If you want straight teeth but not the metal brackets and wires that come with them, Anuradha Beri, BDS, CAGS, MSD, Zia Rizvi, DDS, and the team at Mosaic Dental in Sterling, Virginia, have the right treatment for you. Invisalign® straightens your teeth with clear aligners instead of metal braces, so you can straighten your smile discreetly. To find out if you’re an ideal candidate for Invisalign, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Invisalign is a dental treatment that uses clear aligners to straighten your teeth. Much like braces, these custom-fit aligners shift your teeth into the correct position gradually. The main difference between the two is that the aligners are nearly invisible, so you can continue to smile with confidence while you straighten your teeth.
The main difference between Invisalign and braces is that braces use metal brackets and wire bands to straighten your teeth while Invisalign uses clear aligners that the Mosaic Dental team custom fits your teeth. Some other important differences include:
The brackets on traditional braces can irritate the inside of your cheeks, leading to cuts and sores. Invisalign aligners are as smooth as your teeth, so they feel more comfortable.
Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them out to eat and drink. Braces, on the other hand, are fixed to your teeth so they’re difficult to eat with and clean.
Braces typically straighten your teeth within 18 months to three years, while Invisalign can produce similar results in as little as six to 18 months.
Because you can take Invisalign out to brush and floss your teeth, they typically result in fewer oral health problems like gum disease and tooth decay.
Invisalign uses completely digital processes to plan your treatment. The Mosaic Dental team uses a special intraoral scanner to take digital impressions of your teeth. This eliminates the need for messy, uncomfortable impressions.
Once they have your impressions, the team adds these images to the proprietary Invisalign software to plan your treatment. They send the plan off to the Invisalign lab to create a series of aligners that meet your needs at every stage of the Invisalign process.
About once every two weeks, you’ll receive a new set of aligners to wear. It’s important to wear your aligners at least 22 hours a day for the best results. Because the process is entirely digital, the team can make tweaks and changes to your plan as they see fit.
If you’re ready to have straighter teeth on your own terms, call Mosaic Dental to learn more about Invisalign or book an appointment online today.