Invisalign®: A Discreet Option For Your Smile

Posted by Dr. Panchal on Nov 1 2019, 08:26 AM

Invisalign is one of the most popular forms of teeth straightening, and millions of Americans alone have trusted it as their solution for a better smile. One of the main advantages Invisalign has over traditional braces is the ability the patient has to straighten their teeth discreetly without others noticing. 

An overview of Invisalign

It is helpful to know exactly what Invisalign is and the various benefits to determine if treatment is right for you. The following is everything to know about Invisalign, including which complications it is able to treat, how it is different than braces, and how the Invisalign process works.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is one of the most popular forms of clear aligners, which are transparent, plastic orthodontic devices. The patient wears the Invisalign aligners over his or her teeth, and the aligners pull the teeth into a straighter position over time. There are many benefits to wearing Invisalign instead of other forms of teeth straightening such as traditional braces. Perhaps the most notable benefit to treatment is the ability to straighten your smile in a discreet manner, ensuring the patient never has to feel embarrassed while at school, work, or in a social situation. Invisalign aligners can also be removed by the patient at any time, which is convenient while eating, during oral care routines, and when giving a big speech at work or school.

When to consider Invisalign

There are many reasons why a dentist might recommend Invisalign treatment. Perhaps the most common reason is to straighten teeth that appear crooked, although they may be a viable option for the following issues as well:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gap teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite 

Invisalign is often the best option for adults who may feel embarrassed wearing traditional braces at work or in social situations. Unfortunately, however, Invisalign is best for patients with small to moderate-sized complications, and traditional, lingual or ceramic braces might make a better option for severe malocclusions.  

How the process works

The first step in the Invisalign treatment process is to schedule an initial consultation with an orthodontist or dentist who offers the treatment. On the first visit, the dentist examines the patient's mouth and determines if they are a good candidate. After agreeing to treatment, each aligner is customized in a lab after the dentist takes a dental impression of the patient’s teeth. Once the aligners arrive, the treatment process begins. New Invisalign aligners are provided every couple of weeks, and each one pulls the teeth into a more appropriate alignment until the patient is happy with their smile. 

Invisalign helps patients achieve a better smile

Everyone deserves a smile they love and enjoy showing off each day, and we strive to help each one of our Invisalign patients achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. If you feel as if you may be a good candidate for Invisalign treatment and want to learn more about the process, then feel free to consult with us today and find out how we can help guide you through each step of the process.

Request an appointment here: or call Rushi Panchal DDS at (559) 426-1124 for an appointment in our Hanford office.

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