Invisalign treatment from start to finish

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LAST UPDATED: OCTOBER 31, 2017

If you have always dreamed of having a smile that is filled with beautiful and straight teeth, but don’t want to deal with braces, then correcting your alignment using an Invisalign treatment may be your best solution. This type of orthodontic treatment is the most popular option for adults that have minimal alignment issues or for those that are embarrassed about getting braces. Invisalign treatment uses removable aligners that are not visible to others to correct your tooth alignment. In order to custom design your retainers, Dr. Tisseront uses 3D imaging technology to create a series of aligners to straighten your teeth. Before deciding on whether this procedure is the right choice, you should do a little research to discover what to expect from start to finish. The following paragraphs will detail the process from beginning to end so you can have a clear picture of what to expect before, during and after treatment.

FAQ

Why choose an alternative to braces?

Straightening your teeth as an adult is a big decision. Most of your peers had their teeth straightened when they were teenagers, and after hearing their teen horror stories, it can leave you feeling uncomfortable about the idea. However, there are now many more options available to you now than there were for your friends when they were young. If you don’t want to deal with the trouble it takes to brush your teeth, floss or have to worry about having metal wires irritate the insides of your cheeks, then your decision is clear.

Invisalign’s program allows patients to have their teeth straightened comfortably and effectively without the embarrassment and uncomfortable process of having a bunch of metal put into your mouth. With this style of orthodontic treatment, you will be able to eat whatever food you want because the retainers are removable. You won’t have to worry about poor dental hygiene as you will also be able to follow your regular brushing and flossing routine as well.

What should you expect during your consultation?

During your consultation, x-rays, impressions and photographs of your teeth will be gathered to create a digital image of your teeth. Once all of the data is collected, a treatment plan can be put into place. Using this information, Dr. Tisseront will be able to predict precisely how your teeth are going to move over time. He will also be able to show you how your teeth will move during each stage of the treatment. He will also be able to give you an estimated length of time for the treatment.

During the consultation, you should be asking as many questions as possible. This treatment can be very exciting as it seems comfortable and easy, but it requires you to be diligent in wearing the retainers. Make sure that this is something that you will be able to commit to every day. If you are not dedicated to wearing your retainers on a daily basis, then this program is going to be ineffective and will end up being a waste of time and money for you in the long run.

What should you expect during treatment?

Once you have finished your consultation and are ready to begin the treatment process, a series of retainers will be made for you. The retainers are made from BPA-free plastic and should be smooth and comfortable for you to wear. The typical length of time that a person wears each retainer is approximately two weeks. This means that every so often you will need to schedule an appointment to have your progress evaluated.

In order to have the retainers work effectively, and for you to spend the least amount of time going through treatment, you should wear the retainers for at least 22 hours out of every day. The retainers should only be removed when you are eating meals, going through your normal brushing and flossing routine, or cleaning the retainer.

What happens when treatment is finished?

While your teeth have been getting realigned to give you that beautiful straight smile you have always dreamed of, your jaw bone has been changing as well. When your teeth are moved, the bones of the jaw can become softer around the newly positioned teeth. This softening can allow your teeth to shift back to their original position if you do not have a plan in place to prevent this from happening. Luckily, over time the jaw bones will harden, and this makes it easier to keep your teeth aligned.

Once your treatment has concluded, it is recommended that you have yet another retained created for you to ensure your teeth stay straight. Because people’s teeth so often revert to the way they were, you should have a retainer designed for you even if you do not think that you will need one. This final retainer does not have to be worn during the daytime hours. For most people, just wearing the new retainer at night while they sleep will be enough to keep their teeth straight.

Make an Appointment Today

In order to have the perfect teeth, it is important to see a local orthodontist. There is none quite as good as Dr. Tisseront. When you visit Dr. Tisseront, you will learn more about their dental services such as what it takes to put in all kinds of braces like Invisalign. That’s why the next time you need Invisalign or any other type of braces placed on your teeth, give us a call.

STEPHAN TISSERONT, DDS MS

Orthodontist in Reston, VA offering caring service for both Children and Adults.
Specializing in Aesthetic Orthodontics (Lingual braces, Invisalign and Clear braces).
11720 Plaza America Dr, Ste 110 Reston, Virginia 20190

Phone: (703) 773-1200

 

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How Do I Clean My [Invisalign]?

How Do I Clean My Invisalign?

If you’re one of the millions of people who are considering getting Invisalign, you may have some questions. One of them may be about cleaning the aligners. Aligners have a completely different set of rules than regular braces do, and they have a different set of strengths and limitations. The following information will tell you how to clean your Invisalign aligners. It will also give you some information about wearing your aligners and maximizing the benefits that you get from them during your recovery.

Wearing Your Aligners

One of the features that clients cherish most about Invisalign is that they aren’t permanently set like braces are. Braces have many advantages to them, but they don’t’ come off with ease like the aligners do. Aligner patients don’t have to keep their aligners on for a full 24 hours either. The treatment plan only requires them to stay on for 22 hours a day, which leaves ample time for eating, drinking and cleaning one’s teeth. It also leaves time for the person to properly clean the aligners. Taking the time to properly clean the aligners can enhance and improve oral health during the treatment.

