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.