IN MCLEAN, VA
Invisalign® treats a wide range of orthodontic issues and now has several features personalized to adults and teenagers. Invisalign® includes all of the benefits associated with the Invisalign® system and the aligners address the specific needs of developing mouths.
At Galleria Dental Aesthetics, our experienced dentists will be able to determine Invisalign® candidacy during a thorough consultation. With three office locations in McLean, Arlington, and South Riding, our team is able to treat patients throughout all areas of Northern Virginia.
To learn more about Invisalign® and how it can help improve your smile, call (703) 448-1020 to schedule a consultation at one of our three convenient locations.
WHAT IS INVISALIGN® (CLEAR BRACES)?
Straight and well-aligned teeth are important for both your aesthetic objectives and quality of life. However, while we often think of younger patients when we talk about bite alignment and braces, many men and women in Northern Virginia are in need of correction. Fortunately, Invisalign® is an effective, inconspicuous option for treating your bite alignment problems. The most common orthodontic problems are:
- Crowded teeth
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR INVISALIGN®?
If you are a resident of Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax or any of the other communities in Northern Virginia, you can have the teeth of your dreams. If you have any Invisalign® questions, Dr. Chong Lee and our dentists will be more than happy to answer them at your initial consultation. Many patients want dental corrections but without unsightly and painful metal braces. You may be a good candidate for Invisalign® treatment if:
- Have healthy teeth and gums.
- Your mouth has stopped growing.
- Committed to wearing Invisalign® at least 22 hours a day.
Additionally, if you smoke, you may want to consider whether Invisalign® is right for you. Smoking tends to stain the aligners and make them more noticeable. However, you must not take the aligners out to smoke. You will not be wearing the aligners often enough if you take them out when you smoke.
HOW DOES INVISALIGN WORK?
Invisalign is a high-tech procedure that uses computer technology to identify the perfect positioning of your smile. Our orthodontists will take photographs and impressions of your smile and then upload them into a computer program. A 3-D image of your smile will be available to our team to evaluate your bite and jaw alignment. Allowing us to plan your treatment process. A set of Invisalign® aligners custom will be made for your specific needs.
Once you become comfortable with placing your aligners, the rest of your correction process is simple. You will wear your aligners for approximately two weeks, and then come in for a new set that will fit your slightly new alignment. Most patients wear Invisalign® aligners for approximately a year, though every patient is unique.
INVISALIGN VS. BRACES
When compared to metal braces, Invisalign® has several advantages. During the process of wearing your clear aligners, you will enjoy the fact that:
- They offer superior comfort with no wires or metal points.
- You can remove your aligners before eating and you can eat whatever you like.
- Teeth cleaning becomes substantially easier.
- They are less noticeable than braces.
- There are no appointments to undergo uncomfortable tightening.
GALLERIA DENTAL AESTHETICS PATIENT TESTIMONIAL
The Invisalign treatment plan is designed for quick results; however, it is vital that you follow our recommendations to meet the agreed-upon timeline. The plastic aligners should be worn at all times, removed only to eat, drink, brush and floss. In most cases you will wear one aligner for approximately two weeks and then switch to the next set in your treatment plan. Occasional trips to the cosmetic dentist’s office will ensure that the teeth are aligning properly and in the right timeframe.
“This is an amazing practice! Dr. Lee really takes time to listen to the patient, and work with him/her to arrive at the right treatment plan. I had cosmetic work done at first and I’m still raving about the results. It’s been life-changing. Now I go for my routine care, but the practice is far from routine. Everyone is genuine and caring, and they’re all so skilled at what they do.” – Deborah C.
HOW IS INVISALIGN® DIFFERENT FOR TEENS?
Invisalign® Teen has the full benefits of Invisalign® with some added features to accommodate for teen-related issues. These features include:
- Blue dot wear indictors track how long the aligners are being worn
- Up to six free aligner replacements in the event of a broken or lost aligner
- Accommodation for erupting or partially erupted teeth
- Eruption tabs to accommodate molar eruption
- Power ridges to provide additional force for complex movement
HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WEAR INVISALIGN BRACES?
Because Invisalign® aligners are removable, many dentists and parents worry that teens will be tempted to take the aligners out unnecessarily. For the Invisalign® system to work, aligners must be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. They should only be removed to eat, drink, brush and floss. Fortunately, the teen aligners have blue dot wear indicators, which provide dentists and parents with an approximation of how often and how long the aligners are being worn.
Invisalign® Teen also addresses orthodontic needs that are unique to developing mouths. Even if your teen has teeth that are erupting or partially erupted, treatment is still possible with Invisalign® Teen’s eruption accommodation feature. Additionally, power ridges facilitate root movement, an important part of teen orthodontic treatment.
ADVANTAGES OF INVISALIGN® TEEN
In addition to effective tooth movement, your teen can enjoy the benefits of the Invisalign® system, including:
- Clear, plastic aligners
- More comfortable
Invisalign® Teen offers a way to alleviate one source of teenage stress: unsightly and noticeable metal braces. Clear, plastic aligners are significantly less noticeable and may let your teen enjoy orthodontic treatment without attracting unwanted attention.
CAN I WEAR INVISALIGN® WHILE EATING?
The aligners are removable, so your teen can continue to enjoy favorite foods. Metal braces often mean restricting certain foods, especially of the sticky and chewy variety. Invisalign® Teen aligners must be removed before eating, so your teen’s diet will not be limited by orthodontic treatment. Aligners are also removed before brushing and flossing, making it easy for your teen to maintain good oral hygiene. The sharper, metal edges of traditional braces often lead to mouth irritation, which is reduced with the smoother edges of Invisalign® aligners.
HOW LONG DOES INVISALIGN® TREATMENT TAKE?
Every patient is unique; therefore, there is not one definitive answer to this question. The length of time depends on the number of aligners that are needed to produce the desired results. Most patients require between 20 and 30 aligner trays for each set of teeth (upper and lower). Since each tray is worn for two weeks, patients can expect for Invisalign to take approximately one year to see final results.
ARE INVISALIGN® ALIGNERS NOTICEABLE?
Invisalign® aligners are made out of a clear medical grade plastic that is nearly invisible. When you have your aligners in, they will be difficult, but not impossible for people to see. Still, this treatment option is much less conspicuous than traditional metal braces. In addition, Invisalign® aligners are removable and can be taken out for situations where you don’t want anyone to see them.
DOES INVISALIGN HURT?
To straighten your smile, the Invisalign® system must gradually move your teeth. When your teeth move, some mild discomfort can be expected. Since Invisalign® moves your teeth gently over the course of several months; this pain should not be intense and should subside within the first few days of every aligner change. Our Virginia Invisalign® dentists will work with you to help ensure maximum comfort and safety during your Invisalign® treatment.