Crowded or crooked looking teeth can be embarrassing and can also lead to speech and self-esteem issues. Such orthodontic problems can have genetic roots. However,

Image of person holding Invisalign.

wearing regular braces is no longer the only option available to correct teeth alignment issues. Nowadays, patients of all ages are opting for a viable alternative called Invisalign. Less obtrusive than traditional braces, this provides a less noticeable option than braces. If you are interested in hearing about this alternative, please contact our office at Star28 Dental Clinic and we will be happy to assist you. To learn about Invisalign, contact us now.


What Is It Like?

Invisalign is similar to braces in that it makes minor adjustments to teeth alignment over time. Unlike braces however, it uses clear tray aligners. These alignment trays are made of durable, transparent plastic material. Patients opting for the Invisalign process are given customized aligners so they properly fit. The removable aligners help by moving crooked teeth to their appropriate spots. The plastic used is flexible, so excess pressure is not applied to the teeth. Invisalign aligners do not contain gluten or BPA and have been approved by the FDA. When in place in the patient’s mouth, they are virtually unnoticeable. 


How Does Invisalign Work?

The experts develop customized Invisalign alignment trays for each patient. Typically, the patients are offered a detailed consultation session before actual treatment begins.  Advanced clinical software and dental imaging are used during the consultation. The aligners apply gentle pressure on only the misaligned teeth, so other teeth are unaffected. With regular use, the patient’s teeth will become properly placed and their smile more pleasant looking. Patients are required to use a new set of aligners every other week, though this may vary from patient to patient. All patients are advised to wear their Invisalign clear aligners at least 20 hours a day. 


The duration of Invisalign treatment tends to be different from one person to another. It will vary based on the number of teeth to be corrected and the complexity of their misalignment. In some cases, a patient may need to wear Invisalign alignment trays for twelve months for the desired outcome while in others patients might only need to wear them for a few weeks. 


What Are The Advantages of Invisalign?

There are several benefits of using Invisalign. First of all, these clear alignment trays are virtually undetectable. They are removable too which allows patients to brush teeth and use floss when needed. There are no wires or metal brackets to mar your smile. They are safer than traditional braces too, which can rub the inside of a patient’s mouth raw. Also, because they are removable, users can eat without them in place so food will not stick to them. 


Are There Any Drawbacks to Invisalign?


Invisalign is a bit more expensive than traditional braces which can be a deterrent for some patients. Although rare, it should also be noted, these aligners might also require attachments for a perfect fit. 


If you have questions about Invisalign as a treatment option, please come see us at Star28 Dental Clinic Feel free to call (714) 523-2828 for an appointment.