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:
How 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.
Custom Sets of Clear 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.
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: Minor Misalignment Quick Correction
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.
Does Invisalign® have a proven record of success?
In the past 20 years, more than 7 million patients have benefited from Invisalign orthodontic treatments. This number includes millions of adults who wanted an alternative to wearing conspicuous braces at work or in social situations, and many teens who were happy that advanced Invisalign technology added new confidence to their high school years.
Is there more than one type of Invisalign® aligner?
In addition to traditional Invisalign, Invisalign Teen and Invisalign Express, described above, there are several other choices available. Invisalign Full treats complex bite cases with a product that is worn on the top and bottom teeth. Invisalign Lite is appropriate when less tooth movement is necessary to attain the final straightening. Invisalign i7 is able to target one tooth or a small number of teeth that stand out in an otherwise orderly mouth. It is often recommended for patients who once had orthodontic treatment and have since experienced drifting of some teeth.
Invisalign with mandibular advancement, the newest innovation, aims to improve overbite while straightening teeth. This special aligner achieves a natural profile and proper fit between upper and lower teeth by gradually moving the lower jaw forward. This replaces the traditional method for correcting overbite, which involves the use of elastics.
How do costs compare with traditional braces?
Although the price of Invisalign is generally higher than orthodontic treatment using metal braces, by choosing this convenient option you will eliminate the need to return to the office for regular adjustments. The new aligner you will receive every week to two weeks is the adjustment. Each new aligner is designed to place additional pressure on the teeth to bring your smile into perfect balance.
Variables that affect cost include how many aligners you will use and how far your teeth need to move. The good news is that dental insurance plans typically cover Invisalign, and flexible payment options are also available. Of course, at Bay Area Dental Specialists, your Invisalign consultation is free.
Is a plastic aligner sufficient for all cases?
After experienced San Jose, Los Gatos and Campbell dentist Dr. Ashwini Bhave evaluates your teeth and plots their future trajectory, it may become necessary to add SmartForce® attachments to your treatment plan.
These small, tooth-colored attachments give the aligner additional surface area to grip onto, for more complex cases. The white attachments blend with the color of your teeth, and will not affect the comfort of the Invisalign device. Once you have reached the beautiful smile Dr. Bhave has planned for you, it may also be necessary to wear a retainer to keep teeth from shifting. Like Invisalign, many new retainers are made of plastic and are barely noticeable.
How does Invisalign® compare to ClearCorrect®?
Invisalign is the most popular choice for patients seeking a clear orthodontic appliance, but there are several competing products. ClearCorrect uses plastic material that tends to be thinner than Invisalign, and has a slight bias toward comfort vs. speed of tooth movement. Because the goal of ClearCorrect is to move an individual tooth no more than 3 millimeters per aligner, the plastic aligners are worn for a longer period of time.
Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect are designed to gradually move crooked teeth into place, but Invisalign will achieve your goals more quickly. You will also find Invisalign aligners to be extremely comfortable; so, in the end, you don’t really need to choose between comfort and speed.