Not many people would willingly choose the mouthful of metal and wire that comes with traditional braces if they had a seamless alternative. That’s why Shirley H. Bien, DMD, and the team at Greenhills Dental Care specializes in helping families living in Fremont, California, get the orthodontic care they need to meet their dental goals through top-of-the-line Invisalign® clear aligners. To learn more about how Invisalign works, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the FDA-approved orthodontic treatment of choice for over 4 million patients around the world. It consists of a series of removable plastic-based aligners that work to straighten your teeth as you switch them out every other week.

It’s an alternative orthodontic treatment to correct the alignment of your teeth and eliminates many of the restrictions traditional braces create. Invisalign aligners are custom designed to match your mouth.

How does Invisalign work?

During your consultation at Greenhills Dental Care, Dr. Bien determines an individualized treatment by digitally mapping out what it’ll look like. Using cutting-edge iTero® technology, Dr. Bien takes a 3D picture of your mouth to create your custom-fitted aligners. This significantly decreases the discomfort that can come with other imaging equipment and also allows you to see beforehand exactly what the result of your treatment will be.

In most cases, and depending on what you’re looking for, Dr. Bien recommends that you wear your aligners anywhere between 20-22 hours every day, and replace them every other week.

How long will I need to wear Invisalign aligners?

When you meet with Dr. Bien, she determines with you how long it’ll take to achieve your desired results. Based on these specific needs, she’ll be able to give you an exact estimate.

Generally speaking, Invisalign treatments last between 12-18 months.

Is Invisalign better than traditional braces?

Braces and Invisalign work very differently, have different follow-up requirements, and pose different inconveniences to your daily life.

Visible and comfort are at the center of their differences. Invisalign consists of clear, nearly invisible aligners, so you won’t have to worry about the metallic or porcelain add-ons that braces require. Thus, Invisalign allows you to keep a low dental profile.

Additionally, Invisalign aligners are plastic based, so you can avoid the sharp metallic edges that come with braces. You can also remove the aligners when you brush your teeth and eat food that would otherwise damage your braces.

Invisalign clear aligners are nearly invisible and provide you with added comfort, functionality, and usage flexibility. If you’d like to learn more about Invisalign, call Greenhills Dental Care or schedule an appointment online today.