Crooked teeth are a common problem. Invisalign® clear aligners are the most popular method for straightening teeth, both with adults and teens. Here’s what you can expect when you choose Invisalign to correct your smile.

Correcting crooked or misaligned teeth is a common problem for both adults and young people. Fortunately, Invisalign® clear aligners have revolutionized orthodontic treatment. Over 11 million patients have successfully straightened their teeth with Invisalign.

For those in and around Lansdowne, Virginia, Dr. Narjes Abtahi and her team at Your Community Smile offer Invisalign clear aligners as a discreet and versatile method for closing gaps, correcting crowded teeth, straightening teeth, and even correcting bite problems.

Here’s what you can expect when you come to our clinic to begin easy and convenient Invisalign orthodontic treatment for your smile.

An oral exam

Before any treatment plan, Dr. Abtahi performs a comprehensive oral exam to determine your specific orthodontic needs and to ensure Invisalign is right for you. This includes reviewing your dental history and examining your bite, as well as other evaluations of your teeth and gums.

Then, Dr. Abtahi explains your dental needs and the goals for your new smile. She also uses the Invisalign software to show you how these patented clear aligners will change your smile.

Digital imaging

After your oral exam, Dr. Abtahi and her team use the iTero 5D Element® scanner to scan your teeth and create custom aligners that fit comfortably over your upper and lower teeth.

This advanced technology makes goopy physical bite impressions a thing of the past. The iTero Element scanner obtains incredibly precise images of your teeth, which helps make your Invisalign aligners more comfortable and efficient.

Your orthodontic plan

Dr. Abtahi and her team upload your dental images to the Invisalign ClinCheck® software program, which is a revolutionary, computer-aided design (CAD) system that maps out your entire orthodontic treatment plan. This special software designs each set of aligners to carefully move your teeth into the correct position over time.

Creating your aligners

You receive a new set of clear aligners from Dr. Abtahi every few weeks. Your custom trays are made from Invisalign’s own patented SmartTrak® material, a smooth and comfortable material that fits securely around your gums. Each tray is a little different and moves your teeth a little closer to their desired position.

Wearing your aligners

When you receive your first set of aligners, Dr. Abtahi and her team perform an initial fitting, demonstrating how to position your aligners and giving detailed instructions for their wear and care. Her instructions typically include:

  • Wear your Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours each day
  • Remove your aligners to eat (and always brush before replacing them)
  • Wear each aligner for 1-3 weeks, as instructed
  • Avoid eating and drinking while your trays are in your mouth

The average treatment length is 12-18 months, but each case is different. Your customized Invisalign treatment plan may take longer, or less time, but you will notice results in just a few weeks. Dr. Abtahi answers any questions you have so you can make the best start with Invisalign.

Are you ready to get started with Invisalign? Request an exam and consultation today by calling our office or booking an appointment online.



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