Invisalign® is a subtle and effective alternative to traditional metal braces, using clear, form-fitting aligners instead of the bracket-and-wire system. If you’re hoping to achieve a more beautiful smile and a more confident you, we’d love to welcome you in for a consultation! Dr. Gashparova has been recognized as the premier provider of Invisalign clear braces in Alhambra, CA and loves helping patients discover this image-friendly treatment.
One of the biggest concerns patients have about traditional braces is the negative impact it may have on their sense of self-esteem. The prospect of having a “metal mouth” for months or even years can be very discouraging, especially for professional adults. Thankfully, Invisalign uses a series of clear, comfortable aligners instead that are very hard to notice when worn.
Invisalign treatment consists of a series of alignment trays. The patient wears each aligner as directed (usually for a few weeks) before switching to the next one in the set. Over time, the teeth will move gradually to reflect each new aligner. In addition to the cosmetic benefits, these aligners can be temporarily removed from the mouth for important occasions. An overwhelming number of patients express complete satisfaction with both the treatment process and the beautiful results!
Total treatment time averages 9-15 months but will vary from case to case. We want to see patients about once every 6 weeks to ensure that treatment is progressing as planned.
Invisalign® effectively corrects a wide variety of dental problems, including overcrowding, gaps between teeth, deep bites, crossbites, rotated teeth, and more.
Invisalign® treatment can begin once a child has all of their permanent teeth in place. Adults can also use Invisalign® aligners as long as they aren’t struggling with advanced gum/periodontal disease. It is important to get that health problem under control first so that the jawbone is stable and won’t experience more damage from the aligners.
Invisalign® may cost anywhere from $3000 to $6500. We offer payment plans to make this investment more affordable. Let us know if you’re interested in learning more!
Typically, a dental insurance policy that covers orthodontics will cover treatment with Invisalign®. Our dental office offers free pre-determinations for Invisalign® coverage – all you have to do is call in with your insurance information.
It’s no surprise that you probably have a lot of questions regarding your upcoming Invisalign treatment. From timeline to comfortability to replacement aligners should you accidentally damage or lose one, it’s important that you receive the answers you need to feel confident about moving forward with your orthodontic treatment. To help you feel more at ease and comfortable with the process of receiving your new smile, Dr. Gashparova has compiled some frequently asked questions for you to review. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.
Unlike traditional braces that require your orthodontist to forcibly tighten the metal wire that moves your teeth into position, Invisalign clear aligners require not adjusting. However, that doesn’t mean that when you swap out your trays for the next set in the series that you won’t feel some discomfort. In order for your teeth to properly align, they must shift. As you start to wear your new aligners, you may notice some soreness in the beginning. Fortunately, an over-the-counter pain reliever can help. Overall, treatment with Invisalign is far less painful than the alternative solutions. A helpful tip to consider is to switch to your new aligners at night. This will allow you to sleep and possibly avoid some of the discomfort as you adjust to your new trays.
Invisalign aligners are extremely versatile at treating different problems, including overcrowding, spaces between teeth, and bite alignment issues. But that’s not the only positive aspect of this solution. In fact, Invisalign also:
The easiest way to care for your aligners is with a toothbrush, clear soap, and lukewarm water. You can opt for the Invisalign Cleaning System if you prefer, but if you’d rather save your money, traditional methods work just fine. It is important that you remember never to use hot water since this can warp the plastic.
Also, when you are preparing to take your aligners out while eating or drinking, make sure to place them in a protective case so that they do not become damaged or lost.
Should you accidentally lose an aligner or damage your current one, make sure you keep your previous set. After alerting our office to the problem, it may be advisable for you to return to wearing your previous aligners until a new one can be created for you. Dr. Gashparova will need to determine if there will be a delay in treatment as a result, so always take extra care to protect your trays from damage or getting lost.