How to Clean Your Teeth With Invisalign

Unlike with other forms of alignment treatment, the aligners must come out of the mouth to receive an effective treatment session. It’s best if you clean the aligners at the same time you do all of your extensive daily dental hygiene work. That way, you can cut down the possibility of getting too much bacterial growth in your mouth. To effectively clean your teeth, you’ll need to rinse with water or mouthwash. Swish the liquid around for about 30 seconds and try to get it in between the teeth. Next, take some floss and clean between all of your teeth. Lastly, brush your teeth. You can end your session by using mouthwash again just for freshening purposes. Alternatively, you could do your initial rinse with water and your second rinse with mouthwash.

How to Clean Your Aligners

Aligner cleaning is nothing like the way that you clean metal brackets. All you need to do is take your aligners out of your mouth. When you get them out of your mouth, grab a toothbrush. Put some toothpaste on that toothbrush. Brush every part of your aligner just as you would do with your teeth. When you are done brushing, and you feel as though you have done a satisfactory job, you can rinse the aligners. You may be tempted to use hot water on the aligners, but please don’t. You may cause damage to them if you do it that way. It’s best to use lukewarm water to do the job.


You could opt not to use toothpaste on your aligner as some orthodontist recommendations are against it. If that’s the case, you can just brush your aligners with plain water, and that will help you to keep them in good shape. The point is to at least try to clean them something so that film doesn’t develop on them.

If you want to deep clean your aligners, you can create a solution using vinegar and water and brush them with that. Another thing you can do is use hydrogen peroxide with water and set them in it for a good 30 minutes. Those are some methods that will work for you if you want to keep your aligners super clean. You should clean them once a day and perhaps deep clean them once a week for the two weeks that you will wear them. You’ll be changing your aligners after two weeks of treatment with the previous set. Therefore, you don’t have to be perfect at cleaning them, but you do have to make an effort.

Tips for Maximizing Your Recovery

Cleaning is one part of maximizing your recovery so that you can get your gorgeous smile sooner. You’ll also want to ensure that you wear your aligners for the full 22 hours so that they can do the job that they need to do on your teeth. Additionally, you’ll need to contact the caregiver if you have any issues, problems, questions or concerns about your corrective devices. Communication is the key to making sure that your treatment goes smoothly.

Call Tisseront Orthodontics Today To Schedule an Appointment

At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can have an examination from our knowledgeable orthodontist. Dr. Stephen Tisseront provides orthodontic treatments for adults, teenagers, and children with these devices:

• Aligners – designed using Invisalign software
• Braces – metal, ceramic and lingual
• Retainers – to keep teeth in position after orthodontic treatment ends
• Surgical orthodontics – removal of baby or extra teeth

Our patients can have iTero archwires designed at our orthodontic office, and we also offer Acceledent Aura devices to reduce treatment time. Call us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an examination with Dr. Tisseront in our state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.

Tisseront Orthodontics
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762

 

 

Is It the Best Option for me to Replace Current Braces with [Invisalign]?

Is It the Best Option for me to Replace Current Braces with Invisalign?

Even if you are currently in the process of straightening your teeth with traditional metal braces, you may find yourself wondering if Invisalign is right for you. The opportunity to wear removable clear aligners instead of having metal orthodontic equipment glued to your teeth is definitely appealing, but there are a few things you and your orthodontist will need to consider first.

What Are Your Orthodontic Needs?

Each person’s mouth is different, so each orthodontic patient needs their own unique treatment plan. In some cases, this can require a combination of metal brackets and aligners. If you had a condition that could not be fixed with aligners, you may need to start with metal brackets and then change to aligners later in your treatment plan. Switching to Invisalign aligners is a good idea if your metal orthodontic equipment has fixed severely rotated or angled teeth. Once major problems are solved, you can switch to more appealing and convenient aligners for the rest of your treatment.

Are You Tired of Having to Alter Your Eating Habits?

Traditional brackets and archwires can make it difficult to eat normally. Instead of just biting down on objects, people have to cut them into tiny bites first. Certain objects may need to be completely avoided because they can break wiring. Patients who are desperate to get back to biting down on hamburgers, caramel apples, popcorn, gum, and raw veggies should consider aligners. The ability to remove aligners and eat normally is often a huge timesaver for patients.

How Old Are You?

Keep in mind that your orthodontist may have suggested traditional orthodontic equipment instead of aligners because of your age. Aligners are not a good choice for younger teens who do not have all of their adult teeth yet. They can also be a bad choice for senior patients who have less dense jaw bones. Replacing your current teeth straightening methods with aligners may not be a good idea if your age makes you a poor candidate for aligners. However, some patients find that changing to aligners is a good idea once their jaw and teeth mature enough to make them a good candidate for using aligners.

Do You Care About Your Appearance?

Many people choose to change to aligners because they feel like their self-esteem is suffering. If you feel like you no longer want to smile or laugh because of your metal brackets, switching to aligners is a great idea. The temporary inconvenience of switching is often better than dealing with self-confidence problems for months. Keep in mind that your orthodontic office may be able to temporarily take off your brace for a few days if you have a big event like a wedding coming up. This can be a good alternative to getting aligners if you just wanted aligners for a temporary aesthetic change.

Do Your Braces Keep Breaking?

Due to a combination of unique mouth shape and eating habits, some patients find themselves constantly dealing with broken archwires, loose brackets, or wires that poke the back of their mouth. If you are tired of scheduling emergency orthodontic appointments to deal with these problems, you should consider aligners. Aligners are often far more convenient to deal with because they do not break as easily as traditional orthodontic equipment.

How Far Along Is Your Treatment?

