Invisalign® is one of the most commonly requested orthodontic options for adults, and it’s not hard to see why. As a busy working adult, a “metal mouth” is usually the last thing you want when trying to straighten your teeth. The Invisalign® system is unobtrusive and practically unnoticeable. Utilizing clear plastic aligners allows for greater confidence, comfort, and convenience during the course of your treatment.
If you have crooked teeth but hate the thought of wearing braces, please call the DENTAL STUDIO SF today at 415-392-5025 to schedule a FREE consultation with an Invisalign®-certified cosmetic dentist. Our state-of-the-art San Francisco dental office welcomes new patients!
- What Is Invisalign®?
- 3D Digital Scanning
- Invisalign® Process
- Invisalign® vs. Braces
- Invisalign® Candidates
- Invisalign® vs. DIY Ortho Aligners
- Invisalign® Cost
- Additional Invisalign® FAQs
What Is Invisalign®?
The Invisalign® system is an alternative approach to straightening your teeth with conventional metal braces. It allows you to achieve an aligned, beautiful smile without the usual inconveniences associated with orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign® works by utilizing a distinctly designed sequence of clear plastic aligners that are customized to reposition your teeth gradually. The trays are tailored to your unique needs and fit comfortably over your teeth so you can speak and eat as you normally would.
When You Should Consider Invisalign
Wondering if you are a good candidate for Invisalign? Consider these factors:
Orthodontic Needs: Invisalign is highly effective for treating a range of dental alignment issues. From simple cases like mildly crooked teeth or noticeable gaps, to more complex problems such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite, Invisalign can work wonders to straighten your teeth and improve your smile.
Age Factor: Invisalign is an excellent option for both adults and teenagers who have lost all their baby teeth and have a mostly fully-grown jaw. The aligners need a stable base for effective treatment.
Dedication to Treatment: Since Invisalign aligners are removable, a high degree of commitment to the treatment plan is required. They must be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day to be effective. Candidates need to be responsible enough to wear the aligners as directed, clean them regularly, and keep from misplacing them.
Oral Health: A good candidate for Invisalign should have overall good oral health. Issues like gum disease or tooth decay need to be addressed before commencing the Invisalign treatment, as they can interfere with the effectiveness of the aligners.
Lifestyle Considerations: If your lifestyle or job involves a lot of public speaking, performances, or if you just prefer a more discreet orthodontic treatment, Invisalign’s virtually invisible aligners can be an ideal solution.
Weighing up the different aligner systems? Understand the difference between SureSmile vs. Invisalign here.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Here are the unique benefits this remarkable treatment can offer you:
Discreet Orthodontic Solution: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. Crafted from clear, medical-grade plastic, they offer a subtler alternative to traditional metal braces. With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth without attracting unwanted attention, making it a perfect choice for adults and image-conscious teenagers.
Custom-Made Comfort: Each set of Invisalign aligners is tailor-made to fit your unique dental structure. This custom design not only enhances effectiveness but also ensures a comfortable fit, minimizing discomfort often associated with other orthodontic treatments.
Removable Convenience: Invisalign aligners can be easily removed during meals, brushing, flossing, or special occasions. This freedom allows you to enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about damage to braces or difficulty cleaning. Plus, it enables you to maintain optimal oral hygiene throughout your treatment.
Predictable Results with 3D Planning: Invisalign leverages advanced 3D technology to map out your entire treatment plan, from start to finish. This allows you to visualize your treatment progress and final results before starting, providing a transparent and predictable treatment journey.
Reduced Dental Visits: With no need for brace adjustments, Invisalign often requires fewer office visits than traditional braces, saving you valuable time.
Effective Treatment: Invisalign can correct a range of dental issues, including overbite, underbite, crossbite, gap teeth, and overcrowded teeth. It’s a powerful orthodontic solution delivering effective results for a wide array of patients.
See The End Result First: 3D iTero® Digital Scanner
We are proud to offer our patients the ability to see a 3D rendering of their Invisalign® results before they start treatment! This 3D prediction of your results is generated using a scan of your teeth and mouth.
The scan is created in minutes, and there’s no messy goop or putty. We use a small, handheld wand to capture the scans of your mouth. Minutes later, the images are displayed on a monitor so that you and the dentist will be able to view and discuss what is pictured.
