Invisalign in Arlington VA | Gorgeous Smile: Ahmed Al-Salim DDS


Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign helps you achieve a straighter smile with transparent, removable aligners that gradually shift your teeth into the desired position over time.

The aligners are made of durable, flexible thermoplastic that’s typically preferable to the metal brackets of traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are FDA-approved and custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth.

How does Invisalign work?

At the outset of your treatment, Dr. Salim evaluates your teeth and creates a comprehensive plan that maps out precise movements of your teeth required to achieve your desired smile.

Next, he takes impressions of your teeth to produce your custom aligners.

When you receive your aligners, you must wear them for 20-22 hours per day. Every few weeks after that, you receive a new set of slightly adjusted aligners that keep your treatment plan on course.

How long you have to wear the aligners depends on your case, but you can expect the process to take one year — more or less. Dr. Salim provides details regarding the duration of your treatment when he creates your personalized treatment plan.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

The main benefit Invisalign is they’re much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. When you choose Invisalign to straighten your teeth, you can smile with confidence.

Another perk is you can easily remove the aligners when you brush or floss. This convenience means you can eat all your favorite foods and keep your oral hygiene routine.

Not only is your home care easier with Invisalign versus metal braces, but your dental appointments during the course of Invisalign treatment are typically shorter and more straightforward.

How do I take care of my Invisalign aligners?

Properly caring for your Invisalign aligners ensures they work their straightening magic. Dr. Salim recommends, at the very least, brushing your aligners daily with fluoride toothpaste and rinsing them in warm water. Beware, water that’s too hot can bend or damage the plastic material.

You can also order the Invisalign cleaning system online.

If you’re curious about Invisalign and would like to find out if it’s right for you, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an in-office consultation.

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