Invisalign® for Adults

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Invisalign for Adults in Leesburg, VA

Over 6 million people currently using Invisalign aligners, the majority of which are adults.  Invisalign is a popular, effective method for straightening crooked and misaligned teeth in a discreet and customized manner. If you have issues with an open bite, gap in your teeth, crossbite, under or overbite, and/or crowded teeth, Invisalign can provide you with the smile you have always dreamed of.

Pleas keep in mind that it will be necessary to schedule a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. While Invisalign is a viable solution for most cases, other treatment options may need to be explored for individuals who have severely misaligned teeth. At Lansdowne Dental Care, we recognize that every patient has a unique smile, and we are committed to working diligently to provide you with the care you need. If you are scheduled for an Invisalign appointment, or if you have any questions about Invisalign for Adults or other Invisalign treatment options, please contact us at 703.844.4403

Invisalign for Adults Process

During your initial evaluation, Dr. Nguyen or Dr. Frame will conduct a thorough examination of your smile to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. If you are, they will then  create a digital step-by-step treatment plan using our iTero scanner.  Once this plan is in place, your aligners will be created in a lab and customized to comfortably fit your specific mouth, a process that typically takes a few weeks. Depending on the severity of your case, one aligner may be sufficient to provide you with the correction you need, or a full pair of aligners may be required for more severe alignment issues.

Once the aligners are designed, you can begin the Invisalign treatment process. One of the most important things to keep in mind as you begin treatment is that you must wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day, taking them out only to eat or clean them or to replace the next set of aligners, which typically occurs every one or two weeks. Each set of aligners that is placed is designed to gradually and gently shift your teeth into alignment.  Throughout the tray replacement process, it will be necessary to come in for regular checkups with our team so we can evaluate your progress and, if necessary, add more trays to your treatment plan. You may experience some discomfort with each new tray, but this will go away after a few days.

Our Advanced Invisalign + iTero Scanning Process

Here at LDC, we can create a 3D image of your teeth in just minutes by using our iTero scanner. iTero scanner is an industry leading digital dentistry technology from the makers of Invisalign that helps us design clear aligners for patients during your smile and oral health assessment.

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Discreetly Enhance your Smile

One of the biggest reasons Invisalign is such a popular treatment option among adults is that you are able to discreetly enhance the appearance of your smile, compared to using traditional braces, which create an unnatural and unsightly appearance to your smile. Invisalign trays are designed to blend in with your natural teeth and are so discreet that many people will not even be able to tell that you are wearing the aligners. This can be an especially important quality for business professionals and/or adults who would feel self-conscious wearing traditional braces.

Fewer Office Visits

Another big benefit of Invisalign for Adults is that the process does not require as many follow-up appointments for adjustments as traditional braces, which require follow up visits every four to six weeks, during which your braces will need to be adjusted. You will still need to visit your dentist every six to eight weeks so your periodontist can you evaluate your aligners to ensure the straightening is progressing, however no adjustments or tightening will be necessary, and the appointment will take far less time.

No Dietary Restrictions

Unlike traditional braces, which require avoiding foods that are hard, sticky, crunchy or chewy, you will not have to restrict your diet with Invisalign. Prior to eating, you simply need to remove your aligners, after which you can enjoy your meal. It is important to brush and floss after each meal before putting your aligners back in place, which is why it is a good idea to bring along a toothbrush and toothpaste when traveling or going out to eat in restaurants. It is also important to never eat meals while your aligners are in.

Faster Treatment Time & No Discoloration

Another reason Invisalign for Adults is such a popular alternative to traditional braces is that it can straighten your teeth much faster than traditional braces. On average, a person will wear their aligners for two weeks before replacing them with the next set of aligners and continue this process until the process is complete. Although treatment time may be longer for more severe cases, on average, Invisalign users can complete treatment within twelve to eighteen months or within three to eight months if your case is less severe and/or if you replace your aligners every week instead of every two weeks.

One drawback to traditional braces is that they can cause discoloration, which is called orthodontic white spot lesions, or WSLs. These white spot lesions develop due to buildup of plaque on the teeth that accumulates due to the difficulty of brushing and flossing thoroughly while having braces. While discoloration can be avoided with traditional braces by practicing thorough oral hygiene self-care, practicing the necessary self-care to avoid this and other oral health issues is significantly easier with Invisalign. Invisalign also makes it much easier to identify issues with yellowing, discoloration or plaque buildup early and address them before they develop into more significant problems. While following your normal oral hygiene routine is much simpler with Invisalign, it is still important that you thoroughly clean around the attachments to prevent plaque buildup.

 

Contact us To get Started

Invisalign for Adults can make a remarkable difference in the lives of those with misaligned teeth or malocclusions and scheduling this appointment is your first step towards having that bright, full, healthy smile you have always dreamed of. To schedule an appointment, or if you have any additional questions about the Invisalign for Adults process, please contact us at 703.844.4403.

Dr. Tracey Nguyen DDS FAGD AAACD

Meet Dr. Tracey Nguyen

Dr. Tracey Nguyen received her Doctor of Dental Surgery, Magna cum laude, at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Nguyen is trained in all phases of implant dentistry, and has received extensive training in cosmetic dentistry. She is also a manuscript/review editor for the Academy of General Dentistry.

We are located in Leesburg, VA but proudly serve Lansdowne, Reston, Broadlands, Ashburn, Sterling, and all neighboring communities.