There are several benefits to this technology. The scans make it possible for our dentists to order Invisalign® trays with a very precise fit. Also, before treatment even begins, you’ll see a prediction of what your results will look like, allowing you to decide if you and the dentist are in agreement about the end goal. The images are high-resolution, clear, and interactive. The scans will also help you visualize the progress you are making along the way.
The process itself is painless. You can breathe and swallow as normal while we take the scans. We can pause for a moment if you need to sneeze, ask a question or take a moment for any reason. Please call us today to learn more about these state-of-the-art 3D scans and whether they are right for you.
What Does the Invisalign® Process Entail?
To begin your Invisalign® process, the dentist will take a 3D image of your mouth. This data will be used to craft the custom-fitted aligners that will gradually guide your teeth into proper alignment. Our advanced computer imaging will show what your teeth may look like at every stage of the Invisalign® process, right up to the end of treatment.
Your customized aligners are then created by the Invisalign® lab. You will wear each aligner for approximately 20 to 22 hours each day. You can remove them when you eat or brush and floss, but you should keep them in your mouth for the rest of the day, including while you sleep.
The total number of aligner trays that will be needed to correct your smile will depend on the unique circumstances of your situation. While individual results can vary, most patients require anywhere from 18 to 30 aligners for an average treatment time of 9 to 15 months.
Invisalign® vs. Braces
Invisalign® and traditional braces, two prominent orthodontic treatments, both aim to straighten teeth and improve oral health, but they offer different paths to achieve this goal. Below, we delve into a comprehensive comparison to help you make an informed decision about your smile’s future.
- Aesthetics: Invisalign® aligners are virtually invisible, providing a discreet option for teeth straightening. They’re a great choice if you’re conscious about the appearance of metal braces. Traditional braces, on the other hand, are noticeable due to metal brackets and wires, although ceramic and clear options are available.
- Removability: Invisalign® aligners are removable, offering flexibility during meals, brushing, flossing, or special occasions. Braces are fixed and remain in place until your treatment is completed by an orthodontist.
- Comfort: Invisalign® aligners are custom-made from smooth, flexible plastic, reducing the chances of irritation to the cheeks and gums. Traditional braces might cause temporary discomfort due to wires and brackets.
- Oral Hygiene: Maintaining oral hygiene is simpler with Invisalign® as you can remove the aligners to brush and floss. With braces, extra care is required to clean around the brackets and wires.
- Food Restrictions: With Invisalign®, you can enjoy your favorite foods without worry, as aligners can be removed during meals. Traditional braces come with food restrictions to prevent damage to the brackets and wires.
- Treatment Monitoring: Invisalign® requires less frequent dental visits, generally every six to eight weeks. Traditional braces might need more regular check-ups for adjustments.
- Treatment Scope: Both Invisalign® and braces can correct a variety of orthodontic issues. However, very complex or severe cases might be better suited to traditional braces.
Your choice between Invisalign® and braces should depend on your personal needs, lifestyle, and the complexity of your case. A consultation with our cosmetic dentist in San Francisco is the best way to determine the most effective solution for your unique smile. Remember, the goal is a healthier, more confident you!
Other Issues Invisalign® Can Help Solve
Invisalign® can provide successful results when used to correct minor to moderate:
- Rotation issues
- Orthodontic relapse
If you’ve had braces in the past and your teeth have shifted back, Invisalign® may be a great option to correct the issue. However, Invisalign® isn’t the best option for major orthodontic and bite alignment problems. In severe cases of misalignment, other orthodontic treatments may be necessary.
The best way to find out if Invisalign® is right for your unique situation is to schedule a personal consultation with one of our dentists. During your visit, they will examine your oral condition and supply you with the information you need to make an informed decision. Together, you can determine the best treatment path for your needs.
Invisalign® Vs. DIY Clear Aligners
You may have heard of online companies offering do-it-yourself clear aligners. Beware of these Invisalign® knock-offs. These DIY kits may dangerously simplify a process that requires an expert’s opinion in person. Our dentist’s advice is to STAY AWAY!
By skipping dentist supervision, these ortho-by-mail alternatives to Invisalign® present a number of long-lasting oral health risks to consumers, such as:
- Bite complications
- TMJ pain
- Tooth decay
- Tooth loss
- Bone loss
- Root shortening
Without the supervision of a knowledgeable and experienced dentist, there is no way to know if your DIY treatment is doing more harm than good. There is no one there to personally monitor your results and determine key factors in your unique situation, such as:
- How well are your teeth fitting together?
- Are your teeth getting too close together?
- Are your teeth colliding with opposing teeth?
