If you’ve always wanted straighter teeth but haven’t wanted to deal with the discomfort, hassle, and embarrassment of braces, ask Sachi Patel, DDS, about Invisalign®. At My Woodbridge Dental in Woodbridge, Virginia, she offers this virtually invisible way to get a straighter, more beautiful smile. To find out if Invisalign is right for you, call the office or schedule your appointment online today.
Invisalign is a relatively new, groundbreaking way to straighten your teeth. Traditional braces shift your teeth into alignment by fixing a metal bracket to the front of each tooth, then attaching each bracket to a wire. The wire gradually pulls the teeth into alignment.
Invisalign works similarly, slowly shifting your teeth toward their desired position. The difference is that instead of using a number of metal pieces cemented in your mouth, it uses clear plastic aligners. These aligners are easily removable and virtually invisible.
In fact, they’re even trimmed to fit precisely along your unique gumline, helping them blend seamlessly with your smile.
The Invisalign process starts with a digital scan of your smile. This information is used in printing multiple sets of plastic aligners. The first set is designed to fit over your teeth in their current position. You wear this aligner for either one to two weeks — as prescribed by Dr. Patel — so it can shift your teeth slightly.
After one or two weeks, you change to the next aligner in your personalized series, which moves your teeth even closer to their desired position. By the time you finish wearing your last aligner, your teeth are perfectly aligned.
You should wear your Invisalign aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day. Take them out to eat, then brush your teeth and pop them back in. Because you have at least two hours in the day to leave your aligners out, you can play sports, give presentations at work or school, or go out to dinner without wearing them. Invisalign is designed to integrate seamlessly into your daily life.
Choosing Invisalign also means fewer trips to the dentist as your teeth shift. While traditional braces require regular visits to the orthodontist so the brackets can be moved along the wire to shift your teeth, your aligners don’t require adjustment. You visit Dr. Patel every 6-8 weeks for a quick check-in appointment, and that’s it.
If you’re interested in straighter teeth without the hassle and visibility of traditional braces, call My Woodbridge Dental or schedule your Invisalign consultation online today.