Switching your orthodontic treatment plan during the middle of it can cause some slight delays. Changing to aligners could potentially end up adding weeks or even months to your treatment. Many find that it is not worth their time to switch to aligners with just a month or two left to go on their treatment plan. Therefore, changing to aligners is typically only recommended for patients who still have a while to go. If you hate the thought of having metal equipment in your mouth for months, you might want to consider changing to aligners.

Are You Having Trouble Maintaining Oral Hygiene

Having a lot of metal equipment in your mouth tends to make it trickier to keep up with flossing and brushing your teeth. Flossing between archwires and brushing around brackets may be almost impossible for some people. If you find that your oral hygiene is suffering due to this, it may be a good idea to switch to aligners. With aligners, all you have to do is remove the tray and clean your teeth normally.

Can Your Current Orthodontist Apply Aligners?

Though aligners are becoming more and more common, keep in mind that not all orthodontic offices feel comfortable working with aligners. You will need to talk to your current doctor and see if they fit patients for aligners. If your doctor does not work with aligners, you might need to consider other options.

Call Tisseront Orthodontics Today To Schedule an Appointment

At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can have an examination from our knowledgeable orthodontist. Dr. Stephen Tisseront provides orthodontic treatments for adults, teenagers, and children with these devices:

• Aligners – designed using Invisalign software
• Braces – metal, ceramic and lingual
• Retainers – to keep teeth in position after orthodontic treatment ends
• Surgical orthodontics – removal of baby or extra teeth

Our patients can have iTero archwires designed at our orthodontic office, and we also offer Acceledent Aura devices to reduce treatment time. Call us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an examination with Dr. Tisseront in our state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.

Tisseront Orthodontics
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762

How is [Invisalign] Different from Traditional Braces?

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How is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?

Personal preferences are different across the board. When your orthodontist suggests you consider the use of braces or Invisalign to help improve your smile by straightening your teeth, you’ll find people who prefer one to the other and vice versa. Everyone has an opinion, a favorite, and a reason behind what they think, but the fact is both are different and have their own unique way of doing business in your mouth. If you’re in need of one or the other and unsure which is better for you, you might consider educating yourself on the differences, the pros, and the cons of each.

Braces vs. Invisalign

They’re very similar in that both work to make your teeth straighter and your smile more gorgeous. The bottom line is either one benefits your smile, which is the ultimate goal. The latter is merely less noticeable than the traditional method of straightening, but that doesn’t mean everyone wants to go with it when they are given the choice.

When you go the traditional route, you end up with a mouth filled with metal brackets. They’re affixed to your teeth with special bonding glue, and you cannot get them off without a visit to your orthodontist so he or she can use very specific tools. Each brace is affixed to the one on the tooth adjacent to it with a wire and a rubber band. The cool thing for kids to do is pick the color of their rubber bands to match their personality and their personal preferences. It’s a reminder that sometimes it’s really just the little things in life that make people happiest.

In the past, the brackets were always a garish silver that stood out tremendously. Modern advances make it much easier to get these brackets in different colors that are more closely related to the overall color of your teeth. This makes life a lot easier for those who worry about how noticeable the brackets are in photos and in reality.

With aligners, you don’t see the work being done in your mouth. They work the same way, but they’re removable when you have a special occasion and when you need to brush and floss. They’re less noticeable, but they require frequent visits to the orthodontist. With brackets, the ortho’s job is to tighten them as teeth change positions.

With aligners, it’s up to the ortho to fit you with a series of them each time your teeth shift in your mouth. The process takes about the same length of time, but it’s different for everyone. Some people find the ortho recommends one or the other, and sometimes the ortho leaves it up to the patient.

The Pros and Cons

When you go with traditional brackets, you spend a lot less money, but you can’t take them out. You wear them for as long as two years on average, and you must see your ortho almost monthly during this time. They’re more effective for people who have advanced oral health issues, and they’re often the answer for younger kids who don’t have the self-discipline or maturity to keep them in their mouth. Leaving them without a choice is often the best solution for a great smile.

With aligners, you spend a lot more money. However, you wear the aligners for anywhere for 6 to 18 months rather than two years. Your trays must be changed bi-weekly, but you’ll only see the ortho approximately every six weeks. They’re beneficial to those who want to take them out, for those who don’t want to deal with specific food restrictions, and for those who want to eat and feel plenty of comfort.

Unfortunately for many candidates, the traditional method of using brackets is the only option. The only people who make poor candidates for brackets are those who participate in contact sports. While aligners might be a better option for those who want to keep their mouths clean and their restrictions few, not everyone is an ideal candidate. Aligners are not for people who meet the following:

  • People with bridges
  • People with bit issues in their back teeth
  • People who need their teeth moved in a vertical position
  • People who need their canines or molars rotated
  • People who do not have the ability to keep their trays in their mouth at least 22 hours per day without question

There’s no real right or wrong answer when it comes to finding the best solution. You know if you can handle keeping something your moth when you should or if you’re the kind of person who can’t remember to put trays in daily. You also know if your child is capable of the same. If you don’t have the option to choose, you shouldn’t worry. If you do, speak to your ortho about weighing the pros and cons to see what a professional has to say about the situation.

Call Tisseront Orthodontics Today To Schedule an Appointment

At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can have an examination from our knowledgeable orthodontist. Dr. Stephen Tisseront provides orthodontic treatments for adults, teenagers, and children with these devices:

• Aligners – designed using Invisalign software
• Braces – metal, ceramic and lingual
• Retainers – to keep teeth in position after orthodontic treatment ends
• Surgical orthodontics – removal of baby or extra teeth

Our patients can have iTero archwires designed at our orthodontic office, and we also offer Acceledent Aura devices to reduce treatment time. Call us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an examination with Dr. Tisseront in our state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.