- How to remedy situations that require advanced care?
These are questions that need to be answered by your dentist, not a stranger, via smartphone. Not only can the complications that result from unsupervised orthodontic treatment cause poor results, but they can also result in serious problems that will cost you even more money to correct. By working closely with our dentists, you can ensure that your treatment is on track and any potential issues can be handled quickly before they turn into bigger, more expensive problems.
How Much Does Invisalign® Cost?
No two mouths are alike, and therefore creating a customized Invisalign® treatment plan is a completely individual experience. With that in mind, the cost of Invisalign® varies from one patient to another. There are a few different factors that will influence your unique Invisalign® journey, such as the complexity of orthodontic concerns, the severity of misalignment, the number of aligners needed to straighten out your teeth, the projected length of your treatment, your commitment to wearing the aligners, and other factors.
There may be insurance and payment plan options available to you, which will be thoroughly evaluated during the cost estimate and dental care financing portion of your consultation. Dental Studios SF is proud to offer several financing choices, including LendingClub® Patient Solutions and ALPHAEON™ CREDIT Patient Financing, as well as our featured option – Cherry Payment Plans. Cherry is a payment plan designed for your health, beauty, and wellness needs and allows qualified applicants to make convenient monthly payments. Additionally, keep in mind that Invisalign® is an eligible medical expense for Health Savings and Flexible Spending accounts (HSAs and FSAs).
If you’re looking for a Bay Area cosmetic dentist, contact the impeccably credentialed and caring professionals at Dental Studios SF today to schedule your Invisalign® consultation.
Additional Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign®
Below you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Invisalign®:
Does Invisalign® Hurt?
Thanks to its flexible plastic design, patients typically do not experience excessive discomfort when using Invisalign® to correct orthodontic concerns, whereas traditional braces require routine tightening and adjustments using wires and brackets. During the first few days of wearing the initial set of aligners, there may be slight pressure or soreness as your teeth become accustomed to them, which is often a sign that improvements are beginning to take shape. Over-the-counter pain medication is generally all that is needed to ease the temporary side effects.
How long does Invisalign® take?
On average, the Invisalign® we offer in San Francisco is of the highest standard and can take between nine to fifteen months to achieve the desired outcome. However, the treatment timeline varies for each patient. The main factor is the complexity of orthodontic concerns that need to be addressed. Certain cases will take longer to fix than others, such as crooked teeth and a misaligned bite. Another important factor is the patient’s commitment to following the daily recommended wear, which is at least 22 hours a day, in order to complete the process as quickly and effectively as possible. The less you wear them, the more the treatment time is likely to be extended.
Invisalign® has been around for over two decades and is trusted to fix a wide array of orthodontic and cosmetic dental concerns. Our DENTAL STUDIO team in San Francisco is happy to arrange a consultation for you with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists.
How do I clean my Invisalign® trays?
Cleaning your Invisalign® aligners is as simple as brushing your teeth. Begin by rinsing the trays in warm water (avoid hot water to maintain the personalized shape) and then gently scrub them with a toothbrush. For a deeper clean, you may also use antibacterial soap – just be sure to thoroughly rinse them before placing them back in your mouth for treatment.
How noticeable is Invisalign®?
The beauty of using Invisalign® to correct orthodontic concerns is the discreetness of the aligners. Even at a close distance, the flexible, clear plastic design, which requires no other visual parts, makes them virtually unnoticeable. Since this is a new addition to your mouth, it may take a short time to adjust to them. For example, patients might experience a slight lisp at first, but that should diminish after a few days.
Is Invisalign® covered by insurance?
Invisalign® is recognized as orthodontic care, so if your dental insurance plan includes that coverage the treatment may be at least partially covered. Our staff will be happy to review your policy with you during your consultation to explain what amount may be paid for by your insurance and what costs you can expect to be out-of-pocket.
Schedule Your Free Invisalign® Consultation Today
Embark on your journey to a radiant smile with DENTAL STUDIO SF! Our team of experienced cosmetic dentists in San Francisco is eager to guide you toward the best orthodontic solution tailored to your unique needs. Invisalign® could be the transformative treatment you need to enhance your smile and boost your oral health. Let us help you ascertain if Invisalign® is the perfect fit for you. To explore your path to a brighter, more confident smile, connect with DENTAL STUDIO SF today. Simply call us at 415-472-9593 or fill out the form on this page. Remember, your smile isn’t just a smile—it’s a gateway to a confident, healthier you!