Invisalign®

Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires or braces, using a series of customized, computer-designed, clear sleeves called aligners. The aligners are almost invisible and they can be easily removed for eating and brushing your teeth. Convenient, comfortable and invisible means most adults and teens today prefer Invisalign®. Get straight teeth without anyone even knowing you are in orthodontic treatment.

Our Expertise

Dr. Hickory was one of the first orthodontists in America to use Invisalign® and has been the World’s largest Invisalign® practitioners, having designed treatment for over 2,500 patients with Invisalign® over the last ten years. Dr. Hickory gives Invisalign® certification courses and courses on advanced topics in the US and Asia.


DID YOU KNOW?
Dr. Hickory has earned the status of Invisalign® Super Elite Provider, which is a designation held by less than 1% of all doctors experienced in the Invisalign system nation-wide.

Consultation

The first step is a complementary consultation with Dr. Hickory to determine that you are a candidate for Invisalign® and to compare to other treatment modalities such as invisible braces. At this visit, fee and payment plan information is also provided. Our fee for Invisalign® is the same as braces except in cases where an insurance plan provides for a discount specifically for regular braces. We participate with most major insurance plans and facilitate your claim for benefits. Dr. Hickory treats a broad range of orthodontic problems with Invisalign®, including severe spacing and crowding. With ten years of experience with the Invisalign® system, Dr. Hickory can treat most cases with Invisalign®. Even within the past year, there have been substantial advances in the Invisalign® technology. So if you have been told you are not a good candidate for Invisalign®, you may want to consider getting another opinion. Many others are glad they did.

Starting

When you wish to start, we take special impressions or an optical scan and Dr. Hickory does a preliminary plan. The Invisalign® technicians use this data to create a 3D computer model of your treatment. Dr. Hickory reviews and modifies the plan on the doctors’ section of the secured Invisalign® website. So your treatment is performed virtually before your actual treatment starts. When Dr. Hickory accepts the treatment, a series of aligners are fabricated using highly refined computer-assisted manufacturing.

Your Treatment

When your aligners arrive, we will call you to schedule delivery. The aligners are individually packaged and numbered. Typically we give patients a few months supply of aligners. Patients are requested to wear aligners all the time, just taking them out to eat and brush. Each set of aligners is worn for two weeks. The average treatment time is less than a year, so an average number of aligners would be about 20. In order to accelerate and enhance the entire treatment process, we use a technique known as the PROPEL system. Based on biological response, this innovative technique is designed to increase the efficiency of Invisalign® clear braces for a broader range of patients, while also reducing treatment times by up to 60%. Of course, treatment time and number of aligners will vary according to the severity of the orthodontic problem.

At the end of treatment a few more aligners may be ordered. This is the refinement stage and it is included in your treatment program. Also included is a set of retainer aligners. These are usually worn at night for at least a year. After this they are tried in periodically to check that no changes are occurring. Throughout life teeth can shift, so we guide our patients to carefully monitor that their retainer aligner fits long term.

Take the first step and call for information and a complementary consultation: 202-684-8474.