Because it’s metal-free and nearly invisible, Invisalign® is one of the most popular teeth-straightening options available today. Highly rated orthodontists and dentists Ibrahim Y. Alhussain, DMD, Reem I. Alhussain, DDS, and the experienced team at Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry in Vienna and Tysons, Virginia, can give you or your child a stunning smile without anyone knowing about the treatment. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Invisalign® is a teeth-straightening system that uses transparent plastic aligners to gradually shift your teeth. You replace your aligners every 1-2 weeks with a new set of aligners that are slightly adjusted. Each new set moves your teeth into the correct position a little at a time.
Invisalign has a number of major benefits, including:
Invisalign plastic aligners are completely transparent, ultra-thin, and fit perfectly over your teeth. This means that most people won’t know you're using a teeth-straightening system.
Another major difference between Invisalign aligners and traditional metal braces is that you can remove them. While you need to wear your aligners 20-22 hours a day, you can remove them to eat and brush your teeth. This means you won't have the food restrictions that come with wearing metal braces. Furthermore, you can take them out for special occasions.
Because Invisalign is 100% plastic, you'll never have to deal with cuts or abrasions from wires or brackets. Many men, women, and children who wear braces complain of pain, especially after their braces are tightened. With Invisalign, it's quite rare to experience anything more than mild discomfort for a short period when you start wearing a new set of aligners.
Because your orthodontist doesn't have to tighten wires, your visits to Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry are likely to be shorter than they would be with metal braces. With Invisalign, your orthodontist will just need to see you every six weeks or so to check your progress and make sure your aligners are fitting properly.
First, your orthodontist will use 3D computer imaging to generate a map for your custom aligners. He’ll show you a projection of your results so you’ll know what to expect. Then, your orthodontist will send your imaging to an Invisalign lab, where your custom aligners are made.
Once the new aligners arrive at Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry, you’ll come in so your orthodontist can check the fit. After that, you’ll start wearing your aligners on the schedule your orthodontist gives you.
The amount of time you will need for treatment will depend on your plan. The average number of aligner pairs patients need is 18-30, and most patients wear Invisalign for 9-15 months. This means that an Invisalign treatment can be just as fast or even faster than a treatment using metal, ceramic, or other types of braces.
Do you want to straighten your teeth or your child’s without anyone knowing? Book an appointment with Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry online or over the phone and see what Invisalign is all about.