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Three Reasons Your Orthodontic [Braces] Are Still On

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Braces have become fashionable. Because of their shine, many kids and young adults love the idea of having to receive them; they’re just another glitzy accessory. Receiving braces is truly a memorable day. But getting them off is even more memorable. After an examination, orthodontists are able to tell their patients how long they should expect to wear their braces. By the time treatment is supposed to end, most people are ready to have their braces off. Sometimes, however, treatment unexpectedly lasts longer than planned. This is due to a few common factors that play major roles in whether or not your braces come off on time.

Your Orthodontist Was Too Speedy or Inattentive to Your Needs

Orthodontists are expertly trained to diagnose, apply, and remove braces. While most of them take the adequate amount of time to properly assess your teeth and to predict the amount of time needed to correct them, some of them focus more on speed. They want to get you into that chair and back out. Some negatives that can arise from moving too fast are

  • an incorrect diagnosis
  • an incorrect treatment plan
  • scheduling appointments too far apart

This doesn’t allow your orthodontist to effectively monitor your progress. If appointments are adequately spaced apart, your professional could notice sooner any flaws in the treatment plan and be able to immediately correct his errors.

Speediness can be a plus, but when it comes to the matter of the teeth, ensure that your professional is taking his time and isn’t rushing.

You Haven’t Been Taking Good Care of Them

You play a major role in how effective your treatment is. Caring for your braces exactly as you are told will help the process run more smoothly. Try to avoid things such as these.

Arriving late to appointments.

Time is a resource for both you and your orthodontist. If you’re late to an appointment, all procedures that were scheduled – such as extractions or surgeries – will have to be rushed or not be performed at all. You will have to catch up on these at a later visit, lengthening your treatment time.

Missing appointments

Keep missed and changed appointment times to a minimum. Your ortho knows how often your teeth should be examined and monitored. If you must call to reschedule an appointment, try to keep your new appointment date close to the last one. This way, if there is anything the orthodontist needs to catch or observe, he can do so before it becomes a major problem.

Breaking your brackets and wires

Constantly needing to replace bent or damaged braces could add months or even years to your treatment plan. Avoid eating hard foods to lessen your risk of damaging your braces.

Not following oral hygiene or other instructions given to you by your orthodontist

Follow your orthodontist’s instructions just as they are given. Bad oral hygiene could cause infection, which impedes the movement of teeth. Infection also swells your gums, making it more difficult for the orthodontist to work on your teeth. Avoid thumb-sucking or lip-biting as they can also impede your progress.

Some things are unavoidable. If you or your child gets sick, you may have to miss an appointment. That’s understandable. But doing the best you can on your part makes for a more effective treatment plan.

Your Biological Response Is Delaying Your Progress

In this case, both you and your orthodontist have done everything by the book. Your orthodontist has properly assessed the teeth; you have kept up your oral hygiene and have done everything you were told of how to properly care for your braces; you each have flawlessly fulfilled your roles.

But there is one thing that is rarely taken into account in the initial examination: your biological response. People’s teeth grow in differently.

  • Ankylosis is a condition that doesn’t allow teeth to move.
  • Some patient’s teeth move more rapidly than others.
  • The teeth in some people move slower than normal.

Each of these factors can drastically affect treatment time. However, delayed or slowed progress does not equal no progress; treatment can still be successful even if the patient possesses these complications. If you have these problems, speaking to your orthodontist about your options and your particular situation will help you to better understand any new steps that are needed in your treatment process.

An orthodontist who is too brief; your own inability to follow instructions; your body’s natural growth patterns – all of these are things that affect treatment time. These factors mean the difference between having a smooth transition into a brace-free life or letting your braces have an extended stay. Everyone is in control of only his own actions, so just as you can’t control the treatment you’re prescribed, your doctor isn’t responsible for whether or not you follow his instructions, and it also isn’t up to him how quickly your teeth grow. As long as you and your doctor do your roles well, however, the treatment will be a success in due time.

