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Invisalign® Clear Braces

With Invisalign, all a patient has to do to get the smile they’ve always wanted is wear a progressive series of clear plastic aligner trays. Each one places a small amount of pressure on the teeth that slowly shifts them into their ideal positions. The trays are thin, lightweight, and completely translucent, meaning you don’t have to worry about friends or coworkers noticing them whenever you speak or smile. Even better, they are easily removable as well, so you can eat whatever you like and brush like normal throughout treatment, helping Invisalign fit seamlessly into your lifestyle.

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Invisalign® – Carmel Valley, CA

A Straighter Smile With Less Hassle and Discomfort

Are you unhappy with the look of crooked, misaligned, or crowded teeth? Dr. Sinan Alhamdi offers a modern orthodontic treatment, called Invisalign. It utilizes clear plastic aligners that allow you to maintain your professional image at work while being able to improve your oral health. Instead of dealing with uncomfortable metal wires and brackets, let our team of dental professionals help you achieve a dreamy and aligned smile with a more practical solution. To get started, schedule a consultation today!

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What Problems Can Invisalign Fix?

Many patients choose Invisalign in Carmel Valley over traditional metal braces because they’re a virtually unnoticeable orthodontic treatment that can fix a variety of issues. If you suffer from any of the following, you can benefit from the clear aligner process:

  • Crooked and Misaligned Teeth: For minor to severe misalignment issues, Invisalign aligners can gently and strategically straighten teeth to lay side-by-side.
  • Bite Alignment Problems: For people with overbite, underbite, and crossbite, these issues can impact your ability to chew and digest your food, as well as cause unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth. Invisalign can correct these problems without the use of metal.
  • Gaps Between Teeth: Some people find their gaps between their teeth unattractive and others have a hard time brushing and flossing effectively because of them. Whether you’re looking to improve the overall appearance of your grin or your oral health, Invisalign aligners can easily close these problem-causing gaps.
  • Crowded Teeth: Teeth that appear bunched up don’t just affect your self-esteem, but also your oral health. They provide hard-to-reach nooks and crannies for plaque, tartar, and food debris to buildup.
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The Invisalign Process

The first step of Invisalign is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alhamdi, your cosmetic dentist in Carmel Valley. He will examine your teeth and gums and take impressions and images of your mouth. This will allow him to develop a strategic treatment timeline. Once all of the information he has collected is sent off to our Invisalign laboratory to craft your trays, you’ll be on your way towards straightening your smile.

As your first set of aligners arrives, we’ll call you in to show you how to wear and take care of them. You’ll need to wear each one for about two weeks for at least 22 hours every day. The only times you’ll be taking them out of your mouth is to eat and brush and floss. To get used to remembering to put them back in, it’s a good idea to set a reminder on your phone whenever you take them out of your mouth.

Every six weeks or so, we’ll ask you to schedule checkups that are essentially just to check the progress of your treatment, answer any questions you have, and give you your next sets of aligners. Sometimes, a tray may need to be worn a little longer than expected, so it may be slightly over six weeks if this is the case for you. The average Invisalign treatment takes between eight and 14 months to complete. Once you’re finished, you’ll be able to enjoy your new and improved smile!

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Benefits of Invisalign

Patients often gravitate towards Invisalign treatment over traditional braces because the clear aligners offer several unique benefits, including:

  • Discreet: The most obvious benefit of Invisalign is that your see-through trays won’t stand out or draw attention to your mouth. This will allow you to be more confident while speaking, smiling, and laughing as you’re undergoing treatment.
  • Easy to Incorporate Into Daily Life: With metal braces, many patients have to stop eating their favorite snacks and foods. Because you need to remove your Invisalign aligners every time you eat, you can easily chew all of your favorite meals with ease.
  • Simple to Clean: To brush and floss your teeth, you don’t have to navigate around brackets and wires, you just have to take your aligners out! To sanitize and clean your trays, all you need to do is scrub them with clear antibacterial soap and a soft bristled toothbrush.
  • Shorter Treatment Times: The average treatment time for Invisalign is shorter than with traditional braces, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy your improved smile sooner.
  • More Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are made from clear plastic that’s FDA-approved. Because each tray is smooth and custom-fitted for your mouth, you won’t have to worry about irritation or sores, like you would with metal brackets and wires.

The first step towards beautifying your smile by fixing orthodontic issues with Invisalign is to schedule a consultation. Our office also offers specials and promotions on Invisalign, so be sure to take a look to see what kind of savings we have in store for you!

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Invisalign FAQs

Maybe you have some questions or concerns about the details of the Invisalign treatment process. Perhaps you’re just curious after reading all of the information above. Whatever your reason for wanting to know more about Invisalign in Carmel Valley, we’ve got you covered with the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have an Invisalign query that you don’t see answered here, be sure to give us a call and ask away.

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How Much Does Invisalign Cost?

The cost of Invisalign, while affordable for most people, varies from patient to patient. Your total treatment cost can be influenced by several factors, including your age, your dedication to wearing your aligners, and the severity of your dental misalignment. Additionally, the cost of your treatment depends on your individual insurance plan. More and more insurance companies are beginning to cover at least the partial cost of Invisalign. Ultimately, the best way to determine how much you’ll end up paying for treatment is to come in for a consultation.

Does Invisalign Hurt?

Invisalign works by applying a gentle pressure to your teeth to shift them into the correct position. Some patients report that this pressure manifests as a slight discomfort, especially when first wearing a new set of aligners. However, this feeling should clear up within a few days. Your mouth will soon grow accustomed to the way your aligners feel, and any sensitivity should subside in time. In the meantime, you can take over-the-counter headache medications, like ibuprofen, as needed to alleviate your discomfort.

Will I Have to Wear a Retainer After Treatment?

Just because your treatment is finished doesn’t mean your teeth will remain perfectly straight for life. In general, the more misaligned your teeth were prior to Invisalign treatment, the more likely that your dentist in Carmel Valley will prescribe a retainer for you to wear afterwards. A retainer might be worn for a few days or months after your treatment is done to prevent your teeth from shifting back into their original crooked position. Eventually, most retainers can only be worn at night to maintain your newly straightened teeth.

Can Invisalign Make You Sick?

Invisalign is made of a safe plastic material that shouldn’t harm you in any way. If you have an allergy or sensitivity to plastic, however, wearing the clear aligners might not be ideal for you. You might benefit from wearing traditional braces instead.

While the aligners themselves should never make you sick, it is possible to catch germs from them if you don’t clean them properly after eating or wash your hands with soap and water before placing them back in your mouth.