Clear Aligners in Fredericksburg, VA

If you've ever considered having your teeth straightened but were put off by the prospect of enduring years of orthodontic care and wearing unsightly metal braces on your teeth, clear aligners may be a better option for you! Invisible braces are an innovative, discreet way to straighten teeth without traditional braces that can mar your smile.

At Blue Bird Dentistry, we offer Invisalign and ClearCorrect for busy adult patients near Fredericksburg, VA. Orthodontic treatment times vary depending on your individual needs, but we can often achieve your desired results in as little as 12 to 15 months.

To learn more about the possibility of using clear aligners to straighten your teeth, contact our dental office today at (540) 373-1641. We will be happy to schedule your smile evaluation with Dr. Mohamed Elnahass.

A Smile You Can Be ProudBlonde woman wearing Invisalign in Fredericksburg VA

Dr. Mohamed Elnahass, DDS starts by taking digital 3-D images of your entire jaw. He uses this information to map out a treatment plan that predicts your teeth's movement throughout the process and creates the blueprint for your custom plastic aligners. The exciting part is that you will be able to see a virtual representation of how your teeth will move during each stage of treatment and what your beautiful new smile will look like at the end.

Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect systems consist of a series of crystal-clear plastic aligners designed to move your teeth into the proper position sequentially. When treatment begins, you should wear each set of customized clear aligners for approximately two weeks, then graduate to the next set of aligners. You will repeat this process until you have used all of your aligners and treatment is finished.

It's important to remember that wearing your retainer after treatment is the only way to maintain the results you have worked hard to achieve. Most patients will wear their retainers only at night while they sleep.

The Benefits of Plastic Aligners vs. Metal Braces

ClearCorrect and Invisalign offer many benefits over bracket-and-wire orthodontics:

  • The clear aligners are invisible.
  • The smooth surface of Invisalign aligners does not irritate your cheek or gums like sharp metal brackets and wires.
  • Oral hygiene is more efficient because you can remove the aligners for brushing and flossing.
  • You can remove the aligners during sports to accommodate a protective mouthguard.
  • No diet restrictions or changes are required since you can remove aligners when you eat.

Imagine attaining a straighter, more beautiful smile without anyone noticing and without the discomfort or hassle associated with metal braces; this is exactly the freedom and discretion that wearing clear aligners from Invisalign or ClearCorrect can offer you!

Close up of woman putting on clear aligners near 22401What to Expect From this Orthodontic Treatment

Clear aligners correct many of the same problems as traditional bracket-and wire braces, such as:

Clear aligners are not always ideal for complicated bite corrections, so if another treatment solution would be better for your needs, Dr. Elnahass will discuss these options with you during your evaluation.

It is also important to remember that you must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day as instructed to see the most effective results in the shortest amount of time. Compliance is the key to successful treatment with invisible braces in Fredericksburg and one of the reasons that clear aligner treatment is better for adults and teens and not younger children.

How Straighter Teeth Benefit Your Oral Health

For some, crooked teeth may not seem like a problem; however, numerous oral health benefits go along with a straighter smile, including:

  • Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss. An improved home care routine means less chance of developing dental problems like tooth decay or gum disease.
  • When your bite is aligned properly, you are less likely to develop painful issues with your jaw joint (TMJ).
  • Having aligned teeth allows them to do the jobs they were designed for and guards against excessive tooth wear, fractures, or other damage to your teeth.

The Science Behind Your Smile

Did you know that the adage "Smile and the world will smile with you" is true? Science has found that the simple act of smiling releases a cocktail of "feel good" hormones into your body, including endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine. Each of these hormones does its part to relax your body, regulate your emotions, and uplift your mood. And sharing your smile with other people can promote these same hormones for them and cause them to smile too!

Smiling also helps to reduce stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline in yourself and others. On the other hand, stress can weaken your immune system and impact your well-being.

We also can't overlook the confidence that a healthy and beautiful smile brings. People who smile more are perceived as happy, friendly, and approachable. You may find that new doors open in your personal and professional life because of your increased confidence resulting from your beautiful smile. Sharing your smile with others can even present you with new opportunities to help you achieve your goals.

Payment Options for Invisalign & ClearCorrect

Group of friends taking a selfie in Fredericksburg VAMany patients wonder how expensive treatment with clear braces will be, and the answer to that question differs with each patient's needs. During your smile evaluation, Dr. Elnahass will review both the cost of your clear aligner treatment and how long it will take. The first place to start determining if Invisalign or ClearCorrect is right for you is to speak with Dr. Elnahass about your individual situation. 

If you have dental insurance that includes orthodontic benefits, this can often be applied towards Invisalign treatment to help defray your out-of-pocket cost. Our financial coordinator can help determine if you have insurance benefits that will fund Invisalign treatment so you can plan your budget for your treatment.

At Blue Bird Dentistry, we also work with financing companies like CareCredit that can help to divide the cost of your treatment into affordable monthly payments. Many of the plans the CareCredit offers are interest-free. Our team is happy to share information about CareCredit with you and help you apply for it if that's of interest to you. 

Schedule a Consultation for Clear Aligners in Fredericksburg

Our professional team would love to talk to you about the difference that ClearCorrect and Invisalign can have on your oral health. So, what are you waiting for? Your new smile is just a phone call away!

Please contact Blue Bird Dentistry at (540) 373-1641, and we will be happy to schedule a consultation with our dentist to determine if clear aligners are the right solution for you!