If you never had braces when you were a child; if you have crooked teeth that embarrass you but you’d be embarrassed to spend a few years wearing braces, then Invisalign could be the solution for you. Though there is a special type of Invisalign designed for teenagers, traditional Invisalign aligners are designed for adults and can give you the straight and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted without metal brackets and without waiting years for results.
The Invisalign treatment has become one of the most sought after dental treatments for adults in recent years. That’s because Invisalign does something that many years ago no one thought would ever be possible: It straightens teeth invisibly, comfortably and usually in only about one year. Invisalign aligners are not braces, but they can correct simple malocclusion and crooked front teeth as well as braces can.
The advantages of Invisalign over braces are numerous. In addition to being made of nearly invisible, clear material, the aligners are removable so you can brush your teeth and eat without them interfering. They are more comfortable than braces and take much less time to get used to. You clean the aligners outside of your mouth, and every few weeks you get a completely new set of aligners, so they are always fresh. Best of all, the entire treatment time is about a year on average, which is much shorter than the usual treatment time with braces.
There are a few things that Invisalign can’t do. If you have severe malocclusion or teeth that require vertical rotation, braces are necessary to fix these problems. Generally, Invisalign works best for the front teeth that show when you smile. Getting these teeth straightened and properly aligned is not only good for your physical appearance and your self-esteem; it also helps all of your teeth to maintain their proper position and stay healthy.
Getting Invisalign starts with a consultation and exam. At Centreville Dental Wellness Center, we can determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, and then begin a treatment plan. Your aligners are replaced approximately every two weeks as your teeth gradually move into position. Unlike dentures that require frequent readjustments, a set of new aligners is all that is needed to keep a proper fit as your teeth movement progresses. Because of the near-invisibility of the aligners and the fact that you are more involved in their care by taking them out to clean them daily, you can better see and understand the progress your teeth are making than you can with braces.
Invisalign treatment works best and fastest if you wear your aligners as much as possible; about 22 hours a day or more is recommended. The aligners should only be removed for cleaning and for you to brush and floss your teeth, and eat and drink.
If you’d like to learn more about Invisalign, call us at our Centreville, Virginia office to set up a consultation appointment.
Dr. Vakay is fabulous! She is the BEST dentist I have ever had.
I have always been a dental coward. When a tooth ache got very bad, I went to the Centreville Dental Wellness Center for help. This started me on a long period of processes, treatments and gentle care that has allowed me to overcome my fear and to bring my dental health back to where it is supposed to be. I can’t thank the staff at the Centreville Dental Wellness Center enough for their sensitive care.
I have been a patient at the Centreville Dental Wellness Center for approximately 15 years. I cannot offer enough praise for Dr. Vakay! She is without a doubt a top notch professional and accepts nothing but perfection in her work. She is by far the best dentist I have ever had. Thank you for your exceptional dental treatment and services!
Excellent practice. We were referred to them by a specialist that works with the Redskins . They are a class act. We recently made the switch for our kids from a pediatric dentist to Centreville Dental Wellness. Very happy we did. They are very kid friendly and did superior cleanings than the prior dentist. Highly recommend them.
This dental practice is absolutely wonderful. I have had multiple procedures and follow ups that have made me love my smile again! I have a lot of trepidation about dental work but this practice has made me enjoy the entire experience. My three year old daughter has recently become a patient as well and they were extra nurturing! Excellent practice! I travel from Arlington to continue to see them!
We were excited to open our doors on May 1 for regular patient care. We will continue to strive to provide a clean, safe and caring environment. You may notice a few differences when you arrive at our office, but they are part of the new protocol we have implemented.
IMPORTANT: rather than entering our office upon arrival, please call us first (703-815-0775) to let us know you’re here. You will be asked some screening questions over the phone, and then may enter our reception area where your temperature will be taken and hand sanitizer provided. You will then be escorted to a disinfected treatment room.
We are excited to welcome you back to our office!