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By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
July 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Are you seeking to enhance the quality of your smile and overall facial appearance? A simple and effective way to do that is through Invisalign treatment. It involves the process of wearing a clear set of removable aligners that apply a particular amount of force to your teeth to gradually straighten them.

To find out if you’re eligible for this innovative orthodontic treatment, you can consult with Dr. Kevin Midkiff here at Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Lynchburg, VA. Meanwhile, here’s what you should know about Invisalign.

How Does the Invisalign Treatment Work?

A series of digital impressions of your teeth will be created to construct a 3D treatment plan that’s specific to your orthodontic issues. This plan will then be used to make a custom-designed set of Invisalign aligners, which are made out of a thermoplastic material called SmartTrack that’s patented and approved by the FDA.

You will have to wear the aligners for a minimum of 22 hours daily and then move on to the succeeding set of aligners every two weeks or so. Treatment times vary depending on what issues are being corrected but typically take between six months to a year or more.

Is Invisalign Treatment Right for You?

Invisalign is the most viable teeth-alignment solution for you to consider if you truly want to achieve a great smile, and most especially if you are troubled with an orthodontic issue such as one of the following:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Open bite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps in between teeth

What Benefits Can Invisalign Provide?

Apart from the fact that Invisalign treatment can effectively straighten your teeth, it also offers these benefits:

  • Invisible Straightening. The virtually invisible set of aligners can allow you to maintain your confidence and smile throughout treatment.
  • Ease and Comfort. Since Invisalign aligners are made out of smooth plastic, they provide a comfortable feel. Likewise, the digital impressions made from your teeth ensure that they will fit snugly in your mouth.
  • Improved Oral Health. If your teeth are not positioned correctly, it could cause your mouth to become more susceptible to oral complications. Straightened teeth, on the other hand, allow for easy access to your teeth when performing your oral care routine.
  • Eat With Ease. Invisalign treatment enables you to eat whatever you choose, as the aligners are removable.

Interested in Invisalign? Call Us

Book an appointment here at Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Lynchburg, VA, with your dentist, Dr. Kevin Midkiff, by calling (434) 239-8133.

By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
June 25, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

InvisalignAre you interested in finding out whether or not Invisalign is the very best option for getting the straighter smile you’ve always wanted? If you are an older teen or adult, living in Lynchburg, VA, and you feel self-conscious about your crooked smile, our dentist Dr. Kevin Midkiff can help. These Invisalign FAQS will help you determine whether this is the right treatment to meet your needs.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign offers an amazing alternative to traditional metal braces. Instead of bonding brackets and wires to the front of your teeth, our Lynchburg, VA, family dentist will provide you with a set of clear, plastic aligners that look similar to mouthguards and cover your teeth.

How does it work?

The success behind Invisalign lies in the fact that each aligner is tailor-made based on measurements of your teeth, as well as determining which teeth need to shift during the course of your treatment in order to achieve your ideal results. Based on these specifications, an Invisalign lab will then create a set of aligners that will apply just the right amount of pressure to specific teeth to move them gradually into place.

What problems can Invisalign fix?

Invisalign is great for treating more minor or moderate alignment issues. With Invisalign, many of our patients were able to fix,

  • Crowding
  • Overlapping
  • Twisted or crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

It’s important to know that Invisalign may not be ideal for treating oral issues that require more complex or complicated tooth or jaw movements.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign is different from all other orthodontic systems on the market, it’s not a surprise that it offers an array of unique benefits including,

  • A clear, metal-free way to get a straighter smile
  • Aligners that are comfortable and easy to care for and clean
  • Removable braces that you can take out prior to brushing or eating
  • No restrictions on what foods you eat
  • Visiting the dentist less frequently for checkups compared to traditional braces
  • Quicker treatment

How often should I wear my aligners every day?

In order to see results, you will need to be diligent about wearing your aligners as much as possible throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to wear your aligners unless you are eating, drinking (if you are drinking water you don’t have to remove them), flossing or brushing. The rest of the time your aligners should be worn. Ideally, you should be wearing your aligners 20-22 hours/day.

Still have questions about Invisalign treatment? Or are you ready to take the next step and sit down with our dental team to discuss your options for getting a straighter smile? If so, then call our Lynchburg, VA, dental office at (434) 239-8133 today to schedule an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Midkiff!

By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
March 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Woman With A Beautiful Bright White SmileYou've been dissatisfied with your smile appearance for quite some time now. You know your dentist in Lynchburg, Dr. Kevin Midkiff is an expert in cosmetic dental procedures, but you don't know what service might be best for your teeth and gums. Don't keep wondering. Dr. Midkiff will be happy to sit down with you and discuss your options. That's what a cosmetic dentistry consultation is all about.

What bothers you about your smile?

There's no doubt. Time plus simple wear and tear change how our smiles look to those around us. That being said, self-confidence takes a hit, too, when our teeth look dull, stained, chipped, or misaligned.

Think carefully about how you'd like to improve your smile. Then, come to Kevin Midkiff DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Lynchburg and share your ideas with this caring and highly skilled dentist. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry maintains that a frank discussion with your dentist about your goals and possible outcomes results in a smile that looks great and helps you feel your very best.

Offered cosmetic dentistry treatments

One of the most popular and affordable is professional teeth whitening. Applied either at-home or in the dental chair, concentrated whitening gel removes deeply embedded stains from tobacco, beverages, drugs, foods and more. And, you know your teeth are safe because Dr. Midkiff examines them before recommending any whitening or other cosmetic services.

