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Invisalign®


A radiant, confident smile often goes hand in hand with optimal oral health.

In the quest for straighter teeth and improved aesthetics, Invisalign has emerged as a groundbreaking orthodontic solution.

This modern approach to teeth alignment replaces traditional braces with virtually invisible aligners, offering individuals a discreet and comfortable way to achieve a beautiful smile.

Understanding Invisalign


Invisalign represents an innovative orthodontic solution that utilizes a progression of tailor-made, transparent aligners to gently guide teeth toward their intended positions.

These aligners are crafted from smooth, BPA-free plastic, providing a comfortable fit that gently guides teeth alignment. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable, making them convenient for eating, brushing, and special occasions.

How Invisalign Works



Consultation and Treatment Planning


The process commences with a comprehensive consultation.

During this appointment, the orthodontist assesses the patient's oral health, discusses their aesthetic goals, and determines if Invisalign is the right choice for them.

Advanced imaging, such as 3D scans, aids in creating a personalized treatment plan.

Custom Aligner Fabrication


Following the initial assessment, a series of custom aligners are meticulously designed to address the patient's specific orthodontic needs. Each aligner in the series represents a different stage of the teeth-straightening process.

Wearing the Aligners


Patients wear each set of aligners for about 20 to 22 hours a day, progressing to the next set approximately every two weeks. The aligners exert gentle pressure on the teeth, prompting them to gradually shift into the desired position.

Regular Check-Ups


Throughout the treatment, patients attend periodic check-ups with their orthodontist to monitor progress and receive new sets of aligners. These appointments provide an opportunity to address any concerns or adjustments needed.

Completion of Treatment


Upon completion of the prescribed series of aligners, patients achieve their desired teeth alignment. However, a retainer may be recommended to maintain the results, ensuring that the teeth do not revert to their previous positions over time.

Benefits of Invisalign



Invisibility


The clear and virtually invisible nature of Invisalign aligners makes them an aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional braces.

Many individuals appreciate the discrete nature of Invisalign, allowing them to straighten their teeth without drawing attention to the orthodontic treatment.

Removability


Invisalign aligners are removable, offering a significant advantage over traditional braces.

This characteristic simplifies oral hygiene, allowing individuals to brush and floss their teeth with ease, free from the challenges posed by brackets and wires.

It also allows for the enjoyment of a full range of foods without restrictions.

Comfort


Crafted from smooth, comfortable materials, Invisalign aligners are gentle on the oral tissues. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign lacks metal components that may cause irritation, making it a more comfortable option for many patients.

Shorter Treatment Time


In some cases, Invisalign treatment may result in a shorter overall duration compared to traditional braces. The precise, customized nature of the aligners can contribute to more efficient teeth movement.

Improved Oral Health


With the ability to remove aligners for oral care, patients can maintain better oral hygiene practices throughout the treatment. This reduces the risk of plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease commonly associated with traditional braces.

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Addressing Common Myths



Invisalign is Only for Minor Corrections


Invisalign has evolved to address a wide range of orthodontic issues, including moderate and complex cases.

Advanced technology at Enamel General and Cosmetic Dentistry allows for the effective treatment of various alignment issues, from mild crowding to more significant spacing and bite irregularities.

Invisalign is Painful


While some patients may experience initial discomfort as their teeth adjust to new aligners, overall, Invisalign is known for being less painful than traditional braces.

The absence of metal brackets and wires eliminates the potential for irritation and mouth sores.

Invisalign is More Expensive


Invisalign treatment costs are comparable to traditional braces.

Factors such as the complexity of the case and the duration of treatment influence the overall cost. Many patients find the added benefits of Invisalign justify the investment.

Mouth Rinse


Use an alcohol-free, antimicrobial mouth rinse to help keep your mouth clean and minimize the risk of bacteria transferring to your aligners. Rinse your mouth thoroughly before placing the aligners back in.

Stay Hydrated


Drink plenty of water, especially when your aligners are out. Staying hydrated not only supports overall health but also helps prevent dry mouth and keeps your aligners and mouth feeling fresh.

Handle with Clean Hands


Always ensure your hands are clean before handling your Invisalign aligners. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to prevent transferring dirt or bacteria onto the aligners.

