Are you looking for teeth-straightening options in Arcadia? Invisalign ® is an established alternative to traditional braces. The treatment uses a series of custom-fit aligners that you change about every two weeks, gradually altering the alignment of your teeth.
Dr. Charlyn Quiec (“Dr. Q”) discusses the benefits of Invisalign below as well as some of the factors that you should consider before treatment. Read on, and then get in touch with Dr. Q to find out whether the option is right for you.
Arcadia patients have likely considered several solutions for straightening their teeth, such as braces. Dr. Q typically recommends Invisalign to patients with mild-to-moderate concerns and refers patients with more complex issues to an experienced orthodontist.
For the right patient in Arcadia, Invisalign provides significant advantages…
Removable. You can take Invisalign out when you want (for example, to enjoy certain foods that braces make difficult to eat).
Subtle. Invisalign is made of a clear, unobtrusive plastic. Few people may notice that you are wearing any sort of appliance, while braces can be more obvious.
Greater comfort. The metal surfaces of braces can cause irritation along your gums and cheeks. Invisalign’s plastic surfaces protect people with metal allergies and provides a smoother, more comfortable surface.
Fewer parts. As many long-term braces-wearers can attest, brackets and wires can break. These breaks may require attention from an orthodontist to prevent poking or falling off. Because Arcadia Invisalign wearers only have one or two aligners to maintain, they shouldn’t expect emergency oral care problems from the treatment.
Responsibility. Because Arcadia Invisalign patients can remove the aligners, the improvement that they see relies largely on their decision to wear them regularly. Braces are not removable, so patients with braces may be more likely to get the full benefits of their investment.
Sensitivity. Similar to braces, Invisalign can cause some tenderness as your teeth undergo realignment. You may have some discomfort in the first few days while your teeth adjust to a new aligner.
Eating. You should take Invisalign aligners out before eating. Removing the aligners before enjoying a meal or snack can be an annoyance for some patients.
Speech. As with braces, your speech may be affected when you wear the aligners. Arcadia Invisalign patients can typically adjust and accommodate the device when they speak.
Dr. Q is trained to a Level II certification as an Arcadia Invisalign dentist. She has participated in advanced coursework to become adept at diagnosing patient needs; recommending good candidates for Invisalign; and managing their treatment.
If you are concerned about the alignment of your teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Q Dental. Our team will examine your teeth and identify whether Invisalign is the best treatment method or if one of our other cosmetic procedures is more suitable to your situation.
Learn more about Dr. Q’s work with Invisalign. Call our practice for an appointment: 626-599-9818.