For generations, the only way to get the straight, stunning smile you desire was to spend years dealing with the frustration of braces, headgear, and the like. Now, with Invisalign's nearly invisible aligners, the only person who knows you're working towards a better smile is you!
Invisalign uses cutting-edge digital technology to create a complete model of your teeth. The system then generates a series of clear trays, constructed of medical-grade plastic. These trays fit snugly over your teeth and slowly guide them into your desired shape. Unlike traditional braces, the Invisalign trays are nearly invisible. Your dentist will provide you with several aligners at the same time, allowing you the luxury of changing the aligners at home every two weeks. No more painful "adjustment" appointments required.
At Pacific Heights Dental's Fillmore District dentist office, our team is ready to start you on your journey to a straighter smile. Call today to learn if Invisalign offers the perfect solution for your needs.
Since its introduction nearly 20 years ago, Invisalign has revolutionized how patients approach orthodontics. Much has written about this innovative process. Here are a few common misconceptions:
Invisalign is painful
While it is true that the straightening process can cause discomfort, our patients report considerably less pain than with traditional orthodontia. Typically, the pain will fade as your teeth adjust to the first aligner, and you should experience less with each subsequent tray.
Invisalign will affect my speech
Your aligners will fit snugly over your teeth. It may take a few days for you to adjust to the feel of the aligner and may have a slight lisp during this process. This should fade quickly.
Invisalign is expensive
The Invisalign treatment is comparable to the cost of braces but without the hassle of traditional methods. Many insurance plans cover Invisalign, check with your provider today.
On your first visit to our Fillmore District Office, you and your doctor will discuss your expectations. Your provider will walk you through a customized step by step digital plan for your smile. Once you approve the strategy, your first sets of aligners will be manufactured in the state-of-the-art Invisalign lab.
Once you get your first set of aligners, your treatment begins! To achieve the best possible results, you must wear each of your aligners for 20-22 hours a day. Remove them for eating, drinking, and your dental hygiene routine.
At first, you may feel some discomfort while you adjust to the aligners. You may also sense your teeth are looser than usual. Both these sensations are normal and part of the process. As your teeth shift, your gums are healing and reforming around each tooth. If you experience severe or lingering discomfort, check with your doctor.
Unlike braces, you can eat and drink anything you like during the process. Avoid smoking and drinking while wearing your aligners, as this may cause staining. Remove the aligners before chewing gum or snacking. Be sure to reinsert your aligner after each meal break.
Depending on your Invisalign plan, you will swap out the aligners every 1-2 weeks. Your doctor will provide several trays at once, allowing you to swap them at home. No more tedious adjustment visits.
While every patient's journey is different, on average, the Invisalign process takes 12-18 months, but you'll start seeing results in a matter of weeks.