Healthy teeth and gums are one of the most important parts of overall health, and a properly aligned smile is part of that equation. Although you may believe it is purely a cosmetic dentistry issue, it is not. Conditions such as TMJ/TMD may be due, in part, to a misaligned bite. Additionally, uneven wear on the teeth can be the result of unevenly spaced, widely gapped or crooked teeth as well. Over time, this weakens the teeth, causing everything from cracks and decay to the loss of adult teeth.
So, a perfectly straight and properly aligned smile is more than just attractive – it is essential to good oral health. This is why Dr. Dennis Norkiewicz and Dr. Henry Konigsberg at L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts offer Invisalign® to patients in the Washington, DC area.
What Is Invisalign?
You may have heard about Invisalign but never taken the time to see if it is the right solution for you. Designed for people with the need for mild to moderate straightening, Invisalign uses a series of specially designed dental trays, known as clear aligners, to slowly and gently shift your teeth into perfect alignment.
Almost impossible to detect with the naked eye, the trays are worn day and night, but are easily removed for eating, drinking, and cleaning the teeth and gums. The length of treatment with Invisalign varies and can last as little as six months or over two years. However, they are so comfortable and convenient that the length of treatment is never seen as problematic or risky to the health of the teeth which is one of the many benefits.
Additionally, because Invisalign aligners are easy to remove, your diet does not have to change and you can continue to easily consume all of your favorite foods without worries about wires or metal brackets. That is one of the many pros of Invisalign.
How Is It Done?
Working with your cosmetic dentist, you will first have to be assessed to determine if your needs can be met through the use of the Invisalign clear aligners. If so, very specific impressions of your upper and lower teeth are made as part of your customized treatment plan.
A high-tech 3D image is made of your teeth, and this will map out the different changes in the aligners, but it also allows you to see your teeth as “before and after” long before you slide on the first aligner.
Made from a safe and BPA-free plastic, the aligners are worn for approximately two weeks. You will also need to visit the L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts cosmetic dentist to have a checkup on a regular basis. This ensures that your teeth are shifting into the proper position, and that everything is on track.
When your treatment is done, the cosmetic dentist will then discuss the use of specialized retainers that ensure your Invisalign results remain in proper position. These are made of a stronger and more durable material as they will hold the teeth in place permanently. Proper aftercare is the best way to ensure a beautiful smile for life.
Getting Started with Invisalign
Good for adults and teens, Invisalign may be what you need to provide the finishing touch to your optimally healthy smile! If you are ready to have an initial consultation or smile assessment in order to gauge whether Invisalign is right for you, call L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts at 202-488-8300 or use the online contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Henry Konigsberg or Dr. Dennis Norkiewicz. To answer any questions you might have about Invisalign, read our Facts and FAQs pages. Don’t fall for any common misconceptions you might have heard, read our page to learn more.