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Straightening Smiles with Invisalign in Fairfax

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It doesn’t matter your age — everyone can benefit from properly-aligned teeth. Invisalign is a wonderful way to straighten your teeth without having to wear visible metal brackets and wires in the process. If your teeth are gapped, crowded, or otherwise misaligned, you may find it more difficult to brush, floss, or you may experience jaw pain due to an overbite or underbite. All of these issues are known as “malocclusion” — and cosmetic dentist Dr. Marjun Ayati can help.

What Is Invisalign?

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Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment option that uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually reposition the teeth over a period of 12 to 18 months, on average. The Invisalign aligners are removable and practically invisible when worn. This option is suitable for older teens and adults alike -- and it can treat the most common orthodontic issues, including overbite, underbite, gaps between teeth, and tooth crowding.

How Do Clear Braces Work?

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Invisalign functions using the same orthodontic principles as conventional braces, except without all the visible metal hardware. A series of clear braces will be created according to the specific dentition of the teeth at every stage of the treatment. Each aligner set should be worn for 20 to 22 hours every day and removed only before eating, drinking, and for special occasions. You will be able to advance to the next set after one to two weeks, depending on our recommendation.

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign offers a number of benefits for patients who need orthodontic treatment but do not want to wear metal braces for a year or more. Some of the most significant advantages of Invisalign include:

  • Thanks to clear aligners, you will be able to speak and smile with confidence even as you undergo orthodontic treatment.
  • Removability makes it easy for you to eat what you like throughout the treatment, without fear of popping off a bracket or wire.
  • You can feel free to slip the aligners out before special occasions or big events, as long as you put them back in soon after.
  • Because there are no obstacles to brushing and flossing, your oral health stays strong throughout your time with Invisalign.
  • Fewer visits to the dentist’s office are required with Invisalign compared to conventional braces.
  • You can enjoy all the benefits of straight teeth and a beautiful smile after the treatment is complete!

iTero Element: 3D Digital Scanning

One crucial factor of Invisalign success is achieving the proper aligner fit. And, thanks to the iTero Element scanner, we can capture a 3D digital image of your teeth in just minutes. iTero replaces conventional impressions that are taken by biting into a hunk of wet cement several times, a method which causes many patients to gag, and may fail to make visible all the different features of your unique bite.

With the precise information captured by iTero, we are able to create aligners that fit, feel, and function perfectly -- for far better results overall. Plus, this tool also provides an outcome simulator to let you see what your smile will look like once the treatment is complete. Invisalign is more comfortable, efficient, and successful overall thanks to the iTero Element -- and this wonderful tool is right here in our office!

What is a Malocclusion?

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“Malocclusion” simply means that there is a misalignment of the teeth. It may be as simple as a gap between your two front teeth or as complex as a cross bite between your upper and lower jaws. Most people have a malocclusion to some extent. If you do, too, then finding a solution is important.

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Are you interested in improving the alignment of your bite with Invisalign aligners? The benefits of straight teeth are endless -- and you deserve to enjoy them. Many people are eligible candidates for Invisalign. Go ahead and contact your dentist in Fairfax to get started on your orthodontic treatment today.