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Invisalign

Braces are a tried and true way to straighten crooked teeth, but many people feel self-conscious about the brackets and wires.

Invisalign® is an alternative to traditional braces. It can treat malocclusion with clear aligners that you can easily remove.

Learn why so many adults and teens in Arlington, VA, choose the dentists at Smile Designer DDS for Invisalign treatment.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic option that uses clear aligners to shift your teeth into a healthier, more attractive position. It works on the same principle as traditional braces: carefully applied pressure is used to shift teeth over a period of time.

The difference is that Invisalign does not require any brackets, wires, or bands. In addition, you do not need to see an orthodontist for periodic tightening or adjustments. All of the Invisalign aligners are computer-designed for precise custom care from beginning to end.

How Invisalign Works

  • Patients wear their aligners approximately 22 hours a day
  • Patients remove their aligners to eat, drink, and clean their teeth
  • After two weeks, patients switch to the next aligner in sequence

The Benefits of Invisalign

Enjoy Your Favorite Meals

You don't need to avoid certain foods like you would with traditional braces. With Invisalign, you just have to remove your aligners while eating or when drinking any beverage other than cold water.

Oral Hygiene Is Easy

You won't need interdental brushes or floss threaders to keep your teeth clean. Just remove your aligner to brush and floss normally. Attend your routine cleanings and dental visits every six months.

Feel Confident in Your Appearance

The clear aligners are virtually unnoticeable. Even when someone is up close, they may not notice you have your aligner on. This kind of discretion cannot be achieved even with tooth-colored braces.

Comfortable and Simple Orthodontic Care

Invisalign doesn't have the irritating brackets involved with metal braces. Rather than tightening and adjustments by an orthodontist, patients simply come to our Arlington practice for periodic check-ups.

Who Can Get Invisalign?

Adults

Many adults enjoy Invisalign treatment because they can experience the benefits of orthodontics without the stigma attached to adult braces.

Teenagers

Thanks to Invisalign, teens can also get straighter teeth while avoiding braces, which can be a major source of self-consciousness at that time of life.

Would You Like to Straighten Your Teeth? Contact Us to Learn More about Invisalign

If you have crooked, crowded, or uneven teeth, Invisalign treatment may be right for you. The popular braces alternative has helped many teenagers and adults undergo orthodontic treatment without feeling self-conscious. The end result is a healthier and more appealing smile.

The dentists of Smile Designer DDS are members of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Orthodontics, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Drs. Daniel Han, Sooyeon Ahn, and Hae Lim Ji look forward to discussing invisible orthodontics with you in greater detail.

To learn more about Invisalign and if it's right for you, contact our practice online. You can also reach our office in Arlington by phone.

Call Our Dental Office Today: (703) 351-7645

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Rosie Rose

2021

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A great Dental experience with Smile Designer. Great energy and engagement with the staff. Prompt, thorough discussions about the services. The best dental group I have been to and I wish I would have found them sooner. Love the atmosphere and the care they give to each patient. I will always come here.

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Thuy Bilby

2021

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I had such a great experience here! I had to redo my crowning here throughout the year and the dentist was very nice and genuine. Dr. Han made my teeth really natural looking and explain throughly the process of it. The office provided great service and I'll definitely be coming back! Totally recommended!!

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Invisalign Attachments

Invisalign does not use brackets and wires like braces do. However, Invisalign attachments serve a similar purpose to brackets.

Attachments are small bumps of composite material that are applied to a patient's teeth. These bumps work like the brackets used in braces. The attachments give the clear aligners something to hold onto as they shift the position of a patient's teeth.

Tooth-Colored for a Natural Look

Invisalign attachments are tooth-colored, allowing them to blend in with your natural tooth structure. This allows Invisalign attachments to be far more discreet than normal braces.

Treating More Advanced Malocclusion

The advent of Invisalign attachments allows our dentists to treat more serious cases of malocclusion. That means more of our patients can achieve a straighter and healthier smile without having to go to an orthodontist.

The Invisalign Process What to Expect During Treatment

Here's a basic overview of Invisalign treatment and what it entails

With several Invisalign options to choose from, we can precisely customize your care.
With several Invisalign options to choose from, we can precisely customize your care.

Initial Consultation

During your first visit to our Arlington dental office, we will examine your teeth and discuss your dental health goals. We can let you know if Invisalign is right for you. This is also a chance to go over Invisalign costs, insurance coverage, and financing options.

Scans and Computer Design

If Invisalign treatment is right for you, we can then take digital scans of your teeth. Think of it as a digital impression. This information is fed into a computer, which will design each clear aligner in sequence for the full duration of treatment.

Wearing Your Aligners

When you get your Invisalign aligners, you'll be asked to wear them for at least 22 hours a day. You may experience some minor soreness in the first days of wearing a new aligner, which you become accustomed to as you keep the aligner on.

Regular Checkups

Patients will visit our practice multiple times during the treatment process. Be sure to attend these quick follow-up appointments as well as your regular exams and cleanings.

Completing the Treatment Process

When your Invisalign treatment is completed, we can go over different retainer options. This will help ensure the results of your treatment last for many years.

When Are Braces a Better Option?

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Clear aligners are effective, but there are times when traditional braces are the ideal treatment option. If your malocclusion cannot be treated using attachments, we can discuss braces or more advanced orthodontic treatments. We offer both options at our practice.

More Patients Share Their Stories 5-Star Dental Care in Arlington, VA

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Sara Meyer

2021

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Very good experiences with this office! I went for a cleaning then made another appointment for a consultation to get my retainer re-fitted and both appointments were very efficient. Dr Hae Lim Ji was so nice and very knowledgeable. I felt like she explained things better than I’ve ever experienced at other dentist offices which I appreciated. I don’t dread going to this dentist!!

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Lindsay Wood

2021

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I’ve been coming here for only a short time and so far this is the best experience I’ve had at a dentist office. Dr. Han performed 4 very complex extractions and the process was very painless. He educated me on how to promote proper healing and gave me a few things I needed before I left. This office is great! I’m excited for my next visit! The whole staff is pleasant! I can’t wait to have them turn my smile into a million dollar smile!

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Smile Designer DDS

The highly trained team at Smile Designer DDS includes a periodontist, a prosthodontist, an orthodontist, and a general dentist. Whatever your dental needs, we provide effective treatments using the latest technology to the community of Arlington, VA. Our dentists are affiliated with professional associations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Academy of Orthodontics
  • American Board of Periodontology
  • Virginia Dental Association
  • Northern Virginia Dental Society

To schedule an appointment contact us online or call (703) 351-7645 today.

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