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You’d like to get your teeth straightened, but you hesitate. Are you too old for traditional braces? Is the process too long and time-consuming? Would brackets and wires be uncomfortable, and your diet too restricted? Don’t worry! Invisalign clear aligners in Orlando change crooked teeth into healthier, straighter smiles for older teens and adults. Their appearance is discreet and the inconvenience, minimal. Learn about this orthodontic system available from Dr. Ziyad Maali at Sand Lake Dental in Orlando.


Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic system that uses clear acrylic aligners rather than the usual metal or ceramic brackets and wires. The aligners reposition teeth with mild to moderate orthodontic problems. Used by literally millions of older teens and adults all over the globe, Invisalign appliances are custom-made, BPA-free, and resemble Teeth Whitening trays.

Worn 20 to 22 hours daily and switched out bi-weekly for a new pair in planned succession, the clear braces in Orlando fit tightly over teeth but are fully removable. Unlike metal or ceramic braces, these orthodontic appliances are almost invisible, allowing wearers to smile with confidence while still undergoing the corrective treatment their smiles need to be healthy.


Patients generally dislike the lifestyle restrictions common to metal and ceramic braces. For example, people wearing traditional braces endure elaborate at-home hygiene routines and time-consuming adjustments at the dentist’s office. On the other hand, Invisalign wearers simply remove aligners to clean them, brush their teeth, and floss. They check in at Sand Lake Dental every four to six weeks for progress checks and to receive their next pairs of aligners.
Also, patients do not restrict their diets while undergoing treatment with Invisalign. Teenagers and adults enjoy their normal healthy food choices. There are no wires or brackets to dislodge with hard or fibrous foods, such as celery or nuts. Patients remove their appliances for meals and snacks. For special occasions, such as a wedding or professional presentation, some people remove their appliances and replace them afterward.
Comfort is a benefit of Invisalign, too. With no wires or brackets to irritate soft oral tissues, Invisalign aligners provide a super smooth and simple path to a beautiful smile.
Lastly, treatment with Invisalign is faster than with regular braces–an average of one year rather than two years or even longer. While not suitable for complex orthodontic cases, Invisalign treats mild to moderate problems involving:

  • Overbite
  • Overjet (protruding front teeth)
  • Underbite and crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Gaps
  • Crowding and overlapping
  • Tooth rotation

As with any braces, Dr. Maali advises patients to wear retainers after treatment to keep smiles in place. A customized Vivera retainer made by Invisalign is the best follow-up appliance.


Through oral examination and diagnostic imaging, your dentist will help you decide if Invisalign clear aligners are right for your smile. Contact Sand Lake Dental to set up your smile analysis with Dr. Maali. He will gladly answer all your questions and explain your options.  You can enjoy the vibrant health and excellent aesthetic advantages of a straight smile through Invisalign.