Invisalign Specialist
Are you embarrassed when you smile because of crooked teeth or an unsightly gap between your teeth? With today’s modern dental technology, you might not have to wear traditional metal braces to correct the problem. The Invisalign® system could be your answer. Dr. Amirreza Rafaat, DDS, with Lansdowne and Herndon Smile Design in Northern Virginia, is a certified Invisalign provider who can straighten your teeth so you don’t have to experience the pain of wearing heavy metal braces.

Invisalign Q & A

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the newest dental technology to straighten teeth, close gaps between teeth, and correct some bite problems. Invisalign aligners fit over your teeth; they’re made of resins and are completely safe to wear. They don’t contain harmful bisphenol A, an industrial chemical that can be used in plastics. Researchers say BPA disrupts natural hormone activity in your body. Many teens and adults wear Invisalign aligners rather than getting traditional metal braces.   

How does Invisalign straighten my teeth?

During a consultation, Dr. Rafaat examines your teeth, gums, and jaw to determine whether the Invisalign system will produce the results you want. If it’s a go, then he scans your teeth and mouth. A lab manufactures the aligners based on your individual scan so that they fit your mouth perfectly.

When you first put them in, the aligners apply light pressure on the teeth that are crooked or out of alignment. Gradually, the teeth move into their desired position.

You wear each set of aligners for a week or two, and then Dr. Rafaat replaces them with new ones. Dr. Rafaat may give you two or three sets of aligners that you’ll use sequentially over the next few weeks.  

After the initial appointments to ensure that the aligners are the right fit, you’ll follow up with Dr. Rafaat every six weeks to ensure continuous progress.

What are the advantages of Invisalign compared with traditional braces?

Faster results

Invisalign produces results up to 50% more quickly than metal braces.

Fewer dental appointments

Because Dr. Rafaat gives you more than one set of aligners at a time, your appointments are usually six weeks apart.

Cosmetic advantage

Everyone can still see your smile; you don’t have to wear heavy metal on your teeth!


Braces can be painful for days after a dentist tightens them in the office; Invisalign aligners produce only slight pressure, and it disappears after a few days.

Easier cleaning

You take out the aligners when you brush and floss your teeth, so it’s easier to clean your teeth thoroughly than it is with braces.

No food restrictions

Braces may entail temporarily giving up some foods you love, but with aligners, you can eat all of your regular foods.


If wires on the braces get dislodged when you play sports, they can cut the inside of your mouth. With the Invisalign system, you’re worry-free.

At Lansdowne & Herndon Smile Design, Dr. Amirreza Rafaat provides Invisalign services to patients throughout Northern Virginia, including Lansdowne, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Leesburg, Reston, and Broadlands, VA. Call or book an appointment online today to schedule a visit!

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