Avoid Hot Liquids


Refrain from consuming hot beverages while wearing your Invisalign aligners. High temperatures can distort the shape of the aligners, affecting their fit and effectiveness.

Regular Toothbrushing


Maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine by brushing your teeth after meals and snacks. Clean your teeth and gums thoroughly before reinserting the aligners to prevent food particles from getting trapped.

Caring for Your Invisalign Aligners



Cleanliness


Maintain the cleanliness of your aligners by regularly brushing them with a soft toothbrush and mild, clear soap. Avoid using colored or scented soaps, as these can transfer onto the aligners.

Avoiding Staining


Minimize the risk of aligner staining by removing them before consuming beverages such as coffee, tea, or red wine. Additionally, practice good oral hygiene to prevent any transfer of food particles onto the aligners.

Proper Storage


When not in use, store your aligners in their designated case. This helps protect them from damage and ensures they remain hygienic.

Regular Check-Ups


Attend scheduled check-ups with your orthodontist to track progress, address any concerns, and receive new sets of aligners as needed. Invisalign has revolutionized the field of orthodontics, offering a discreet, comfortable, and effective solution for achieving a straighter smile.

As technology continues to advance, Invisalign remains at the forefront of orthodontic innovation, catering to diverse needs and providing patients with a positive teeth-straightening experience.

Transform Your Smile With Invisalign


If you are considering Invisalign to transform your smile or need more info on Invisalign, schedule a consultation with a qualified dentist with expertise in cosmetic dentistry today.

Our experienced team at Enamel General and Cosmetic Dentistry and Dr. Kabaklian can guide you through the process, answer your questions, and create a customized treatment plan tailored to your unique orthodontic needs.

Woman holding invisalign from Enamel General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Newport Beach, Ca

Frequently Asked Questions


Invisalign is an exceptional treatment option for individuals seeking straight teeth without resorting to traditional metal braces. Invisalign aligners are practically invisible, ensuring that no one will discern your usage of these devices. Enamel General and Cosmetic Dentistry can offer comprehensive insights into Invisalign treatment, assisting you in determining its suitability for your needs.

How does Invisalign work?


Invisalign is an alternative to metal braces. The result is the same, but it is achieved without all the wires, brackets, and other devices that are part of orthodontic treatment. Instead of metal brackets, Invisalign uses clear aligner trays. Approximately every two weeks, patients using Invisalign clear aligners will receive a new tray to facilitate tooth movement into the subsequent position. Upon completing the entire series of trays, patients should observe straightened teeth in their final positions.

How long does Invisalign treatment take?


Invisalign treatment typically spans 12 to 18 months, much shorter than the average two to three years that individuals usually wear metal braces.

The duration of Invisalign treatment varies based on factors:
•  Severity of Misalignment: The more severe the misalignment or bite issues, the longer the treatment may take to achieve the desired results.
•  Compliance: Adhering to the treatment plan is crucial for successful outcomes.
•  Follow-Up Visits: Regular follow-up visits with us are necessary to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan. Missing appointments or delaying follow-up visits can prolong the treatment timeline.
•  Individual Response: Some individuals may respond more quickly to treatment than others, leading to shorter treatment times.
•  Refinements: In some cases, additional refinement aligners may be needed to fine-tune the results or address any remaining issues after the initial treatment. This can add some time to the overall treatment duration.


Is Invisalign painful?


Invisalign treatment is generally less discomforting than traditional braces due to the absence of metal brackets and wires that can provoke mouth irritation. Invisalign aligners gently move your teeth into their new desired positions. While patients may experience some pressure when transitioning to new aligner sets, indicative of tooth movement, such discomfort is typically temporary.

Can I eat or drink with Invisalign?


To preserve aligner integrity, patients must remove them while eating and drinking. You can leave your aligners in only while drinking water. Chewing may exert excessive stress on the trays and cause them not to fit properly, while colored beverages can stain them. Aligners should be promptly reinserted following meals, after brushing your teeth. Placing your aligners back into your mouth if you have not brushed your teeth can cause food particles and bacteria to get trapped in your aligners.

How often should I wear my Invisalign aligners?


Invisalign clear aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day and changing to a new aligner tray only as instructed by the dentist. You should only remove your aligner trays while eating or practicing oral hygiene. Wearing your aligners less than the recommended time per day will cause your treatment to take longer.

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