Invisalign® Specialist

Valerie M. Preston, DDS, PA -  - Dentist

VP Dental

Valerie M. Preston, DDS, PA

Dentist located in Raleigh, NC

A beautiful smile full of straight teeth can boost your self-esteem and confidence. At VP Dental in Raleigh, North Carolina, Valerie M. Preston, DDS, PA, offers Invisalign services to help you enjoy straight teeth without the uncomfortable metal and wires of braces. Contact the office today, or book an appointment online to learn how you can enjoy straight teeth.

Invisalign® Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign, created by California company Align Technology, is a teeth-straightening treatment that uses clear, removable plastic trays or “aligners.” These aligners, made out of smooth and flexible plastic, are sturdy and far more comfortable than braces that use metal brackets and wires.

Invisalign is FDA-approved to help shift your teeth into straight alignment and improve your smile. It is safe, effective, and far less restrictive than traditional braces.

How does Invisalign treatment work?

Before you receive your aligners, Dr. Preston takes a digital imprint of your teeth. This imprint allows her to use computer technology to design your aligners as well as a plan for moving your teeth into their new position. You’ll be able to see a computer model of your final results before treatment even begins.

Your digital file is sent to Align Technology to create the aligners. Once you have your aligner, you’ll wear it 20-22 hours each day, taking it out just to eat or brush and floss your teeth.

To keep your teeth moving into the right position, you’ll need a new aligner every few weeks. You’ll also need to see Dr. Preston regularly to ensure your aligners are working properly to move your teeth.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

Invisalign has numerous advantages over traditional braces. First, you can feel more confident in your smile while you are receiving treatment. Your aligners are practically invisible, so you can smile as normal without worrying about someone spotting your braces.

Because they are removable, your aligners also don’t keep you from using your teeth as usual. When you wear metal braces, you may have to avoid certain foods, and you would need to clean your braces after every meal. With Invisalign, you simply remove them, eat as usual, then replace them.

Your Invisalign treatment is also simpler and more comfortable. Instead of frequent appointments to replace wires or add rubber bands, you’ll see Dr. Preston for quick check-ins. She can give you advice on caring for your aligners or make small adjustments to your next set to keep up with your progress.

How do I care for my Invisalign?

Though you don’t wear aligners while you eat, they can still get dirty. You need to clean your aligners twice per day by brushing them like you would your teeth. Then use warm (not hot water) to rinse them out before replacing them in your mouth.

Get the beautiful, straight smile you desire without the discomfort of metal braces. Call the office today, or book an appointment online for your Invisalign consultation.