Tisseront Orthodontics
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762

How is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?

 

Why Should I Feel [Confident About Invisalign]?

invisalign confidenceWhy Should I Feel Confident About Invisalign?

Ever since man first roamed the Earth, he has always wanted straighter teeth. Men have used everything from gold bands, catgut, and other types of contraptions to get that beautiful smile. Metal braces got invented in the 1900s. For the next fifty or so years, teenagers and adolescents who wanted straight teeth had to wear embarrassing headgear for over two years. When the headgear disappeared, teens still had to deal with uncomfortable and aesthetically unappealing orthodontia.

Both teens and adults can now straighten their teeth without having to walk around with a mouth full of metal. This orthodontic operates as an invisible aligner that fits over your existing teeth. In this blog post, you will get a few benefits to choosing these aligners over traditional braces. After reading this post, you should be more confident in getting Invisalign aligners for you or your teen.

You Won’t Have to Deal With Any Food Restrictions

When you wear traditional orthodontia, your orthodontist will give you a whole list of foods that you should stay away from altogether or eat a lot less of in your daily diet. These foods include candy, popcorn, raw carrots, and apples. When you have the invisible aligners, you will always take them out before eating. Therefore, you can eat the same foods that you had always loved both before and after you got the aligner treatment.

You Can Get a More Accurate Sense of Treatment Time

When you get treated with traditional orthodontia, it’s hard to get a good sense of how long you will have to wear them. This lack of certainty is frustrating as wearing this type of orthodontia for a couple of years will take a lot out of most teens and adults. If you’re going to wear a face full of metal, you want to know how long it will have to reside in your mouth.

With invisible aligners, your orthodontist can approximate treatment time a lot better. That’s because lasers and computer imagery get used to make the trays. With traditional orthodontia, treatment time gets determined by the practitioner’s experience and protocols.

You May Not Have to Get Any Teeth Pulled

Teeth pulling is a real danger when you get traditional orthodontics put on your teeth. When you get invisible aligners, you won’t have to get any teeth extracted. That’s because the aligners create space between your teeth through a process called interproximal reduction.

You Won’t Have to Go to The Dental Office Quite As Often

As teens and adults, we all have our busy schedules that we have to attack every single day. From band practice to chess matches to sporting events to business meetings, very few people have the time to hang out in a dental office every single week. When you get invisible aligners, you get to replace them every few weeks. Some patients can get multiple trays at one time and swap them out on a predetermined schedule. However, this arrangement will depend on your particular circumstances.

Invisible Aligners Put Your Teeth In Less Danger

When you choose invisible aligners, you’ll have healthier gum tissue and will be less likely to experience damage to your tooth enamel. With traditional orthodontics, your teeth could break when the brackets get removed. You will not experience this issue with aligners.

You Will Look Better

You can’t see the clear aligners when they’re on someone’s teeth. This benefit allows you to have a lot more confidence in your smile. Adult patients will especially like this benefit as they can fix their smile without looking like they’re twelve years old.

You’ll Be More Comfortable

Invisible aligners do not irritate your mouth as traditional orthodontic treatments do. Since the orthodontist doesn’t have to work with any wires, you won’t experience pain from overtightening. The aligning trays move your teeth into the correct position in a way that is a lot more gentle than traditional orthodontics.

You’ll Have Better Dental Hygiene

When you have traditional brackets and wires on your teeth, you will have to deal with the nasty task of getting food particles out of them on a regular basis. When you have aligners, you will need to brush your teeth before putting them back in your mouth. There also isn’t any danger of getting food stuck in the trays as you remove them before a meal.

Aligners Won’t Discolor Your Teeth

With traditional orthodontics, the attached bracket can cause your tooth to yellow if you’re not brushing regularly. This issue is problematic for younger patients, many of whom eat a lot of sweets. Once your tooth gets yellowed, you can only get the problem corrected with veneers.

With all these benefits to using aligners to straighten your smile, it’s hard not to be confident in this treatment. But if you still have questions, give us a call or email our office where a member of our staff will happily speak with you about all things Invisalign.

Call Tisseront Orthodontics Today To Schedule an Appointment

At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can have an examination from our knowledgeable orthodontist. Dr. Stephen Tisseront provides orthodontic treatments for adults, teenagers, and children with these devices:

• Aligners – designed using Invisalign software
• Braces – metal, ceramic and lingual
• Retainers – to keep teeth in position after orthodontic treatment ends
• Surgical orthodontics – removal of baby or extra teeth

Our patients can have iTero arch wires designed at our orthodontic office, and we also offer Acceledent Aura devices to reduce treatment time. Call us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an examination with Dr. Tisseront in our state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.

Tisseront Orthodontics
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762

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Difference Between a Dentist And an Orthodontist

LAST UPDATED: AUGUST 29, 2017

Generally speaking, the patient seeking help correcting for an overbite, crowding of teeth or other such malocclusion is referred by their dentist to an orthodontist. In terms of treatment, you need the expertise of a specialist to appreciate the nuances and determine the best method to straighten your teeth while retraining the muscles of the mouth. The extra years of education, training, and experience assures each patient is treated by a doctor who has specialized knowledge to ensure that the outcome is safe and effective. This is just a thumbnail description of the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist.

