If you have a less than perfect smile, you can join the thousands of other patients who turn to Invisalign to straighten their teeth. Invisalign offers a nearly invisible means to straighter your smile without the headache and hassle of traditional braces. As your dentist in Tyson’s Corner, we have the answers you need about orthodontic care with Invisalign.
How Does Invisalign Straighten Teeth?
Invisalign involves the use of clear plastic aligner trays that are worn over the teeth for 20 to 22 hours per day. The trays are custom-made in a series. Each tray in the series is worn for about two weeks. As you progress through each tray in the series, your teeth will gradually move into their correct alignment. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to the position of the teeth with each position is pre-mapped by the dentist.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign offers a nearly invisible treatment that’s quicker and more comfortable than that of traditional braces. You’ll experience less restrictions as the trays are removable and oral hygiene is easier because there aren’t any wires of brackets.
What Does the Treatment Process Involve?
Invisalign is effective for treating minor alignment issues. To determine if clear braces are right for you, you’ll first need to undergo a consultation by your dentist. If it’s determined you’re a candidate, you’ll then begin treatment. Treatment will consist of wearing each tray in the series for about two weeks each. You’ll then switch to the next tray in the series right from your own home. Generally, it takes about 12 months to complete treatment, but the length of time depends on your exact treatment plan. You’ll need to visit the dentist about every four to six weeks so we can monitor the progression of the treatment.
Will I Need a Retainer?
After your treatment is complete, you will need a retainer. A retainer is worn to prevent the teeth from moving back into their previous positions. Depending on your treatment, the retainer you need and the length of time you need to wear the retainer will vary.
How Do I Care for the Aligner Trays?
Caring for the aligner trays is simple because they are removable. You’ll brush and floss your teeth normally with the aligners removed. To clean the aligners, you’ll use the Invisalign Cleaning System. You can also lightly brush and rinse your aligner trays using lukewarm water.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
Generally, Invisalign does cost more than traditional braces, which will vary based on your own needs. In some cases, your insurance may cover part of the treatment. For those who have out-of-pocket expense with the treatment, many dentists offer payment plans, such as CareCredit.
Invisalign in Tyson’s Corner
Invisalign has quickly become the preferred orthodontic treatment for teens and adults because of the quick, discreet treatment. At Monarch Dentistry, we’ll help you reclaim your smile and your confidence with Invisalign. We’ll create the customized treatment plan you need for a straighter smile. Call our office at (703) 714-7374 to schedule a consultation.