Leesburg Spa Dentistry
Cosmetic Dentist located in Ashburn, VA
When you see all the beautiful smiles on television, you might wonder how those people have such perfect teeth — their secret might be Invisalign®. Invisalign is a system of correcting dental imperfections with clear, medical-grade plastic aligners available from Dr. Saxena at Leesburg Spa Dentistry. If you live in or around Leesburg, Virginia, call or schedule a consultation online today to find out if Invisalign is right for you.
Invisalign Q & A
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment that straightens your teeth using a customized series of clear plastic aligners. Dr. Saxena uses Invisalign to correct a variety of dental imperfections including:
- Overbites, underbites, and crossbites
- Open bite
- Gaps between your teeth
- Overcrowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
How does Invisalign work?
Like traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners put gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into their correct positions. However, with Invisalign, instead of having frequent appointments with your orthodontist to tighten your wires and adjust your bands, every two weeks, you simply change your aligners for the next set in your series.
What should I expect during Invisalign treatment?
Dr. Saxena begins your Invisalign treatment with a thorough exam to ensure Invisalign is the best option to correct your teeth. She takes digital X-rays, images, and impressions of your teeth which are used to plan their movement at each step of your treatment. Then, that plan is used to create your custom aligners. In most cases, Invisalign treatment takes 9-18 months.
When you start to wear your aligners, you initially have appointments every two weeks so Dr. Saxena can check your progress and give you the next set of aligners in your series. After your first 6-8 weeks of treatment, when she’s satisfied that your teeth are responding as anticipated, she gives you 2-4 sets of aligners so you can change them at home without having to come into the office. Dr. Saxena will continue to monitor your progress, but you’ll only have appointments every 4-8 weeks.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
The most popular benefit of Invisalign treatment is that the clear aligners are nearly invisible while being worn. Many adults and adolescents prefer Invisalign to traditional braces because they don’t want to have a mouth full of metal.
You can also remove your aligners to eat and clean your teeth. This means you can continue to eat your favorite foods, although you may find yourself snacking less as you need to brush and floss before putting your aligners back in.
Also, taking care of your teeth is easier with Invisalign than with traditional braces; you can brush and floss normally instead of having to work around brackets, wires, and other orthodontic devices.
If you want to correct your smile, call or schedule an appointment online today and find out if Invisalign is right for you.