FAQ

Education and Experience

The practice of dentistry starts the same for general practice as it does for a specialty. Each must have at least a bachelor’s degree before applying to an accredited dental school where a four-year doctoral program must be completed. However, this is where the path splits.

At this point, the dentist may start on establishing a practice. Typically, your primary dental care provider will diagnose, treat and help you manage your routine oral healthcare. Treatment most patients are familiar with include:

  • Annual check-ups
  • Routine Cleaning
  • Teeth whitening
  • X-rays
  • Fillings
  • Gum care
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Root canal
  • Veneers
  • Dentures
  • Extractions

The dentist interested in pursuing their speciality education must serve a two- or three-year residency in orthodontics. This may only be accomplished through an ADA approved, university-affiliated program. Where a dentist must complete eight years of higher education, the specialist continues to complete 10 or 11 years before being allowed to have the designation “Orthodontist,” a distinction that may only be accorded the person who has successfully completed all the requirements to practice this specialty.

Orthodontic Appliances and Treatments

Most patients are first introduced to their specialist when they are going to be fitted for orthodontic appliances. These could be in the form of braces, wires, brackets, retainers or some of today’s innovative options for invisible teeth straightening. In addition to Invisalign and Invisalign Teen that use clear thermoplastic aligners, there are also Harmony® Braces, the customized Lingual braces that are placed behind the teeth.

Orthodontic accreditation to practice as a licensed specialist includes ongoing educational requirements throughout one’s career in order to stay up to date with the latest scientific achievements. This makes it exciting for patients who want to be on the edge of clinical developments. Technological advances continue to introduce significant devices and their new procedures to the field of orthodontics.

Orthodontics Improve Your Quality of Life

Patients who have been referred to get specialized help in keeping teeth and jaws working together for effective speaking and comfortable biting and chewing will soon become as familiar with their specialist as they likely have become with their general dentist over the years. Typically, as children reach their teenage years after the permanent teeth have come in is when the first signs of the need for teeth straightening are evaluated and any corrections are suggested. Young adults, as well as mature adults, are also finding more opportunities these days to improve their smiles by availing themselves of the specialized, non-surgical treatments provided by this specialty.


Today’s variety of orthodontic appliances offer more convenience, comfort and positive outcomes than as few as ten years ago. The duration of teeth straightening treatment can last between 6 and 15 months. Each course of treatment is unique to the individual and special care is given to ensure the patient is as comfortable with treatment as possible.

Orthodontics Improve Your Overall Health

Whether you are dealing with misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, spaces or gaps between the teeth or temporomandibular disorders(TMD), your orthodontics specialist is there to help you. Parents, especially, need to know about the dental problems their children may be facing to prevent damage that may occur to the teeth or gums if they are not corrected.

A nutritious diet for good health relies upon a healthy bite. Seemingly small issues may lead to more serious problems down the road when treatment is avoided, and more than your smile may suffer for it. When you are referred to a specialist to handle treatment that is outside the scope of your general oral health care practitioner’s expertise, you can rest assured your overall health is the primary concern. It just so happens that this treatment also means ending up with a balanced bite and a beautiful smile.

Offering a Free Consultation

For expert treatment from a personable Orthodontic specialist, visit Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., for a free consultation to improve your smile. Dr . Stephan Tisseront welcomes children, teenagers and adults. We provide an assortment of orthodontic treatments that include:

• Lingual braces from Incognito and Harmony
• Invisalign aligners designed for teenagers and adults
• Traditional metal and wire brackets
• Surgical treatments
• Retainers

Tisseront Orthodontics
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762

Phone: (703)773-1200

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What Is [Invisalign] and How Does It Work?

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What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

A lot of people want a straight, perfect smile, but they worry about how metal braces will change their appearance. Fortunately, modern orthodontic techniques have made it possible to straighten your teeth without having to get a mouthful of metal. Clear aligners are an increasingly popular orthodontic method for improving tooth alignment. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about how the Invisalign system works.

What Do Invisalign Products Look Like?

Of course one of the biggest questions patients have about clear aligners is what they actually look like. The aligners will come in the form of a clear tray that fits neatly over your teeth. They are made from a special, medical grade polyurethane resin that is complete BPA and phthalate free. It is lightweight and comfortable, but aligners are firm enough that they will not break easily.

There will be one tray for the top row of teeth and one for the bottom row. Each set is specially shaped to fit in your mouth and follow the treatment plan created by your orthodontist. When you wear them, they will be almost invisible, and your teeth may look slightly shinier than normal. People will only notice the clear aligners if they look very closely.

How Can Invisible Braces Change Your Tooth Alignment?

Aligners work by gradually adjusting your tooth placement. Though teeth might seem firmly set in your mouth, constant pressure can make them shift over time. Each set of clear retainers puts firm, even pressure on each tooth to slowly shift it to a new location. Depending on your needs, the aligners may be crafted to rotate teeth or move them horizontally or vertically. After each minor adjustment is made, the patient changes to a new set of aligners that further straighten their teeth. In order to work effectively, the aligners have to be worn for at least 22 hours of each day. Patients typically only remove the alignment trays while they are eating or brushing their teeth.

How Long Does It Take for Aligners to Work?

The length of time spent wearing aligners depends on how much your teeth need to be moved. It is generally about the same length of time as metal orthodontic equipment, but in some cases, aligners can move even quicker. Most patients end up wearing them for about twelve months altogether.

