Invisalign ® Invisible Braces
Serving Northern Virginia including Oakton, Fairfax, Reston, Alexandria, Arlington and Washington D.C.
The dreaded "adolescent" metal braces are not the only way of straightening teeth these days. If you’ve been wondering whether to try and get your teeth straightened, Invisalign® will do it more easily than you would have dreamed possible.
Instead of a mouthful of metal for a year or two, you would have a series of clear, removable aligners – trays, much like tooth whitening trays. You would wear each pair of trays for two weeks, then put aside the current pair and start wearing the next pair in the series.
How are invisible braces done?
Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Chung would be the one to determine whether Invisalign is a good option for you. In some cases, traditional braces are still the best option. But if you and he decide to go ahead with Invisalign, he would start by examining the exact positioning of your teeth. He would take molds both upper and lower, and digital photos of your teeth.
The Invisalign manufacturer would then make a CT scan of the molds, creating a 3D model, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) software would be used to simulate your teeth’s movements at each stage of treatment. After Dr. Chung approves this plan, the company would make your series of aligners.
Each pair of aligners would nudge certain teeth in the right direction, following on from the nudging done by the previous pair of aligners. By the end of the series, your teeth will have been gradually moved to better positions – good for both your smile and your bite.
Convenient and discreet
For an adult with a busy professional or social life, or both, Invisalign is a superb answer to the problem of crooked teeth. The aligners are clear and almost invisible, so most people would never realize you were using them unless they looked very closely.
You would remove the aligners at mealtimes and for brushing and flossing. That means you can eat all your favorite foods and don’t have the problem of sticky foods getting caught on braces. You could even remove them on special occasions when you want to look your best.
The first step would be an initial Invisalign consultation at our offices. Please call or email our cosmetic dentistry if you would like to set one up. Dr. Chung believes in patient education and will be glad to answer all your dentistry questions clearly.
To learn more, please see Orthodontics: An Overview.
We hope to meet with you soon. Our office serves Tyson’s Corner, Reston, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria, Washington D.C. and the Northern Virginia area.