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Invisalign – Vienna, VA

The Convenient & Comfortable Way To Fix Orthodontic Problems

Many patients dream about straightening out their crowded and misaligned teeth but never end up getting treatment because they don’t want to have to endure years of having metal brackets and wires in their mouths. Traditional braces are known to be extremely noticeable, uncomfortable, and inconvenient, especially for adults who need to uphold a certain professional image at work. At Pace Dental of Vienna, we offer discreet and easy-to-use Invisalign orthodontic treatment that’s perfect for both our adult and teen patients who need to fix a variety of dental issues. To learn more about the process and whether you would be a good candidate, contact our office to schedule a consultation today.

Why Choose Pace Dental of Vienna For Invisalign? 

  • Budget-Friendly Payment Options Available
  • Stress-Free Dentistry
  • Experienced Dentist

How Does Invisalign Treatment Work?

computer model of Invisalign aligners fitting over teeth

Undergoing Invisalign treatment requires diligence and responsibility, which is why we like to discuss how the entire process works before a patient starts. During your initial consultation, Dr. Saad will take images of your mouth and assess whether Invisalign aligners can help fix the issues you face. Even though they’re an incredibly versatile and effective treatment, there are some cases that simply require surgery or intensive appliance intervention.

After determining that Invisalign is a great treatment for you, we’ll develop your treatment plan so you can know how many sets of trays you’ll need to wear total, how long the process will take, and the cost. In order to make your custom-crafted aligners, we’ll take impressions of your teeth and send them off to our Invisalign laboratory. Once we receive your trays at our office, we’ll call you in to show you how to maintain and use them. You’ll need to wear each set of trays for at least 22 hours a day for two weeks at a time before advancing to your next set.

Every six to eight weeks, you’ll visit our office for a quick progress check so we can give you your next sets of aligners. Towards the end of your treatment, we’ll discuss retainer options with you as well. Wearing an appliance after your treatment will keep your newly aligned teeth from drifting out of place.

Who is a Good Candidate For Invisalign?

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Invisalign in Vienna can fix a variety of orthodontic issues that range in severity. During your initial consultation, we’ll let you know if you’re a good candidate for the treatment. Most of our patients who use aligners typically face some of the following problems:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Misalignment
  • Crowding
  • Rotated teeth
  • Gaps between teeth

What are the Benefits of Invisalign?

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The most obvious benefit of Invisalign treatment is that it’s completely discreet, as opposed to highly noticeable metal braces. In addition, each aligner is customized to fit your unique dental structure for maximum effectiveness and comfort. Some other advantages you’ll be able to enjoy include:

  • Removable convenience allows you to eat all the foods you normally do.
  • Improved oral hygiene during your treatment because you don’t have to navigate to clean between brackets and wires.
  • Shorter average treatment times than metal braces.

To learn more about the treatment and find out how Invisalign can help you get the aligned grin that you’ve always wanted, contact our office today to schedule a consultation!

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

Now you might be wondering, “How much does Invisalign cost?” The best way to get an accurate estimate is by scheduling an appointment with our Vienna dental team. Of course, if you simply want to learn about the factors that influence the cost – including if dental insurance covers a portion of it – then you can read on!

Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign

Every Invisalign treatment plan is unique because it’s customized to the patient’s unique dental needs. During your consultation, our dedicated dentists will take X-rays, conduct a visual exam, and learn more about your dental history to determine:

  • If we need to straighten one or both arches of your teeth
  • How complex your case is
  • If rubber bands, buttons, and other orthodontic accessories are needed

Of course, these are just a few factors that impact the cost. If you neglect to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day, then you might fall off-track with your original treatment plan, which means we’ll need to start the process all over again.

Invisalign vs. Mail-In Aligners: Which Costs More?

Although Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment, it’s certainly not the only one. In fact, you may have even seen commercials and advertisements on social media over the years for mail-in clear aligners. Unfortunately, these alternatives use DIY impressions and aren’t supervised by a licensed dental professional. As a result, many patients wind up with worsened misalignment. That’s why the American Dental Association and other professional organizations strongly recommend choosing a tried-and-true teeth-straightening service, like Invisalign.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

Since some dental plans include a once-in-a-lifetime orthodontic benefit, the answer may be “yes!” The best thing to do is familiarize yourself with your coverage by reading through the fine print on your plan or calling your provider directly with any questions you have. Since our team at Pace Dental of Vienna also has experience working with Delta Dental Premier, Humana, United Healthcare, and several other popular providers, we can also help you better understand your coverage!

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

Of course, not all patients have dental insurance. If you are currently uninsured, then ask us about the other financial solutions available at our Vienna dental office! In addition to offering periodic promotions and our very own Pace Dental Smile Club, we happily accept flexible financing with CareCredit. That means that you don’t need to pay for the entire cost of Invisalign at once; you can break down the cost into smaller, more manageable chunks that fit your monthly budget.

Invisalign FAQs

How Long Do I Have to Wear My Aligners?

The general rule-of-thumb we give patients is 20-22 hours a day. This leaves just enough time to take them out for meals and snacks as well as to brush and floss your teeth after each meal. It’s important that you meet this wear time goal each day because – if you don’t wear your aligners enough – your teeth won’t track properly. If you aren’t sure whether or not you’re wearing your trays for the recommended amount of time, try using the stopwatch on your phone or the timer on the Invisalign app.

Can I Still Drink Coffee with Invisalign?

Yes, you can still drink coffee with Invisalign! The only rule is that you have to take your aligners out beforehand. In fact, you need to remove them before drinking any dark-colored beverage, including soda, wine, and juice. This is crucial because you don’t want your aligners to warp or stain, making your teeth look brittle and yellow in the process.

Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Invisalign?

Although there aren’t any dietary restrictions with Invisalign, there are certain habits we recommend adopting. For example, you shouldn’t overindulge on foods and drinks with added sugar since this dramatically increases your chances of developing a cavity. We also recommend exercising caution with crunchy, hard, and sticky foods since they can cause one or more of your attachments to come loose. In short, it’s best to stick to a nutrient-dense, well-balanced diet filled with lots of smile-friendly foods, like oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, and plain yogurt.

What Happens After Invisalign?

After you’ve worn your entire series of aligners and you’re happy with the result, it will be time to move onto the next phase of your orthodontic treatment: the retention phase. This is when we will have a custom retainer made and ask you to wear it every night when you sleep. We may even ask you to wear it around the clock when you first get it, just to make sure your teeth don’t drift out of position.

How Do I Clean My Aligners?

Luckily, keeping your aligners clean is pretty easy! First, make sure to rinse them thoroughly with clean, cool water each time you take them out. Then, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub them gently after brushing and flossing your teeth. If your aligners need a bit of a deeper cleaning, you can also use the cleaning crystals that came in your Invisalign welcome kit.

Important note: Do not use bleach and other household cleaners to clean your aligners.

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