Invisalign® Clear Aligners | Santa Rosa

The alignment of your teeth is incredibly important. If you have crooked teeth, your smile, and your confidence, are greatly affected. Crooked teeth increase your risk for cavities and gum disease. They can increase your risk of tooth damage. You may also develop issues such as bruxism, a condition in which you grind and clench your teeth. Correcting tooth alignment has traditionally been accomplished with metal braces. In our Santa Rosa dental office, Harry Albers DDS, we can provide you with a much more discreet treatment using Invisalign.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment used to correct the alignment of your teeth. This treatment uses clear plastic aligners, which are made from impressions of your mouth. The aligners look similar to whitening trays and are made to be worn over your teeth.

In addition to being clear, Invisalign aligners are also removable. However, they should only be taken out to eat or to take care of your teeth. To achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time, the aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours every day.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign involves the use of a series of clear plastic aligners. These aligners are created from digital impressions of your mouth. Each set is slightly different, allowing for the gradual movement of your teeth and they should be changed every two weeks. Following the completion of your Invisalign treatment, you will be provided with a retainer. This retainer will help you to maintain the results of your treatment, allowing you to keep your new smile beautiful.

The Differences Between Invisalign And Traditional Braces

Both Invisalign and traditional braces are designed to correct the alignment of your teeth. There are several significant differences between the two, however. Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to correct tooth alignment. Because of this, they are highly visible, impacting the quality of your smile during your treatment as well as your confidence.

Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners. This feature renders them practically invisible once they are placed over your teeth. Traditional braces are also bonded into place on your teeth. The brackets remain in place throughout the duration of your treatment. Invisalign, on the other hand, can be removed and put back in.

What Benefits Does Invisalign Offer?

Invisalign treatment provides several significant benefits. These benefits include:

  • A much more discreet treatment. The aligners practically disappear from view. It will be very difficult for anyone to tell that you are wearing them.
  • The aligners are removable. Because of this, there are no restrictions on what you can eat. You can enjoy all of your favorite foods throughout your treatment. You can also brush and floss your teeth normally without having to worry about cleaning underwires or around the brackets.
  • You require fewer office visits. You are provided with several sets of aligners at once. You do not require regular adjustment appointments.
  • Shorter treatment times. In most cases, Invisalign treatment is shorter than treatment with traditional braces. Typically, patients see the desired results in 9 to 15 months, with many patients seeing their desired results in under a year.

Invisalign provides you with a much more discreet, highly effective treatment for correcting the alignment of your teeth, improving your smile, your oral health, and your overall quality of life. Call Harry Albers DDS today at (707) 575-1190 to schedule your appointment and find out if Invisalign is right for you?

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