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Invisalign® at Our Fairfax Practice

"As always, I was treated with the warm courtesy which is constant in this office. My cleaning and other dental issues were attended to immediately and professionally. . . . and I might add painlessly. Visiting the dentist used to be a dread. The care and attention I receive here has always been outstanding. It is now a pleasure to go."


Patients in the Great Falls and Washington, D.C. areas have enjoyed remarkable results using Invisalign® invisible braces. Invisalign® is a leading-edge teeth straightening method that is perfect for adolescent and adult patients who want to straighten their teeth without metal braces. Dr. D. Gordon Rye can use Invisalign® in combination with restorative dentistry procedures and cosmetic dentistry procedures as part of a total smile makeover.

Benefits of Invisalign®

The benefits of Invisalign® are numerous. Nearly undetectable aligners give patients the smile they’ve always wanted without unsightly braces, so they can attend social occasions with confidence. The clear plastic Invisalign® trays are more comfortable than traditional braces and require fewer dental visits for adjustments. Since they are removable, eating, brushing, and flossing with Invisalign® is no problem. Clinical research has proven the success of the Invisalign® system.

How does Invisalign® work?

The Invisalign® process straightens teeth in a series of simple steps:

  • Visit Our Dentist. Dr. D. Gordon Rye is an Invisalign® Certified Dentist serving the Great Falls and Washington, D.C. areas. He can determine if Invisalign® is right for you during an initial consultation. In the first appointment, Dr. Rye takes impressions of your teeth and gums, a bite registration, digital X-rays, and photographs. Then Dr. Rye and Invisalign coordinate your Personalized Dental Plan (PDP).

  • Invisalign® Crafts the Aligners. Using Dr. Rye’s Personalized Dental Plan, Invisalign® crafts the patient’s aligners using the latest advances in 3-Dimensional computer imaging technology. Computer imaging allows Invisalign® technicians to simulate the end result of the patient’s smile and craft the series of aligners accordingly.

  • Wear the Aligners Consistently. You will receive your first set of aligners a few weeks after their initial appointment. Every two to six weeks, Dr. Rye evaluates the progress of your treatment and delivers the next set of aligners. The mapped-out Personalized Dental Plan allows precise adjustment of the force applied to each tooth, gradually straightening the teeth throughout treatment. You remove the aligners only to eat, drink, and clean your teeth.

  • Treatment Is Complete. The teeth will move little by little until they reach their final position, usually in about nine to fifteen months. When treatment is complete, Dr. Rye will create a retention plan for the patient’s smile. Dr. Rye’s office also offers professional teeth whitening procedures to further enhance a new Invisalign® smile, using the aligners to apply bleaching solution to your teeth.

Who can use Invisalign®?

Invisalign® effectively treats the vast majority of adults and adolescents with narrow arches, crowding, space closure, relapse, and anterior intrusion. Dr. D. Gordon Rye can determine if Invisalign® is right for you during your first examination, and will create a Personalized Dental Plan accordingly. You should talk to Dr. Rye about existing conditions, such as TMJ disorder, that may affect your Invisalign® treatment.

Contact Dr. D. Gordon Rye for Invisalign® Invisible Orthodontics

If you live near Great Falls or Washington, D.C. and want to straighten your smile, Invisalign® might be the perfect solution. Dr. D. Gordon Rye’s use of Invisalign® has achieved remarkable results for many patients. To schedule a consultation to see if Invisalign® is right for you, contact our practice today.

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