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Clear aligners straightens teeth without braces

At Mirage Family Dentistry, we appreciate that the current appearance of your smile may not truly reflect who you are and how you feel on the inside. Crowded, gapped, crooked, and otherwise misaligned teeth can make you feel less than your best. Fortunately, Dr. Rajni Kapoor and our talented and kind team in Yorktown, Virginia, can get you smiling confidently again. And, unlike other conventional orthodontic treatments, you can smile confidently throughout treatment, too! 

The power and value of Invisalign® 

Dr. Kapoor provides orthodontic treatment with Invisalign®. This option is widely considered a cosmetic and hassle-free alternative to braces. Traditionally, braces were fixed or secured to the teeth. They could only be removed by an orthodontist. Plus, they included brackets and wires that were made from metals. These components tended to rub up against the insides of the mouth. They were also silver in color and stuck out in the smile (remember the dreaded “metal mouth”?). 

Today’s option, similar to Invisalign®, clear aligners combine the effectiveness of braces with the comfort and ease of removable oral appliances. In fact, clear aligner treatment involves wearing a series of oral appliances or aligner trays, as advised by Dr. Kapoor. These appliances place consistent forces on the teeth to gently and gradually reposition them. Dr. Kapoor uses high-tech software to customize the trays precisely. So they fit your mouth perfectly and comfortably. The aligners are also clear or transparent. They are not visible when you smile. You may remove them for comfortable chewing and easy cleaning of your teeth and gums throughout treatment. 

Be sure to wear each aligner at all times, other than during meals and when cleaning the trays and your mouth. Also, the trays should be worn in the correct order. They may look similar, but each tray is designed slightly differently and represents a specific stage in your custom treatment plan. The total number of aligners that are necessary to complete treatment depends on factors such as the nature and severity of your concerns; for instance, more minor cosmetic cases require fewer aligner trays and, in turn, shorter treatment than more extensive cases of overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite. On average, patients may restore or achieve evenly-spaced teeth and successfully complete treatment in around one year. 

Why wait? Schedule your clear aligner consultation today!

Properly-aligned teeth not only contribute to an attractive smile. But they also support sustained health and prevent future tooth loss. Crowded teeth, for instance, are harder to clean properly. Consistently good brushing and flossing are essential to protect the teeth from decay and the gums from periodontal disease. To start the process toward a healthier, confident-looking smile, reach out to Mirage Family Dentistry at (757) 856-5545. During your consultation at our office in Yorktown, VA, Dr. Kapoor can even show you how your teeth will look after clear aligner treatment, thanks to special software that creates a virtual model of your mouth and simulation of the straightening process.