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7 Benefits of Invisalign Clear Aligners

At Karen Harriman, DDS, we believe everyone deserves a smile they are proud of. Dr. Karen Harriman is a member of the American Academy of Clear Aligners (AACA), which is composed of dentists across North America who believe in achieving healthy smiles through the use of Clear Aligner Orthodontic Therapy. As a member of the AACA, Dr. Harriman gets exclusive access to continued education programs specifically relating to clear aligner therapy, and the academy promotes the exchange of new ideas, protocols and treatment processes relating to this field.

As part of their awareness program, the AACA celebrates National Align Your Teeth Day annually on August 11th to showcase the benefits of dental aligners. To celebrate, this day we are also offering an Invisalign Summer Special!

What Are Clear Aligners?

Dental aligners are clear and discreet braces that fit your teeth snugly and over time move your teeth to prevent some long term dental issues. ​

At our dental office in Falls Church, VA, we use Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign is the top solution for clear aligners and we are proud that Dr. Harriman has been recognized as a 2021 Gold Invisalign Provider.

Invisalign uses convenient and discreet clear aligners that don't interrupt your life. They can be used to treat various dental issues such as:

  • Crowded teeth

  • Overbite / Underbite

  • Crossbite

  • Gap teeth

  • Open bite

  • Generally straight teeth that some additional aligning

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign Clear Aligners?

  1. You can see what your smile transformation will look like ahead of time so you can decide if it’s the right fit for you

  2. They are virtually invisible

  3. They are less painful than traditional metal braces

  4. There’s no need to change your diet as you remove them during meal times

  5. They are more affordable than you may think

  6. They work in half the time of traditional braces — you can see results in as little as six months

  7. Invisalign requires less visits to the dentist, so it’s more convenient for your schedule

“One of the best parts of my job is boosting someone’s confidence through a smile transformation,” said Karen Harriman, DDS. “As a certified Gold Invisalign Provider, we use its modern technology to align teeth in the most discreet and comfortable way possible to give our patients the smile they’ve been dreaming about. If the look of your teeth has been bothering you and affecting your confidence, let us help you — our team will be delighted to create a custom treatment plan for your needs.”

According to Spotlight Oral Care, an estimated 25 million dental aligners will be disposed in a landfill site that will eventually go into the ocean. We are conscious of this problem which is why we are working with them to implement their recycling program at our office and do our part to decrease plastic waste due to dental aligners. Find out more about this program here.

If you’d like to learn more about Invisalign clear aligners and how they can improve your smile, don’t hesitate to get in touch and book an appointment. With our iTero Element 5D scanner, we can provide you with an image of how your teeth could look with Invisalign treatment at the same appointment with no commitment necessary. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve the smile of your dreams.


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