One of the most popular treatment options for adults with crooked teeth, Invisalign is a brand of removable aligners that comfortably straighten teeth without wires or brackets. Invisalign works by using a series of clear plastic aligners which are made with 3D imaging technology and are incrementally adjusted to gradually move your teeth into alignment. Call today to schedule an appointment at BayBreeze Dental.
Align Technology, the parent company of Invisalign, was founded in 1997 by Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth in San Jose, California.
The first step is meeting with your doctor during a one on one consultation. They will examine your smile, discuss your orthodontic goals, and determine if Invisalign is the right treatment for you. We will take impressions or digital scans of your mouth and give you a sneak peek of your new smile with a digital mockup.
When your first set of aligners arrives at our office, you’ll come in to pick them up and try them on. Your doctor will instruct you on how to wear your aligners to get the best results. Most patients are instructed to wear them for at least 20 hours a day. You’ll also switch out the aligners for the next set every two weeks.
We will be checking in every 6 weeks to make sure your progress is on track. During these periodic check-ins, you’ll also receive your next few sets of aligners. So long as you are diligent about wearing your aligners for the recommended amount of time per day, your smile will keep shifting into the right position.
After completing treatment, you’ll get a set of retainers to maintain your beautiful new smile. These durable retainers will look similar to your original Invisalign aligners, but are better suited for long-term use as they can handle more pressure without breaking down. You’ll likely need to wear these every night to help keep your teeth straight for years to come.
Once you and your dentist have agreed on a treatment plan that works for you, we’ll help you schedule your treatment appointments. We can also discuss payment options with you at this time.
When the upper teeth overlap in front of the lower front teeth, this is called an overbite. Overbites are actually extremely common, but they become an issue when the gap is too large. This can cause premature wear and tear, or you may suffer from jaw pain from misalignment. Invisalign can fix this deep bite and shift your teeth into a healthy position.
An underbite is when your lower front teeth are in front of your upper arch of teeth. Usually, this occurs due to the lower jaw being too far forward. Underbites can make it difficult to properly chew and speak, and may cause the teeth to wear down. In some cases, Invisalign can fix underbites, but severe underbites might require additional oral surgery to prepare for orthodontic treatment.
In an ideal bite position, the upper front teeth would sit slightly in front of the lower front teeth. Crossbites occur when some of the upper teeth sit behind your lower teeth. This can cause wear and tear, chips, and can even cause gum recession in some cases. This can lead to painful sensitivity or even bone loss. Invisalign can fix some crossbites, but we recommend coming in for a consultation to see which option is right for you.
While they are very common, gaps between your teeth can make it much harder to keep food from getting stuck in the crevices. These spaces are also more likely to harbor bacteria that cause tender, sore gums and even lead to gum disease if not treated quickly enough. Invisalign can close these gaps and ensure a straighter, more seamless, and healthier smile!
Normally the upper and lower front teeth touch when the mouth is closed. If this is not the case, it’s called an open bite. Open bites can make chewing or biting certain foods extremely difficult. Invisalign can reposition the bite gradually until all teeth are aligned and sitting straight.
If there isn't enough room in your mouth for your teeth to sit straight, they can bunch up and overlap in uncomfortable ways that make brushing or flossing difficult. This is called crowding. Crowded teeth can make it difficult to brush and floss properly. If you aren’t able to maintain a good oral health care routine at home, plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria begin to build up. Over time, this leads to tooth decay, cavities, and sometimes even gum disease. Usually, Invisalign can fix most cases of crowded teeth. Simply come in to speak with your dentist to see if it’s the right choice for your smile.
Invisalign has transformed over 8 million smiles!
Invisalign utilizes a series of removable clear aligners to straighten your teeth much like traditional braces. Because they are essentially invisible when worn, they are quickly becoming the most popular choice for people who want to straighten their smiles without the discomfort and the hassle of traditional braces that rely on metal brackets and wires to move teeth into position. Plus, since they can be removed, there are no dietary restrictions, so you can feel free to enjoy the foods and drinks that you love. Invisalign used to be limited on the complexity of smiles that it could straighten, but with the technology behind Invisalign always advancing, we are able to tackle more complex cases than ever before, further increasing its popularity.
In short, yes! Invisalign results in the permanent correction of crooked or uneven smiles. However, the final result is dependent on how well you follow Dr. Parikh’s instructions for wearing and caring for your Invisalign. While Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners are removable, they must be worn for 20-22 hours of every day to be effective, and to reach your desired smile in the time prescribed.
Once your treatment has been completed, you’ll be given a special Invisalign retainer and instructions about when to wear it. Retainers are often worn for shorter periods during the day or at night, and are meant to keep your teeth from shifting away from their new position. If you follow Dr. Parikh’s guidance, Invisalign treatment will result in a lifetime of beautiful, straight smiles.
Everyone’s smile is as unique as they are, so Invisalign treatment times can vary from patient to patient. Generally, though, you can expect treatment to last anywhere from 6 to 18 months for more complex cases. During your consultation at BayBreeze Dental, Dr. Parikh will use 3D imaging and modeling software to plan your treatment and determine the length of treatment. You’ll even be able to see what your grin will look like when it’s all finished! In any case, Invisalign often takes less time than traditional metal or ceramic braces.
Invisalign works by moving your teeth into a new position, which, in turn, changes how your bite is set, and how your lips and cheeks sit on your teeth. Patients with an underbite, for example, tend to have the appearance of a protruding lower jaw. After Invisalign treatment, the lower jaw is moved to its proper place, resulting in an improved appearance. You may even notice that your upper lip looks fuller than before, as the lower lip has been moved back.
At the end of the day, Invisalign’s primary goal is to restore your confidence by providing a functional bite as well as a beautiful smile.
Most Invisalign treatments are completed in just 1 year.