Invisalign and Clear Aligners

Invisalign at our Pleasanton CA office.

Moving teeth has come a long way in recent years. Invisalign and clear aligners have revolutionized the field of orthodontics by providing an alternative that is more discreet and comfortable than traditional braces. Invisalign and clear aligners are orthodontic treatment systems designed to correct various dental issues, such as crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps, and bite misalignments. They utilize a series of custom-made, transparent aligners made from a clear, smooth plastic material to slowly move teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces, these aligners are virtually invisible, making them an appealing choice for individuals seeking a more discreet orthodontic solution. This is especially beneficial for adults and teenagers who prefer a more discreet option.

What are Invisalign and Clear Aligners made of?

The aligners are made from smooth, comfortable plastic material, minimizing irritation and soreness often associated with traditional braces and brackets. They have no metal brackets or wires, making them gentler on the cheeks and gums. Invisalign and clear aligners are removable, allowing patients to take them out during meals, brushing, and flossing. This means no dietary restrictions and it is much easier to maintain proper oral hygiene throughout the treatment.

How does Invisalign and Clear Aligners Work?

The process of obtaining Invisalign or clear aligners begins with a comprehensive dental examination and digital impressions of the teeth. These impressions are used to create a 3D model of the patient’s smile. With this 3D model, our dentist can develop a personalized treatment plan on an AI enhanced planning software that provides a clear roadmap of the teeth’s movement throughout the treatment. Then, our doctor reviews the treatment plan with the patient. During this review, our doctor will use an AI generated model that shows how our patient teeth progress from start to finish. Once the treatment plan and final design is approved by the patient, a series of custom aligners are fabricated to gradually shift the teeth into their desired positions. Each set of aligners is worn for approximately 2 weeks, gradually moving the teeth closer to their final alignment. Our patients switch to a new set of aligners as directed by our dentist until the treatment is complete.

Patients visit our dentist for periodic check-ups to monitor progress, receive new sets of aligners, and address any concerns. The frequency of visits is often less compared to traditional braces, making the treatment more convenient for busy individuals.

Invisalign and clear aligners represent a modern and effective approach to achieving a straighter, healthier smile. These discreet and comfortable orthodontic options offer numerous benefits, including aesthetic appeal, comfort, removability, and predictability. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, consult with our dentist to determine if Invisalign or clear aligners are suitable for your unique dental needs and lifestyle. With these innovative aligners, you can confidently embark on your journey to a beautifully aligned smile and improved oral health.

Schedule your Smile Design & Invisalign consultation at (925) 918-6500