If you are eager to get a straighter smile, but just as eager to find an alternative to braces, Invisalign is a great option and available from Lansdowne Dental Care! Does Invisalign really work the same as braces? As your Lansdowne dentist, we can assure you that it does. While everyone is different, the vast majority of patients in our office will find that Invisalign is a workable and effective orthodontic system.

What Is Invisalign?

Many of our patients come to us with a bit of confusion about the differences between braces, clear braces and Invisalign. To begin with, all of these options are forms of orthodontics, meaning that they can be used to improve the alignment of the bite.

The bite is important for a long list of reasons, including your ability to bite and chew properly, speak clearly and, of course, smile confidently. This is why we can categorize them as cosmetic dentistry, too. The use of a treatment like Invisalign will also help to prevent issues like chronic headache, jaw pain, and uneven wear and tear on the teeth. So, straightening your teeth with Invisalign is good for your oral health and your confidence.

The essential differences between Invisalign and braces are not really about what they can or cannot do, but how they do what they can or cannot do.

To be as clear as possible, braces take their name from the “brackets” glued individually to the teeth to be corrected or adjusted. Wires are run through them and when applied effectively, the wires can be slowly tightened to move the adult teeth into better alignment.

Drs. Tracey Nguyen, Steven Frames and the LDC team, though, is going to use a series of custom-made trays that slide, almost invisibly, over your teeth. They are created in a lab, using very specific measurements and molds made of your mouth. You receive a series of trays that you swap out every two to three weeks. Each tray will gently force your teeth into a new position, very similarly to braces, but without the wires and brackets.

You come in for periodic checkups and Drs. Tracey Nguyen, Steven Frames and the LDC team can let you know about your progress, if you will need more trays and identify any changes that may be necessary. As we said, everyone is different, and that can mean that your journey with Invisalign might last less than a year and you are done. However, it is not unusual for some patients to have more than one series of trays and slowly straighten their teeth over the course of a year or two.

The good news is that it is the most discreet way to get the work done, and it is also one of the most easily maintained methods of orthodonture.


Are You A Candidate For Invisalign?

Of course, just as there are candidates for certain treatments, there are also those who are candidates for Invisalign, and some who are not.

Generally, almost all issues can be corrected with this appealing approach, including conditions like over and under bites, cross bites and more. However, if a patient requires adult teeth to be removed before orthodonture can occur, or if they have severely misaligned teeth, they may not be an ideal candidate.

Naturally, we also provide access to Invisalign for patients who are doing smile makeovers or need treatment as part of some restorative work. We understand that all patients are unique and make Invisalign available as one of the many specialized treatment options in our office.

So, are you a good candidate? It really does take an Invisalign dentist in Lansdowne to help you make that call. Drs. Tracey Nguyen, Steven Frames and the rest of the team will be able to do an assessment and show you some before and after images that prove to you just what can be done with Invisalign.

Determining if you are a good candidate also means reviewing what using the aligners involves. After all, you do need to remain thoroughly committed to the program because so much of it is in your hands.

For example, one of the key benefits of Invisalign is that you can remove the trays whenever you eat, drink and do oral hygiene. You can have them out of your mouth for up to two hours daily without any negative effects. You can also enjoy the fullest diet possible. One of the worst problems with traditional braces is that they force you to alter your diet, eliminating such important foods as some fruits and vegetables, in addition to such potentially harmful foods as sticky and hard candies and snacks.

With Invisalign, very little about your day to day life changes, with the exception of ensuring you care properly for them, and wear them long enough each day. So, that means you must also be sure that you do wear them as much as is required and that you take good care of the trays, too.

While it is such a great advantage to be able to do full oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing and using a water pick when using the trays, you also have to be sure to properly clean the trays several times each day, too. This means using a soft brush and rinsing them with lukewarm water. Invisalign cleaning kits are also available, and you can talk with our Invisalign dentist in Lansdowne to find out more.

Get In Touch With an Invisalign Dentist in Lansdowne to Get Started

If the idea of discreet straightening of your teeth appeals to you, then get in touch with our Invisalign dentist in Lansdowne. With just a single office visit, we can help you discover if you are a good candidate for the treatment, take the molds and measurements needed and order your first series of trays. You return when your trays are ready (less than two weeks), and we can then start to improve the alignment of your bite and the looks of your smile.

Does this sound like the ideal option for you? If so, just get in touch using our online Contact Form or by calling 703-750-8185

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