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Many people want to improve the appearance of their smile but don’t like the idea of straightening their teeth with traditional braces. While there is no single “right way” for orthodontic treatment, there are some benefits to clear aligners that make them more appealing than metal braces. Read on for more information about Invisalign orthodontics treatment and whether you’re a candidate for these clear aligners.

Adults and most teenagers who have a fully developed mouth make good candidates for Invisalign. Invisalign is effective in addressing orthodontic issues such as overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite, and crowded or gapped teeth. It’s more effective for patients who have mild to moderate bite alignment issues. If you have a more severe bite alignment, traditional braces may be better for you.

There are many benefits to the Invisalign system, including:

  • The customized BPA-free aligners are clear, which means you can straighten your teeth without the treatment being noticeable to others.
  • The aligners can be removed to brush and floss teeth, which is easier than brushing while wearing metal braces. The ability to remove them means it’s easier to eat the foods you enjoy while undergoing treatment.
  • The aligners are custom molded to the contours of your mouth to ensure a comfortable fit. This eliminates the need for uncomfortable, often painful sessions required to tighten metal brackets and wires with traditional braces.
  • Often, Invisalign treatment is much faster than treatment with traditional metal braces. All aligners are custom designed at the Invisalign lab, and you will move onto the next aligner in your treatment every two weeks from the comfort of your home. With no visible wires to tighten, there are fewer follow-up visits for treatment.

Invisalign treatment requires 20-30 aligners to straighten teeth. If you have minor crowding or gaps, Invisalign Express can straighten teeth using 10 or fewer aligners, completing your treatment in six months. If you have a teenager wanting clear aligners over traditional braces to straighten their teeth, our dentists can tell them if Invisalign Teen is an option for them.

Contact our Northern Virginia Dentists

If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign, 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.

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