Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign is becoming the preferred orthodontic treatment because it offers many advantages over traditional braces. This includes:

  • Nearly invisible
  • Greater comfort
  • Removable aligners
  • No diet restrictions
  • No special cleaning
  • Fewer dental visits
  • Treats most orthodontic concerns

Of course, people in San Jose consider Invisalign mainly because the clear plastic aligners are much less visible than metal wires and brackets. But it’s also good to avoid brackets and wires because these can be very uncomfortable; they can poke and scrape your cheeks. Tightening visits can lead to more discomfort than simply switching aligners.

closeup of a woman putting in her Invisalign clear braces

Removable aligners are convenient. If you have a close-up photo shoot or a special occasion where you want to remove your aligners, you can. For example, some people have a slight lisp with Invisalign (as they might with braces), so if you’re giving a speech or a major presentation, you’re free to remove them for the speech. However, wearing your clear aligners for at least 22 hours per day is important.

Removable aligners mean you can enjoy all the foods you eat without braces—you don’t have to worry about food getting caught in your braces because you’ll need to remove them to eat. And there’s no worry about having to clean foods out of your aligners either. You only need to brush and floss after each meal to clean your teeth.

You can often get away with fewer dental visits when you choose Invisalign in San Jose. Once you settle into the routine, we may only recall you every six to eight weeks, compared to the standard of monthly tightening visits.

Most importantly, San Jose Invisalign is effective at treating most orthodontic problems, including:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowding
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

Of course, we can only determine if your case is treatable with a consultation.

How Invisalign Works

Orthodontic Basics

All orthodontic treatment relies on the same principles. Your body naturally reshapes bones under pressure, and the jaws are the most dynamic bones in the body. By applying constant pressure to your teeth, we can control how the body reshapes the bone, allowing teeth to move while remaining anchored in the bone.

Traditional braces use brackets and wires to apply this force. Invisalign works with clear plastic aligners that apply force. You will move your teeth into their desired positions by wearing a series of aligners, each causing a slight movement in your teeth.

Invisalign Treatment Process

These invisible, clear braces procedure starts with a digital scan of your teeth. Once we have charted the current positions of your teeth, we can design a sequence of steps that will move them into the desired configuration: a beautiful, straight smile. This sequence is sent to the Invisalign lab, where a series of aligners is manufactured for you.

When the aligners are ready, you will come to our San Jose office to have the first aligner fitted. It’s a clear plastic piece that fits over your teeth. You can have aligners on both the top and bottom simultaneously.

You’ll feel the pressure on your teeth when you pop in each new aligner. It can cause a little discomfort, but it’s usually controllable with over-the-counter pain relievers.

You must wear your aligner for 22 hours daily to get optimal results. After two weeks, you’ll switch to the next aligner. After you go through a few aligners, you’ll return to our office for an evaluation and your next set of aligners. Once we’ve finished all the aligners, you’ll have the beautiful, straight smile you desire.

After the San Jose Invisalign treatment, you’ll wear a retainer to help stabilize your teeth in their new position. At first, you might wear your retainer as much as your aligners. Then you will only wear it at night. Finally, you’ll only wear it some nights to help keep your teeth in place.

Limitations of Invisalign

Although Invisalign treats most cases very well, there are some things it is not suited to treat. Rotated teeth are a challenge for non-traditional orthodontics. Also, because Invisalign mostly pushes, it’s not as good at pulling teeth up that are recessed down into the jaw. There are a few other cases where we might not recommend these metal braces alternatives, but we offer other orthodontic options in these cases.

Frequently Asked Questions on Invisalign

The cost of Invisalign treatment in San Jose varies per case, just as the cost of traditional braces varies per case. Your orthodontic needs might be more or less than someone else’s, so the best way to get an accurate cost estimate is to schedule an orthodontic consultation.

In many cases, Invisalign’s benefits surpass the benefits of braces. In addition to a beautiful smile, you can get it without affecting your appearance during treatment.

Technically, kids can use Invisalign. However, if you’re a parent looking into Invisalign for your child, take time to consider if your child is responsible enough to

  • Wear the clear aligners for 22 hours a day
  • Remove them while eating or drinking anything other than water
  • Keep them safe when they are out of their mouth
  • Keep their teeth clean under the aligners.

We mostly recommend Invisalign for adults and highly responsible teens.

The timeline for Invisalign depends on your orthodontic needs, but typically treatment lasts 6 – 12 months. Schedule a consultation to find out how long our San Jose Invisalign treatment will take perfect your smile.

Invisalign may indeed be the right option for you! Schedule an Invisalign consultation with our San Jose dentist if you want to straighten your teeth quickly without wires and brackets. Dr. Nancy Nehawandian is an experienced Invisalign dentist who can determine your orthodontic needs and help you achieve a beautiful, straight smile.

Straighten Your Teeth In Less Time with Clear Braces In San Jose

To learn whether the best orthodontics option to straighten your smile is Invisalign in San Jose, please call (408) 354-5600 for an appointment at Top Down Dental located near Los Gatos Creek on Blossom Hill Rd.