Are you looking for options to straighten your teeth in Midlothian, VA? Our team at LifeSmile Orthodontics provides you with the services you want, and we specialize in Invisalign for adults.
The Invisalign system allows you to straighten your teeth without using braces. Set up a complimentary consultation to learn more about your orthodontic options by contacting us today!
The Basics about Invisalign Treatment
The Invisalign system straightens your teeth without requiring you to use brackets, metal wires, or rubber bands. Dr. Mawaldi won’t attach brackets to your teeth; he’ll provide you with multiple sets of aligners that slowly straighten your teeth.
Invisalign uses clear aligners to straighten your teeth. These aligners are not as noticeable as metal or even ceramic braces, making them an attractive option if you work in a professional environment and want to adjust your teeth.
Steps for Using the Invisalign System
Our team can walk you through each stage of using the Invisalign system.
Come in for a Consultation
If you want Invisalign for adults, you can start the process by contacting us to schedule a consultation. You’ll speak one-on-one with one of our team members about the condition of your teeth. They’ll also take steps to determine if Invisalign will work for you.
Generally, the Invisalign system works well for patients with:
- Open bites
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded teeth
However, we believe in providing personal attention to each patient, ensuring that you get the orthodontic care that best addresses your concerns.
If you decide to pursue Invisalign care, we’ll take a scan or impression of your teeth and begin the process of creating your aligners.
Pick Up Your Aligners
Once we get your aligners, we’ll contact you to come and pick up the first few sets. Generally, you’ll wear each set for around two weeks before switching to a new set. You can expect to replace each aligner multiple times over the course of a year or two to straighten your teeth.
For best results, most orthodontists recommend that you wear your set of aligners around 22 hours a day. Generally, you remove the aligners only to eat and brush your teeth.
If you do not wear your aligners as recommended, it can take longer for the system to straighten your teeth.
Come for Regular Check-Ins
Dr. Mawaldi may recommend check-in appointments around every six weeks. During a check-in, our team will observe the changes in the position of your teeth and provide you with additional sets of aligners.
Maintain Your Smile after You Straighten Your Teeth
The Invisalign system can make significant changes to your smile. However, after you finish your treatment, your teeth may begin to shift back. To prevent this, our team can provide you with a retainer.
You wear this retainer when you sleep in order to keep your teeth straight and in good condition.
Benefits of Invisalign for Adults
Our team at LifeSmile Orthodontics understands that you have options when it comes to straightening your teeth. For example, you may choose braces instead of the Invisalign system.
However, Invisalign for adults comes with several benefits over braces. For one thing, many patients find the aligners more comfortable than wearing braces. They’re also far less evident than braces because the aligners are clear.
You also get to spend less time in our office if you use the Invisalign system. Orthodontists must adjust the tension on braces fairly often in order to keep them working correctly. For your Invisalign aligners, you need only to come in for brief checks.
Furthermore, you can eat whatever you like when using the Invisalign system. You should avoid sticky or hard foods if you have braces. With the Invisalign system, you can simply take out your aligners when you eat, allowing you to avoid changing your dietary habits.