Do you have crooked or crowded teeth? Do you ever shy away from smiling because you have gaps or a noticeable overbite? At the dental office of Michael Zhang, DMD, we offer Invisalign® clear aligners to patients who want straight, symmetrical teeth.
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.