Better Orthodontic Treatment With Invisalign
Misaligned teeth are harder to clean, making them more susceptible to oral health issues such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, and worsening misalignment. In the past, you’d need metal braces for orthodontic treatment, which could often be uncomfortable, unattractive, and take a long time to work. That’s why, At JB Dental Associates and TMD & Sleep Center, our dentists Dr. Bahng and Dr. Chang offer Invisalign® orthodontics.
Thanks to advancements in dental technology like Invisalign, many more patients can enjoy better orthodontic treatment. Keep reading to learn more about Invisalign orthodontics.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment system that utilizes clear aligner trays made from patented SmartTrack® technology. Invisalign clear aligners are strong enough to reposition your teeth over time, much like traditional braces. However, unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligner trays come with the convenience of being almost completely transparent and easy to put on and take off on your own.
Benefits of Invisalign Orthodontics
- Versatile Treatment — Invisalign orthodontics can be used to treat many of the same misalignment issues as traditional braces, including:
- Crooked Teeth
- Comfortable — Patented SmartTrack material is comfortable and easy to wear for hours on end. Most of the time you won’t even realize that you’re wearing your aligners.
- Removable — Being able to remove your aligner trays makes meals, maintenance, and storage a breeze.
- Quick — The average length of treatment time with Invisalign clear aligners is six months to one year, half the average time of traditional metal braces.
- Convenient — Because Invisalign trays are removable and don’t have any metal brackets or wires for your Invisalign dentist to adjust, this cuts down on the number of dental visits necessary to keep your treatment on track.
Invisalign vs. Braces
Every patient’s orthodontic needs are different. While Invisalign is preferable in almost every scenario, the treatment that is best for your unique dental needs is the one you should undergo. You may need to opt for a different treatment option if any of the following apply to you:
- You have cavities
- You have gum disease
- You suffer from severe malocclusion (dental misalignment)
- You think you’re not likely to remember to remove your trays before eating and drinking
- You easily lose small objects
No matter which treatment you decide on, your orthodontist in Sterling, VA will personalize it to best suit your oral health.
The Invisalign Orthodontics Process
Before you can be approved for Invisalign orthodontic treatment, your dentist will have you undergo an initial consultation. During your consultation, your Invisalign dentist will perform a thorough dental exam and review your medical history to determine your current level of oral health. Additionally, they’ll ask you about your smile goals to learn what you’re hoping to gain from your treatment.
Designing Your Invisalign Aligner Trays
If your dentist approves you for orthodontic treatment Invisalign, we’ll take images and impressions of your teeth. These images will serve as the blueprints for your custom-made aligner trays. Your aligner trays will be fabricated at a special lab owned by Invisalign, and you’ll return to our Sterling, VA dental office when they’re ready.
Your Invisalign Clear Aligners
When you return to JB Dental Associates and TMD & Sleep Center for your aligner trays, your Invisalign dentist will check their fit and show you how to wear them. Your trays will effortlessly snap into place over your teeth, with no anesthetic required. If the trays fit correctly, they’ll send you home with your first few sets of aligners.
Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment
In order for your treatment to work properly, you’ll wear each set of aligner trays for a minimum of 22 hours a day over a certain length of time. On average, each set of trays will be worn for two to four weeks, until you’ve worn each set in the series in the proper order.
By the time you’re finished wearing all of your Invisalign trays, your treatment should be complete. The only time it’s necessary to remove your Invisalign is when you eat, drink fluids other than cool water, and practice proper oral hygiene habits.
Post-Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment
Depending on the specifics of your case, your Sterling Invisalign dentists might recommend that you wear retainers after your Invisalign treatment is complete. Wearing a retainer can preserve the results of your Invisalign orthodontic treatment and prevent orthodontic relapse, which occurs when your teeth start shifting back into their original positions.
Orthodontic relapse is caused when the ligaments that hold your teeth remember and revert to their original positions. Vivera™ retainers are a good option for post-orthodontic treatment, because they’re 30 percent stronger and twice as durable as leading retainer brands.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of Invisalign?
The Invisalign treatment cost will depend on several factors, including how severe your malocclusion is, how many trays you’ll need, how well you care for your trays, and your insurance. Your Sterling Invisalign dentist and the rest of our dental staff encourage you to call your insurance provider beforehand to confirm with them which costs your plan covers.
For patients who need help covering the cost of their orthodontic treatment, Our Sterling dental office offers financing options, including third-party financing through CareCredit. We also provide special offers throughout the year.
Does Invisalign hurt?
In the first few days of wearing each set of Invisalign aligner trays, you may feel some mild discomfort. That’s usually just a sign of the treatment maneuvering your teeth into their proper places.
If the feeling is unbearable or isn’t going away, it may indicate a problem. In that case, you should contact our Sterling dental office by dialing 703-444-4188. Your Invisalign dentist will diagnose any problems you may be having and suggest solutions.
Can I eat with Invisalign?
You should never eat or drink anything other than cool water while wearing your Invisalign. Failure to remove your trays before you eat and before drinking things other than cool water can lead to the trays becoming damaged, stained, and ineffective. Failure to remove your trays when necessary also allows for the accumulation of bacteria, increasing the risk of bad breath, infection, and tooth decay while you’re wearing them.
Can I get Invisalign if I have crowns?
Invisalign works well with teeth which are topped with dental crowns. Your Invisalign clear aligners will be custom-crafted to fit your smile and any restorations you may have. Additionally, because the aligner trays aren’t bonded to your teeth, there’s little chance they’ll damage your crowns as long as you follow the proper instructions.
Choose Invisalign Orthodontics For a Smile You Can Be Proud Of
Thanks to the unparalleled comfort, discretion, and efficiency of Invisalign, more patients than ever can enjoy the benefits of a straighter, healthier smile. If you’re dealing with teeth misalignment, Invisalign may offer the orthodontic experience you’re looking for. Our dentists offer Invisalign orthodontics to patients in Sterling and surrounding areas such as Arlington, Fairfax, and Rockville, VA.
To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign orthodontics, contact JB Dental Associates and TMD & Sleep Center by dialing 703-444-4188. You can also fill out the contact form in the upper right, and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly.