Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry

 

 

Patient-Focused Dentistry

Thank you for choosing Dr. Fairfax & Associates. We believe that dental health is key to overall health, and our primary mission is to deliver the best and most comprehensive dental care available.

The Whole Person

We take into account the whole person when caring for our patients. From routine check-ups and cleanings to emergency care, we are committed to giving you our undivided attention.

Your Comfort Is Our Priority

From the moment you walk into our office, you can expect to feel at home. We foster a relaxed, inviting atmosphere with professional, knowledgeable, and friendly staff. Sit back, relax, and trust that your smile is in exceedingly good hands.

 
 
 

A Caring and Thorough Team

We do not believe in ‘factory-style’ dental care where patients are shuttled in and out and only see the dentist or hygienist for a few minutes during an appointment. Each appointment with us is time reserved specifically for you.

Applying the Latest Technologies

Our team is highly trained in the latest dental approaches and technologies, which allows us to provide every patient with truly personalized attention.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Invisalign

How can we help you?

We're experts at what we do so you don't have to be. But there's a lot to consider when making decisions about dental treatment, and you have a right to feel fully informed and have all your questions answered.

At Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry, we're firm believers in educating our patients about the benefits of a healthy smile, so your questions are very important to us. We encourage your questions because we believe that an informed patient is a happy patient!

Here are a few of the questions we hear most frequently. Please give us a call if you're looking for other answers that you don't see here. A friendly member of our team will be happy to help you.

 

Invisalign

Up Close Smile | Invisalign in Fairfax Are crooked teeth embarrassing? Do you find yourself feeling nervous about talking and smiling in front of others because of your misaligned teeth? Maybe you've considered straightening your teeth, but the idea of wearing metal braces doesn't seem appealing either? Dr. Cerina Fairfax, your Invisalign dentist in Fairfax, has solutions for you!

What is Invisalign?

Instead of using traditional metal brackets and wires, Invisalign utilizes clear plastic aligners to apply gentle pressure that will gradually straighten your teeth. Aligners are removable, however, they should be worn at least 20-22 hours per day and changed every two weeks in order to achieve optimum results. Most Invisalign cases can be completed in 12-18 months. This makes them an ideal choice for busy adults who want to straighten their teeth efficiently and with discretion.

What are the Benefits of Invisalign?

Besides being virtually invisible, aligners are also comfortable to wear, and they don't interfere with your daily activities. You also have no restrictions to your diet, or changes to your home care routine since aligners are removable. Invisalign can deliver the smile and confidence you've always dreamed of in a short amount of time.

Will Invisalign Work for Me?

Dr. Fairfax is a certified Invisalign provider, and she can determine if Invisalign is right for your needs with an examination and some x-rays. Invisalign works well for most patients, however, it can't accommodate complex cases involving severe bite misalignment. Dr. Fairfax is happy to discuss other treatment options with you if Invisalign is not in your future. You may be surprised that you have multiple treatment options to choose from.

Dr. Fairfax has been providing quality care to patients in Fairfax, VA for many years, and she has extensive hours of advanced training, so you can rest assured that you're in good hands when you entrust your oral health to her. If crooked or misaligned teeth have been holding you back, we encourage you to contact our office to learn more about the possibilities for your smile.

If you are an adult who didn’t have orthodontic treatment as a child, or you did, and your teeth have relapsed, you should consider treatment with Invisalign clear aligners. Straightening crooked or crowded teeth enhances your smile, but it also makes oral hygiene more effective, which benefits your oral health.

Why Our Patients Love Invisalign

Adult Orthodontics in Fairfax | Smiling WomanInvisalign at Dr. Fairfax & Associates offers many advantages over orthodontic treatment with metal bracket and wire braces:

  • Comfortable – Smooth plastic trays will not irritate sensitive tissues in the mouth and fit perfectly over your teeth.
  • Discreet – Invisalign trays are made of crystal-clear plastic that virtually “disappear” when they’re in your mouth.
  • Convenient – Since your trays are removable, you can continue to eat your favorite foods and brush and floss easily.
  • Shorter treatment times – Everyone starts with different needs, but in general, Invisalign treatment takes about 12 to 15 months for adults.

