Invisalign Fairfax VA
Many people have misaligned teeth. While the preferred treatment method in the past was to use metal braces, technological advances have been made since. Fortunately, there is now a clear treatment option for alignment issues: Invisalign. Invisalign uses clear aligners that are updated every 1-2 weeks. In short, the clear aligners gradually move your teeth into the correct place. Each time you replace an aligner, your teeth move even more. This process continues until your teeth have reached their final positions.
Invisalign can help with a variety of dental issues, such as crowded teeth, gaps in teeth, overbite, underbite, and crossbite. However, Invisalign is designed for mild to moderate cases only. Treatment time takes 6 to18 months, with most people using between 20 to 50 aligners.
How Invisalign Works
Your dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. If so, he or she will use a smile scan to take a 3D image of your teeth. Your dentist will also send detailed instructions to Invisalign outlining how your teeth should be moved. They will also create a treatment plan.
Next, Invisalign creates your custom aligners. The aligners are made of flexible plastic called SmartTrack. SmartTrack was created exclusively for Invisalign due to its quality and quicker results. Within a month, you should receive your aligners and the process begins.
Once your treatment ends, your dentist is likely to recommend a retainer. This device can be worn at night as it prevents your teeth from shifting back. Fortunately, Invisalign offers a clear retainer.
Caring for your Invisalign aligners is simple. Patients need to wear them for at least 23 hours a day and remove them before eating. Also, teeth must be brushed before re-inserting the aligners to prevent bacterial buildup
Schedule a Consultation Today
Invisalign is a great alternative to metal braces, but is it right for you? Find out today by scheduling an exam and consultation. The dentists at Sapphire Dental in Fairfax, VA can determine if you are a good candidate. Call 703-912-0485 or book an appointment online.