Dental Services / Invisalign


The clear choice for a straighter smile!

What you should know about Invisalign.

Clear aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth, which means they're more comfortable and effective than one-size-fits-all braces.

Clear aligners are comfortable to wear and can be removed for eating and cleaning. They also require fewer office visits compared to traditional braces.

Important factors to consider when getting Invisalign:

  • What are clear aligners?
  • How do I prepare?
  • What can I expect?
  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What are the results?
  • Do I need to see an orthodontist?
  • Are the benefits of clear aligners?

The benefits of Invisalign

DID YOU KNOW — Properly aligned teeth also reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease as well as boost your self-confidence!

How Does it Work?

This is where clear aligners come in — when teeth are properly aligned, the gums fit more securely around the teeth and better protect against unwanted decay and disease, eliminating a large number of these problems. One of the strongest and healthiest defenses against unwanted dental problems is a straight smile!

Benefits of Clear Aligners:

  • Clear aligners are rarely noticed by others
  • You can eat what you want during treatment
  • The trays are smooth and comfortable to wear
  • You don’t have to worry about poking wires or lip-snagging brackets
  • The trays can be removed whenever you want
  • Treatment is typically faster than braces

Invisalign vs. Braces - Which is better for me?

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While Invisalign and braces both straighten teeth, they each do so in very different ways and with different results. Knowing whether clear aligners or braces are a better option for you largely depends on the health of your teeth, your commitment to treatment, your timeline and budget, and the advice given to you from a dental expert.

If your teeth alignment issues are minimal — meaning you simply have crooked teeth — clear aligners are likely the best option for you. Crooked teeth can be straightened up to 50% faster with clear aligners than with traditional braces.


  • Irremovable
  • Metal (typically silver)
  • Worn 24/7 for an average of 2 years
  • Maintained by regular brushing
  • Monthly follow-up visits
  • Some foods may be restricted
  • Ideal for severely misaligned teeth
  • High success rate


  • Removable
  • Clear/“Invisible”
  • Worn 22-24 hrs/day for an average of 6-18 months
  • Maintained by brushing and rinsing trays
  • Aligner trays changed every 2 weeks
  • Must remove before eating or drinking
  • Ideal for mild cases of misaligned teeth
  • Success depends on the wearer

We welcome you to call McQuiston Dental at 703-354-0111 to schedule your clear aligner consultation with our skilled dentist and learn more about Invisalign in Alexandria, Virginia.