One of today’s most revolutionary solutions for misaligned teeth and a crooked smile is that of Invisalign. However, when a dentist such as Dr. Chong Lee of Galleria Dental Aesthetics suggests this treatment, patients often have a wide range of questions they would like answered before moving forward with this orthodontic alternative. Below are just a few of the more common questions about Invisalign heard by our team:
Q: How does it work?
A: Invisalign works by using plastic alignment trays that are custom-made with 3D technology and dental scans. Patients wear the trays both day and night to move teeth into their correct positions. Each tray is worn for two weeks, then the patient begins using the next tray in the series until they have completed treatment.
Q: Is Invisalign really invisible?
A: Invisalign is more aesthetic and less noticeable than the use of metal brackets and wires used in traditional orthodontia. This makes it difficult for others to notice while providing the results patients desire.
Q: Is treatment painful?
A: Some patients experience mild soreness and discomfort when they switch to the newest tray, but this is often relieved easily with over-the-counter pain medication. Most patients find that overall, the trays are much more comfortable than metal bracket wire and braces which need to be constantly adjusted and can scrape along the soft tissues in the mouth.
Q: How do I care for my teeth with Invisalign?
A: Patients can remove the aligner trays easily to brush and floss their teeth as they normally would, improving the chances of maintaining good oral hygiene throughout treatment.
Q: Am I a candidate for Invisalign?
A: The best way to determine candidacy is to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Chong Lee. During an evaluation, he can decide if Invisalign is right for a patient. Most patients with mild to moderate malocclusion will benefit from this fast and discreet way of achieving a beautiful smile!
Call Dr. Chong Lee today
At Galleria Dental Aesthetics, we are pleased to help patients choose the dental treatments appropriate for their unique smile. Contact our team to schedule an appointment at (703) 448-1020 and visit us at 1600 Tysons Boulevard, Suite #120. We are always accepting new patients and families considering comprehensive dental care solutions.