Invisalign Specialist

Allena Willis, DMD -  - Orthodontist

Smashing Smiles Orthodontics

Allena Willis, DMD

Orthodontist located in Washington, DC

While pursuing a beautiful, more confident smile, why hide your current smile behind traditional wire-and-bracket braces? Dr. Allena Willis Kennerly ensures that your smile looks radiant even as your teeth are nudged into more perfect alignment by offering you Invisalign® clear aligner trays. At Smashing Smiles Orthodontics in Washington, D.C., teens and adults of all ages can improve their smiles discreetly, comfortably, and easily with Invisalign. Contact Invisalign expert Dr. Willis and her team by phoning the friendly Smashing Smiles staff or booking a consultation online.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a revolutionary, clear alignment system that corrects bite problems without unsightly braces, soft-tissue damage, or pain. Simply by changing the custom-designed, graduated aligners every two weeks, your teeth are gently nudged into more perfect alignment over time. Dr. Willis uses Invisalign to correct bite and aesthetic problems such as:

  • Overbite (buck teeth)
  • Underbite (protruding lower jaw)
  • Crossbite (teeth close over and under each other)
  • Open bite (teeth don’t close when mouth is closed)
  • Gapped teeth (spaces between teeth)
  • Crooked teeth (teeth don’t look straight)
  • Crowded teeth (teeth overlap)
  • Less than ideally straight teeth

How is Invisalign different from traditional braces?

Traditional wire-and-bracket braces are made of materials that can injure your oral tissue, such as your inner cheek, lips, and tongue. Invisalign is made from a clear, patented SmartTrack® composite material that’s soft and smooth and won’t injure your mouth or lips. Invisalign also:

  • Offers nearly invisible correction
  • Can be removed for meals and special occasions (up to 2 hours per day)
  • Is easy to care for with cool water and toothpaste or Invisalign cleaner
  • Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally
  • Works up to twice as fast as other systems

Who can use Invisalign?

Dr. Willis improves the smiles of everyone from young teens to senior citizens with Invisalign. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, you can benefit from Invisalign.

How long do I have to wear Invisalign?

You need to wear your trays at least 22 hours a day. You take them out for meals, cleaning, and special occasions. Dr. Willis estimates how long it will take to straighten your teeth during your consultation.

What if my teen forgets to change aligner trays?

At Smashing Smiles, you can get Invisalign Teen® aligners, which feature blue indicator dots that change color when it’s time to change trays. Of course, adults can request the blue dots, too!  

How do I get Invisalign?

Dr. Willis takes 3-D images of your teeth during a consultation, then sends them to the Invisalign lab along with a treatment plan. In a few weeks, you receive custom-designed aligner trays that are each slightly different so that they rotate, push, and pull your teeth into more perfect alignment over time.

Get started on straighter teeth today by contacting Smashing Smiles Orthodontics. You can phone the friendly staff or use the online form to book an Invisalign consultation.