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Achieve a Straight Smile with Invisalign in Vienna, VA

Crooked teeth can take a toll on your self-confidence, but for some, the prospect of braces is just as bad. Luckily, you no longer have to contend with unsightly, embarrassing, and sometimes uncomfortable metal braces. Invisalign in Vienna, VA provides a discreet, virtually invisible option for straightening teeth. Though not perfect for every case, these treatment systems help move teeth into proper position restoring your smile and your confidence. If you have been thinking about this treatment, then now is the time to call Dr. Ellenbogen for an appointment.

What is Invisalign?

The Invisalign appliance was introduced by Align Technology in 1999. In the ensuing 15 years, many adults have opted for and benefited from this orthodontic system. Treatment involves a series of soft plastic appliances (positioners or aligners) generated from computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing techniques (CAD-CAM). Patients wear these appliances over their teeth to incrementally move teeth (approximately .25 to .3 mm every two weeks) into the ideal position. You must commit to wearing the aligners in a specific sequence and for a set amount of time if you want the best results. Generally the entire process takes about two years from start to finish, but the length of time really depends on the severity of your case.

When Would I Use Invisalign vs Braces?

Invisalign is considered as a viable treatment option when a patient needs minor to moderate changes in bite positioning or alignment. More serious or skeletal-related conditions often require the use of conventional braces and in some cases, even surgery. The brackets of traditional braces are made from stainless steel, ceramic, or plastic. The dentist can place them on either the front (buccal) or the back side of the teeth (lingual). Depending on the severity of the correction needed, some patients may require ‘head gear’ or surgical intervention (ie: extractions; repositioning of the jaws) to help ensure the best possible results. These types of treatments can be coordinated with other dental care specialists if necessary.

What is the Invisalign Procedure?

Before any steps are taken, you should consult with your dentist and discuss concerns you have as well as your expectations. Then Dr. Ellenbogen, your Invisalign dentist, will evaluate your individual orthodontic situation and develop a treatment plan that will ultimately provide the best possible outcome. This might require multiple consultations to come to a final and definitive decision on treatment, but will be well worth the attention to detail.

Once Invisalign is selected as the treatment of choice, Dr. Ellenbogen will take an impression of your teeth, X-rays, and some digital images. Then, he will put the data from these records into the computer and render a 3-D image of your smile. From there, he can make digital alterations to the position of your teeth. You will be able to track the movements and see the final results right there on screen. Then, this information is sent to a lab where they fabricate the devices using computer-based designing and manufacturing techniques. They send the clear aligners to your dentist and he fits the first set in place. Approximately every two weeks, you will visit the dentist or orthodontist, who will monitor the movement of the teeth and provide the next aligning positioning appliance.

Disadvantages of Invisalign

Though Invisalign in Vienna, VA is efficient and virtually invisible, there are several disadvantages as well. A lack of commitment from the patient can lead to less-than-optimal results. Each device needs to be worn for 20 hours or more, per day. The only time you should remove appliances is for brushing and flossing, eating, and drinking tea, coffee, soda, or juice. You might also think about taking them out for sports or while playing a musical instrument. Otherwise, you should have your aligners in night and day. It’s important to remember Invisalign takes about the same length of time as traditional orthodontic tooth-aligning methods. Also, there are certain dental or tooth alignment conditions that cannot be corrected using Invisalign. Lastly, Invisalign costs are more expensive up front. The cost of Invisalign treatment varies from patient-to-patient, depending on the extent of aligning involved and how many positioning devices are required.

Acceledent and Invisalign

One benefit of the Invisalign orthodontic system is reduced treatment time. However, we may recommend the use of Acceledent system in conjunction with Invisalign to further reduce treatment time and improve alignment retention following treatment. This comfortable appliance is worn five minutes a day and uses vibration to accelerate the rate of tooth movement. Additionally, patients who use the VPro5 system with their Invisalign aligners report experiencing significantly reduced orthodontic discomfort over the course of treatment and aligners that fit more comfortably.

Getting Invisalign Results from Dr. Ellenbogen

Invisalign can only be supplied and supervised by a qualified orthodontist or dentist. Fortunately, Dr. Ellenbogen has the training and equipment to provide Invisalign treatment to patients who qualify. There is always the chance as with any dental treatment or procedure that anticipated results won’t be achieved. This may be due to unforeseen circumstances on the part of the dentist, or non-compliance by the patient to the treatment protocol. It’s also possible that traditional orthodontics may still be required to provide more stable results or to treat more complex dental alignment issues. Dr. Ellenbogen can help you determine the best possible treatment options so you can have a smile to show off with confidence.

Contact Us to Schedule Your Invisalign Exam

Contact our office today help determine if Invisalign is a viable orthodontic treatment option in your individual case. Give us a call at (703) 734-1095 to schedule your exam.