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.

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What Is Invisalign?

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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?

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Invisalign is a versatile orthodontic system because it can correct several alignment issues, such as:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked or twisted teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Open bites
  • Crossbites
  • 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?

Initial Consultation

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.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

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Before getting Invisalign, you may want to know its price. After all, its trays won’t help your smile if they exceed your budget. Still, the reality is that the cost of Invisalign in Tustin varies by patient. You thus need to consult Dr. Zhang for an exact treatment estimate. That said, we at Zhang Dental Group will work to ensure your care is affordable. To learn how that works, just keep reading or book a visit with our office today!

Factors That Affect the Cost of Invisalign

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Your Invisalign treatment’s cost will depend on several factors. These include:

  • The Number of Treated Arches – Invisalign usually treats the upper and lower arches, but not always. Naturally, you’ll pay more for fixing both than just one.
  • Your Treatment’s Complexity – If your treatment needs complex tooth movements, it’ll have a higher price. For example, fixing a single gap between front teeth costs less than treating several severely crooked teeth.
  • Proposed Treatment Length – The longer your Invisalign journey, the more aligners you’ll need. As such, lengthy treatments involve greater costs.
  • Treatment Compliance – If you fail to wear aligners for 22 hours daily, you’ll face treatment delays. These lags will then increase Invisalign’s price.

Invisalign vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which is Pricier?

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Put simply, Invisalign has a higher upfront cost; its price ranges from $3,000 to $8,000. On the other hand, Smile Direct Club™ initially charges less than $2,000.

You should know, though, that Smile Direct Club™ is a DIY clear aligner kit. Since it has little oversight, the treatment has a lot of room for error. For example, you might make the impressions poorly or not follow the correct instructions. Should such things happen, you’ll face serious issues that need a dentist's help anyway.

Invisalign, however, doesn’t have such problems. It relies on constant oversight from Dr. Zhang, so it has accurate impressions and a smooth process. If you want peace of mind, such features make Invisalign’s cost worth it.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?

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Only some dental plans cover orthodontic work, and even those that do can leave out Invisalign. If your insurance offers coverage, you could expect it to meet up to 50% of the treatment cost.

Ultimately, it all depends on your dental policy. As such, confirming things with your insurance provider is a good idea. Our team can even help you with that process.

Options for Making Invisalign Affordable

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Even if you lack dental insurance, there’s no reason to fear. Many practices have other ways to make Invisalign affordable. It’s just a matter of finding the right options.

Take our own Zhang Dental Group, for instance. For only a low monthly or yearly fee, we offer patients various membership plans. These allow you to prepay for annual care and get discounts on additional treatments. Concerning Invisalign, then, you could see a price reduction of 25-50%!

In the end, Zhang Dental Group is ready to straighten your smile affordably. If you’d like to know more about the financial details, book a visit with our office!

Invisalign FAQs

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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.

Does Wearing Invisalign Hurt?

Invisalign aligners are very comfortable to wear thanks to their smooth plastic design. When you first put them in your mouth, you might feel some slight soreness and discomfort. That’s a sign that they’re working; the aligners are exerting pressure on your teeth to gradually shift them into place.

The initial discomfort should fade once your mouth gets used to the aligners. When you switch to the next aligner in the series, you might start feeling the pressure again, but it will be completely manageable. You can reduce any discomfort with over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen. Holding a cold compress over the sore area can also help.

What Happens After Invisalign?

Once you’ve finished wearing the last aligners in the series, you’ll return to our office so that we can confirm that your teeth are in the desired position. At this point, you’ll need to start wearing a retainer to make sure that your teeth don’t start to move back to where they were before. It’s important to wear your retainer as directed because it will help make sure that the new smile you’ve already invested significant time and money in lasts for a long time.

The amount of time you need to wear your retainer will depend on your particular circumstances. In most cases, you’ll start by wearing it all day, only taking it out to eat or clean your teeth. Eventually, though, you’ll reach the point where you only need to wear it at night.

Can You Eat with Invisalign?

You should never consume anything except for water while your Invisalign aligners are in your mouth. Trying to chew while wearing the aligners can cause them to crack, and the plastic will stain easily if it’s exposed to dark-colored foods and beverages. Moreover, trying to eat with your aligners puts additional pressure on your teeth, and that can lead to all kinds of dental problems.

As long as you always remove your aligners during mealtimes, you’ll be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods without limits. Remember to always keep your aligners in a secure case and put them back in once you’re done eating.

Can You Get Invisalign After Braces?

Even if you have worn braces in the past, you might still be eligible for Invisalign treatment. Sometimes your teeth can drift out of place and become misaligned again years after you’ve had your braces removed. Invisalign can help reverse these changes so that you can continue to enjoy a properly aligned smile.

It should be noted that Invisalign is intended for mild to moderate orthodontic corrections; more severe issues may require traditional braces. As such, some people start by wearing traditional braces to address bigger issues; once that’s done, they may switch to Invisalign to make the remaining corrections. Of course, whether this is the best option for you depends on your needs. We will thoroughly examine your smile before we make any treatment recommendations.