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

Invisalign treatment from start to finish

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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.


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.


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

Our Troops Overseas

12th Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back Event

Tisseront Orthodontics Halloween Candy Buy-Back

Our Troops OverseasWHAT SHOULD I DO with all this leftover Halloween candy!? Why, bring it to a dentist, of course!

School has been in session for a whole month already, and it’s about time to get the creative juices flowing and help your children figure out what they’re going to wear for Halloween. Will it be a Despicable Me 3 costume? Wonder Woman? Or maybe a slice of bacon, because everyone loves bacon!

While you’re trying to figure that out, you may start thinking about the amount of candy that ends up in your home after a night of trick-or-treating. All that candy! The sugary bliss of a week full of candy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ahhhh…..

This may trigger thoughts of ingenious ways of getting rid of all that candy… Take it to the office? “Trade it in” with your children, and have them choose their favorite toy? Throw it away? WAIT! There’s a better solution that you’re going to just love….

Bring your candy to a dentist’s office. Bringing your leftover Halloween candy to a dentist may not be the first thought that pops up in your mind, but guess what? Each year there are a handful of dentists in Reston, such as Dr. Tisseront’s orthodontic practice in the Plaza America shopping center, who offer to PAY you for your leftover Halloween candy. You heard me right: they PAY YOU!

However, not all Halloween candy buy-back programs are the same, and none give you as many reasons to donate your candy as Tisseront Orthodontics. Dr. Tisseront and his team are passionate about supporting our local community, and they do so through annual dental health elementary school visits, by supporting local lifeguards with towels for their uniforms, by sponsoring local children’s sports teams such as soccer and baseball and, finally, by holding their annual, extremely popular Halloween Candy Buy-Back event.

Dr. Tisseront and his team have been collecting your leftover Halloween candy for the past 10 years. Dr. Tisseront donates $2 per pound of candy: $1 goes to the child donating, and $1 goes directly to Children’s National Medical Center in D.C. But it doesn’t stop there. Not only do they donate money to a great cause, they package up the candy and deliver it to our troops overseas! A letter-writing station is also set up during the event so the community can write letters of appreciation and draw pictures to send to our troops; each box of candy is accompanied by two to three letters.

Each year, they collect over 1,000 pounds of leftover Halloween candy! Last year set . a record of 1,679 pounds, and they hope to top that this year, with your help.


Halloween in Reston VA

Local businesses such as Pitango, Mayflowers, Ben & Jerry’s, Clyde’s and the Skating Rink at Reston Town Center have all donated prizes for this popular community event. Many students volunteer to box up all that candy as well, so if your child needs service hours, give us a call!

This year will mark the 12th Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back event for Dr. Tisseront’s office. With a win-win all around, don’t forget to mark your calendars for Monday, November 6, from 12 to 4 p.m. You’ll be glad you did!

This is a sponsored article written by Astrid Tisseront, public relations coordinator for Tisseront Orthodontics. Tisseront Orthodontics specializes in orthodontics for children and adults. First Published in www.Reston.org.

You can download this page as a PDF: Tisseront Orthodontics – Halloween Candy Buy-Back

12th Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back Event


What is an [Orthodontist]?

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All About Your Orthodontist: They’re Not Just the Braces Guy

While their realm of specialty lies in treating people with improperly positioned teeth, they are also trained in the treatment and control of facial growth (also known as dentofacial orthopedics) and the development/shape of the jaw. Even if you don’t need braces, an orthodontic specialist is still trained to treat a variety of maxillofacial problems. The difference in a dentist vs orthodontist is an orthodontist can treat structural issues that arise at any point in your life.


What Do They Fix Besides Crooked Teeth?

