Invisalign in Sacramento, CA
Vital components to an attractive smile include brightness and proper positioning. Research shows that people first notice the straightness of the teeth. Although appearance is important to self-image, a straight smile is also integral to oral health as a whole. When teeth are straight, there are fewer places for plaque and bacteria to accumulate. In studies on dental health, misalignment has been identified as a factor in the activity of oral bacteria leading to cavities and gum disease. The consequences of misalignment can affect your sense of confidence, your oral health, and your general health. At Sacramento Natural Dentistry, you may find your ideal solution in Invisalign.
Invisalign has become one of the most recognized alternatives to metal braces. Although standard orthodontic care is optimal in some cases, such as severe bite problems, Invisalign works for many of our patients. Without a single bracket or wire, Invisalign offers a comfortable, discreet solution to misalignment and mild malocclusions such as overbite, underbite, and crossbite.
When you join our practice, you will see and feel the difference. Quite simply, we love what we do and it shows.
What makes Invisalign different
The Invisalign system revolves around the routine wear of custom-fitted aligner trays. These appliances are fabricated from clear BPA-free plastic that is durable enough to keep gentle pressure where it is needed. Treatment is precisely planned through the processing of images and impressions in a state-of-the-art laboratory. From the initial data we gather, specialized software creates a 3-dimensional model of your teeth as they are. Further, this same software creates multiple steps through which teeth are virtually moved to their appropriate positions. Before you are fitted with aligners, you will be able to view an animation of your smile transformation in our office.
When this method is approved, a series of aligners will be made just for you. Each set of aligners, one for the upper arch and one for the lower, should be worn for two weeks, at which time the next set will be inserted. Every two weeks when aligners are switched, the new set will feel tight. For the first few days, insertion and removal of aligners may be slightly challenging. As teeth progress in the intended movement, this will become easier.
Why patients love Invisalign
There are several key points to this orthodontic treatment that make it appealing to teens and adults:
- No brackets or wires, and no metal
- Clear plastic aligners virtually disappear against teeth, enabling you to smile confidently
- Dining remains enjoyable due to the removal of aligners before meals
- Oral health is better preserved without obstacles to brushing and flossing
- The process is convenient, requiring only periodic progress checks rather than appliance tightening
A key element to successful orthodontic treatment is consistency. Invisalign is ideal for the patient who is committed to the process and will wear aligners as instructed. Wearing aligners less than 22 hours a day will result in an extended treatment period and, potentially, the need for additional aligners at an added cost. We encourage our patients to remove aligners only as needed for oral hygiene and dining. Occasionally, aligners may be taken out for special events.