Straightening Smiles with Invisalign in Newbury Park
If crooked, crowded or gapped teeth are getting in the way of your smile confidence, you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold for straighter, more beautiful teeth. And with Invisalign in Newbury Park, you don’t! Clear braces for adults and teens, Invisalign truly works smile wonders -- without all the hassle of conventional metal braces.
Straighten Your Smile Discreetly
Forget those bulky, embarrassing metal braces of yesteryear. Invisalign is an FDA-approved system for adults and teens, and it uses a series of clear, smooth plastic aligners to gradually shift the teeth into proper alignment. The aligners are custom-fit, meaning they’re comfortable and blend in well with your natural smile.
Invisalign works to correct a number of orthodontic issues, including these common problems:
- Overbite, when the top teeth cover the bottom teeth
- Underbite, when the bottom teeth cover the top
- Crossbite, when the top and bottom teeth don’t fit together properly
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded teeth
Numerous Advantages of Invisalign
Patients who choose Invisalign through Paraiso Family Dental and Orthodontics enjoy the many benefits that come with wearing clear braces over the conventional kind. Some of the advantages we’ve heard mentioned in our office include:
Because the Invisalign aligners are removable, you can continue to brush, floss and eat just like you’re used to. That means you don’t have to worry about your oral health suffering while you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, or fear that there’s a little bit of lunch leftover in your braces. As long as you’re wearing the aligners the recommended 20 to 22 hours each day, you can continue to live your life without interruption.
Smooth plastic will never pop off and rub a blister into your cheek or gums -- but the same can’t be said for those traditional metal brackets and wires. Invisalign is by far the most comfortable way to straighten teeth. In fact, the only thing you may ever feel is the progress of your teeth slowly moving into their preferred position.
The thing our patients like most about the Invisalign treatment is, of course, the amazing smile results it provides. And with the average treatment lasting just one year, you spend far less time in the dental chair and more time enjoying your new, beautiful, straighter smile!
Are you eager to attain a straighter smile with Invisalign, but still a bit unsure whether it’s the right treatment for you? Ultimately, the best way to determine whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign is to schedule a consultation with us, but in the meantime, you can read some of our most frequently asked questions about Invisalign on this page.
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?
The length of treatment varies depending on your individual smile needs, your willingness to wear your aligners enough, and the severity of your misalignment. In general, though, you can expect your total treatment time to last around a year. Although this may sound like a long time, keep in mind that traditional braces typically take 24-36 months on average. Invisalign can discreetly straighten your teeth in a fraction of that time.
How Do I Care for My Aligners?
To prevent discoloration, odor, and bacterial buildup on your aligners, follow these tips to keep them clean:
- Clean your aligners with the correct products, like clear liquid soap or special products you buy from us. Don’t use toothpaste or denture cleanser, as they contain chemicals that can be abrasive to your trays.
- Only soak your trays in cool or lukewarm water since hot water can cause the plastic to warp, compromising your treatment.
- Brush your trays (with a toothbrush but zero toothpaste) after every meal and snack to prevent any leftover food residue from staining your aligners.
- Take out your aligners when eating.
- While wearing your trays, the only thing you should drink is plain water. Anything colored, flavored, or carbonated can stain or wear down the plastic of your trays.
- During meals, store your aligners in their protective case. It’s all too easy to set them down somewhere and forget about them, causing you to lose or damage them.
What Happens If I Lose One of My Aligners?
If you lose one of your trays, call us and let us know right away. Immediately start wearing your last set of aligners in order to prevent your teeth from shifting back into their natural crooked state. It may take several weeks for the company that makes aligners to deliver your replacement trays to us. As a result, your total treatment time may be extended slightly, but as long as you continue to wear your old aligners, it shouldn’t be too much extra time.
Will Invisalign Affect the Way I Speak?
Some new Invisalign patients can annunciate clearly from the get-go, while others need a short adjustment period, during which they speak with a slight lisp. While it may take some time to grow accustomed to talking with your trays in, you can easily “train” your tongue and lips to speak more clearly within a matter of days. All you have to do is practice speaking out loud for a few days. Reading your favorite book aloud or even singing in the shower can help!
Are You Ready for Your Best Smile?
When you’re ready to benefit from discreet orthodontics, check out Invisalign in Thousand Oaks. Dr. Chaffee and the team at Paraiso Family Dental and Orthodontics can’t wait to talk to you about how we’ll reveal your most beautiful smile.