General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, VA
If you want to straighten your smile without all of the hassles of traditional metal braces, then Invisalign® is the right option for you. Dr. Stella Kim at Oronoco Dental in Alexandria, Virginia, offers Invisalign® clear aligners for her patients who want to straighten their smiles discreetly. Invisalign® can help you feel more confident with your smile.
Invisalign® Q & A
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth. Instead of using brackets, wires, and bands, like traditional metal braces, Invisalign® straightens your smile with a series of removable aligners made from clear and comfortable plastic.
It’s quickly become one of the most popular orthodontic treatments available today, with over 8 million people worldwide choosing Invisalign® to improve the alignment of their teeth.
What’s it like to get Invisalign®?
First, you have a consultation at Oronoco Dental with Dr. Kim. She takes an impression of your mouth to make a virtual model of your smile and uses it to determine exactly how your teeth need to move to achieve a perfect alignment.
Then, she sends that information with her prescription to the Invisalign® lab that uses it to make a series of aligners. Each aligner is modeled after a different step in the journey that your teeth take towards proper alignment. The aligners are designed to fit snugly around your teeth and gradually push them closer towards optimal positioning.
You wear your aligners between 20 to 22 hours every day and switch to the next set of aligners in your series every two weeks. Your total treatment time depends on the condition of your alignment when you start, but most patients finish their series in 12-18 months.
What makes Invisalign® unique?
Invisalign® is a new and technologically advanced orthodontic treatment, so when it comes to straightening your smile, it has several advantages over traditional metal braces, including:
Unlike braces, Invisalign® aligners won’t scratch the inside of your mouth, since they’re made from plastic that’s flexible and smooth.
When you wear braces, you typically need to change your diet and invest in special tools to keep your teeth clean during your treatment. Invisalign®’s aligners are removable, so you can keep cleaning your teeth just like you usually do. Simply pop out your aligners, brush, and floss like normal, and put them back in after.
Braces are noticeable and can detract from the appearance of your smile. Invisalign®’s aligners, on the other hand, are clear and virtually invisible, giving you an unparalleled degree of discretion while you straighten your smile.