Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your orthodontist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your unique mouth at each stage of the treatment plan.

Each aligner is worn for about two weeks for 22 hours per day. They may be removed for eating and drinking and for brushing and flossing.  As each aligner is replaced with the next, the teeth will begin to move gradually week by week until the final prescribed alignment is attained.

To ensure the best possible results, only an orthodontist who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat patients using Invisalign. Invisalign is not intended for children and is not appropriate for every orthodontic case. Dr. Lee can determine if Invisalign is an effective option for you.

Metal Braces -  are the most traditional type of treatment. They use brackets bonded to the teeth and wires to move teeth. Adjustments are typically every 4-8 weeks.

Braces aren't just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be improved at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of adult orthodontic treatments specifically designed to treat physically mature smiles.

Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss (periodontal disease), tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain. Periodontal disease may also increase the risk  for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease - hardening of the arteries.

GOOD NEWS - the new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time, and may allow you to choose from several treatment options.

After a complete evaluation, Dr. Lee will let you know which options of treatment are appropriate to your specific treatment plan. You may choose from  metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign.

All choices are effective and will help you achieve an incredible, confident smile.

Will Braces Hurt?

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

Invisalign -  uses a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners to straighten teeth - without brackets & wires. A popular choice for high school/ college students, adults, and performers. *Not  everyone is a candidate for aligner therapy.

Am I too Old for Braces?

Clear Braces -  work like metal braces, but offer a more  "cosmetic" appearance since the brackets are virtually invisible. A popular choice for high school/ college students, adults, and performers.

A patient of Dr. Lee's explains how often she has to come for adjustments, and what happens at those appointments.

*Video was filmed at Dr. Richard Lee's Northern Virginia office - Loudoun Orthodontics.

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Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of your smile. Orthodontics improves bad bites or malocclusions, which, if left untreated, can lead to tooth damage and/or periodontal disease. Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment and affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth, and how you feel about your smile.

Some types of malocclusions include:

  • Crossbite - can cause premature and uneven tooth wear and a risk of chipped teeth. It can lead to periodontal disease, tooth, and bone loss.
  • Crowding - makes it more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/ or gum disease
  • Spacing - allows for food to lodge between teeth leading to sore gums and possible periodontal disease
  • Excessive Overjet - can lead to chipped or fractured front teeth
  • Deep Bite - can cause damage to the upper palate and premature wear and chipping of the lower front teeth
  • Edge-to-Edge Bite - can lead to chipped or fractured teeth, jaw joint pain, and ultimately, worn down front teeth
  • Open Bite - can result in tongue-thrusting habits, speech impediments, gum recession, loose teeth, and bone loss

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