Two Major Parts of a Dental Checkup near Alexandria, VA

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The Routine Process of a Dental Checkup near Alexandria, VA

How long has it been since you scheduled your last dental checkup near Alexandria, VA? If you’re struggling to remember the date, it’s probably safest to assume that it’s past time and should schedule a visit to our practice right away. To make sure you’re comfortable when you come in for your appointment, we’ll outline the process, so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

Broadly speaking, our dental checkup near Alexandria, VA consists of two major parts: The cleaning and the oral exam. The cleaning comes first. When we call you back, we’ll get you settled into one of our treatment rooms and a technician will come in and scrape the plaque off your teeth that’s been building up since your last checkup.

What most people don’t realize is that even if you brush and floss several times a day, plaque is still going to build up. It’s inevitable, though regular brushing and flossing will definitely slow the buildup.

Once we get the plaque scraped from your teeth, the technician working with you will give your teeth a thorough cleaning, and after that, he or she may take a few X-rays so the dentist will be able to take a deeper look at the condition of your teeth than a simple visual inspection would allow for.

When the technician is finished, the next part of our dental checkup near Alexandria, VA is the oral examination. Here, the dentist will enter the room and thoroughly inspect your teeth and gums, assessing their condition and the overall state of your oral health.

If problems are found, he’ll work with you to map out a treatment strategy that will put you firmly on the path to optimal oral health. From there, if you commit to coming back in for a dental checkup near Alexandria, VA every six months, we can keep you in excellent oral health. After that, it’s time to start looking beyond simple preventive care and maintenance.

To that end, here’s an important question: Are you 100% happy with the quality of your smile? Most people will say that there are at least a few things they would change or improve about the quality of their smile, and if you’re one of those, we’ve got you covered because our practice offers a full range of cosmetic services in addition to attending to all of your general dentistry needs.

When it comes to building the smile you’ve always wanted, the two biggest things to consider are straightening your teeth and whitening them.

When most people hear the phrase ‘straight teeth,’ they tend to cringe inwardly because that inevitably means braces, and nobody likes the idea of wearing those.

The good news on that front is that teeth straightening technologies have come a long way since the days of the braces you’re probably envisioning, and our office has not one, but two different alternatives to conventional braces which we’ll tell you more about next.

The first of these is the Six Month Smiles program, which offers a number of significant advantages over conventional braces. First and foremost, the braces used in this program are virtually invisible, so you won’t feel nearly as self-conscious while you’re wearing them.

Second, and nearly as important is the fact that the braces used in this program work much more quickly than conventional braces, which can take up to two whole years to straighten your teeth. If you’re wondering how the braces used here do their work so much more quickly, the answer is this:

Conventional braces straighten all of your teeth, but your back teeth respond very slowly to realignment. The braces in this program take your slow-moving back teeth out of the equation, focusing only on the teeth people see when you smile. Not only will you be wearing them for a lot less time, but they’ll also be a lot less visible, which is a win for you on two different fronts. That’s huge.

If you’d rather get away from braces altogether though, then we’d recommend the Invisalign program. These aren’t braces at all, but rather, nearly invisible, form-fitting caps designed to be worn over your teeth in sequence. When you do so, they’ll serve to progressively straighten your teeth quickly and painlessly.

If you decide this is the solution you’re looking for, the first thing we’ll do is ask you to come into our office so we can take a series of detailed 3D scans of your teeth. We’ll use the scans to create the caps for you in a process that takes about a week.

Once we get the caps back from our manufacturer, we’ll ask you back into our office for your initial fitting. Then, about every two weeks, we’ll ask you back into the office so we can check your progress and give you the next set of caps in the sequence when you’re ready for them.

The very best thing about Invisalign caps is the fact that you can take them out and put them back in yourself. In fact, it’s trivial to do so and only takes a few seconds.

Think about how much freedom and flexibility this gives you. If you have a date, a dinner, a family function, or something similar, and you’d rather not have your caps in for a few hours, you can take them out and put them back in later in the evening when it’s more convenient.

Do either of these solutions sound good to you? If so, give our office a call and let’s map out a strategy to build the smile you’ve always wanted!

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