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Is there a faster, more comfortable and less obvious way to straighten a crooked smile? Yes, there is, and it's called Invisalign. Custom-made to move teeth into a better functioning and better-looking positions in the teen or adult mouth, Invisalign clear aligners achieve great results in about half the time traditional braces take. Dr. Steve Pleickhardt of American Dental in Gainesville, VA, uses the Invisalign system with great success. Learn all about it here.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign clear aligners in Gainesville look like professional teeth trays. Invented by Align Technology in San Jose, CA, in the late 1990s, this innovative orthodontic system has allowed literally millions of patients worldwide enjoy the health and personal benefits of beautiful smiles.
Here's how it works. The qualified Invisalign patient wears a series of acrylic aligner pairs which fit precisely and tightly over top and bottom teeth. Typically, patients need 18 to 30 pairs in all.
As the customized care plan proceeds, the patient changes aligner pairs as directed by Dr. Pleickhardt. The aligners gently exert a force on selected teeth at a little at a time. Over the average one-year treatment time, several mild to moderate problems may be solved:
- Under bite
- Cross bite
- Open bite
- Tooth tipping
- Tooth rotation
Of course, the most complicated of orthodontic problems still require traditional metal or ceramic braces. Dr. Pleickhardt can determine if Invisalign will work when he examines the patient's teeth and gums and takes digital X-rays.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
The obvious advantage is their discreet appearance. Beyond that, the aligners are easy to clean because they are fully removable. Also, patients experience less complicated brushing and flossing routines, and there are no wires or brackets to irritate gums or other soft tissues of the mouth. Finally, patients do not restrict what they eat. Unlike life with metal or ceramic braces, nuts, pizza crust, pretzels and celery pose no problems.
Finally, many Invisalign wearers remove their aligners for special occasions. So, for weddings, job interviews, proms and other events, the aligners come out, and no one knows the patient is undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Are you a candidate?
If the dentist determines that you are, he will take three-dimensional imaging right at American Dental with the iTero Intraoral Scanner. This amazing instrument is manufactured by Align Technologies, the inventors of Invisalign. The scanner takes digital impressions of your mouth. The Invisalign technician uses these images to construct a model. The model and your dentist's specific instructions help him or her fabricate your Invisalign appliances.
Find out more
A consultation appointment is just a phone call away. Come to American Dental to learn the details on Invisalign and how it can create a stunning new smile for you. Call (703) 753-6695.
Discover the revolutionary way to straighten your smile without others noticing.
Who doesn’t want a straighter smile? However, as we get older we often think that it’s too late. The idea of wearing metal braces as an adult or teen seems like a less-than-glamorous option to get the smile you want. But what if Dr. Steve Pleickhardt, your Gainesville dentist, could fix dental problems without anyone being the wiser? Find out about Invisalign treatment!
What if we told you that you could get a straighter smile by just wearing a series of clear, removable aligners? It might seem hard to believe but these custom-made aligners, which look similar to whitening trays, are used to correct common dental malocclusions and issues to give you a more beautiful smile. Better yet, they easily fit into just about any lifestyle.
Your Gainesville dentist Dr. Pleickhardt wants to provide you the ultimate in dental comfort even when wearing braces. That’s why Invisalign is often the most popular choice for older teens and adults. These invisible braces are made from a flexible thermoplastic that is custom-designed to fit your teeth so you won’t experience the same irritation that you would with traditional metal braces.
One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is that it can seamlessly fit into your life without having to make adjustments. Since these invisible aligners can be removed while eating, drinking, brushing or flossing (or even for those special occasions), you don’t have to worry about any changes to your routine or diet. With traditional braces you have to stay away from many foods that could damage them. Not with Invisalign! Plus when you floss and brush, you don’t have to worry about cleaning around wires and bracket and possibly damaging them in the process.
Quicker treatment times
When opting for traditional braces most patients can expect to wear them for about 18 to 24 months before they get the results they want. Invisalign, on the other hand, usually takes about one year depending on the severity of your dental issues and the age of the patient (adults tend to have shorter treatment lengths). Plus, invisible braces require fewer visits to our Gainesville dental office than traditional braces. How’s that for convenient?
Want to find out if Invisalign is ideal for you? The next step is to schedule a consultation with your dentist in Gainesville. Rely on American Dental Associates to help you obtain the perfect smile!
Putting off a trip to the dentist until something goes wrong is fairly common. According to a Gallup poll of over 175,000 Americans, as many as a third of those interviewed admitted to not having been to the dentist in over a year. In addition to increasing the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay (yes, even if you floss every day), skipping regular dental care can also take a toll on the cosmetic aspect of your teeth. Problems that start out small, like a minor chip or crack, can get worse over time and eventually tarnish your smile. Dr. Steve Pleickhardt, a dentist in Gainesville, VA, recommends dental crowns for a number of cosmetic and restorative dental problems.