Your doctor has a wide range of tools available to help fix an array of dental issues, both structural and cosmetic. Whether they’re using braces, headgear, or plates, they can help fix a ton of stuff! Wide gaps, for example, aren’t just cosmetic; they can affect your speech, too. Your doctor can help close those gaps permanently, restoring self-confidence and preventing any permanent issues. Crooked teeth can also impede your speech or ability to eat, as well as affect the health of your gums and teeth. If your bite is off, this can create wear and tear on your teeth and cause problems with the structure and growth of your jaw. Just because you’re an adult and you’re done growing, your jaw can constantly change shape as you age, so keep that in mind if you’re hesitating about seeing a specialist.


What is a bad bite?

Known medically as malocclusion, a bad bite means the teeth are crooked and misaligned with an imperfect alignment between the top and bottom sets of the teeth. This can happen for any number of reasons, but the most common reason is usually because there was frequent thumb sucking as a child or an injury to the mouth. A bad bite doesn’t affect your physical health, but it can have a negative impact on how the face develops as it grows, not to mention creating crooked or protruding teeth. A really bad malocclusion can inhibit eating and speech, not to mention making it more difficult to keep the teeth brushed properly. Besides protruding front teeth, a bad bite commonly causes crowding of the teeth, leading to premature removal of baby teeth to make room for the others. The upper and lower teeth might become asymmetrical, and the adult teeth coming in might become impacted or malpositioned. Overbites are very common, too, which just means the upper teeth come down too far over the lower ones when the mouth is closed. Some kids end up with a reverse bite where the upper teeth fit behind the lower ones or an open bite where there’s an opening between the upper and lower teeth.

When Should You Start Orthodontic Treatments?

Orthodontic treatment typically isn’t started until the adult teeth have come in around 12 or 13 years of age. At this age, all of the adult teeth are in and fully developed. Of course, orthodontic treatment can arise at any time in your life, so don’t dismiss seeing an orthodontist even if you’re out of high school!

When you or your child goes into an orthodontic practice, they’ll do a complete work-up to gauge the current state of the teeth. If it’s a child, the doctor will predict how the teeth will develop without orthodontic intervention. No matter the age, however, they’ll take a full medical/dental history, perform an examination, take x-rays of both the teeth and jaws, and create plaster imprints and model of the teeth. All of these tools will be combined to create an intensive treatment plan.

Orthodontic Tools Used to Fix the Teeth

Fixed Appliances

Fixed oral appliances are the most common tools used in orthodontic treatment. There are more restrictions on food and drinks, as well as athletics, but they usually get the best results. Braces are used the most often, of course, and serve to fix crooked and misaligned teeth and malocclusions. Fixed space maintainers are put in when a child prematurely loses a baby tooth to keep that space open for the adult tooth. A band is affixed to one of the teeth next to space and a wire will go from the band to the other tooth. Special fixed appliances aren’t used all that often, but they may be beneficial to kids who tongue thrust or suck their thumb. They’re quite uncomfortable for the child, so they are only used if necessary.

Removable Appliances

Removable appliances treat minor problems or prevent future problems by curbing thumb sucking. They should be kept in the mouth at all times except when eating or flossing. Aligners are an option for adults who want braces without the “metal mouth” look. They’re pretty much invisible and they can be removed for brushing and eating. Headgear is unsightly but serves well to slow upper jaw growth while keeping the back teeth in their proper positions. Palatal expanders make the upper jaw’s arch wider. It’s made up of a plastic plate that’s put on the upper palate. Screws put pressure on the joints in the bone and force the bones outward. Removable retainers are also put on the roof of the mouth and used to keep the teeth from moving into their original (misaligned) positions. Splints are put into the top or lower jaw to help the jaw close properly when the patient is dealing with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) syndrome.

Now is the time

Don’t wait another minute! It is time to make that smile a vision of perfection! Contact Tisseront Orthodontics today for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Stephan Tisseront – the leading Harmony braces provider in the USA.

Tisseront Orthodontics

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

Phone: (703) 773-1200

How is [Invisalign] Different from Traditional Braces?


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

Why Should I Feel Confident About Invisalign?

Difference Between a Dentist And an Orthodontist


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.


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

Difference Between a Dentist And Orthodontist

What Is [Invisalign] and How Does It Work?

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?