifting your teeth into a different position, so you’ll have some discomfort at first. Clear Invisalign aligners do not irritate the gums or cause severe pain.
What happens if I don’t wear my aligners for 22 hours a day?
The amount of time you wear your aligners is very important. They need to be in your mouth for 20-22 hours a day to ensure your treatment time stays on track. If you’re not wearing them that much, your treatment time gets drawn out further, and you won’t be done on the date that you thought you were going to be.
Can I speed up my Invisalign treatment?
No, and attempting to can have bad consequences. Each time you put in a new set of aligners, you’ll experience some soreness as your teeth adjust. But that doesn’t mean that you can just jump to the next set. Your teeth and bones need time to adjust to the new position fully. If you start changing your aligners quicker, it’ll be too fast for your mouth. Your teeth get loose and can even fall out if it continues.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
Patients with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns are the best choice for Invisalign. If you have more severe orthodontic issues, you may need more extensive treatment. You also have to be responsible and committed to the treatment. You can’t lose your aligners and must be on a strict oral healthcare and treatment schedule. If you think you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, call our office.
Get Invisalign in Timonium Today
Do you want a straighter, healthier, and more comfortable smile? Straighten misaligned teeth using clear Invisalign aligners. Call our Timonium office today at (410) 221-3085. Request an appointment with Dr. Karpovich online.