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Invisalign® Clear Aligner Therapy
in Lansdowne, VA

Invisalign is a popular choice for clear aligner therapy due to the efficient treatment plans that are offered and the comfortable plastic material that Invisalign uses. Patients can straighten their teeth in an average of 12 to 18 months by wearing aligners that are virtually invisible on the teeth, and there are no food restrictions to worry about either. To learn more about Invisalign and see if it is right for your smile, we recommend contacting our team to schedule a consultation!

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How long will I have to have Invisalign?

The length of your treatment plan will depend on your bite and the current position of your teeth. During your consultation, we can provide you with an estimate for how long your treatment plan will likely take. Since Invisalign aligners are completely removable, patients are partially responsible for keeping their treatment plans on track. If you are interested in using clear aligner therapy to straighten your smile, you should plan to commit to wearing your clear aligners around 20 to 22 hours per day, or any time you are not eating or brushing your teeth.

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How does the Invisalign process work?

During your consultation, we will assess your smile to see if you are a good candidate for clear aligner therapy and if it’s the right choice for you. Digital impressions will need to be taken so that we can begin the process of designing your treatment plan and creating your aligners. Once your aligners have arrived from the lab, we will have you come in and try on your first aligner to make sure it feels okay and fits properly. Occasional orthodontic visits will need to be scheduled so we can examine your progress and provide you with a new set of aligners.

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Is Invisalign expensive?

Invisalign treatment plans have come down in price in recent years even as orthodontic technology continues to become more and more advanced. However, our team understands that financing orthodontic treatments can still require planning in advance. Your Community Smile accepts a wide range of insurance plans, and we also accept payment plans through CareCredit® and Lending Club. If you want to pursue treatment through Invisalign, we want to help make it happen for you, so please feel free to contact our front office for assistance.

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What is an iTero scanner?

The iTero scanner is an innovative digital intra-oral scanner that captures the structure of the teeth and gums for restorative or orthodontic treatment. The innovative digital technology allows for quick and seamless results when capturing teeth and gum impressions. The iTero scanner allows for more precision, fewer fitting issues, and a better dental experience. The final result of treatment can also get simulated, letting patients see their new smile before treatment is even over!

Who can use an iTero scanner

An intra-oral scanner, such as the iTero scanner, is used by dental professions to produce detailed 3D images. Any patient can use an iTero scanner as the 3D intra-oral scanner benefits anyone seeking restorative or orthodontic treatment. iTero is also compatible with the Invisalign® system. For patients seeking Invisalign Clear Aligners, the iTero scanner is extra beneficial in creating a snug and fast creation of aligners and retainers to reduce treatment time.

What are the benefits of an iTero scanner?

The iTero scanner has several benefits over past methods of creating impressions and images. Since iTero is a hand-held wand, dental professions can move around the mouth to create 3D images easily in minutes. The hand-held intra-oral scanner can scan hard-to-reach places but is gentle enough to avoid triggering gag reflexes. Goop molding that often gets left behind is no longer necessary to produce 3D results, making treatment more enjoyable!

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