If you’ve been looking at old photos of you and your friends at the Potomac River, you’re probably just now realizing how little you’re smiling in any of them. If it wasn’t for those spaces in your teeth, you’d probably feel just a little more confident to flash a smile in one or two of them. Of course, the thought of acclimating to a bunch of metal hardware just doesn’t seem fun to you.
That’s where Invisalign in Herndon comes in. Now you can reduce the spaces in your smile without the use of traditional braces.
Why Invisalign May Be Right for You
Invisalign is an orthodontic system that uses clear, acrylic, custom-fitted trays that push your crooked teeth into a straighter position. Instead of using brackets, wires, and other metal components, Invisalign only uses thermoplastic to shift your teeth. This method of reducing spaces in your smile is especially ideal if you have a metal allergy and aren’t eligible for braces in the first place.
You may also prefer Invisalign if you only have minor to moderate misalignment in your mouth and your dentist feels you don’t need to wear full-fledged braces to have them fixed. Braces are typically for patients with more severe cases of misalignment, so Invisalign acts as a faster and easier orthodontic treatment.
How Invisalign Works
The process of straightening teeth with Invisalign in Herndon is incredibly straightforward. All patients need to do to reduce spaces in their smile is wear each pair of clear aligners in the series for a set period of time. This is typically between 20 and 22 hours per day for about 12 to 18 months. The length of your treatment largely depends on the complexity of your case but also on how committed you are to transforming your smile. However, when you compare Invisalign’s treatment time to metal braces, the differences are night and day. Metal braces can take a minimum of two years before any results appear.
After you complete treatment, you’ll be given a retainer to wear while you sleep. This keeps your teeth in place for the rest of your life, so you’ll need to wear it to prevent your smile from relapsing.
The Additional Benefits of Invisalign Treatment
Not only is Invisalign a better solution for some patients, it’s also a much easier treatment to manage overall. The aligners are removable, meaning you won’t need to change your diet or brushing habits to accommodate them. You’ll just need to remove then when you eat and drink beverages that aren’t plain water.
Furthermore, the aligners are clear, so you also won’t need to make dramatic changes to your appearance. You can take photos with your friends and they won’t even notice that your straightening your teeth!
Let your smile shine in future photos with friends and families. Schedule a free consultation with your dentist in Herndon today to learn more!
About the Author
Dr. Farshad Bakhtyari earned his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree from Boston University. When you visit the practice for your consultation, you’ll speak with Dr. B to discuss your future smile. To learn more about Invisalign treatment or about his practice, contact him at (703) 860-8860 or visit his website.