If you have misaligned, crooked, or widely spaced teeth, you may feel self-conscious about your smile. Beyond appearances, most people may not realize that an improperly aligned bite can develop into serious oral health issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, wear and tear on enamel, jaw joint pain, and even tooth loss.
There are multiple reasons why many adults hesitate to pursue orthodontic treatment. For many, the thought of metal brackets and wires in a professional or social setting is offputting. Traditional metal braces are the opposite of subtle, they can be difficult to keep clean, and they often require a change to a patient's eating habits to accommodate the hardwiring. Metal braces are also a significant investment in time and scheduling as they require frequent visits to the dentist to make adjustments that are uncomfortable.
At Healthy Living Dentistry, we hear our patients and appreciate their concerns. We want to offer the perfect solution that allows patients to straighten their teeth without the pain and sacrifice needed for traditional braces.
What Are Invisible Braces?
Invisible braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that replaces traditional methods by using a custom-fabricated series of clear BPA-free plastic trays. This series of personalized trays gently shift crooked or misaligned teeth. At Healthy Living Dentistry, we are proud to carry Invisalign, a popular and reputable brand. Invisalign is used to treat overcrowding, overbites, underbites, overbites, crossbites, gapped teeth, and other smile problems.
Instead of frequent visits to your dentist, Invisalign provides patients with multiple sets of aligner trays that are worn for two weeks before moving to the next tray in the series. Since each tray makes small and gentle adjustments in your bite, you can visibly and comfortably see your smile change. Patients only need to make follow-up dental visits every six weeks, saving them time, money, and energy.
Invisalign Treatment at Healthy Living Dentistry
At your initial appointment with us, Dr. Kim will take digital x-rays and impressions of your smile. We will use these impressions to design a 3-D model that is the basis of our smile treatment plan for designing customized aligner trays.
We recommend follow-up visits every six weeks to keep an eye on your progress and to make sure everything is on track. During these visits, we provide three new sets of aligner trays until your treatment is complete.
We advise that you wear aligner trays for 20 to 22 hours every day for the best results. You can remove Invisalign aligners before meals and before brushing and flossing.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign offers many benefits over metal braces, including:
- Clear trays are unnoticeable and virtually invisible, no need for brackets and wires
- Patients can remove aligners before meals, so they can continue eating their favorite foods
- Since aligners shift teeth gradually there is less pain and discomfort
- Fewer follow-up dental visits are needed
For many patients, Invisalign is the perfect solution for alignment problems. Our friendly dental team is always available to answer questions or provide additional information.
Contact Our Dental Office in Foothill Ranch to Straighten Your Smile
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for invisible braces is by giving us a call at (949) 830-2003 today.