Each tray of aligners is normally worn for two weeks, but your orthodontist may recommend that you wear them for a different period of time. If you change your aligners on the correct schedule and wear them constantly, your treatment period may go along quicker. However, each mouth is unique, so you may end up needing adjustments that require a longer amount of time.

Are You a Good Candidate for Invisible Aligning?

Aligners are normally quite effective, but keep in mind that some patients may have special health issues or dental problems that keep clear retainers from working right. Normally, people with healthy gums, decay-free teeth, and minor alignment issues are great candidates for the aligner system. Aligners can treat all common dental problems, including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbites caused by upper teeth protruding
  • Underbites where the lower teeth stick out
  • Crossbites caused by multiple misalignments

 

However, keep in mind that Invisalign cannot work in severe cases that require a lot of jaw shifting. Patients with very large overbites or other similar issues may not be able to wear aligners to treat their issue. Aligners are not recommended for younger patients because the fact that their teeth are still growing can make it difficult to fit the trays correctly. Since aligners rely on constant wear, good dental hygiene, and changes on schedule, they may not work well for patients who have difficulty sticking to a routine.

How Are Aligners Installed?

The aligner process will start with a consultation where your doctor will evaluate your teeth and let you know what treatments they recommend. Your teeth will then be scanned in a quick, painless process to create a digital, three-dimensional replication of your teeth. The orthodontist will use this to create a treatment plan that decides what aligner tray shapes are needed to fix your teeth.

The aligners will then be custom-made for you. Your orthodontic doctor will tell you how often you should change them, and give you a few sets to wear. Typically, patients will need to visit the orthodontic office every four to six weeks for a checkup. This will let the doctor monitor your progress, give you new aligners, and make any changes to your treatment plan. Once the treatment is over, you will be able to enjoy properly aligned teeth that chew food correctly and look great when you smile.

Call Tisseront Orthodontics Today To Schedule an Appointment

At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can have an examination from our knowledgeable orthodontist. Dr. Stephen Tisseront provides orthodontic treatments for adults, teenagers, and children with these devices:

• Aligners – designed using Invisalign software
• Braces – metal, ceramic and lingual
• Retainers – to keep teeth in position after orthodontic treatment ends
• Surgical orthodontics – removal of baby or extra teeth

Our patients can have iTero arch wires designed at our orthodontic office, and we also offer Acceledent Aura devices to reduce treatment time. Call us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an examination with Dr. Tisseront in our state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.

Tisseront Orthodontics
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762

Phone: (703)773-1200

What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

How Much Does [Invisalign Express] Cost for Only Upper Teeth?

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When you learn that your children need braces, you likely have an assortment of questions. In fact, you’ve even discovered that they are getting Invisalign express on their upper teeth only. One of the most prominent inquiries in your mind is likely about the cost of this procedure. The exact answer is one that depends upon a variety of factors.

Severity of the Condition

Even though your children are getting Invisalign Express for only their upper teeth, that doesn’t mean they have the exact same condition as everyone else who has also experienced this method. For example, you might ask a relative who has a child with the same fixtures. While the price might not prodigiously vary, it could be different. The exact cost of any orthodontic procedure is generally related to how severe the condition is.

Length of Time

Children also tend to need to wear braces for different amounts of time. While the name of the braces implies a truncated period of time, it doesn’t specify exactly how long. Your orthodontist will discuss with you how long your children need to wear the fixtures for. When they have to wear them for longer periods of time, you will likely end up paying more money overall.

Care

When you were a child and visited the orthodontist, you probably remember the importance placed on avoiding certain foods so that you did not damage your new structure. This type of fixture does not necessarily come with the exact same warnings as the brackets and wires do, but your kids will still have to take care of their structures. Failure to do so could mean that the structures break and require repair or replacement. If they break, then you will need to spend the money to do so.

Location

You’re probably aware that the cost of living is higher in some parts of the country than others, but you may not think of orthodontic care as a topic that is affected by this issue. Many areas of life are affected by the cost of living in a particular region. If you live in a part of the country that has a higher cost of living, then you may discover that the procedure and structures are going to cost more.

Practice

The practice at which you are having the procedure done will also influence the cost. You may discover that an orthodontist who has been practicing in the community for decades charges more than one who has just a few years of experience. Deciding which one to opt for is a personal choice, but you should take all of the factors into account.

Before Care

As you are trying to figure out the cost for these structures, you are probably eager to learn the price tag attached to any related procedures. For example, your children might need to have teeth extracted before they can get the structures placed in their mouths. Sometimes, extra teeth will grow inside of the gums. Removal of those teeth is often necessary before moving forward with orthodontic care.

After Care

Once the structures are removed from the teeth, your kids might be required to wear retainers. Now is the time to find out if the retainers will cost an additional fee or if they will be included with the overall price. Keep in mind that kids may need to switch retainers as their teeth progress. They may need to have a new retainer every few months as their teeth settle into their new positions.

Maintenance Appointments

A number of times that your kids need to go to the dental professional while they have the structures on will vary, but it is likely that they will need to have some appointments. As you are planning the budget for this expense, find out how much these appointments cost.

Emergency Appointments

This type of treatment is not one that comes with a lot of risks, but situations can arise. You should speak with the dental professional to find out what you need to do to avoid these types of scenarios, where to go if help is needed when the regular practice is not open and how much these emergency appointments tend to cost.

Lower Teeth

You might think that you should get only the upper teeth done at this time since you assume doing so will be less expensive. When you look at the costs, however, you may find that having them both done at the same time is better in the long term. Also, your kids’ lower teeth might shift before you decide to have that procedure done. The price that is quoted then could be more than it is now.

