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Invisalign – Richmond, VA

Keep Your Confidence While You Straighten Your Smile

You’ve always wanted to straighten your teeth, but at this point in your life, you don’t want to wear metal braces for several years to make it happen. We have wonderful news! You can realign your smile without sacrificing your appearance. Made of clear plastic, Invisalign aligners are subtle and practically disappear when worn. As a result, you don’t have to worry about metal brackets and wires interfering with your social and professional interactions. Reach out to one of our two dental offices to straighten your teeth and finally have the smile you’ve dreamed about thanks to Invisalign in Richmond, VA.

Why Choose Brown, Reynolds, Snow, LeNoir Dentistry for Invisalign?

  • Customized Treatment Plan Just for You
  • Multiple Dentists with Years of Experience & Training
  • Low-Interest Financing with CareCredit Available

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

Teen girl placing Invisalign tray

When you choose Invisalign over traditional braces, you can enjoy the following advantages:

  • Less irritation: The smooth plastic feels much nicer on your lips and cheeks than bulky metal brackets.
  • Faster treatment: While traditional braces take 24 to 36 months, Invisalign can typically be completed in 12 to 18 months.
  • Easier maintenance: Instead of having to brush and floss around the brackets and wires, you can take the aligners out and continue your normal oral hygiene routine.
  • No food restrictions: You can eat whatever you want with Invisalign. Just be sure to brush and floss before putting the aligners back in.

What Is the Invisalign Process?

Set of Invisalign trays in carrying case

During a consultation with one of our dentists, you can both determine whether Invisalign is a good choice for your smile. At this point, we will take impressions of your teeth and start creating your treatment plan. An Invisalign dental lab will fabricate your aligners accordingly and send out the first few sets. Once they arrive, you’ll wear each set for at least 20 hours every day for about two weeks at a time. Then, you switch to the next set. You’ll need to come into our dental office every once in a while so that we can make sure you’re progressing as planned.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

Woman placing Invisalign tray

Although many patients qualify for Invisalign treatment, it may not be right for everyone. You need to have only mildly or moderately misaligned teeth. More severe cases may require traditional braces. Also, you must be compliant with our instructions; otherwise, you’ll experience delays in treatment, potentially costing you more in the long run. In reality, the best way to know whether Invisalign could work for you is to meet with one of our dentists for a more detailed discussion and exam.

Invisalign FAQs

Dentist holding Invisalign in Richmond talks to patient.

Are you excited to keep your confidence while you straighten your smile with Invisalign in Richmond? This unique orthodontic treatment is very different than traditional metal braces, so it’s natural to have a few questions. While we’ll be more than happy to personally answer all your inquiries during your initial consultation, feel free to take a look at some frequently asked questions we’ve gathered for you below!

Will Straightening My Teeth with Invisalign Hurt?

Traditional metal braces are notorious for their sharp wires and brackets that wreak havoc on soft tissues like the lips, cheeks, and tongue. Since Invisalign aligners are crafted from a single, smooth piece of biocompatible plastic, you can expect a much more comfortable experience! However, moving teeth into a new position will always cause some level of discomfort. While you may experience some soreness for a few days after starting a new set of aligners, it should be short-lived and easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs.

How Long Do I Have to Wear My Invisalign Aligners for Every Day?

While the removable nature of Invisalign aligners is one of its most popular benefits, it’s also one of its greatest responsibilities. It will be up to you to keep your treatment on track by wearing your aligners for 20-22 hours every day.  If you don’t wear them often enough, your teeth may begin to shift back out of place. This could potentially increase both the timeline and cost of your treatment!

What Foods Can I Eat During My Invisalign Treatment?

Unlike traditional braces that require you to adhere to a diet that doesn’t contain sticky, crunchy, or hard foods, you can eat anything you like during your Invisalign treatment! Simply take your aligners out, enjoy your food, then give your teeth a quick brush before popping your aligners back into place. However, it’s important to remember that you should always store your aligners in their case when you’re not wearing them. While it may be tempting to wrap them up in a napkin while you eat, it’s all too easy to accidentally leave them behind or throw them away!

Will Wearing Invisalign Aligners Change How I Talk?

In the beginning of your Invisalign treatment, it may sound like you have a slight lisp. This is because the placement of your new aligners blocks some of the areas your mouth uses to make certain sounds. But don’t worry—this won’t last for very long! Your tongue simply needs time to adjust to the presence of your aligners. Typically, the lisp will fade on its own within a week or two. To speed up this process, you can practice speaking aloud and repeating words like “sixty” and “Mississippi.”

Can I Get Invisalign If I’ve Had Metal Braces Before?

Many patients who had traditional braces earlier in life but then neglected to wear their retainer find that their teeth have become crooked again years later. Thankfully, Invisalign is typically a great choice for anyone with slightly to moderately misaligned teeth. We’ll carefully inspect your teeth, jaw, and bite during your consultation to ensure that Invisalign is the most effective solution for your smile.