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Annandale Smiles is proud of its ability to meet all of their patients’ dental needs, and this includes being able to offer Invisalign as a treatment option near Springfield, VA. These clear plastic aligners are a great choice for adults and teens that want a straight smile but are too embarrassed to wear traditional metal braces. Along with being virtually undetectable, Invisalign plastic aligners are a breeze to remove and never need to be retightened. This means fewer trips to the dentist and less pain.
Annandale Smiles understands that even though Invisalign has plenty of benefits Springfield, VA patients can take advantage of, they still have plenty of questions. In an effort to address these concerns and help their patients decide if Invisalign is right for them, Annandale Smiles has put together this list of their most frequently asked questions.
1. Are Invisalign aligners expensive?
Invisalign is covered by most Springfield, VA patients’ insurance policies. Patients will also be happy to know that the out of pocket cost is significantly less than traditional metal braces. Since there are fewer visits to the dentist with Invisalign, this also helps to keep the overall cost relatively inexpensive. Annandale Smiles also offers in-house insurance plans to fit every patient’s lifestyle. Whether it is for an individual, couple or family, patients can find an insurance plan that will make it affordable for them to have beautifully straight teeth.
2. How long should the Invisalign aligners be worn?
In the beginning, the Invisalign aligners should be worn by Springfield, VA patients for 22 hours a day. Annandale Smiles does want to stress that the length and amount of time the aligners are worn will vary according to the patient’s needs. Some people may only need to wear the aligners for a few months, while the treatment for others might last for a couple of years. During the consultation, Dr. Johnson or one of his associates will discuss the length of the treatment and what it will entail.
3. Are Invisalign aligners painful to wear?
Along with being almost invisible, another advantage to Invisalign is that it is a relatively pain-free treatment option. While there will be some discomfort every two weeks when the aligner is exchanged for a smaller one, but this usually eases after a couple of days. Some patients have complained about minor gum irritation due to rubbing, and if this occurs Annandale Smiles recommends contacting them for a follow-up visit.
4. Will wearing plastic Invisalign aligners affect speech?
Patients are often surprised when they develop a lisp after putting in an aligner for the first time. This is common, and it is also temporary. Annandale Smiles wants to stress this to their patients that might be too embarrassed to wear the aligner in public. Once they get used to how the aligner feels in their mouth, the lisp will go away. If they don’t wear the aligner as prescribed, it won’t be an effective treatment option.
5. Will wearing Invisalign affect eating and drinking?
Invisalign will affect Springfield, 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 a couple of hours for patients to squeeze in three mealtimes and other activities. Many patients report feeling rushed during mealtimes and even deprived. The supportive staff at Annandale Smiles understands this and will help patients create a daily schedule that fits their lifestyle and treatment plan.
6. Is it necessary to brush after every drink or meal?
Unless the liquid is clear, it is necessary to brush after every drink or meal. The staff at Annandale Smiles wants their patients to understand how important this is for their oral health. It is also important if they want the aligner to stay clear and bacteria-free.
Food and beverages can leave residue on the teeth, and this can be transferred to the plastic aligners. This includes coffee, tea, soda, red wine, juice and any other liquid that isn’t completely clear. Once the plastic aligner is stained, it is permanent and must be replaced if the wearer wants it to remain invisible. Annandale Smiles also wants to point out the benefits to brushing after every meal. Not only will it noticeably remove stains from the aligner, but also prevent bad breath and tooth decay.
7. Do the aligners need to be cleaned even though they are only worn for a couple of weeks?
While most Invisalign aligners worn by Springfield, VA patients are switched every two weeks, it is still important to practice good hygiene. This means cleaning the aligners every few days, even if it is being worn for 22 hours at a time. Some quick and easy tips to keep aligners fresh and stain free include soaking in denture cleaner or baking soda. Dish soap can also be effective, but it is important to thoroughly rinse the aligner before wearing it again.
8. Where should the aligner be stored when not being worn?
Whenever the Invisalign aligner is not being worn, Springfield, 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. It is also extremely convenient and easy to use.
Due to its’ transparent color, 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. This can also cause a setback in the treatment, and this usually means having to wear the aligners for a longer period of time.
9. Will a retainer still be necessary after wearing Invisalign?
It’s not uncommon for patients using Invisalign to straighten their teeth near Springfield, VA to learn that they will still be forced to wear a retainer for few months. 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. The good news is that once this is done, patients will be rewarded with a beautifully straight smile.
10. Can the amount of time the aligners are worn occasionally be shortened?
Many Invisalign wearers near Springfield, VA mistakenly believe that occasionally shortening the amount of time the aligners are in their mouth won’t affect their results. 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 not wearing the aligner 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. Not only can this be painful and embarrassing, it can also be expensive.
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.
They are committed to their patients’ comfort, satisfaction, and oral health, and this dedication has earned Annandale Smiles an A+ rating on Angie’s List. When it is time to correct a crooked smile, see why Dr. Johnson and his team at Annandale Smiles have earned the trust and loyalty of their satisfied clients.