If your overbite, underbite, crooked teeth, or other alignment issues keep you from smiling, Invisalign® clear straighteners can get you grinning again. At Virginia Dental Group PLLC in Fairfax, Virginia, skilled and friendly dentists Lida M. Vargas, DDS is ready to straighten your way to a stunning smile. Book through the online scheduler or call the office for your appointment today.
Invisalign is an effective way to straighten your teeth. Invisalign consists of removable, transparent aligners, which are thin trays that are molded to the exact shape of your teeth. You wear a series of aligners, using a new set every two weeks.
Invisalign corrects the same types of problems that traditional braces do, including:
In general, Invisalign treatment time is about 12-18 months.
The first step is digital impressions of your teeth using the iTero® 3D scanner. The iTero scanner is much faster, easier, and less messy than making molds of your teeth. The iTero scanner captures 6,000 images per second, quickly creating a 3D model of your teeth.
Dr. Vargas then uses high-tech ClinCheck® software to design a custom teeth straightening plan just for you. You even get to see a treatment simulation of what your smile will look like following treatment.
Next, the Invisalign laboratory creates your custom aligners. When you return to Virginia Dental Group to get your new aligners, Dr. Vargas can check for optimal aligner fit before you begin treatment.
No, you wear the Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours per day. Always remove your aligners for meals and oral hygiene. You can also remove your aligners for important occasions every once in a while!
Retainers are the best way to maintain your straight teeth. At Virginia Dental Group, your retainers are included in the cost of your treatment. Just as with Invisalign aligners, the Invisalign Vivera® retainers are perfectly fitted to your teeth and you can remove them for meals and oral hygiene.
It really depends on your preference. Invisalign may be right for you if discreet teeth straightening is your top priority. On the other hand, traditional braces are still popular because they’re able to straighten even severe misalignment.
Braces are often a little less expensive than Invisalign. Many patients also like the simplicity of braces. With Invisalign, it does take some discipline to remove and replace the aligners for brushing and meals.
The bottom line is that both Invisalign and braces have a lot to offer, so either is a good choice for you. Dr. Vargas can help you decide which fits your needs the best.
Click the online booking tool or call Virginia Dental Group to schedule your Invisalign consultation now.