Do you dream of a beautiful smile? Do rotated, crowded, or crooked teeth get in the way of that dream? If so, you may be wondering if Invisalign® orthodontics is the answer you’ve been looking for.
But did you know that Invisalign clear aligners do more than improve the beauty of your smile? They also improve your overall oral health. Misaligned teeth are much harder to keep clean and therefore put you at an increased risk of dental decay and gum disease.
However, treatment with Invisalign aligners is not for everyone. Our caring doctors at Ocean View Dental Care can evaluate your unique needs and determine if you are a good candidate.
Some patients may require treatment options other than Invisalign. Ocean View Dental Care is fortunate to have partnered with Dr. Katherine Ahn of Aviara Centers. She provides the latest in traditional orthodontics, as well as advanced techniques in the area of facial growth and development.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign involves aligner technology using clear trays, known as aligners, that discreetly and gently move your teeth into their desired position.
These aligners must be worn for 22 hours a day for maximum effectiveness. Since they are custom-made, they perfectly fit your teeth. Add to this the fact that they are clear, and you get an orthodontic solution that is nearly invisible.
Many patients choose Invisalign due to their invisibility, but the fact that they are removable offers several other advantages as well. For instance, oral hygiene is much easier and more effective, as no wires or brackets get in the way. Also, since you remove them to eat, you do not have any limitations on your food choices.
Moreover, the aligners are comfortable, and you don’t have many of the inconveniences associated with conventional braces. For example, the occasional loose bracket or broken wire which can cut into the gum or inner lip.
How do I get started with Invisalign?
The first step involves a consultation appointment. Since aligners are not for everyone, our trained Invisalign doctors at Ocean View Dental Care will evaluate your teeth and gums, as well as your bite, to see if you are a candidate. They will also evaluate your overall health. Some issues, such as dental decay or gum disease, may need to be treated before we can begin with aligner treatment.
If your issues are too complex for Invisalign, we will simply have Dr. Ahn evaluate you to determine your needs.
If we feel Invisalign will effectively move your teeth into their desired position, we will take photographs and digital x-rays.
Next, we will take digital impressions utilizing our TRIOS system. This advanced dental technology offers convenience and comfort. Instead of putting gooey, gummy impression material in your mouth, we use our “magic wand.” This wand allows for immediate images that are much more precise than traditional impressions.
Our doctors will then use all the information they gathered to create a customized treatment plan to realign your teeth in the most efficient, effective way.
We will then send your impressions, x-rays, photos, and our treatment plan to the dental laboratory for fabrication of your custom aligners.
What can I expect during treatment?
Before you begin treatment, we will give you all the information you need so your treatment will be successful. We will also let you know how long you will wear each set before progressing on to the next set in your series of custom aligners. For most patients, this is every two weeks.
Once you receive your aligners, you will need to wear them 22 hours a day so you can stay on track with your treatment plan. While you will not need to visit us every time you progress to a new set, you will come in for occasional visits so we can ensure your treatment stays on track.
Invisalign treatment will straighten your teeth through gentle pressure. This pressure is what allows for tooth movement.
Treatment times vary depending on each patient’s unique needs, but most patients wear aligners for 6 to 18 months.
Once your teeth reach their desired position, you will transition to retainers to keep your teeth from shifting back to their original position.
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If you would like to know more about Invisalign orthodontics, our friendly team at Ocean View Dental Care is here to help. Call (949) 388-0780 today to set up your consultation.