Invisalign Santa AnaDo you want a straighter smile? Have you gone without orthodontic treatment because you dread the conspicuous appearance of traditional braces? Since a straight smile is typically a healthy smile, our dentist is proud to offer Invisalign—a comfortable and subtle straightening option that can improve a patient’s appearance and oral health.

What is Invisalign?

You have likely heard of Invisalign from a friend or coworker but may be unsure of how this orthodontic treatment works. Developed in the late 1990s by two Stanford University graduate students, Invisalign is a revolutionary way to straighten teeth without using metal wires and brackets. Instead, patients wear removable, clear aligners that mimic the appearance of a retainer. These aligners feature soft and slightly flexible plastics that will not cut or scrape against soft oral tissues. Since the aligners are clear, they are extremely subtle and difficult to detect by others.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign works very much the same way that traditional braces do. Aligners, like traditional braces, apply gentle yet continuous pressure to the teeth to shift them to straighter positions over the course of treatment. Patients will wear different, custom-fitted sets of aligners every two weeks with each set of aligners fitting slightly tighter than the set previously worn.

The main feature that separates Invisalign from traditional orthodontic treatment is the fact that the aligners are removed during meals and when brushing and flossing one’s teeth.

How do I know if Invisalign is right for me?

Invisalign can correct the appearance of gapped, crooked, and crowded teeth. While Invisalign benefits many people, some patients may require traditional orthodontic treatment. The best way to determine if Invisalign can help your specific situation is to schedule a consultation and examination with our caring and experienced dentist. Based on your oral health and your unique needs, our team will determine the best course of treatment that suits you.

To learn more, contact the office of Dr. Amy M. Durisin today.