Get the Smile You Deserve With Invisalign® Treatment
Having crooked or misaligned teeth can be discouraging, but patients today have more options than ever before for conveniently and comfortably correcting a crooked smile. In addition to traditional metal braces, many patients also qualify for Invisalign treatment. With Invisalign clear aligners at Joanna Claustro DMD & Associates in Ashburn, VA, patients can address many of the same issues that are treatable with metal braces — but without the discomfort, restrictions, and cosmetic nuisance. Here, Dr. Joanna Claustro explains how Invisalign treatment works and whether you may be eligible for this exciting and compelling alternative to braces.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign treatment is used to correct a range of dental and orthodontic issues with the use of a series of removable clear plastic aligners, similar to at-home whitening trays. At the outset of treatment, an impression is taken of the patient’s mouth, allowing the aligners to be customized for a perfect fit and successful outcome. Each set of aligners is worn for a short period of time — about a week or two — with the patient moving on to the next set when instructed to do so. This process gradually shifts the teeth into a straighter, more appropriate position throughout the duration of treatment.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
With Invisalign, not only can patients address many of the same concerns that can be corrected with metal braces, but they can do so without the added inconvenience or discomfort that may accompany traditional orthodontics. Some of the primary benefits of Invisalign in Ashburn, VA include:
- Helps to straighten a crooked smile
- Can close gaps between teeth
- May be used in mild to moderate cases of bite misalignment
- Discreet (less visible than metal braces)
- Can be removed to eat, take photographs, and brush your teeth
- Allows for better oral hygiene compared with metal braces
- No restrictions on food or beverages
- More comfortable than braces, as there are no wires or brackets required
- Fewer visits to the dentist’s office
- Treatment can often be completed in about one year
Who qualifies for Invisalign?
Patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues can typically be considered candidates for Invisalign treatment. More extensive problems, like rotated teeth or a severe crossbite, for example, may need to be addressed with another orthodontic treatment before moving on to Invisalign aligners.
In some cases, teenagers are also eligible for Invisalign treatment, though it is important for the patient and their parents to have a good understanding of the responsibility and commitment required for treatment. For a successful outcome, the aligners must be worn for a minimum of 20 – 22 hours per day, and patients — especially teens — will need to be conscious of keeping up with their aligners at school, after-school events, sports, and other activities.
The best way to know with certainty whether Invisalign treatment is right for you is to schedule an initial consultation and evaluation with Dr. Claustro.
Get a beautiful, straight smile the easier way with Invisalign treatment in Ashburn, VA
If you are self-conscious about your crooked smile but aren’t thrilled about the idea of wearing braces, Invisalign aligners may be the solution you’ve been dreaming of. Take the first step toward your dream smile today by calling Joanna Claustro DMD & Associates to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Ashburn, VA Invisalign provider Dr. Joanna Claustro.