At Roanoke Dental Care, our dentists, Dr. David Jones and Dr. Priyanka Dutt, offer Invisalign® treatment for our patients who want their smiles aligned in Roanoke, Virginia. This cosmetic dentistry specialty is a smile alignment system wearing clear custom retainers, or aligners, which are changed out regularly to gradually shift your teeth into place.
These aligners are removable, which allows you to eat, drink, and clean your teeth as usual. In addition, the aligners don’t irritate sensitive gum tissue, unlike metal braces. While the aligners completely cover your teeth, they are virtually invisible so one needs to notice that you are even having your teeth straightened.
Once you have been assessed to determine if your smile is a good candidate for this treatment, your dentist will begin by taking x-rays and photos of your smile, along with impressions. With impressions, Invisalign will be able to construct a 3D image of your bite and mouth. Using this information, our dentist will create your treatment plan which will determine how long you should be wearing each retainer as they gradually shift your smile.
Next, your aligners will be custom-crafted, and you will wear them 20-22 hours a day for an average treatment time of 9 to 15 months. This means you will need to wear the aligners both day and night, only removing them to eat and to clean your teeth and gums.
Every one to two weeks, you will switch to a new set of aligners. Each tray is progressively straighter than the one before. Every six to ten weeks you will meet with our dentist to make sure your smile is aligning as planned. This gentle evolution gradually shifts your pearly whites until they reach the straightened smile designed during the initial 3D process.
If you have been considering aligning your smile, we invite you to check out the Invisalign system. You can call our Roanoke Dental Care team and schedule your assessment with Dr. David Jones or Dr. Priyanka Dutt. If your smile is an ideal candidate for this system, we will gladly help you begin your journey to a confident, straighter smile!