Tony Do D.D.S
8600 Beach Blvd. #105
Buena Park, CA 90620
Office: 714-220-9300
 
 

Invisalign is a revolutionary system for straightening crooked teeth and closing gaps between teeth in many cases can replace the need for traditional metal-wire braces that have long been used in traditional orthodontic practice. The system utilises the latest in computerised technology and three dimensional modelling to generate a series of clear, see-through aligners or “clear braces”. They are virtually un-noticeable when you are wearing them and are often referred to by many patients as “Invisible Braces”. The Clear aligners are specially fabricated to fit your teeth exactly and over time they slowly move your teeth into a position that gives you a natural looking straight smile.
invisalign aligner

So how does the Invisalign system work? Its simple :

  • You wear your aligners for 22 hours a day
  • You remove your aligners to eat and brush your teeth
  • As your teeth move slowly over time
  • You change your aligners approximately every two weeks
  • Have regular progress checks with your dentist or orthodontist
  • Full treatment takes from 6 months to a year (sometimes 18 months).

Can Invisalign be used for all orthodontic cases?
For the majority of crooked teeth problems including, overbites, underbites, crowding, crossbites and gaps between your teeth Invisalign works very well. However more severe orthodontic cases where perhaps teeth extraction is required or there is a lot of movement needed then Invisalign may not be appropriate. During your free consultation your dentist will be able to tell you if you are suitable for Invisalign. In very severe cases traditional wire braces, friction free Damon braces or lingual braces may need to be used to correct your tooth alignment.

What is the procedure?
1. After an initial consultation and assessment of your smile and teeth alignment your Invisalign dentist, will take an impression (mould) of your teeth using a special “dental putty” and take several photographs of your teeth and smile from different angles.

2. A 3D digital model of your teeth is then created at the Invisalign laboratory using a CT scanner.

3. Using the latest patented software the model is used as a basis to generate a simulation of your teeth movement from their current position to the final desired position.

4. This simulation is then used as the basis to design your aligners, custom made for your teeth and to be changed every two weeks as your teeth move little by little.

5. Your newly fabricated aligners will then be sent back to your dentist along with the 3D simulation so that you can see for yourself the expected movement of your teeth over time.

6. Your dentist will give you strict instructions on how to use the aligners, they must be worn for a minimum of 20 hours a day, the success of the treatment is highly dependent on your compliance as a patient and so requires dedication.

7. You will have regular checkups with your dentist to ensure that your treatment is going as initially planned.

How much does Invisalign cost?
This depends on the severity of your case, where you go for the treatment and the skill of your dentist / orthodontists. During your Free consultation you should be given an accurate indication of likely costs for your particular case.