As a licensed Invisalign® office, our team of dental professionals straightens teeth using a series of aligners. An impression of your teeth is taken first so that a series of aligners can be molded in a dental lab. The aligners themselves are built out of a thermoplastic material that is both strong and flexible in order to provide comfort when worn for long periods of time. The material is practically invisible. Patients should wear the aligners for 22 hours a day and every 2 weeks– they need to be switched out with the next one in the series. Over a period of a few months, the aligners will steadily move teeth into place, making one minor adjustment at a time that is targeted to specific teeth. This process helps your teeth be comfortable as they are fixed into position at a manageable pace. Your teeth should be perfectly straight after you are finished wearing the aligners.
Patients may prefer wearing Invisalign® because of how convenient it is in comparison to wearing traditional braces.
The aligners are clear so no one can tell you are straightening your teeth.
They are only worn for 22 hours a day so you can take them out to eat dinner, go on a date, or make an important presentation at work.
You can brush and floss your teeth like normal, and no additional tools are required.
There is less of a risk that your teeth will become stained as compared with wearing metal braces that can be difficult to clean.
The procedure is more comfortable than metal braces since the aligners move teeth into place slowly and only focus on a few teeth at a time.
Aligners are easy to take care of, and you only use the same aligner for a couple of weeks.
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We strongly recommend that on a daily basis patients remove their aligner and rinse it with warm water. It’s also a good idea to brush them with a soft toothbrush.
Some patients may need to wear ridges or attachments in order to make sure that their teeth move into place perfectly. An attachment is a clear bump that is secured to the teeth and made of an enamel-colored composite. Bumps on your aligners will grip them in order to keep the aligner in place. Ridges perform in a similar fashion– only an indent is created instead of a raised bump. This process may be required in more complicated cases to ensure that a single tooth or several teeth move into the place like they should.
Patients will need to visit us for routine checkups to make sure that teeth are moving as they should. Fortunately, because the aligners are made at the beginning of the procedure, these appointments are much less frequent than if you were wearing traditional metal braces. A metal bracket is placed on each tooth with traditional braces. Also, a wire is threaded between them then held in place by using rubber bands. The wires need to be adjusted on a regular basis in order to keep teeth moving in the appropriate direction. This requires frequent office visits. For people with a hectic life and busy schedules – this is inconvenient, and any delay in appointment scheduling can prolong the timeframe that the braces need to be worn for. As Invisalign® dentists, we see patients less frequently because the checkups are just to make sure that the procedure is working. This is a far more convenient process for our patients throughout the Dublin area.
For the majority of patients living in the Dublin, CA, area, the procedure takes about 12 months. The precise time frame will depend on your personal situation, and only our team of dental professionals can tell you how long they will need to be worn. Overall, the treatment time is usually less than with metal braces. This is because you do not have to schedule appointments to keep your teeth moving. All you have to do is pull out a new aligner.
Not all dentists offer Invisalign®. Special training is required in order to be able to provide it to patients. To find out if the procedure is right for you, schedule an appointment with our Sharma Dental Center office by calling (925) 833-6200.
Invisalign® will not make a major impact on your quality of life in comparison to traditional metal braces. Because the aligners are clear, Invisalign will not impact your appearance. In addition, because they only need to be worn for 22 hours a day, they will not interfere with your eating habits. This is an amazing advantage because you go out for a romantic date, eat a plate of ribs, or eat a caramel apple without worrying about a wire being pulled out of place or something becoming lodged in your teeth. This time also allows you to take the aligner out when making a presentation at work or meeting with friends. Overall, this is a very convenient method to straighten your teeth and provides the highest possible level of flexibility.
Some people are naturally concerned about whether or not wearing an aligner will negatively impact their speech. Most of our patients in the Dublin area tell us that there is a process of getting used to wearing aligners after the first couple of days. In some cases, patients will have a slight lisp which goes away once they become used to speaking while wearing them. This is a standard experience with any orthodontic procedure. Fortunately, most people can speak normally within a period of a couple of days.