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Invisalign a Significant Advancement in the Evolution of Orthodontics

By: | Friday, April 15th, 2016 | Invisalign, Orthodontics

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Did you know that the desire for a beautiful smile is nothing new? Evidence proves that ancient civilizations attempted to develop ways to straighten and whiten teeth. Dental issues have been a matter of contemplation since 400BC, even provoking thought from researchers and philosophers such as Hippocrates and Aristotle. The remains found in certain cultures, such as the Etruscans, indicate that orthodontic appliances had been fitted to those who had passed, presumably to preserve teeth for the afterlife.

The orthodontic treatment that we know today is thought to have originated between the 17th and the 19th century. During these centuries, French dental pioneers practiced tooth extraction and palate expansion to make room for teeth to develop. The standard model of braces emerged in the 19th century, when wires and elastics were placed to exert mild force onto the ligament which holds teeth out of alignment. From early models came the metal bracket and wire fixtures orthodontists use today. With periodic adjustments, these fixtures gradually move teeth into optimal position.

New Developments in Orthodontic Care

invisalignIn some cases, conventional orthodontia remains the best option for alignment correction. However, many patients of Dr. Price are able to achieve their desired outcome without ever having to wear metal fixtures on their teeth. An Invisalign Premier Provider, Dr. Price has helped numerous patients in Northern Virginia feel better about their smile.

Invisalign has taken the basic principles of orthodontic care and transformed the delivery method. Rather than using metal brackets and wires, the Invisalign system moves teeth with pressure from clear, plastic aligners. These appliances look similar to the trays used to whiten teeth, but they are formed in a unique manner that exerts the force needed to move teeth into their rightful position.

There are several benefits to Invisalign treatment, all of which are significant. Patients appreciate the fact that they can discreetly straighten their teeth. Without metal appliances, greater comfort is enjoyed throughout the course of treatment. Rather than having to visit the orthodontists periodically for orthodontic adjustments, patients need only switch their aligners every two weeks to continue the progression of movement. Because aligners are removable, oral hygiene can be maintained, decreasing the risk of cavities and gum irritation.

Want to see how Invisalign can give you a straighter smile? Schedule a no obligation consultation at (703)750-9404.



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