Invisalign Questions Answered for Burke, VA Dental Patients

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Concerns About Invisalign for Burke, VA Patients

Annandale Smiles is proud to be offering Invisalign as a treatment option. The clear aligners are a great option for teens and adults that want a straighter smile without having to wear metal braces. The plastic liners are virtually clear, easily removable, and never need painful tightening by a dentist. Annandale Smiles knows that with all the benefits associated with Invisalign their Burke, VA patients have plenty of questions. In an effort to address these concerns, they have put together this list of their patient’s most frequently asked questions.

1. Are Invisalign liners painful to wear?

An advantage to wearing Invisalign that Burke, VA patients are quickly discovering is that there is relatively no pain. Every two weeks when the aligner is changed patients might feel some initial discomfort, but it is mild compared to the pain felt when metal braces are tightened. Rubbing against the gum line can also occur, and if this interferes with wearing the aligners, a dental appointment should be made immediately.

2. Will wearing the plastic aligners affect speech?

Many patients don’t think about how wearing the aligners will affect their speech but developing a temporary lisp is common. For some teens and adults, this can be too embarrassing a problem for them to wear their aligners properly. The professionals at Annandale Smiles want to stress to their patients that they must wear the aligners as prescribed for them to be effective. The speech impediment is only temporary and will disappear once the patient is used to talking with the aligner in place.

3. How long should Invisalign aligners be worn by Burke, VA patients?

The answer to this question will depend on the individual patient; everyone is different. Some people only need to wear the aligners for a few months, while others may need them for a couple of years. The amount of time the plastic aligners are worn during the day will also vary. Dr. Johnson typically recommends that patients start off wearing the aligners for 22 hours a day, gradually decreasing as the teeth straighten. Generally, during the last few months patients can expect to only wear Invisalign aligners for 12 hours a day.

4. Will wearing Invisalign affect eating and drinking?

Invisalign will affect Burke, VA patients when it comes to eating and drinking. This is especially true in the beginning when the aligners need to be worn for 22 hours a day. Since the aligners must be removed for eating and drinking, this only leaves two hours for patients to squeeze in three mealtimes and other activities. Many patients report feeling rushed during mealtimes and even deprived. This is why the supportive staff at Annandale Smiles will help patients create a daily schedule that fits their lifestyle, and treatment plan.

5. Is brushing after every meal necessary?

Annandale Smiles wants their patients with Invisalign near Burke, VA to understand how important it is to brush after every meal. This also applies when they drink anything that is not completely clear. Soda, tea, coffee, juice and red wine are only examples of some of the drinks that will require the aligner to be removed and teeth thoroughly brushed before it is put back in.

Food and beverages that aren’t clear can leave residue on teeth, and this can transfer to the Invisalign aligners. Once the clear plastic aligner is stained, it can’t be removed and must be replaced. Annandale Smiles does want to point out to their patients with Invisalign that the frequent brushing will go a long way towards preventing gum disease and tooth decay.

6. Where should the aligner be stored when not being worn?

Whenever the Invisalign aligner is not being worn, Burke, VA patients should always store it in a specially designed case. A retainer case is lightweight, easily portable and will protect the aligner when it is not being worn.

Due to the clear coloring, it is easy to throw the aligners away when they’re not stored in a case. When an aligner is lost, the patient can either pay extra for a replacement or move onto the next one before they are ready. Since the aligners decrease in size every two weeks when they are changed out, switching too early can be painful.

7. Do the aligners need to be cleaned?

Even though Invisalign aligners are only worn by Burke, VA patients for two weeks before they switch to the next one, maintaining good oral hygiene is still important. This not only means brushing after every meal but periodically soaking the aligners in denture cleaner, baking soda or even dish soap. If dish soap is used, it is extremely important that the aligner is rinsed thoroughly. Cleaning the aligner will not only help minimize any discoloration but reduce odor causing bacteria.

8. Can the amount of time the aligners are worn occasionally be shortened?

Many Invisalign wearers near Burke, VA mistakenly believe that occasionally shortening the amount of time the aligners are in their mouth won’t affect their treatment. If the licensed dentists at Annandale Smiles prescribe a treatment that calls for the aligners to be worn for 22 hours a day, it is vital that this is followed. Not only will it slow down the desired results, teeth often move back into their former place making it necessary to start the straightening process over again. If this happens more than once or twice, Dr. Johnson or one of his associates will probably recommend switching to traditional metal braces.

9. Will a retainer still be necessary?

Many wearers of Invisalign near Burke, VA are disappointed to learn that they will still need a retainer before their teeth are finally straight. This is not because Invisalign clear plastic aligners aren’t effect, only that it is a normal finishing process to almost any teeth straightening procedure. The retainer is typically only worn for a few months, usually at night to ensure that the teeth won’t revert to their original place. One of the dental experts at Annandale Smiles will go over the full schedule before measuring the patient for the aligners.

10. Are Invisalign aligners expensive?

Invisalign is covered under most Burke, VA patients’ insurance plans. It is also less expensive than metal braces, making the clear aligners a popular choice for patients that choose to pay out of pocket. Annandale Smiles is also pleased to be able to offer their patients in-house dental insurance. These affordable in-house dental plans can be tailored to fit the patient’s needs. Whether it is for an individual, couple or family, Annandale Smiles has a dental plan that will be perfect for them. Best of all most usually cover Invisalign treatments, making this an affordable teeth straightening option.

Annandale Smiles is dedicated to providing their patients with the best dental care, and this includes all aspects of teeth straightening. As a “preferred provider” of Invisalign aligners, Dr. Johnson and his team at Annandale Smiles are more than capable of meeting their patients’ oral health needs.

Invisalign is an effective way to straighten teeth without the embarrassment or hassle of metal braces. The clear aligners can be easily worn during the day or night, without anyone ever noticing. As the weeks’ progress and the aligners get smaller, teeth will gradually straighten, and under the guidance of the staff at Annandale, Smiles patients will soon have a beautiful, healthy smile that they will be proud to show off.

Dr. Johnson and the rest of the friendly personnel at Annandale Smiles are committed to treating their patients like family. They will take the time to get to know their clients, and this high level of care is consistent throughout the exam or procedure. It is this dedication to their patient's comfort and well-being that has made Annandale Smiles one of the premier dentist offices in the area.

Whether a smile just needs a few minor improvements or more extensive adjustments, patients know that they can trust Annandale Smiles. With office hours that are designed to be convenient for everyone and state of the art exam rooms, it is easy to see why patients depend on Annandale Smiles for all their dental needs.

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