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How to Get a Smile You Are Proud Of — An Invisalign Transformation

One of the main reasons Dr. Karen Harriman decided to be a dentist was to help people in her community improve their oral health — something that’s not only important for achieving great overall health, but also for boosting confidence. One of the most satisfying techniques to create a smile transformation is Invisalign treatment.

Dr. Harriman is proud to be an Invisalign Gold Provider, which means she treats between 25-60 patients a year with this orthodontic technique. One of our recent Invisalign transformations was our patient John E., who was experiencing crowding and an overbite. Dr. Harriman and the dental team in Falls Church helped John improve both the health and aesthetics of his teeth.

“I was not happy with my crooked teeth, and having a job that requires regular public speaking and face-to-face interactions, braces were not an option,” said John E. “Then Dr. Harriman recommended I try Invisalign. I was absolutely amazed by the simple process and the incredible results. In just over a year, my crooked teeth came into alignment using trays that are so clear that no one ever noticed. It feels really good now to be happy to smile!”

What Does Invisalign Treatment Entail?

Dr. Harriman will assess your needs for orthodontic treatment during your Invisalign consultation. Using the iTero Element scanner, 5D images will allow Dr. Harriman to map out a custom treatment plan that will help you achieve the smile of your dreams. You will see what your projected new smile will look like and decide if you want to go ahead.

Once your treatment begins, you will receive custom clear trays that you replace every few weeks. The trays adjust your teeth to create straighter and better aligned teeth. You can start to see results within a few months. Each case is unique but usually a comprehensive case will take about 9-12 months to get full results.

Three Benefits of Invisalign Treatment Versus Traditional Braces

  1. The removable Invisalign trays are more comfortable that traditional wire braces

  2. Because you can remove them to eat, you don’t need to restrict your diet at all

  3. The clear aligners are extremely hard to notice, so you can feel confident wearing them at work or any event

Many of our patients say Invisalign treatment is truly life-changing. It’s amazing how much their confidence grows over time as their teeth transform. It’s an honor to be able to provide our patients with this boost in confidence and be part of their journey. If you are interested in transforming your smile, don’t hesitate to contact our office today to schedule a consultation.


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