At Fullerton Orthodontics, we are one of the first orthodontists in the area providing Invisalign as an option for our patients. Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that offers convenience and esthetic advantages over traditional braces. Invisalign has unique properties and may not be an option for every case. A complimentary consultation with our orthodontist, Dr. Majd can determine if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you. Dr. Majd has been certified and treating hundreds of cases with Invisalign delivering great results since 1999.
WHAT IS IT?
Invisalign includes a series of clear and removable aligners that are custom-made to your teeth with 3D digital technology. When the case is properly selected and treatment is designed by an experienced orthodontist, the aligners can move your teeth and correct your bite. The aligners are supposed to be worn about 20-22 hours/day during the course of treatment and are a great way to correct orthodontic problems without traditional braces that are fixed to the teeth.
WHY WOULD I WANT IT?
Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment without dietary limitations required to maintain fixed braces. Plus, unlike with traditional braces, brushing and flossing is easy with removable aligners. The aligners are also more comfortable than traditional braces, with no metal or wires, which also usually means you spend less time in your doctor's office getting adjustments. Invisalign treatment also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete. We have the newest scanner that eliminates the messy molds and impressions and can create 3D models of your teeth in a matter of minutes. We can even show you how your new smile will look right at that time!
HOW DOES INVISALIGN WORK?
The 3D technology creates a series of aligners that gradually move your teeth. Each set of clear aligners is worn for 1-2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink (anything except water), brush, and floss. Each aligner moves the teeth at a certain rate and as you proceed through the course of your treatment, the teeth get closer to their final positions. You'll need to visit our office about once every 4-6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time and number of aligners vary based on the complexity and extent of treatment, it can range from 6 months to 2 years or even more. The limitations of removable plastic aligners necessitate more precision in designing your treatment and that is why the least expensive Invisalign option or the take home aligners offered by “Smile Direct Club” and other mass marketed companies is not a suitable choice. The clear aligners may make the process look simple and easy but moving your teeth without proper diagnosis, treatment design and close monitoring by an orthodontist not only will not deliver desirable outcomes but can cause severe harm and irreversible damage to the health of teeth and gums. Close monitoring of treatment progress is crucial in protecting your teeth and gums from adverse effects. In our experience, many cases require mid-course or finishing interventions by redesign of aligners or even placing some fixed braces in hidden places to deliver the details that plastic aligners could not accomplish. These details are very important in the long term health and stability of your teeth and bite.