Invisalign: Customized for Your Teeth

Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth - VA

When it comes to crooked teeth, no two mouths are alike.  Some people have noticeable gaps between their teeth that increase the risk for periodontal disease, others may have their teeth crowded together in a way that makes them difficult to brush effectively. One great advantage of the Invisalign treatment process is that it can be customized to work for a wide variety of dental problems.

Dental conditions that can be successfully treated with Invisalign include:

  • Gapped teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Overly-crowded teeth
  • Crossbite

After your initial consultation, Dr. Folck will take a series of manual and digital impressions that show exactly what your teeth look like before Invisalign. These impressions become the basis for your Invisalign dental trays, which Dr. Folck will customize to fit the dental conditions you want to correct. Dr. Folck will create a whole series of trays to be changed out every two weeks, each one designed to push your teeth a little closer to their correct position.

Best of all, the design process can be adjusted to account for the speed with which your teeth respond to the Invisalign treatment. Some people find that their teeth take a little longer to shift into the correct position; for these patients, a more incremental treatment may be more effective and less painful. Invisalign allows Dr. Folck and you to decide exactly what needs to be fixed with your teeth, and then create a plan for fixing them.

Dr. Folck welcomes new patients to his Invisalign practice. If you have crooked teeth and want to find out what Invisalign can do for them, contact his office today by calling (757) 428-7440. Dr. Folck serves patients in Virginia Beach, Hampton, Norfolck, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake.

Does Invisalign Have Any Health Benefits?

Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth - VA

Invisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces. Countless numbers of our Norfolk patients have chosen Invisalign for its subtle, virtually invisible appearance, convenience, and comfort. But did you know there are health benefits as well? To learn more about Invisalign, please contact Norfolk Invisalign dentist Dr. Michael Folck today at 755-428-7440 to arrange a consultation.

Invisalign consists of a series of invisible plastic straighteners, each of which is slightly different from the previous one. Each new straightener gently moves your teeth closer to their final, corrected positions. After about a year (each custom Invisalign straightener is worn for two weeks), your teeth will have reached a more natural, attractive position.

Far from just a convenient, attractive alternative to metal braces, Invisalign actually offers some health benefits as well.

  • Healthier gums: Metal braces can irritate gum tissue. While this usually disappears after a period of adjustment, every patient is different, and each in-office adjustment brings the possibility of additional irritation.
  • Easier cleaning: Although you’ll need to wear your Invisalign aligners as much as possible, they are removable for meals and for your daily brushing and flossing routines. This creates a more sanitary environment in your mouth. Unlike metal braces, there’s no chance of getting food stuck in Invisalign!
  • Straighter teeth: Of course, the biggest health benefit of all comes from the straight, healthy smile you’ll enjoy after your treatment is complete. Studies consistently demonstrate links between oral health and heart health. Your oral health can even affect your chances of developing diabetes!

Today’s patients have a clear choice in Invisalign invisible braces. To discover how Invisalign can improve your smile and your health, please contact Norfolk Invisalign dentist Dr. Michael Fock today at 755-428-7440 to arrange an appointment.

Can I Still Snack While Wearing My Invisalign?

Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth - VA

Invisalign® aligners are a great solution for mild cases of crooked teeth, as well as a variety of other dental problems. Invisalign® has minimal affect on a person’s day to day life making it a convenient option. It is recommended that aligners be worn for 20-22 hours out of the day, which isn’t a problem for most people, but what many seem to forget is that they should be taken out when eating, and in some cases drinking.

While many people using Invisalign® may be tempted to snack while wearing their Invisalign®, it may not be the best idea. Chewing while wearing aligners can greatly increase the risk of cracking, breaking, or distorting them. When a person eats or drinks with their trays in, acidic fluids can get stuck in the trays, ultimately exposing the teeth to an acid bath and increasing the possibility of cavities.

Although beverages such as water do not require your trays to be removed, it is best to drink all other beverages through a straw to prevent staining. When drinking a hot beverage, remember to remove aligners, as the temperature may cause the aligners to distort. Maintaining proper hygiene is essential to a healthy smile. After each meal, remember to brush and floss prior to re-inserting your trays.

If you are located in the Norfolk or Virginia Beach area and are ready to see how you can change your smile, please contact Norfolk Invisalign® dentist Dr. Michael P. Folck at (757) 428-7440 to schedule a consultation.

Will anyone know I’m wearing Invisalign?

Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth - VA

If you suffer from crooked teeth, you might be afraid to show your smile to the world. While traditional metal braces are effective, many patients simply don’t want to deal with the discomfort and inconvenience. Today’s patients have a clear choice in Invisalign invisible braces. To learn more about Invisalign, please contact Virginia Beach dentist Dr. Michael Folck today at 755-428-7440 to arrange a consultation.

Invisalign relies on a series of translucent straighteners that you place over your teeth. Each custom straightener in the sequence is slightly different from the previous one, and each time you wear a new straightener, it gently pushes your teeth closer to their final, corrected positions. Each straightener is worn for about two weeks, after which time it is discarded and replaced with the next one in the series. The entire process takes about a year.

One of the most exciting benefits of Invisalign is its virtual invisibility. While the aligners are discernable up close, the vast majority of people you encounter in everyday life won’t even know you’re wearing them. The BPA-free plastic aligners blend seamlessly with your smile at every stage because they’re custom-built for you.

To discover how Invisalign can improve your smile conveniently and comfortably, please contact Invisalign dentist Dr. Michael Fock today at 755-428-7440 to arrange an appointment. We are pleased to serve patients in Virginia Beach and the surrounding area.

Is Invisalign Painful?

Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Portsmouth - VA

One of the reasons that so many patients in the Virginia Beach area are dissatisfied with traditional metal braces is that those braces are uncomfortable and often painful. The metal wires can poke and prod sensitive gums and cheeks, and the frequent tightenings required throughout the orthodontic process are thoroughly unpleasant.

Fortunately, exciting Invisalign® technology does not have this problem. Offered by Dr. Michael Folck, DDS, Invisalign provides you with a comfortable, painless orthodontic adjustment.

Invisalign® works through sets of custom designed clear plastic aligners. These fit snugly over your teeth, ensuring a comfortable experience. There are no metal wires to poke the interior of your mouth, and since you remove the aligners before you eat, you won’t have to worry about the discomfort of getting food caught under the wires.

Finally, Invisalign® does not require adjustment appointments. You’ll wear a set of aligners for a certain period of time, then return to our office for a new set. No painful, tedious time in a dentist’s chair while braces are tightened.

If you’re a Virginia Beach, Virginia area resident and you want to learn more about Invisalign’s® advantages, please contact Dr. Michael Folck, DDS today for a consultation.

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Dr. Michael P. Folck, DDS
328 Louisa Avenue, Suite 120
| Virginia Beach, VA, 23454 |
757.428.7440

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