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What Happens After Invisalign?

When the moment arrives and your Invisalign treatment is complete, we will all be smiling together! But what happens after Invisalign? Here is what you can expect upon completion of your Invisalign treatment.

Compare Before Invisalign and After Invisalign Photos

At your final appointment at Smile Center in Fredericksburg, we will take “after” photos so that you can compare your results. It’s always exciting for our patients to see how the “before” and “after” photos reveal amazing results that match the 3D images created at the very first appointment. From start to finish, we help you achieve the smile you deserve.

Achieve and Preserve Your Results

Here at Smile Center, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve and preserve those results. Like most doctors, we recommend the use of a retainer after orthodontic treatment. The retainer will ensure that your smile doesn’t shift back to its initial position over time. The treatment plan for preserving your results will vary from patient to patient. You may wear a retainer throughout the day for a period of time. You may wear a retainer only at night. We will discuss the best options for your smile.

Vivera Retainers

There are many different types of retainers, but we are committed to the level of quality that Invisalign provides. That’s why we recommend Vivera retainers after Invisalign. Like Invisalign clear aligners, Vivera retainers are virtually invisible. They are made with the same state-of-the-art technology that created the Invisalign treatment system. 2x as durable and 30% stronger, Vivera retainers are less likely to break than any of the other leading clear retainer brands.

In the same way that your Invisalign clear aligners were designed for you, your Vivera retainer will be designed from a digital scan of your teeth. Your custom retainer will be ordered and we will contact you when it arrives. In fact, you’ll be supplied with four sets of retainers when purchasing. We recommend switching your Vivera retainers out every one to two years as the material can deform over time.

A Follow-up Plan That Suits Your Needs

Each patient will have a plan that uniquely suits their needs. Some may wear the retainer all day and night, gradually decreasing wearing time. Some patients may only need to wear their retainer at night. Call Smile Center today to schedule your free smile assessment. We’re with you every step of the way: 540-899-7791.

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Taking Care of Your Clear Aligners

Taking care of your clear aligners is simple. Easy maintenance is actually one of the greatest benefits of using aligners for orthodontic treatment. Maintaining your oral health and cleaning your clear aligners is a very important part of the treatment process.

Cleaning Your Clear Aligners

The best way to clean your aligners is to use the Invisalign Cleaning System developed by Invisalign specifically for this purpose. It is available online or right in our office. The aligners can also be brushed with a toothbrush and toothpaste and then rinsed in lukewarm water. The most important thing to remember when cleaning your aligners is never to use hot water as it could permanently warp the plastic.

We like to encourage our patients to floss and brush after each meal or snack, before putting their aligners back into place. One of the reasons for this is to avoid staining the aligners with food residue (like berries or sauce).

Avoiding Bacteria with a Few Simple Steps

Our patients are also strongly encouraged to avoid harboring bacteria by keeping their aligners clean at all times. If you drop your aligners in an unsanitary place, it’s extremely important to ensure that they are hygienic before putting them back into your mouth. Invisalign Cleaning Crystals help keep your aligners clean and hygienic. In as little as 15 minutes, this cleaning system can remove plaque and keep your aligners clear.

Breaking or Losing Your Clear Aligners

If your aligner breaks or if you lose it, it’s important to call the office right away. Since aligners and retainers are considered prescription items, patients cannot order replacements directly from Invisalign. We will work with you to keep you on track with your treatment. For some patients, this could mean wearing a previous set of aligners until replacement aligners are ordered and delivered.

The simplicity and ease of caring for your clear aligners is just one more reason to smile about Invisalign! Call our office at (540) 899- 8859 to schedule your free smile scan today!

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Why Choose Invisalign?

For over 20 years, Align Technology, Inc.—the company that created Invisalign—has been dedicated to the art of a healthy smile. Five million smiles later, through constant innovation and collaboration, Align Technology continues to make a positive impact on dentistry. With other clear aligner brands that come and go, Invisalign remains the trusted gold standard in the industry. At Smile Center, our patients are treated with the very best clear aligner therapy available.

The Clear Aligner You Can Trust.

FDA approved. In 1998, Invisalign was given the 510(k) clearance by the FDA to sell Invisalign. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies Invisalign as a Class II medical device.

Quality, safe materials. Medical-grade, high molecular weight, and thermoplastic polymers, the materials Invisalign is made from, have been tested and determined to be biocompatible and safe for long-term use in the mouth. Testing has not revealed the presence of any latex, parabens, phthalates, glutaraldehyde, epoxy or Bisphenol A (BPA).

Innovative technology. Used by over 5 million patients and offered in over 90 countries worldwide, Invisalign clear aligner therapy has successfully transformed smiles for two decades. One of the reasons the dental industry trusts Invisalign over other similar products is the continual innovation of their product design and technology.

What Is the Invisalign Difference?

While other clear aligner brands come and go, Invisalign remains the world’s most advanced system with over two decades of innovative success.

Up to 2x faster than traditional braces. With the use of innovative technology, the movement of each tooth can be predicted with efficiency and accuracy.

