If you have always wanted a straighter smile, Invisalign can help. Invisalign is an innovative teeth-straightening alternative to traditional braces that is discreet, comfortable, and removable. Dr. Pauline Lu, the knowledgeable dentist at our office in San Jose, can transform your smile with Invisalign.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign utilizes custom aligner trays to move and straighten the teeth. The trays work similarly to braces by exerting gentle pressure on the teeth to move them in the desired direction. Multiple sets of trays are worn throughout the treatment process. Each set includes two aligner trays, one for the top arch of teeth and one for the bottom. A set of trays is worn for a few weeks and is then replaced with the next set in the series. With each new set, you are one step closer to having a straighter smile.
It takes an average of 12 months for most patients to straighten their teeth with Invisalign. The aligner trays are removable and can be taken out for up to two hours a day. Removing them for more than that could significantly delay treatment time. Invisalign is a great choice for straightening teeth and correcting minor orthodontic problems, but severe bite alignment problems are best treated with braces. The helpful dentist at our practice in San Jose can determine if Invisalign is an option for you.
Benefits of Invisalign
One of the most exciting benefits of Invisalign is that it delivers a straighter smile. The custom aligner trays can also close small gaps between teeth and improve minor bite alignment issues. Additional benefits of Invisalign and its aligner trays include being discreet, comfortable, and removable.
The aligner trays are made from a clear plastic material that is not readily noticeable to others, which makes Invisalign extremely discreet. Additionally, the plastic material is both soft and flexible so the aligner trays are comfortable to wear. There are no hard metal components to poke or irritate the mouth. Finally, the trays can be removed for easier brushing and flossing and to prevent food from getting stuck in the trays when eating.
You can have a straighter smile with Invisalign. To learn more about Invisalign, contact our office in San Jose to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lu by calling (408) 260-0888.