Invisalign® Specialist

Allegra Dental Center

Nana Dickson, DDS

Dentist located in Merrifield, Fairfax, VA

Invisalign® dental procedures are designed to help patients look and feel their best. At Allegra Dental Center, Dr. Dickson is skilled in Invisalign® and other cosmetic dentistry techniques aimed at addressing a wide array of issues for patients from Fairfax and Merrifield, VA.

Invisalign Q & A

by Nana Dickson, DDS

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a type of orthodontic procedure that uses special aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners are similar to the trays used to whiten teeth, but they're much more streamlined and custom-made for each patient’s mouth, so they are extremely comfortable to wear. Many people prefer Invisalign® to traditional metal braces because they are made of clear plastic which makes them almost invisible when being worn. There are also no sharp edges or wires to irritate the mouth. Each Invisalign® aligner is worn for about two weeks before being exchanged for the next aligner in the series to keep teeth moving toward proper alignment. Treatment usually takes from 12 to 24 months, and most patients use from 18 to 30 aligners.

How long do I need to wear the aligners?

The process of using Invisalign® takes about a year to be fully effective. For best results you wear the aligners for about 20 hours every day. During your time wearing the aligners your teeth gradually shift into alignment and about every two weeks you will advance to a new set of aligners. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign® is convenient enough to remove for eating or brushing with no irritation to teeth or gums.

What are the benefits of Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a comfortable and convenient option to effectively treat a wide variety of dental problems. Because they're clear, they're almost impossible to detect while worn in your mouth. This helps you to feel comfortable smiling, talking, and going about your normal day-to-day activities. Unlike other methods, Invisalign® has a smooth plastic design that doesn’t cause irritation to your mouth. The aligners are flexible enough to be removed for eating to let you live your life without disruption. Along with improving your smile, having properly aligned teeth improves dental health by reducing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

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