For simple reshaping and repair of mildly flawed teeth, composite resin bonding and cosmetic reshaping can't be beat. Dr. Midkiff carefully sands and buffs away small chips, pits, and other surface defects, and as needed, he may add composite resin, a tooth-colored putty which can be sculpted and hardened to look and function just like real tooth enamel.

Another highly sought-after treatment is porcelain veneers. Bonded to the front of chipped, cracked or misshapen teeth, tooth-shaped veneers beautify and strengthen teeth for a Hollywood look which is customized to compliment your facial features.

Finally, Invisalign clear aligners provide a dual benefit. This inventive orthodontic system helps teens and older adults have beautiful smiles which are truly healthy and functional, too. Resembling thin teeth whitening trays, Invisalign appliances move teeth gradually without the discomforts or obvious appearance of metal or ceramic braces. Plus, the aligners are completely removable for meals and oral hygiene.

A smile makeover

While aesthetics are an important issue, some smiles need more help. If you'd like to investigate the benefits of a total smile makeover, Dr. Midkiff and his team can work with you toward that goal as well. From dental implants to porcelain crowns to bridgework and dentures, you can experience a smile that works as well as it looks.

Find out more

Dr. Kevin Midkiff would be pleased to help you toward your smile goals. Call his office today for a consultation in Lynchburg, VA, at (434) 239-8133. We have extended hours on Fridays and selected days until 6 o'clock

By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
November 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign BracesMetal braces are no longer the only method dentists use to straighten crooked teeth. Invisalign offers a much more discreet orthodontic option. Lynchburg, VA, dentist Dr. Kevin Midkiff helps his patients correct bite issues and realign crooked teeth with removable Invisalign aligner trays.

What is Invisalign?

There's no need for metal wires and brackets with Invisalign. The system corrects the position of teeth with a series of clear, removable aligner trays that fit snugly over your top and bottom teeth. The trays exert constant pressure on your teeth, which slowly changes their position.

Your trays are custom made for you by the Invisalign company after your Lynchburg dentist creates a digital 3D image of your mouth. The image, compiled from digital photographs, X-rays, and impressions, is used to plot the course of your treatment. Each tray is worn for 20 to 22 hours per day for approximately two weeks before being replaced with the next tray in the series.

Does Invisalign work as well as metal braces?

Invisalign is just as effective as metal braces in correcting mild to moderate orthodontic issues. It's an excellent option for crooked teeth, spacing issues, or bite problems. Although many people can benefit from Invisalign treatment, metal braces may be the best choice if you have a severe bite problem or complicated orthodontic issues.

If you're a teenager, you can expect your treatment to last two years or longer. Adults generally have shorter treatment times and may only need to wear the trays for about a year in many cases.

What are the benefits of Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign's clear aligner trays are an excellent option if you don't want to draw attention to your teeth during treatment. Thanks to their snug fit, the aligners blend in with your smile and aren't noticeable in photographs.

As the aligner trays don't contain wires, you'll never have to worry about cuts to your lips or mouth from stray wires. Cleaning your teeth is also easy. You'll remove the trays before you brush and floss and replace them as soon as you're finished. You'll also take the trays out before you eat, which means that you won't face any food restrictions during your treatment.

Transform your smile with Invisalign! Call Lynchburg, VA, dentist Dr. Kevin Midkiff at (434) 239-8133 to schedule your appointment.

By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
July 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

InvisalignYour teeth get noticed more than you may realize. Why not have them look their best and be healthy, too, with straight dental alignment from the Invisalign system? Popular with older teens and adults who have mild to moderate orthodontic issues, clear acrylic Invisalign aligners gently and gradually shift teeth into optimal positions. At Kevin Midkiff DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Lynchburg, new Invisalign smiles are created discreetly. Could the next one be yours?

Metal or ceramic braces show when you smile, and they come with complicated oral hygiene rules and some dietary limitations as well. Adult patients often desire well-aligned smiles but wish to avoid the complexities and obvious appearance of traditional braces. That's where Invisalign comes in.

Invisalign treatment

Through oral examination and special imaging techniques, Dr. Midkiff determines if a teen or adult patient can use Invisalign aligners. Many problems respond well to these customized aligner pairs--things such as:

  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Gaps (under crowding)
  • Over crowding
  • Tooth rotation
  • Tooth tipping
  • Orthodontic relapse
  • Protruding front teeth

However, complicated cases still may require conventional braces. Your dentist in Lynchburg has the training and experience to know if Invisalign is the way to go.

If you qualify...

Expect your Invisalign treatment to last nine to 18 months with a year being about average. Traditional orthodontics usually takes two to two and a half years or even longer to complete.

Also, expect to wear 18 to 30 aligner pairs (they resemble teeth whitening trays), changing each pair every two weeks until your care plan finishes. They are removable, discreet, easy to clean and cause no changes to your diet or oral hygiene routine. Just take them out for brushing, flossing, meals and snacks.

Further, expect progress checks at your dentist's office every month to six weeks. Dr. Midkiff will track your progress and give you the next aligners in your treatment sequence. You'll wear your appliances 20 to 22 hours a day to keep your teeth moving toward the desired goal.

Finally, expect to wear a retainer when your treatment is complete. This comfortable appliance will keep your beautiful new smile in place and avoid orthodontic relapse (teeth sometimes shift after braces are removed).

Get Invisalign

One out of every five orthodontic patients are adults, says the American Association of Orthodontists. Thousands of them are wearing Invisalign aligners. You could, too. Contact Dr. Midkiff's office today for your consultation on the most discreet and innovative braces around. Call (434) 239-8133.