You may be familiar with Invisalign as an alternative to braces made of metal. Our Leesburg dentists are excited to offer this as an affordable and effective invisible aligners solution.
But, you may be wondering: Does Invisalign really work?
As a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, and one of the top 25 women in the dental industry, Dr. Tracey Nguyen is passionate about finding the most effective and comfortable solutions to correct misaligned teeth. Invisalign is one of the most sought-after procedures at Lansdowne Dental Care, due to its affordability and fast-acting results.
If you are looking for an orthodontics solution that acts as an alternative to traditional braces, our professional dentists can help. Here, you will find information about the entire Invisalign process, as well as answers to any lingering questions you may have about this popular aligner treatment.
What to Know About Invisalign
With Invisalign, it’s all about achieving a happy and healthy smile. Invisalign works to adapt to your lifestyle, so that you don’t have to suffer while wearing orthodontic devices.
If you or someone you know had braces when they were younger, you probably heard a lot about how it was a painful and frustrating experience. It’s hard to smile for the camera with a mouth full of metal, and our Leesburg dentists truly understand that.
This is why Invisalign is available as a perfect treatment solution to keep you on the go while you work to heal your mouth. The invisible aligners are set as trays, which slip on to the top and bottom rows of your teeth. You will hardly notice they’re there, and you can easily remove them while you are eating or brushing your teeth.
If you are unsure whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign, Dr. Tracey Nguyen can offer a one-on-one consultation with you. You will be able to take an Invisalign smile assessment to better narrow down your results. Assessing the needs of your mouth is important, and if you have misaligned teeth, you are likely a good candidate for an Invisalign treatment.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign is based on five important tenets:
- Transparency of the product.
- Customization capabilities.
These five pillars of importance are embraced by Invisalign and by our professionals at Lansdowne Dental Care, too. We want you to feel comfortable while taking part in an effective and worthwhile treatment.
Dr. Tracey Nguyen can create a custom mold of your mouth to form clear, plastic aligners. These trays are placed on your teeth, which should be worn at least 22 hours per day. They can be removed and placed in easy-cleaning trays while you brush your teeth or eat a meal. Just make sure to properly clean your aligners to ensure their longevity.
The trays should typically be replaced every 2-3 weeks. During this amount of time, your teeth will have shifted a small amount. This process is repeated until your teeth are properly aligned.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
For the average patient, Invisalign takes about one year to complete the process. While this time frame may vary depending on the severity of your misaligned teeth, you can expect to be wearing the clear aligners for about 12 months.
Keep in mind that most studies on the longevity of the procedure have been conclusive based on the adult mouth. For teenagers, the timeframe of the Invisalign process may vary. You should contact Dr. Tracey Nguyen right away for further questions and concerns regarding the levels of necessity for a prolonged Invisalign treatment.
Will Invisalign Fix Overbites or Underbites?
One of the most common issues with misaligned teeth is the tendency for the jaw to have either an overbite or an underbite. At Lansdowne Dental Care, our patients’ health and comfort are our number one concerns, and we seek out every possible solution to help correct this bite issue.
If your overbite or underbite is mild and not particularly out of the ordinary, it can easily be corrected by Invisalign. However, if you have a severe case of overjets or overbites, you might not be a candidate for Invisalign. While the fast-acting orthodontics treatment does correct most alignment issues, it may not be able to 100% fix any severe cases in this area.
You can speak further with our Invisalign specialists in Leesburg to assess the needs of your teeth. If you are worried about your overbite or underbite problems, give us a call at (703) 723-7810. Our dentists are here to help provide you with professional and cost-effective options.
Will Invisalign Fix Gaps?
Before jumping to Invisalign as the perfect solution to fix the gaps in your teeth, it’s important to assess the severity of the gaps in the first place.
Dr. Tracey Nguyen will be able to meet with you one-on-one, where she can take an assessment and provide you with a wide range of options to treat the gaps between your teeth. If your gaps are small and easily fixable, our Leesburg professionals may recommend a simpler procedure, such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers.
If you do have significant and widened gaps in between your teeth, Invisalign is a great option for you. Since these invisible aligners are meant to correct your full set of teeth, you need to make sure that your misalignment issues are great enough to warrant an orthodontics choice. Otherwise, you may be better off with faster cosmetic dentistry options.
Invisalign Attachments: Do They Stain?
If you are familiar with stained teeth, you may have been told in the past to stay away from dark-colored foods and drinks. Invisalign can stain if you consume the same types of materials that would cause your natural teeth to stain.
Dr. Tracey Nguyen recommends that during the 12-month-long Invisalign process, you should refrain from consuming items such as:
- Red wine
- Dark tea
- Berry juice
You don’t have to give up these items completely; just be sure to temporarily remove your Invisalign braces while you enjoy your morning cup of joe.
Schedule Your Invisalign Consultation Today!
Are you ready to invest in a comfortable, flexible, and clear braces solution that won’t keep you from enjoying your everyday life? Invisalign is a great option for misaligned teeth that offers a successful and affordable solution to traditional metal braces. If you are ready to take the next step with Lansdowne Dental Care, visit our website or give us a call at (703) 723-7812 to set an appointment with Dr. Tracey Nguyen!