Convenient design. Patients can enjoy the convenience of removal aligners without restrictions on their daily life.

Comfortable and barely noticeable. Made from SmartTrack material and designed to comfortably conform to each tooth, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible.

 

Schedule your free Smile Assessment at Smile Center today. Experience the Invisalign difference for yourself! We look forward to introducing you to your new smile: (540) 899-7791.

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A Patient’s Guide to Malocclusion

One in five people has some form of malocclusion or irregular contact between their upper and lower teeth. Occlusion, or the proper alignment of teeth, is not always naturally achieved. Ideally, the jaws align so that the upper teeth fit slightly over the lower teeth and the positioning of every tooth fits into the grooves of its partner. Teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, consequently putting patients at greater risk for tooth decay and gum disease, among other issues associated with malocclusion.

Before deciding on a treatment plan, it is helpful for patients to be informed of the different categories and types of malocclusion.

The 3 Categories of Malocclusion

  1. Class 1 is the most common category of malocclusion. There is a normal bite with slight overlap or slightly abnormal spacing, rotation, or crowding.
  2. Class 2 or retrognathism is an overbite with severe overlap of the upper and lower jaw and poor molar correlation.
  3. Class 3 or prognathism is an underbite in which the lower jaw protrudes, causing an overlap of the lower and upper jaw.

The 10 Different Types of Malocclusion

  1. Crowding is the most common malocclusion. A lack of space can lead to crooked teeth and overlap. Crowding can affect a few teeth or every tooth.
  2. Overjet is a horizontal extension of the top teeth over the bottom teeth. It differs from overbite. Exposed, protruding teeth are susceptible to damage and may cause problems with speech and/or eating.
  3. Overbite is the overlapping of the upper teeth with the lower teeth. Slight overlap is actually ideal, but an extended overlap necessitates treatment.
  4. Crossbite occurs when the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth on one or both sides of the jaw, affecting the front or back teeth.
  5. Anterior Crossbite refers to underbite or the overlapping of the bottom teeth with the upper teeth.
  6. Spacing between two or more teeth may occur as a result of smaller teeth, missing teeth, a tongue thrust, or thumb sucking.
  7. Diastema is spacing between only two teeth, typically the top front teeth.
  8. Impaction occurs when a tooth is unable to descend and erupt past the gum line due to an obstruction. Crowding can lead to a tooth being impacted.
  9. Hypodontia is simply a missing tooth, resulting from improper development or blunt trauma.
  10. Open Bite occurs when there is no overlap between the upper and lower teeth. Tongue thrust or thumb sucking are the most common causes of open bite.

 

With advancements in orthodontics, treatment options for malocclusions are more convenient than ever before. Clear aligner therapy can address every type of malocclusion, and Dr. Joel Butterworth specializes in customizing a treatment plan that works efficiently and effectively. We look forward to scheduling an appointment to discuss your specific needs: 540-899-7791.

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Baby Teeth: A Typical Timeline

It’s one of the big milestones in the first year of your baby’s life — that exciting day when their first baby teeth begin to break through! Sometime between the ages of four and seven months (on average), your baby’s first teeth should begin to appear. You’ve probably been expecting them for a while since your baby has likely been especially “drooly” and fussy as his/her teeth push through his gums. The first to come through are typically the lower central incisors, familiarly known as a baby’s bottom front teeth.  And boy, you didn’t think it was possible, but he/she looks cuter than ever!

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Crooked Teeth: Causes and Treatments

Why do some people end up with a mouth full of straight, even teeth, and some end up with crooked teeth or teeth that protrude and cross over each other? Does it have to do with genetics? Childhood nutrition?

The truth is, there are several reasons that some people end up with teeth that are crooked, overlapping or protruding (overbites/underbites). Sometimes, genetics are to blame, but there are many other causes as well.

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How to Prevent Yellow Teeth

Wondering how to prevent yellow teeth? Teeth can turn yellow for a variety of reasons but luckily, there are several ways to maintain that sparkling white smile. Here are some tips on how to prevent yellow teeth.

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Waterflossing vs. Traditional Flossing: What’s the Difference?

Water Flossing vs. Traditional Flossing

Benefits of Water Flossing

Studies show that water flossing does remove almost all, 99%, of plaque from the surface of teeth with a three-second application from a classic jet tip. Three other major benefits discovered about water flossing over regular string flossing are: reduction of bleeding of the gums, reduction of gingivitis, and deeper penetration of the gum pockets by the water flossers.

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What is Deep Teeth Cleaning?

What is the difference between deep teeth cleaning and a regular cleaning? A typical dental cleaning usually includes: scaling teeth surfaces followed by a thorough polishing. Here is an overview of deep teeth cleaning is and the benefits of this process.

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Why Do I Have Aching Teeth?

Have you ever distracted yourself from thinking about aching muscles after a good workout or other uncomfortable physical sensations? If so, you know aching teeth rarely fall into that category. No matter how hard you try to distract yourself, it feels impossible to think about anything else! What often makes them even worse, are the thoughts you have about going to the dentist. Will you need drilling, a new filling, or even a root canal?

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