Invisalign® in Virginia Beach, VA
Orthodontic braces have been around for centuries. Archaeologists have found human remains that are evidence of the attempts ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks made to straighten crooked teeth. Modern orthodontics as we know them today with metal brackets and wires began in the 1800s. However, if you are beyond a certain age, then traditional braces may not be the best option for straightening your teeth. You may desire a process that is more discrete. In that case, Virginia Beach cosmetic dentist Dr. Carol Morgan may suggest the most contemporary option, Invisalign. With these clear braces, Virginia Beach residents can have orthodontic treatment without the appearance or the hassle of metal braces.
Invisalign and Your Oral Health
The health of your teeth is as important as their appearance. Many patients don’t realize that their crooked teeth could be compromising their oral health. Misalignments offer places for food and bacteria to gather, and also make effective brushing and flossing more difficult. It’s important to your dental health to consider straightening your teeth. The good news is that you don’t have to wear metal braces to have that beautiful, straight, healthy smile you’ve always wanted.
Clear Braces in Virginia Beach
Invisalign clear braces allow our adult patients to avoid metal braces and maintain their professional image during orthodontic treatment. The braces are made of smooth PBA-free plastic, so you’ll never have to deal with wires that poke the inside of your cheeks or brackets that can irritate soft tissue.
With an examination and 3D scan of your teeth, Dr. Morgan designs a treatment plan just for you. This treatment plan translates into a virtual representation of how your smile will look once your orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is completed. Many of Dr. Morgan’s patients find this sneak peek at their new smiles very reassuring before they begin treatment.
With the treatment plan, our Invisalign lab custom makes a series of aligners to Dr. Morgan's exacting specifications. The aligners are sent to your cosmetic dentist in Virginia Beach, where you will come periodically to have a progress check and to receive the next several pairs of aligners. You’ll simply wear each pair of aligners in the order planned by Invisalign for about two weeks, and then change to the next. Your teeth will gently, and comfortably, move into a more desirable position.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Without metal brackets and wires to irritate sensitive gums and cheeks, you’ll avoid the abrasions and sores associated with braces. Because the aligners are removable, there are no food restrictions and cleaning your teeth is effortless. Have a special night planned? Simply remove your aligner for a few hours and then pop them back in when the party is over!
Dr. Morgan will want you to wear your aligners for the better part of each day—about 22 hours. Ultimately, the success of your treatment is dependent on your adherence to strictly wearing your clear braces. And while each case is individual, most of our patients can look forward to completing their Invisalign orthodontic treatment within two years.