Insurance

Working with an orthodontic practice that accepts your insurance is important. Paying for all of these costs without insurance is impossible for many people. When you first learn about the procedure required, find out what your insurance company does to help so that you know what you’re responsible for.

Payment Plans

In the event that you cannot afford the procedure, you can look into payment plans through your practice. Remember that if you opt for a payment plan, you may have interest added to the payments, so the procedure will cost you more overall.

Call Tisseront Orthodontics Today To Schedule an Appointment

At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can have an examination from our knowledgeable orthodontist. Dr. Stephen Tisseront provides orthodontic treatments for adults, teenagers, and children with these devices:

• Aligners – designed using Invisalign software
• Braces – metal, ceramic and lingual
• Retainers – to keep teeth in position after orthodontic treatment ends
• Surgical orthodontics – removal of baby or extra teeth

Our patients can have iTero arch wires designed at our orthodontic office, and we also offer Acceledent Aura devices to reduce treatment time. Call us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an examination with Dr. Tisseront in our state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.

Tisseront Orthodontics
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762

Phone: (703)773-1200

How Much Does Invisalign Express Cost for Only Upper Teeth?

Can you still maintain a healthy diet while using Invisalign?

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LAST UPDATED: JULY 31, 2017

Invisalign is a teeth straightening treatment that is, as its name suggests, nearly invisible as it does its work. The system works by using a series of clear aligners (similar to retainers) to gently guide teeth towards an ever-straighter smile. Yet simply classifying this new treatment as a type of braces brings forth inevitable questions from prospective patients. Chief among these questions is this one, “Will I have dietary restrictions while I’m having my treatments?”

FAQ

How Aligners are Different from Traditional Braces?

Here at Tisseront Orthodontics, we are happy to reassure our patients that using aligners is a system designed to help you achieve the smile you want without any of the restrictions of the past. So the answer to the above question is that you won’t have any dietary restrictions if you opt for aligners.

Here are some of the other major benefits of this newer system of aligners:

  • The aligners (retainers) are removable, so you can eat and drink as usual.
  • The aligners are made from a clear flexible composite material so you won’t suffer abrasions.
  • You can drink beverages without removing your aligners if you prefer.
  • When you are ready to brush and floss, just take the aligners out, clean your teeth and mouth, and then put them back in place again.
  • The aligners are simple and fast to clean.

What You Can Do with Aligners That You Can’t with Traditional Teeth Straightening Systems

If you have had traditional orthodontia work in the past, you probably still remember your orthodontist’s instructions: no chewing gum, no eating chewy or hard candy, no eating hard foods that could knock teeth out of alignment and definitely no removing your braces for any reason until the treatment is complete!

With your aligners, you can chew gum, eat chewy or hard foods and even take your aligners out for special occasions! So if you have a child about to attend his or her first prom, the aligners can stay home for just this one night (and you can do the same for date night!)

What About Healthy Eating and Drinking?

While Invisalign as a system is designed so as to interfere as little as possible with your normal activities and lifestyle, there is definitely a motivation to eat and drink as healthily as possible while having the Invisalign treatment.

When you have your initial orthodontic consultation, your orthodontist will explain exactly how the series of aligners will work to correct issues with your bite and your teeth and deliver the beautiful smile you want.

A big part of the success of this system is the expertise of your orthodontist and the series of the aligners, of course. But there is much you can do to support your own treatment and ensure the best possible results, including eating and drinking as health-consciously as possible.

When you choose beverages, meals, and snacks that are full of healthy ingredients and nutrients, you support your teeth, bone and tissues to do the work with full strength and effectiveness. As the aligners gently move your teeth, your tissues move along with the teeth and the whole underlying structure of your jaw bone is adjusted. The healthier your diet and lifestyle is, the stronger and faster your body will adapt to and integrate these changes.

What Should You Eat and Some What Are Some Things to Avoid?

Again, you can eat and drink anything you want while having treatment. But there are some beverages and foods that may be less conducive to orthodontic work in general.

Here are some foods and ingredients you may want to try to consume less of or avoid entirely while your teeth are being straightened:

  • Very sugary, sweet foods.
  • Heavy smoking using cigarettes or vaping.
  • Heavy drinking of alcoholic beverages.
  • Drinking a lot of sodas.
  • Chewing a lot of gum or eating lots of very chewy foods.

The reasons you might want to cut back on these categories or even eliminate them while you are using your aligners are as follows:

  • Too much sugar weakens enamel and can eventually cause cavities and periodontal disease.
  • Drinking sugary sodas can have the same effect as eating sugar foods, but even sugar-free sodas have a high acid content that can weaken enamel.
  • Smoking can weaken gums and make tissues more susceptible to infection and less able to heal from injuries.
  • Smoking can also cause more plaque build-up and create periodontal pockets between teeth.
  • Alcohol can leach the calcium out of your bones and teeth and the acidic content can weaken and erode enamel.

So keeping consumption of these types of items to a minimum is not recommended just while you are having orthodontic treatments, but can be a wise plan for maintaining the health of your mouth and whole body over the long term!

Consult with Your Family Physician As Well

If you suspect that your daily diet could use some improvement or you simply want to know if you are eating the right amounts of the right things, it is always a good idea to speak with your family physician. You can also mention that you are having orthodontic work and show him or her your aligners to get the benefit of any specific recommendations that can best support your treatment.

