Traditional metal braces were once the only choice for straightening teeth. However, thanks to the many recent advancements in orthodontics, patients can now choose more convenient alternatives such as transparent aligners like Invisalign and ClearCorrect. To learn more about which treatment option suits your specific needs, schedule an appointment with our dentists at Allegra Dental Center: Nana Dickson, DDS, and Morgan Floyd, DMD.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that straightens the teeth using transparent plastic aligners. The aligners are custom-made for every patient, and they gradually move the teeth into their correct positions over time. Patients must wear their aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day and switch to a new set about every two weeks. The number of aligner sets worn throughout the treatment depends on the case.
Because Invisalign aligners are not permanently attached to the teeth like traditional braces and can be removed when eating, patients can enjoy all their favorite foods without worrying about damaging the appliance or having food stuck in the wires. Patients also do not need to visit their dentist as often because there are no brackets to be adjusted and no wires that need to be tightened. Instead, patients visit the office every four to six weeks to assess their progress and receive new aligners. This convenient system gives patients more independence and control over their treatment.
Many patients turn to Invisalign because they do not want to have metal appliances in their mouths for the duration of the treatment. Invisalign is recommended for adults and teens with mild to moderate misalignment. Patients who need complex bite alignment issues or more significant tooth movement are better candidates for conventional orthodontics.
Clear aligners are made from a smooth, transparent plastic material and gently yet effectively shift the teeth into the desired position over time. Because they are clear, the aligners are unnoticeable and blend in with your natural smile while giving you the smile of your dreams!
Each new set of aligners will move your teeth until your smile is exactly how you want it. When your new smile is complete, you will trade your aligners for a retainer to wear at night. Over time, the retainer will help prevent your teeth from shifting out of alignment.
Clear aligners are a discreet option for correcting teeth misalignment, crowding, and other cosmetic issues. The aligners fit snugly over the teeth to move them into place. Of course, the best part about clear aligners is that they are invisible when worn! This makes them ideal for adults and teens who feel self-conscious about their smiles.
Get the smile you want without the pain and discomfort of braces! Learn more about your options for orthodontic treatment by visiting Allegra Dental Center: Nana Dickson, DDS, and Morgan Floyd, DMD, at 3040 Williams Dr #201, Fairfax 22031, or calling (571) 419-6897.