If you’ve been wanting to straighten your teeth but avoided the conversation with your dentist because you didn’t want traditional metal braces, then you’ve probably thought of Invisalign. Invisalign has become incredibly popular with patients who want straighter teeth. Read on for some of the most commonly asked questions about this popular option treatment.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a treatment system using a series of clear, removable plastic aligners that straighten your teeth. One of the reasons why they are so popular is the fact that you can’t see them when you’re wearing them.
What does Invisalign treat?
There are many reasons why someone would want to get braces or Invisalign. If you have an overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite, or crowded or gapped teeth, you would benefit from Invisalign treatment.
What are the benefits over metal braces?
In addition to being a “clear” choice, Invisalign offers many other benefits. You are able to remove the aligners when you are eating. With metal braces, you have to avoid certain foods until treatment is over. Brushing and flossing is also easier as you can remove the aligners to care for your teeth as you normally would.
Compared to metal braces, Invisalign treatment can often be done much quicker, with fewer follow-up visits. Rather than going to the dentist to get wires tightened, you change out the custom-designed aligners every few weeks throughout the treatment process.
Am I a candidate?
If you have a fully developed mouth, you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Your dentist will be able to tell you when you’re ready. It’s also important that you don’t have tooth decay, gum disease or other health issues. If you smoke, you need to be willing to quit throughout treatment to ensure its success.
Contact our Northern Virginia Dentists
Please call 703-214-3182 to schedule an appointment at Arlington Dental Aesthetics or 703-214-3186 for an appointment at South Riding Smiles. We serve patients in Arlington, South Riding and throughout Northern Virginia.