Invisalign Experienced Doctor

Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care

Cosmetic, Implant and General Dentistry located in Carlsbad, CA & Encinitas, CA

Only about 35% of the population has perfectly straight teeth, but many men and women with crooked teeth are hesitant to straighten them because they don’t want to deal with the hassle of braces during adulthood. For these patients, Gary Braunstein, DDS, at Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care offers custom teeth adjustment plans with Invisalign® To find out how Invisalign improves your teeth, call the Carlsbad or Encinitas, California, office or book your appointment online today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern way to adjust your teeth into a straight position. It can correct many common irregularities, like:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Large gaps
  • Crowded teeth

Adults and adolescents alike can benefit from the system, which uses clear devices to discreetly move your teeth into place over an average of 12 to 18 months. 

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign’s system is simple. Before you start the treatment, you’ll attend a consultation at Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care. 

Your provider examines your teeth and takes a digital image of their positioning. Using the digital image, the team maps out a plan for the gradual movement of your teeth into a perfect, straight position. 

Using the digital mapping, the team at Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care creates your series of plastic aligners. Each aligner puts pressure on parts of your teeth to move them into position for the next one. 

For the best results, you must wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, taking them out only to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. You’ll wear each aligner for one or two weeks before switching to the next. 

What makes Invisalign better than braces?

Invisalign has many advantages over traditional braces. When given the choice, many patients choose Invisalign because:

  • It’s comfortable 
  • It’s subtle
  • You can remove your device
  • It’s easier to keep your teeth clean
  • There are no sharp wires
  • It doesn’t require you to limit your diet

Invisalign isn’t right for all cases. Your provider at Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care will let you know if braces might be better suited for your case.

How should I clean my Invisalign devices?

It’s important to keep both your teeth and your aligners clean. To take care of your devices and make sure that your teeth stay healthy during treatment, you must floss and brush your teeth thoroughly each time you remove your aligner. 

To clean your aligner, you have the option to purchase an Invisalign Cleaning System from Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care. Otherwise, you can clean the aligner with a toothbrush and toothpaste. When you clean it, you need to use water that is warm but not hot to avoid melting the plastic.

Invisalign is a convenient and comfortable way to achieve the smile of your dreams. To learn more about the system, call Carlsbad & Encinitas Dental Care or book your appointment online today.