Invisalign in Irvine, CA

While every smile is a beautiful one, having crooked teeth is a significant point of insecurity for many individuals, and can even cause dental health issues. However, if you’re past the age of 15, the thought of having to wear metal braces for over a year can seem like a worse fate than having a few teeth out of place. What if there was a way to straighten your teeth without getting a mouth full of metal? This is where Invisalign comes in. If you’re in the Irvine, CA area and are looking for a straighter, more aligned smile, consider Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the brand name for a common orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth over time using a thin clear plastic aligner. These aligners are typically made from a BPA-free flexible thermoplastic called SmartTrack and are custom fit to your mouth.

Invisalign Uses

Invisalign can be used for a variety of dental alignment needs. These include:

  • Bite issues such as over bite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite
  • Tooth gaps
  • Crowded teeth

While some more severe dental issues may need other orthodontic treatments, Invisalign has been proven to greatly improve the concerns above.

How Does it Work?

Invisalign works by gradually moving your teeth with different sets of aligners. You will wear each aligner for approximately two weeks, then switch to the next set. Each aligner gets slightly closer to where you’d like the end result to be. The total treatment time typically lasts one year but can change based on the patient’s specific needs.

When first wearing a new set of aligners, they will feel slightly tight and possibly uncomfortable, but this only lasts a few days while your teeth are adjusting. The aligner will feel much looser by the end of the two weeks but be sure to keep them in for the full time to prevent any setbacks in your progress.

Invisalign aligners are removable, but it is highly recommended to only remove them for eating, brushing and flossing your teeth, and cleaning the aligner itself. The aligners should be worn for at least 20 hours a day for maximum effectiveness.

Once you’ve completed an Invisalign treatment plan, you will most likely have to wear a retainer to maintain the alignment you’ve achieved.

Pros and Cons of Invisalign

Pros

Toothaches can occur due to a large cavity, fractured tooth or from trauma. Cold compression, over the counter medication like Aleve/Advil/Tylenol will help alleviate the pain. You still need to seek professional help. Dr. Ghatnekar offers palliative and restorative services following treatment for toothaches.

Cons

If you broke or chipped tooth playing sports or bit on a fork or hard food, store the piece that broke off in a container in water and bring it to the office and we may be able to attach to the broken tooth. There are several service options available depending on the situation.

Final Thoughts

If you’re a teenager or young adult in the Irvine, CA area who would like to have straighter teeth or fix a bite issues, but don’t want the look or hassle of metal braces, Invisalign may be a great treatment for you. Be sure to consider all of the pros and cons and follow the treatment plan specifically prescribed by your orthodontist.