Do crooked, gapped, or overlapping teeth cause you to hide your smile? Does a bite issue give you problems with eating and chewing? If you have ever dreamed of beautiful, straight teeth but aren’t interested in metal braces, Invisalign® clear aligners are for you.
Invisalign utilizes advanced dental technology to straighten your teeth and correct bite issues without the need for metal brackets and wires. Instead, you advance through a series of aligners that gently and effectively move your teeth to where they should be.
Are you in the greater Midlothian, Virginia area and interested in Invisalign aligners? You can trust Dr. Alex Hawkins and Dr. Gena Neidert at Hawkins Family Dentistry to give you experienced, quality orthodontic care.
While there are a few limitations with Invisalign, the system is proven to be effective with many orthodontic issues. And fixing these issues is actually about much more than a beautiful smile.
Did you know that crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth increase your risks of gum disease and dental decay? This is because it is harder to clean them and maintain good oral hygiene.
Some of the most common issues Invisalign can correct include:
While traditional metal braces also correct the above issues, they come with several unpleasant side effects that Invisalign aligners avoid.
For many patients, the most significant advantage they enjoy with Invisalign is that they are discreet. In fact, their perfect fit and clear design make them practically invisible.
Other patients, however, love the fact that the aligners are removable. Unlike metal braces that are fixed in place and stay there during treatment, you remove the aligners when eating and performing dental hygiene.
Since you remove them to eat, you do not have to worry about the long list of food restrictions required for traditional braces. If you love popcorn, nuts, hard breads, corn on the cob, and many more hard or sticky foods, you will certainly appreciate this. In addition, you don’t have to worry about hard-to-remove food particles getting stuck in your brackets.
Removing the aligners for brushing and flossing is also a huge perk. Anyone who has worn metal braces can attest to how hard it is to floss around brackets and wires. With Invisalign, no special tools or accommodations are needed for home hygiene.
Other advantages include:
If you are interested in Invisalign, the first step is a consultation appointment with Dr. Hawkins or Dr. Neidert. If you are deemed to be a good candidate, we will take photographs and perform digital x-rays. If needed, we may also perform advanced imaging with Cone Beam CT (CBCT), which is a 3D x-ray. Next, we will take impressions of your teeth and bite.
Utilizing this information, your doctor will create a custom treatment plan for you and send all the information to the dental lab. The lab will then design a series of custom aligner trays for you.
Once the aligners arrive at our office, you will begin treatment with the first set. You will then progress through the series of aligners, with each new set gradually, gently, and progressively shifting your teeth. Generally, you can expect to move to the next stage of aligners every one or two weeks. Each new set moves your teeth a little closer to their final position.
You will need to return to our office periodically to ensure you are remaining on track.
After wearing your final aligner for approximately two weeks, your teeth should be in their desired positions. At this point, you will finish your treatment with a retainer. This appliance looks and feels just like the other aligners, but rather than moving your teeth, it will maintain their position.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment, we would love the opportunity to discuss your goals, go over your options, and answer your questions. Call 804-897-9800 today to schedule your consultation.