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By Legacy Dental Care
July 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

InvisalignAs an adult, you've made many important decisions--college, career, marriage, a home. However, you postponed your orthodontic treatment. You dislike the idea of wearing traditional braces. Is there a way to straighten your smile discreetly? At Legacy Dental Care in Woodbridge, VA, Dr. Sownya Punaji and her staff invite you to explore treatment with clear and comfortable Invisalign aligners.

Amazing Invisalign

One out of every five people undergoing orthodontic treatment is an adult. That's right...not the middle school or high school student, but someone well over 21 who never had the time, desire or resources to address problems such as:

  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Underbite
  • Tooth rotation or tipping
  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Protruding front teeth

Yes, adults find conventional braces unsightly, expensive, time-consuming and lifestyle-limiting (there are many dietary restrictions and hygiene rules). While metal or ceramic braces are unavoidable for complex orthodontic problems. many older teens and adults with moderate issues can use comfortable, clear Invisalign aligners. There a great alternative to traditional appliances.

These ultra-thin aligners are crafted individually by Invisalign technicians. SmartTrack material, an innovative kind of BPA-free acrylic, guarantees durability and wearability, too. In other words, your aligners will move your teeth gradually and precisely into better positions while you enjoy your usual diet and brush and floss as you always have.

In all, you'll wear 18 to 30 Invisalign appliance pairs 20 to 22 hours a day. You'll visit Legacy Dental Care in Woodbridge, VA, every six weeks to receive the next sets of aligners in your personalized treatment plan and for a simple check on your progress.

Throughout the short nine to 18 month treatment, only you and your dentist will know you're an orthodontic patient. That's how discreet Invisalign aligners are.

How can you qualify for Invisalign?

Dr. Punaji will inspect your teeth and gums and take a special three-dimensional scan. With this information, she can tell if Invisalign will work for your smile and exactly how your case should proceed. After the lab fabricates your aligners, treatment begins.

Find out more

Invisalign aligners provide straight, healthy smiles for thousands of patients across the world every year. You could be one of them. To arrange a consultation with Dr. Punaji, please contact Legacy Dental Care for an orthodontic consultation: (703) 494-4490.

By Legacy Dental Care
August 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   invisalign  

Are you interested in straightening your teeth but aren't sure if Invisalign is a good option for you? Our Woodbridge, VA, dentist, Dr. invisalignSowmya Punaji, shares some information that may help you make a decision.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign improves your smile without metal wires or metal or ceramic brackets. The system uses removable aligner trays that resemble nightguards or mouthguards. When you visit our Woodbridge office, we'll create a 3D image of your mouth with X-rays, digital photographs and impressions. Using the 3D image as a guide, Dr. Punaji will design a series of aligner trays that will gradually shift and re-align your teeth.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign offers several important benefits including:

  • No Metal Mouth: Because the Invisalign aligner trays are clear, it will be very hard for anyone to tell that you're improving your smile.
  • Straighter Teeth: Invisalign is very effective in treating all of the same issues that are corrected using traditional braces. If you have a crowding or spacing problem, overbite, underbite, crossbite or open bite, you're a good candidate for Invisalign. Severe orthodontic problems may still require traditional orthodontic treatment.
  • Shorter Treatment Time for Adults: If you're an adult, you may only need to wear your aligner trays for a year or less.
  • Removability: Your aligners can be taken out for short periods of time. If you play a sport or plan to attend a special event, you can remove the aligners and pop them back in your mouth when the event or game ends. Although removing the trays periodically isn't a problem, you'll want to wear your trays for 20 to 22 hours most days.
  • No Change to Your Diet: You won't have to give up the foods you like simply because you're straightening your teeth. Because you'll remove your aligners before every meal, you won't have any food restrictions.
  • Simple Oral Hygiene Routine: People who wear braces must devote extra time to removing food from their brackets and wires. Luckily, your oral hygiene routine won't change. After you take out and rinse your trays, you'll brush and floss your teeth, then reinsert your aligners.

Would you like to find out if Invisalign is a good orthodontic choice for you? Call our Woodbridge, VA, dentist Dr. Sowmya Punaji at (703) 494-4490 to schedule an appointment.