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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.

By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
September 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Would you like to do something about your crooked teeth, as long it doesn't require wearing metal braces? Many people feel the same invisalignway. Metal and ceramic braces may be effective, but they aren't exactly attractive. Lynchburg, VA, dentist Dr. Kevin Midkiff discusses Invisalign, a metal-free alternative to traditional braces.

How will Invisalign straighten my teeth?

Clear, removable aligner trays take the place of wires and brackets in the Invisalign system. When you visit our Lynchburg office, we'll design a series of trays that will cover your entire course of treatment. Each set of trays applies the gentle pressure needed to realign teeth and is worn for about two weeks. We'll take digital images and impressions of your mouth during your visit and combine them with X-rays to create a digital 3D representation of your teeth. Dr. Midkiff will use the 3D image to design upper and lower aligner trays that not only fit snugly and comfortably but also achieve your straightening goals.

Is Invisalign the right choice for me?

Invisalign is an excellent choice whether you are a teenager or an adult. As long as you're prepared to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, clean them regularly and follow a good oral hygiene routine, you'll benefit from Invisalign. The system is recommended for people who have a range of mild to moderate orthodontic problems, including spacing and crowding issues, overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites.

Will anybody be able to tell I'm wearing Invisalign aligner trays?

Invisalign aligner trays are made of transparent plastic and are designed to be virtually unnoticeable. They offer the easiest way to improve your smile without affecting your appearance during the straightening process.

Will I have to give up my favorite foods?

Food restrictions are a fact of life for people who wear metal or ceramic braces. Taking a bite of a hard food can break the wires, while sticky foods can become stuck around wires and brackets. There are no food restrictions with the Invisalign system. You'll remove the aligners when you eat, then rinse and replace them at the end of the meal. Although you can drink water without removing your trays, it's a good idea to remove the aligners when you drink other beverages that may stain your aligner trays.

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

By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
January 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Learn more about Invisalign from your Lynchburg dentist

Have you avoided straightening your teeth because you assume that metal braces are the only option? Innovative Invisalign aligner invisaligntrays are virtually invisible and don't draw attention to the fact that you're straightening your teeth. Dr. Kevin Midkiff, your Lynchburg, VA dentist explains how you can benefit from Invisalign.

No wires needed

The Invisalign system uses a series of clear aligner trays to gradually move your teeth into alignment. The comfortable trays are custom-made to fit your mouth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. You'll generally wear them for about 22 hours a day and take them out when you eat. There's no adjustments needed when you wear the aligners. Instead, you'll insert a new set of aligners every two weeks.

Your dentist designs your trays using photographs, impressions and X-rays of your teeth. Special Invisalign software enables him to view a 3-D representation of your mouth, which he uses to create trays for every phase of your orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is a good choice if you have a mild to moderate orthodontic issue, such as an overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, crowding or gaps between teeth.

Invisalign fits your life

If you play sports, you'll need to wear special mouthguards to protect metal or ceramic braces. A blow to the face can still break a wire and can cut your mouth, even with the extra protection provided by the mouthguard. When you wear Invisalign aligners, you'll remove your trays to play sports and can wear standard mouthguards. The aligners can also be removed for a few hours when you attend special events, like weddings and proms.

Food restrictions are one of the things that people who wear traditional braces dislike. Any types of food that can either break wires or brackets or become caught in them is off-limits. Since you'll remove your Invisalign aligners to eat, you won't have to worry about food limitations.

Cleaning your teeth is much easier, too. You'll simply remove your trays, brush and floss as usual, rinse the trays and reinsert them in your mouth.

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

By Kevin S. Midkiff, D.D.S. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
May 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

How Invisalign can quickly straighten your smile

When you think about orthodontic treatment, do you imagine it’s going to take years to get a new, straighter smile? It is true conventional braces can take a few years, but now there’s a new way to quickly straighten your smile. It’s called Invisalign, and you can have a Invisalignstraight smile in as little as 9 to 15 months! Dr. Kevin Midkiff, in Lynchburg, Virginia, wants you to know about the many benefits of Invisalign treatment.

It isn’t just the short length of treatment that makes Invisalign so great. Dr. Midkiff wants you to know there are many other benefits of this revolutionary orthodontic treatment. According to the makers of Invisalign, you will experience these additional benefits when you choose Invisalign treatment:

  • Improved comfort, because the aligners are smooth plastic with no metal parts to irritate your sensitive gums or cheeks
  • Enhanced cosmetic beauty, because Invisalign appliances are clear and virtually invisible to everyone
  • More convenience, because you can remove the Invisalign appliances whenever you want
  • Greater satisfaction, because you can eat whatever you want without worrying about breaking the appliance
  • Better oral health, because you can remove the appliances to brush and floss; no more clumsy flossing tools or picks

Dr. Midkiff will create your first set of custom Invisalign trays, called aligners. You will wear these for two weeks and then change to a new set, which you will wear for another two weeks. You change aligners every two weeks as your teeth move gradually and comfortably. After 9 to 15 months, you have a new, straight smile.

You can change the look of your smile and correct major functional and cosmetic issues with Invisalign, just like conventional orthodontic treatment. The difference is Invisalign is fast, uniquely comfortable and virtually invisible. It’s time to call Dr. Kevin Midkiff, in Lynchburg, Virginia, and find out just how quickly Invisalign can straighten your smile. Call today!