Call Tisseront Orthodontics Today To Schedule an Appointment

At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can have an examination from our knowledgeable orthodontist. Dr. Stephen Tisseront provides orthodontic treatments for adults, teenagers, and children with these devices:

• Aligners – designed using Invisalign software
• Braces – metal, ceramic and lingual
• Retainers – to keep teeth in position after orthodontic treatment ends
• Surgical orthodontics – removal of baby or extra teeth

Our patients can have iTero arch wires designed at our orthodontic office, and we also offer Acceledent Aura devices to reduce treatment time. Call us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an examination with Dr. Tisseront in our state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.

Can you still maintain a healthy diet while using Invisalign?

Tisseront Orthodontics
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762

Phone: (703)773-1200

What Happens After Invisalign Treatment Is Completed?

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LAST UPDATED: MAY 23, 2017

What Happens After Invisalign Treatment Is Completed?

Invisalign is an extremely popular orthodontic procedure because it straightens teeth without the need for clunky metal braces. After wearing the clear aligners for months, many patients are curious about what happens after they come off. Though you will not need intensive care after aligner treatment is done, you will still need to take care of your teeth to avoid undoing all your hard work. Here is everything you need to know about the orthodontic procedure after you no longer need to wear aligners.

FAQ

How Can You Tell When Treatment Is Over?

Some patients make the mistake of thinking that they can stop wearing their aligners as soon as their teeth are no longer noticeably crooked. However, it is important to continue wearing your aligners until your orthodontist tells you that you can stop. There may be minor misalignments that you do not notice, so if you stop wearing aligners too soon, your teeth may not be fully fixed. Your teeth may also shift if you just stop wearing your aligners suddenly without an orthodontic consultation. Fortunately, aligners straighten teeth very quickly, so your treatment may be over before you expect it.

Do You Need to Do Anything Besides Removable Trays After Treatment?

Unlike with traditional metal braces, you will not need a lengthy appointment to remove bonded brackets and archwires. For some patients, completing treatment is as simple as just removing their tray. However, some patients have small, tooth-colored blobs of resin, called buttons, that are used to attach the aligners more securely. Removing these is just a quick procedure where your doctor will drill away the button and polish the tooth’s surface to remove any lingering bonding material. This is painless and only takes a few minutes.

What Will Your Teeth Look Like After Treatment?

When you are finally done wearing aligners, your teeth should appear perfectly straight. There will not be any crowding between teeth, and any gaps should be minimized. Teeth that were previously twisted or crooked will sit straight in your jaw. You may also notice that it is easier to bite and chew items now that your teeth are in the correct position. You will be able to smile confidently after treatment because you will know that your teeth are ideally aligned.

Will You Need to Wear a Retainer Afterwards?

After picking aligners instead of braces due to their clear appearance, some patients do not like the idea of needing to wear a traditional metal retainer. However, a retainer is an absolutely essential part of after treatment care. The bones in your jaw will still be softer in spots, so your teeth will migrate back to their old position if you do not wear a retainer. You need to wear a retainer to give your jaw enough time to harden up and hold the teeth in their new position. Fortunately, there are newer clear retainers that look similar to your aligner trays. They are made from a tougher material that allows them to hold up for long term use. You can use either a traditional wire retainer or a clear retainer tray after aligner treatment.

How Long Will You Need to Wear a Retainer?

When you first stop wearing aligner trays, you will need to wear your retainer for most of the day. Orthodontists typically recommend that patients wear them for about 22 hours each day. Your doctor may recommend wearing them during the day for up to six months after your initial treatment is finished. After this, you will need to wear the retainer every night for at least six months. You will not need to wear a retainer nightly for the rest of your life though. Patients can normally transition to just wearing the retainer three times a week after a year of nightly retainer wear. To keep your teeth from shifting with old age, you should wear the retainer a few times a week indefinitely.

Will You Need Other Procedures Following Invisalign?

When you are done wearing aligners, you will most likely just need to return to your usual dental hygiene schedule. However, some patients can experience staining, especially around the buttons, if they were not vigilant with teeth brushing while wearing aligners. If this happens to you, you might consider scheduling a tooth whitening appointment to reduce staining or discoloration.

Do You Still Need to Visit the Orthodontist After Treatment?

Patients tend to get tired of needing regular orthodontic visits, so they look forward to more free time after their aligners are removed. You will not need to go to an orthodontist’s office often after you stop treatment. However, you will most likely need to go for at least one follow up visit a few weeks after you stop treatment. During this visit, your doctor will check up on your progress and make sure that the treatment was effective. Your doctor may also recommend a six month or a one year follow up appointment for future evaluation.

Schedule an Appointment with Tisseront Orthodontics

At Tisseront Orthodontics in Reston, Va., you can receive a free consultation with Dr. Stephan Tisseront to learn more about your orthodontic options. Our orthodontist takes care of children, teenagers and adults at our top-of-the-line office, and he offers these treatments:

• Lingual braces – worn on the backs of teeth
• Invisalign – aligners for teenagers or adults
• Ceramic orthodontia – made with clear wires and color-matching brackets

It is also possible to reduce your orthodontic treatment time by using a small device from AcceleDent Aura that helps to accelerate the movement of your teeth into the correct positions.

Call us today at 703-773-1200 to schedule an examination with Dr. Tisseront in our state-of-the-art orthodontic facility.

Tisseront Orthodontics
11720 Plaza America Drive, Ste. 110 Reston VA 20190-4762

Phone: (703)773-1200