Invisalign Dentist in Fairfax

If you want to learn more about Invisalign orthodontics in Fairfax and whether or not they’re the best choice for you, please call our office to arrange a consultation. We will be happy to perform an evaluation, learn about your goals and expectations, answer your questions, and help you decide if you are a good candidate for Invisalign.

Invisalign Treatment in FairfaxIt can feel liberating to complete the alignment phase of your Invisalign treatment. Not only does your smile look great, but you feel more confident than you have in years.

The Importance of a Retainer

Now you get to enjoy your beautifully balanced smile, but you need to know that orthodontic treatment is a lifelong commitment. After the aligner phase of Invisalign, you will need to wear your retainer to some extent for the rest of your life.

Why? Because Invisalign straightens teeth by “remodeling” the bone and ligaments that hold them in place. The goal is to remove force from one side of the tooth and transfer it to the other side where there isn’t enough force. So until the bone has fully remodeled, the teeth need to be supported by a retainer to maintain their new position, prevent relapse, and avoid the need for re-treatment in the future.

Dr. Cerina Fairfax is Your Fairfax Dentist

Dr. Cerina Fairfax is an Invisalign dentist who has helped many of our patients enjoy the benefits of a healthy, straight smile. If you would like to learn more about the retainer phase of treatment or have general questions, please call Dr. Fairfax & Associates to schedule a consultation.

Invisalign in Fairfax VA | Smiling WomanInvisalign is a popular, short-term adult orthodontic treatment because it adapts to the adult lifestyle. Patients appreciate Invisalign’s conveniences, one of which is the removable aligner trays that gently nudge your teeth into the desired position.

This offers a lot of freedom because you can remove your aligners for meals, oral hygiene, and special events. But you must wear them 22 to 23 hours per day to achieve results in the shortest amount of time.

Stay Diligent with Wearing Your Trays

Unfortunately, the same freedom can derail your Invisalign treatment if you aren’t compliant with wearing your trays as instructed. If you maintain your scheduled check-ups with Dr. Fairfax, she will know if you’ve been following the instructions or not.

Going for even a few hours without your trays impacts the way your teeth feel when you put them back in your mouth. The micromovements of your teeth are quickly undone when you’re not wearing your trays, and you may have to go back to the previous set to start moving your teeth all over again.

If you are going to invest your time and money in Invisalign treatment in Fairfax, you owe it to yourself to comply with the instructions. When you do, your treatment will proceed right on schedule, and you will achieve the straight smile you want in the shortest time possible.

Invisalign in Fairfax VA

Please call Dr. Fairfax & Associates today to schedule an Invisalign consultation!

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We hope that you and all those dear to you are safe and healthy. Thank you all so much for your outreach over these last few weeks. We have been so encouraged by every call, email, appointment rescheduled, and the support you continue to send us with your account payments. Our practice depends on you!

This has been a challenging time for everyone, but the good news is that we’ll be here! We are weathering this well and we plan to resume regular office hours and routine patient care on May 18th. We are monitoring news and updates from the CDC, VDH, VDA and remain committed to following their recommendations and maintaining a safe environment for you and our staff.

We are hard at work developing the new procedures that will be in place when we return.  Your continued patience and grace as we navigate our new normal has not gone unnoticed and we are immensely grateful for your support.  Please take care of yourselves and your smiles. We can’t wait to see you again!

Our online practice portal is always open. You can log in at www.patientconnect365.com to look up past appointments, pay your bill, and access our office forms and documents. We wish you all good health. Please know that we will get through this together!

In the meantime, if you are having a dental emergency or concern, I’m available via text or call directly on my personal cell (703-582-8059).
 
Warmly,

Dr. Fairfax