Many patients visit our Charlottesville, VA dental office to discuss their desire to straighten crooked teeth or address a bite problem. Crooked teeth are not only a cosmetic concern but can deeply affect the functionality of your smile while performing daily tasks like chewing or speaking.
Additionally, patients with crooked teeth are more likely to experience tooth decay because the misalignment creates new and unusual spaces for bacteria and food residue to hide between. This makes it more difficult to maintain a smile with crooked teeth. Fortunately, our office offers Invisalign treatment as a discreet method of straightening your smile.
Invisalign in Charlottesville, VA
Invisalign is a clear braces system that allows patients to discreetly undergo mild to moderate orthodontic treatment. Dr. Matthew Harrison is an Invisalign provider in Charlottesville. As your trusted cosmetic dentist, Dr. Harrison is happy to answer any questions you might have about Invisalign treatment.
We will evaluate the condition of your smile, discuss your cosmetic goals, and work with you to create a treatment plan that is designed to provide lasting results. Invisalign treatment is often the perfect solution for adult patients with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. Comfortable, discreet treatment can resolve your dental problems and support better long term oral health.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding Invisalign:
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign offers patients many benefits. Because Invisalign aligners are made of clear, plastic material, they are both easy to clean and virtually invisible while in use. Most people will not be able to tell that you are undergoing treatment unless you remove the aligner in front of them.
Invisalign’s removability is also a major benefit that patients enjoy with this treatment option. You can remove your aligner to eat, drink, or brush your teeth. As long as you wear your aligners 20-22 hours out of the day, your treatment plan will not be affected. This means that patients enjoy no dietary restrictions while undergoing treatment, and do not have to worry about altering their oral health routines as well.
How does Invisalign work?
In the beginning, Dr. Harrison will take dental impressions of your teeth to be used to create your Invisalign aligners. The clear aligners are worn over your teeth, similar to a retainer. The aligners are designed to apply slight amounts of pressure to your teeth to encourage them to shift into a straighter position.
About every two weeks, you will switch to a new aligner and continue this pattern until you complete your treatment. Invisalign patients will visit our office every few months so that Dr. Harrison can ensure that your treatment is progressing as it is supposed to. Most patients are able to see a noticeable difference in their smiles after 12 months of treatment.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
This largely depends on the starting position of your teeth. Invisalign is only meant to treat mild to moderate orthodontic concerns, meaning some issues will require more extensive treatment. Additionally, your gums and jawbone will need to be healthy enough to undergo orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Harrison provides Invisalign consultations for patients interested in pursuing this treatment plan. If you would like to find out if Invisalign will work for you, please schedule an appointment with our office today. We look forward to seeing you soon.