Invisalign® Clear Teeth Straightening in San Jose, CA
Also serving Los Gatos & Campbell
Straight, Beautiful Teeth without Metal Braces
For patients who want to straighten their teeth but don’t want to wear metal braces, Invisalign’s clear aligners are an excellent alternative. Invisalign has been proven to effectively straighten a wide variety of misaligned teeth and bites. Dr. Bhave is a certified Invisalign provider who works to give beautiful, bright smiles to our adult and teen patients.
What is Invisalign Clear Teeth Straightening?
Invisalign consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that fit snugly over your teeth and gradually straighten your smile, eliminating the need for traditional brackets and wires. Each aligner shifts your teeth slightly, moving them horizontally and vertically and even rotating them when needed.
When you change to the next set of aligners (typically every two weeks) your teeth gradually move into position, following a custom treatment plan mapped out by your doctor.
Invisalign treatment can be delivered to adults and teens who have all their adult teeth and complete jaw growth.
Advantages of Invisalign
- Invisalign aligners are practically invisible – People see your natural smile instead of a line of bulky metal braces.
- Invisalign aligners are easily removable – You can easily remove the aligners to eat, clean your teeth or for special occasions.
- Invisalign aligners fit comfortably in your mouth – The aligners fit snugly over your teeth, and there are no metal brackets or wires to cause irritation.
- There are no dietary restrictions – since there are no metal brackets or wires that can trap food, you can eat anything you want.
- Invisalign aligners require fewer visits to the dentist – With traditional braces, you need to see your dentist every two to four weeks. Invisalign patients only need to return to the dentist about every six weeks.
Complimentary Invisalign Consultation and $500 Off Full Treatment
Take advantage of our Complimentary Invisalign Consultation and see one of our doctors to find out if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you. We are also offering patients who start Invisalign $500 off their full treatment! Your visit will include:
- Oral exam
- Digital X-rays as needed
- Consultation with the doctor
- Discuss your goals and concerns
- Get your questions answered
How the Invisalign Procedure Works
During your initial consultation, the doctor will discuss your smile goals with you and will determine if you are eligible for Invisalign. If you are found to be a candidate for the treatment, the doctor will explain in detail how the procedure works and will answer all of your questions.
Planning Your Treatment
The doctor will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth as well as a full set of digital x-rays and photos. These will be sent to the technical staff at Invisalign’s lab, who will work with the doctor to create a customized digital treatment plan.
When the plan is completed, the doctor will show you a video animation of how your teeth will shift at each stage of the procedure. You will also receive an estimate of how long your treatment should take.
Comfortable Custom Aligners
The Invisalign lab will create a series of clear aligners made specifically for you. The aligners fit snugly over your teeth and are made out of a smooth, BPA-free medical-grade polymer (plastic). The aligners don’t rely on metal and rubber to move your teeth. Without the metal and rubber constantly rubbing against the inside of your mouth, the treatment is much less irritating than traditional braces.
Gradually Straightening Your Teeth
You will wear each aligner for about two weeks before you switch to the next aligner in the series. About every six weeks you will return to our office to see the doctor, who will check on your progress and ensure your treatment is progressing properly.
Although treatment time varies from patient to patient, the average time to complete clear aligner treatment is about one year, whereas treatment with traditional braces can often take two to three years.
Invisalign Express for Quick Correction of Minor Misalignment
For small correction needs, our doctors can provide Invisalign Express. Invisalign Express is an affordable, fast and convenient way to correct minor flaws in the alignment of your teeth, such as minor crowding or spacing.
Regular Invisalign treatment requires between 20 and 30 aligners to move your teeth into their final positions. With Invisalign Express, only 10 aligners or less are usually needed to correct these smaller problems, bringing full treatment time down to about three to six months. After a complimentary consultation, we can let you know if Invisalign Express will give you the results you desire.
We also offer Invisalign Teen, an Invisalign system specially tailored to the needs of teenagers. This treatment can be delivered to any teenager whose permanent teeth have fully come through (erupted).
Invisalign Teen is as effective as traditional braces for resolving most orthodontic problems, and treatment time is about the same. Dr. Bhave can determine if your teen is eligible for this special Invisalign program after a comprehensive exam and evaluation.
Conditions Invisalign Can Correct
Invisalign treatment can resolve a wide variety of orthodontic problems, from mild cases of crooked or protruding teeth to more difficult and serious issues. Here are some of the conditions that can be effectively fixed with Invisalign:
Overly crowded teeth
When there is too little room in your jaw for your teeth to fit normally, overcrowding can occur. If left untreated, overly crowded teeth can trap food. Trapped food is harder to clean away, and this can lead to plaque formation, decay and gum disease.
In an overbite, the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. This can cause wear on your lower teeth, chipped or fractured front teeth, gum irritation and pain in your jaw joints. It can also play a role in bringing on gum disease.
In an underbite, the lower teeth protrude past the upper teeth. This can prevent the normal function of your front teeth or molars, and can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause jaw-joint related pain.
Gaps between the teeth
This is usually the result of abnormal continued growth of the jawbone. It can also be caused by teeth shifting into an open space left by a missing tooth. Gaps between teeth are traps for food and bacteria. This increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
In an open bite, some of the teeth do not make contact with the opposing teeth. This leaves an open space between the upper and lower teeth. An open bite can cause poor or painful chewing and can lead to jaw joint problems. Open bites have also been known to adversely affect proper speech.
In a crossbite, one or more of the upper teeth bite on the inside of the lower teeth. This can happen on the front and/or side of the mouth. It can lead to wear on the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.