Invisalign – Tustin, CA
Get Straight Teeth with Clear Braces
Do you have crooked or crowded teeth? Do you ever shy away from smiling because you have gaps or a noticeable overbite? At Zhang Dental Group of Tustin, we offer Invisalign® in our Tustin, CA dental office. Clear aligners allow patients to acheive a straight, symmetrical smile.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign in Tustin, CA, is an alternative orthodontic system that has transformed countless smiles worldwide. Invisalign uses clear aligner technology to gradually realign teeth or correct a person's bite. These custom-made, removable aligners are made from smooth, clear plastic worn over the upper and lower jaws.
What Issues Can Invisalign Fix?
Invisalign is a versatile orthodontic system because it can correct several alignment issues, such as:
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked or twisted teeth
- Open bites
- Gaps between teeth and spacing issues
Dr. Zhang and our dental team are here to help you find the best treatment for your unique needs and goals. With Invisalign, you can get the smile you've always wanted!
What's the Invisalign Process?
The initial consultation involves the patient and dentist discussing goals and expectations for treatment. We then thoroughly evaluate your case to determine if Invisalign is right for you. Your initial appointment is also a great time to discuss treatment duration, costs, and other details.
Evaluating Your Records
We collect and review your medical records and health history, such as:
- Impression and Digitization – We take current impressions of your teeth and create a digital model of your smile.
- Bite Registration – We record your bite to show how your upper and lower jaws meet.
- Dental X-Rays – Dental x-rays help us evaluate your jawbone and tooth roots. Based on the x-rays, we can determine optimal positioning and jawbone health.
- Treatment Simulation – We can simulate how your teeth move during the alignment process.
Fabrication and Delivery
Once we modify and approve the treatment, an Invisalign specialist uses computer-aided manufacturing to fabricate your clear aligner trays. Then, they will deliver them to your dentist, where you'll receive them at your next appointment.
How Does Invisalign Treatment Work?
Invisalign clear aligner trays gradually pressure your teeth, shifting them into the desired position. Every two weeks, you wear a new set of aligners until treatment is complete. We recommend wearing your aligner trays 20-22 hours each day for optimal results. The length of treatment depends on your unique smile, though treatment usually lasts 12-18 months.
What Are the Advantages of Invisalign?
Invisalign is ideal for patients of all ages because of its many benefits and conveniences:
Removable – Invisalign clear aligners are removable, making it easier to practice good oral hygiene and enjoy your favorite meals. With Invisalign, you can eat and drink whatever you want without worrying about foods sticking to metal wires or brackets.
Cleaning – Invisalign aligner trays are easy to clean. Patients also have better oral hygiene with Invisalign because it's easier to brush and floss their teeth thoroughly. As a result, Invisalign wearers can reduce their risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Comfort and Safety – Invisalign clear aligners are customized to fit your unique smile without using metal wires, brackets, or dental cement. Also, you don't have to worry about gum or lip irritation like many who wear metal braces.
Virtually Invisible – Invisalign aligners are practically invisible so that you can live your life with more confidence. Unlike traditional braces, you can get straighter teeth without anyone even knowing!
Treatment Duration – Invisalign clear aligners may take less time to complete treatment than traditional braces. On average, Invisalign takes 12 to 18 months to complete.
Do You Need Invisalign in Tustin, CA?
If you have slight tooth misalignment or wide gaps between your teeth, Invisalign can help you attain a straighter, healthier smile. Invisalign clear aligners are comfortable, convenient to care for, and virtually invisible, so no one will ever even know you're wearing them!
Don't hesitate to contact us today to learn more about Invisalign in Santa Ana, CA, or schedule your consultation.
Interested in learning more about Invisalign in Tustin? Let our team at Zhang Dental Group help! In addition to Dr. Zhang’s impressive education, he’s also completed advanced training on a wide range of topics, including Invisalign. So, if you have a question, he’s the one to ask! While you can certainly wait until your consultation to get the answer you’re looking for, you can also read on to learn the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about clear aligners right here.
Does Invisalign Give You a Lisp?
Remember, Invisalign wouldn’t be one of the most popular orthodontic treatments if it changed your speaking patterns during your time with clear aligners. Although many patients are concerned about this, the large majority don’t experience any alterations to their speech at all. Furthermore, the ones that do can take solace in knowing that it will be short-lived. You can even expedite the adjustment period by reading out loud and counting from 60 to 90 several times (this helps you master the sometimes difficult “s” sound).
What if My Invisalign Broke?
Since your aligners only work while you’re wearing them, it’s crucial to act quickly if one of yours breaks. If it’s a hairline crack, then continue to use your trays with the utmost care, applying even pressure when taking them in and out. If it’s a more significant crack, then call our cosmetic dentist in Tustin right away. From there, we will be able to determine the next best steps. Note: do NOT use super glue to address the crack. Household adhesives like these contain toxins that are not safe to ingest.
What Are Invisalign Attachments?
When Invisalign was first introduced some 20+ years ago, it was only suitable for patients with more minor misalignment. Thanks to attachments, that’s no longer the case! In short, the little pieces of tooth-colored resin give your aligners something to grip onto, helping your teeth move into their desired positions. While only your dentist can take them off, you’ll still enjoy all of the benefits of Invisalign (i.e., no dietary restrictions, discreet braces, faster treatment timelines).
How Do I Clean My Invisalign?
On a daily basis, there are a few best practices you should implement to keep your Invisalign clear aligners clean. That starts with rinsing them each time you take them out of your mouth and extends to brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and some water before putting them back in. For a deeper clean, you can soak them in a mixture of the cleaning crystals and lukewarm water for about 15 minutes. Again, do not use household items, like bleach. This can damage your trays and the toxins are not safe to ingest.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
Invisalign is known for delivering results quicker than traditional braces, but how fast can you work through your series of trays? Well, that depends on your unique dental needs! If your misalignment is minor, it may only take six months. If your misalignment is more severe, then it can take 18+ months. However, the average treatment timeline is around the 12-month mark.