Do you ever wish you had a beautifully straight smile, but don’t want the hassle and discomfort of metal brackets and wires in your mouth? You are not alone – millions of people just like you are turning to Invisalign®, the clear alternative to braces.
Invisalign provides a wide variety of benefits that make it the clear winner when it comes to straightening your teeth.
Made from a clear plastic, Invisalign® straightens your teeth without being obvious. In fact, most people won’t notice that you are wearing them.
Invisalign is removable! Simply remove your aligners before you eat or drink anything, and you can enjoy all your favorite foods and beverages without worry. Be sure to put them in a safe place whenever you take your Invisalign® aligners out, as they are nearly invisible.
Braces can limit the number of sports you can play without having to wear a mouthguard. Invisalign changes all that – you can play most sports with your Invisalign® aligners in, and you can take them out for contact sports.
Invisalign® is smooth and soft, so they never irritate the sensitive tissues in your mouth. This innovative teeth-straightening system doesn’t rely on metal wires and brackets that cause bleeding and discomfort. What’s more, your dentist custom-makes your Invisalign® so that it fits snugly against your teeth.
Invisalign treatment time may be as short as 6 months, although some people need to wear Invisalign for up to 2 years. A number of factors can affect your treatment time. It may take longer if you have very crooked teeth, for example, or if you forget to wear your Invisalign aligner trays for the suggested minimum of 22 hours per day.
Taking care of traditional braces requires special tools and techniques. Brushing and flossing with wire-and-bracket braces is also time consuming. Caring for your teeth and gums is fast and easy with Invisalign - simply remove your aligners to brush and floss as normal. Rinse your Invisalign aligner trays with water then clean them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle soap every night. Rinse thoroughly after brushing and put them back into your mouth, where they can get to work straightening your teeth while you sleep.
Having an appealing smile can boost your confidence, self-esteem, and overall appearance. In fact, studies show that having a nice smile can lead to greater professional opportunities, which may lead to higher income - that will give you something to smile about!
Misaligned teeth are hard to clean. They can create nooks and crannies where bacteria and plaque can hide, which can increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Crooked teeth are also more vulnerable to chipping. Straight teeth, by comparison, are easier to clean and are less likely to chip.
Getting straight teeth with Invisalign begins with your dentist in San Francisco. During your consultation, our team of dental professionals will assess your oral health and evaluate the straightness of your teeth so that we can help you determine if Invisalign is right for you.
Our dental team will take detailed images and impressions of your teeth to create a personalized treatment plan. Your plan will detail the duration of your treatment, the results you can anticipate, and your expected costs.
Your dentist will walk you through the simple process of wearing and caring for Invisalign aligner trays. You can expect your aligners to fit comfortably, as they are made of BPA-free smooth plastic and are specifically designed for your teeth.
You will receive a new aligner about once every two weeks. Each Invisalign® tray builds on the progress of the previous aligner, moving your teeth about 1/10 mm towards their desired position. You will be able to see your smile improving with every new aligner.
Be sure to visit your dentist on schedule. During these visits, your dentist will assess your progress and make any changes necessary.
You may benefit from a retainer, which keeps your dazzling smile straight and aligned. Your dentist can help you decide if wearing a retainer is right for you.
Once you complete treatment, you’ll want to share your new smile with the world!
To learn more about Invisalign in San Francisco, consult with our dental team. Every member of our dental team is dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful smile.