See How You can Straighten Your Smile at Your Dental Office in Burke VA
A straight smile is one of the most attractive features we can have. In fact, research shows that the teeth are one of the first things that humans notice about one another. The characteristics noticed in the smile, including straightness, color, and shape, all play in to the formation of that all-important first impression. If your teeth are not as straight as you would like, you may want to change that. At the same time, most people who visit our dental office in Burke, VA express apprehension about braces. Some of them even doubt the capabilities of Invisalign, which is an excellent alternative to braces in many situations. We are ready to set the record straight.
How Invisalign Works
The Invisalign system was created with the intent of straightening teeth without the continual pull or push of brackets and wires. Instead, the aligners that are worn exert gentle force by innovative design. These aligners, which are similar to a sports mouth guard, are custom-made to mold to the teeth, but also to mold in the position in which teeth should be. As the series of aligners progresses, so does the movement of teeth. It's pretty straightforward and simple! And, there are several key elements to Invisalign that makes this approach far more attractive to most people.
- Aligners vs. brackets. This is a matter of comfort, and it's a big matter, as a matter of fact! When brackets are affixed to teeth, they protrude forward. Because they do, it is possible that they could get caught on lip or cheek tissue, and that just plain hurts. Aligners fit over teeth tightly in order to move them. They do not need to be tightened, because each set is only worn for two weeks and then the next set will continue the necessary pressure.
- Convenient use. Aligners are more convenient than brackets and wires simply because they don't stick out from teeth. There is also the fact that aligners are meant to be removed so you can eat what you like and really do a good job of brushing and flossing your teeth.
- Convenient care. The most involved aspect of Invisalign treatment is in the planning, and even this is convenient. Once you start wearing your aligners, you will only need to see the dentist about every six weeks, and that is just for a progress check.
Burke Parkway Dental has solutions that work. Call (703) 459-9495 to learn more about Invisalign.