Ronald L. Cooper DDS, FAGD

Have you been thinking about straightening your teeth after years of waiting?  You are not alone, and it is never too late for treatment.  Today’s technological advances have made teeth alignment convenient, affordable and easily accessible.  

As an Invisalign licensed dentist in DC, we frequently speak to patients who are researching various options for straightening their teeth.  Clear aligners tend to be the most requested form of treatment, and there are a lot of options. So how do you make an informed choice?

Clear aligners explained

Clear aligners are transparent, plastic orthodontic devices that are used to adjust the position of your teeth.  As of 2017, there are more than 27 different clear aligners on the market including Invisalign.  Clear aligners or “invisible” braces are great for a first-time correction or a misalignment after treatment.  They are worn during the day and then replaced with a new set of aligners over a period of several weeks.  Many of our patients prefer clear aligners as opposed to metal braces because they offer a discreet, painless way to correct misalignment of the teeth.  

Treatment that involves direct oversight by a dentist or orthodontist.

Treatment of misaligned teeth that involves direct oversight by a dentist or orthodontist is offered by systems like Invisalign.  Invisalign treatment begins with a thorough in-person assessment of your teeth and overall health.  This important exam is administered by a licensed dentist or orthodontist.  Once treatment begins, instead of being monitored remotely, an Invisalign licensed professional will monitor your progress and address issues along the way.  For patients who choose Invisalign, in-person care offers the comfort of knowing that treatment will be administered properly. 

Which clear aligner treatment should you choose?

We believe that many factors come into play when choosing clear aligners and we’d be happy to talk to you about the different options including Invisalign.  

When selecting a clear aligner, it is important to note that the American Dental Association discourages what they call “DIY orthodontics” because of the potential dangers or harm it can cause.  They state that “moving teeth without a thorough examination of the overall health of the teeth and gums could result in the permanent loss of teeth, which may result in expensive and lifelong dental problems.”   

If you are concerned about getting a thorough examination of your health and teeth, we recommend selecting a treatment option that involves regular oversight of a dentist or orthodontist.  Dr. Cooper and Associates will ensure that you receive a thorough exam that can act as a safeguard from unnecessary complications that may arise during treatment.  

Clear aligner treatment is a major investment in time and money.  Making the right choice is important.  Give us a call today at 202-463-2090 to schedule a clear aligner consultation, and we’d be happy to discuss your options.