Dental Crowns in Gainesville, VA
Our teeth are constantly at risk for cosmetic issues like chips, cracks and staining. Crowns are one of the most versatile dental restoration treatments available. Custom designed to fit over a damaged tooth (why they are also sometimes referred to as a dental cap), crowns can correct a number of cosmetic and general dentistry problems, including:
- Restore a chipped or cracked tooth
- Replace a missing tooth as part of a bridge
- Strengthen teeth after treatment for cavities that are too large to fill with a standard filling, and root canal therapy
- Cover stains and discolorations
- Unevenly spaced or sized teeth
Crowns are a minimally invasive, affordable and cosmetically attractive option to fix a number of dental problems. Beyond cosmetic problems, crowns can help to restore damaged teeth that are making it difficult for you to eat and chew properly or interfering with your quality of life.
Find a Dentist in Gainesville, VA
Whether you are overdue for a dental exam and professional teeth cleaning or would like to learn more about your options for fixing cosmetic damage to your smile, American Dental can help. Contact us by calling (703) 753-6695 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pleickhardt today.
Did you know that the average American adult is missing 7 teeth? While many people get used to the loss of one or more of their teeth, they may experience problems later in life. Other people may be self-conscious if their teeth are missing in a conspicuous spot. However, you can fill in those noticeable gaps and prevent more problems from developing with dental implants. Dr. Steve Pleickhardt, your dentist at American Dental in Gainsville, VA, is proud to offer these revolutionary tooth restorations to his patients.
What can dental implants do for me?
Talking, eating and smiling are all easier and more comfortable when you've retained all your natural teeth. Unfortunately, years of decay or an accident can leave you without one - or several. Although you may have learned to compensate for the loss, your remaining teeth tend to shift when there are gaps next to them, resulting in further loosening and total loss. Dental implants not only give you a more attractive smile - they actually replicate the tooth's entire structure. With the post in place in the jawbone and the crown on top, this prosthesis, offered by your Gainesville dentist, is the closest thing you can get to turning back time when it comes to your smile.
Who is eligible for dental implants?
There are a few conditions which may exclude you from getting dental implants from your dentist right away. Those with uncontrolled autoimmune disorders, as well as diabetes, may not have the healing properties needed for implant placement. Patients who are currently pregnant or undergoing cancer treatments should also not have elective dental procedures. Significant bone loss in the gum ridges, caused by years of tooth vacancy, may not allow for proper integration of the post. The initial consultation you have with Dr. Pleickhardt at American Dental will determine if dental implants are right for you. The good news is that once most of these conditions are completed or controlled, dental implants are usually a viable option.
We hope you'll contact us to learn more about how dental implants can help you. Setting up an appointment is easy - just call American Dental in Gainesville, VA today!
A damaged tooth doesn’t have to be the end of the world!
We all want to have a healthy, beautiful smile. Unfortunately, decay and erosion are nasty problems that affect many smiles. And if these issues are left untreated and you don’t see your Gainesville dentist Dr. Steve Pleickhardt for treatment then you’ll require more intensive treatment to remove the decayed or damaged sections and restore the tooth. Find out how a simple dental crown can help improve a damaged tooth.
When is a dental crown needed?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is designed to fit over your tooth to restore its function, structural integrity, and appearance. Here are some situations that may warrant getting a dental crown from your Gainesville dentist:
- If a tooth has a severe crack, chip or break
- If a tooth is suffering from severe decay or an infection and requires a root canal
- If a tooth is misshapen, discolored or unsightly
- To cover a dental implant
- To secure a dental bridge in place
What are the benefits?
Porcelain crowns are a great solution for treating damaged or severely decaying teeth. Here are only some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you get dental crowns:
- Realistic: While crowns can be made from stainless steel, metal or other materials, porcelain crowns are similar to the look of real teeth so no one will know you are wearing a dental crown.
- Strong: Porcelain is a durable, strong material and with the proper care some dental crowns can last up to 15 years.
- Easy care: This restoration doesn’t require special treatment. Just treat it like you do the rest of your smile by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
- Stain-resistant: Porcelain is an amazing material that is also resistant to staining, so you don’t have to worry about certain foods or drinks discoloring your new restoration.
There are tons of other advantages of getting dental crowns, so don’t wait to find out if they could improve your smile. Call American Dental in Gainesville, VA to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pleickhardt.