Invisalign in San Francisco

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign is a clear aligner orthodontic system that straightens your teeth and corrects misaligned bites by gently placing pressure on your teeth to shift them gradually. You will receive a new set of aligners every 2 weeks which will work to further shift your teeth closer to the proper alignment.

To stay on track with your treatment, you must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day. While you can take them out to eat and clean your teeth, you should not take them off any longer than you need to.

Neglecting to wear your aligners for the necessary 22 hours per day can result in your next set of aligners being too tight or not fitting at all and will require you to backtrack to a previous set, delaying your overall treatment. Once you’ve gone through all of your aligners and you have achieved your final orthodontic alignment, you will need to wear a retainer to maintain these results.

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Benefits of Invisalign Clear Aligners

Clear aligners discreetly and gently shift your teeth so you’re less likely to suffer from oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. These aligners improve your overall smile to boost your confidence.

The best part is that you don’t have to feel insecure on your journey to correcting your teeth, because our clear aligners offer an aesthetic way to correct misaligned teeth.

Clear aligners shift your teeth fast and can even correct open, under, open, and crossbites with the help of Invisalign attachments and elastics. Invisalign is highly effective at closing small gaps, straightening crooked teeth, and correcting overcrowding.

Comparing Invisalign Vs. Traditional Braces

Which Is Best For you?

Where do we begin with the advantages of clear aligners? The transparent design is what makes them so desirable. So many patients avoid orthodontic treatment altogether because they fear the unattractive appearance of bulky wires and brackets sticking out of their mouths.

Invisalign is discreet and goes easily unnoticed. They are also more hygienic than braces because they are removable. This prevents stains and bacteria buildup in the aligners when you eat because the aligners are taken out first.

Patients can thoroughly clean all of the surfaces on and between their teeth to prevent cavities and discoloration. Braces often obscure patients’ ability to clean all of the surfaces of their teeth. Invisalign doesn’t emit as much force as braces which makes the treatment more comfortable.

What to Expect From the Invisalign Placement Process

After coming in for a consultation where Dr. Stein will evaluate your suitability for Invisalign, we will take digital scans of your teeth as well as photos and x-rays. All of this information is used to create a hyper-realistic model of your mouth which is accessible through our online software.

The Invisalign lab uses this information and this model to create custom-fit aligners for you. We can digitally plan your entire treatment from start to finish using this digital model, even showing you how we will achieve specific tooth movements and what the finished result will look like.

After a few weeks of fabrication, your aligners will be ready for pick up. If you require Invisalign attachments, we will bond these to your teeth during an appointment and then test how the aligners fit over them. These will be removed at the end of your treatment.

You will have regular follow-up appointments about every 6 weeks to check on your progress and you will receive enough aligners to change them every 2 weeks. At the end of treatment, if you require a few more aligners to reach your final alignment, we can order a few more.

A retainer will need to be worn to prevent your malleable jawbone from shifting. If you are wondering if Invisalign is right for you, contact us at Sutter Dental Collective to schedule a consultation with Dr. Joyce Stein.

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