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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.
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
Invisalign 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.
It 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 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!