The popular media flashes pictures of celebrities with perfect smiles--white and even as can be. Don't think that everyone is born with those straight smiles. Cosmetic dentistry helps thousands of people each year achieve the healthy, attractive set of teeth they've always desired.
At Williamsburg Family Dentistry, doctors Ricky Rubin and Brett C. Dunnill offer a wide range of preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental services, including the popular Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign provides teens and adults with mild to moderate orthodontic issues a fast, comfortable and practically invisible method of getting attractive, functional smiles without the discomfort or embarrassment of wearing traditional braces.
Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign features BPA-free, clear aligners which resemble professional teeth whitening trays. Custom-made to fit tightly over top and bottom teeth, the aligners gently move teeth into better positions, treating conditions such as:
- tooth rotation
- over bite
- under bite
- open bite
- cross bite
Could Invisalign Work for You?
Invisalign providers such as Dr.sRubin and Dunnill carefully evaluate their orthodontic patients. Using digital, 3-D scans, the dentist assesses teeth and gums for bite, gaps and other problems that compromise smile aesthetics, function and health. If appropriate, he formulates a treatment plan and sends his instructions to the Invisalign lab.
Typically, patients wear several sets of aligners over the course of their treatments. Aligners stay in place 20 to 22 hours per day. Treatments average 12 months but may last anywhere from 9 to 18 months--shorter times than correction with metal braces. Patients visit Williamsburg Family Dentistry every 4 to 6 weeks to get new aligners and to receive a quick progress check.
Caring for Aligners
Aligners move teeth gently and comfortably by fractions of an inch at a time. Patients report little to no discomfort with movement and enjoy the aligners' unobtrusive appearance. Additionally, individuals remove aligners to eat, brush and floss and for special occasions such as weddings, proms and job interviews. While patients who wear wire and bracket braces restrict their diets (no hard or sticky foods), Invisalign patients eat all the healthy foods they enjoy.
Even if a patient is well-qualified to wear Invisalign appliances, the treatment goes awry when he or she does not wear the aligners for the right amount of time each day. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, compliance is paramount to success. To encourage this, Williamsburg, VA dentists arrange for colored tabs built into the aligners. Wear patterns on the tabs tell patients and dentists if the aligners are worn according to the treatment plan.
Are you ready for a quick, comfortable and invisible way to a new, straight smile? Then, contact your Williamsburg, VA dentists Ricky Rubin DMD MPA and Brett C. Dunnill DDS for more information. They will gladly explain the treatment process and evaluate your teeth and gums. Look forward to a great smile! Call for an appointment at Williamsburg Family Dentistry: (757) 345-5500.