Invisalign® is a notably discreet option for treating overbites, underbites, and other common types of malocclusion. At Image Dental in Stockton, California, Stephen Nozaki, DDS, MPH, DIDIA, and the team plan your Invisalign treatment using advanced technology with high precision. To schedule a treatment consultation for Invisalign, call Image Dental or book online today.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that minimally alters your appearance as it aligns your teeth. Instead of using a bracket and wire system like braces, the treatment involves a custom series of transparent plastic aligners that you wear over your teeth. With gentle pressure, the carefully designed aligners gradually push your teeth into their new positions.
You must wear your Invisalign aligners in their correct order. Otherwise, they either won’t fit or will be painful to put in. Plus, in order to stay on track with your treatment plan and complete treatment in the predicted time span, you need to wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day.
While planning your treatment, the Image Dental team takes digital scans and impressions of your teeth. They use these scans to create a 3D model of your mouth and to predict how your teeth will move. The scans are also used to create your aligners.
Like braces and other orthodontic options, Invisalign can treat various types of malocclusion, crooked teeth, or cosmetic defects like gaps. While some instances might need braces either initially or as the only treatment, Invisalign specializes in mild to moderate cases of:
Invisalign has considerable benefits compared to braces, such as removability and no gum irritation. In fact, the high-end patented plastic in Invisalign is called SmartTrack® and is exclusive to the Invisalign system.
The team at Image Dental teaches you all you need to know about maintaining your aligners and your own oral health while using the Invisalign system. While you, fortunately, don’t need to make any dietary changes as you would with braces, you’ll need to add a few extra steps to your routine.
You need to take your Invisalign aligners out of your mouth before you eat anything or drink anything other than water. This includes chewing gum or sucking on hard candies. Because food particles can still get stuck between your teeth and attract bacteria, you must brush your teeth after every meal or snack before putting the aligners back in.
While Invisalign doesn’t involve quite as many appointments as braces throughout the course of treatment, you should stay on top of your visits to Image Dental so you can check in with the team on your treatment progress. They can offer advice and give you additional tips to use while wearing your aligners.
Schedule an appointment over the phone or online at Image Dental for more information on Invisalign and the malocclusion cases it can treat.