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Invisalign in Long Beach
If you have crowded teeth, large gaps, or crooked and misshapen teeth, Invisalign can improve the appearance of your smile. These clear aligners eliminate the need for highly visible traditional braces, in most cases. Dodds Dental is proud to offer Invisalign for our Long Beach patients who would like to avoid the wire and bracket system of traditional braces. Call us today to schedule your consultation!
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What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system of clear plastic aligners, and it is quite similar to other aligner orthodontics like ClearCorrect and MTM Clear Aligners. All of these systems use special, custom-built aligners made of transparent, durable plastic to gradually shift the position of your teeth and correct minor orthodontic issues.
Not all orthodontic patients can be treated by Invisalign, however. It’s usually only appropriate for minor-to-moderate orthodontic cases. Serious bite issues and other severe orthodontic problems may require correction with traditional braces. Because Invisalign is nearly invisible, it’s very popular among older teens and adults who want a straighter smile with low-stress treatment in the Long Beach area.
The invisalign Process
How Does invisalign work?
Once you’ve had a consultation with one of our dentists, your custom set of aligners will be crafted just for you. Then, you’ll begin wearing your aligners for 22+ hours per day, removing them only to brush, floss, eat and drink.
About every 2 weeks, you’ll switch to a new set of aligners as your teeth are gently shifted into their new position. You’ll come into Dodds Dental for a consultation and check-up every 6 weeks to ensure your treatment is on the right track, and he’ll give you your next sets of aligners. Treatment usually takes between 20-24 sets of aligners, making the average treatment time about a year. However, this may be shorter or longer based on your own unique orthodontic needs.
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What Are The Benefits Of Invisalign?
- Thin and invisible – Invisalign uses advanced, durable plastic aligners that are extremely thin. They’re nearly impossible to recognize and do not affect your ability to speak.
- Less time in the dentist’s chair – Since you won’t need to visit every two weeks to adjust wires and rubber bands, you’ll end up spending much less time at the dental office than you would with traditional braces.
- Comfortable and convenient – There are no wires or brackets to poke your mouth, and you can remove your aligners to brush your teeth and eat. In addition, the pressure exerted by Invisalign is more gentle and even than braces, which reduces discomfort.
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What Are The Benefits Of Invisalign?
If you are interested in the benefits of Invisalign, come to Dodds Dental right away. With Invisalign, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted without the social stigma or discomfort of braces. Take the first step towards a more beautiful smile by contacting us at (562) 439-0754, or dropping by our office at 5580 E 2nd St #202 Long Beach, CA 90803.
Is Invisalign Right For You?
Am I A Good Candidate For Invisalign?
As long as you are in good oral health, committed to wearing your aligners for the instructed 22 hours a day, will care for and clean your aligners, and don’t have an orthodontic case that is too severe or too complex to be corrected by Invisalign, then you are an ideal candidate.
Invisalign can correct overcrowding, crooked teeth, gaps, and bite problems such as over, under, cross, and open bites. However, Invisalign is best able to correct minor orthodontic problems like small gaps or minor bite problems.
When malocclusions are more severe, you will need the help of Invisalign attachments to achieve these tooth movements. If you need teeth to be rotated past 20 degrees or require teeth to be moved higher or lower in the gums, Invisalign is not suitable for you. Not sure if Invisalign is right for you? Come into our Long Beach dental office for a consultation today.
What Are Invisalign Attachments?
Invisalign attachments are tooth-colored buttons made of composite resin that are bonded to your enamel. They are only necessary when the aligners need help to achieve more difficult tooth movements such as bite problems.
The resin is shaped into specific shapes depending on the direction in which the teeth need to move. These attachments are hardly noticeable and will be removed once your treatment is complete. The attachment buttons anchor the aligners so they are exerting the necessary amount of pressure to shift the teeth effectively.
Before the advent of attachments, Invisalign was much more limited in its ability to correct more severe malocclusions like misaligned bites, and patients with these problems would not be suitable candidates. Now we’re able to correct orthodontic problems that the aligners wouldn’t be able to achieve on their own.
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Can You Get Invisalign With Missing Teeth?
The answer is yes! While many people mistakenly believe that having one or a few missing teeth rules them out as a candidate for Invisalign, this isn’t the case. You can undergo Invisalign treatment with missing teeth, but it is typically recommended that you wait to replace the missing tooth or teeth until after the orthodontic treatment is complete.
This is because replacing a tooth before correcting your tooth alignment can cause the surrounding teeth to lean into the gap and there may not be space to replace the tooth or you could have a case of overcrowding.
By getting Invisalign first, you can create the ideal tooth and bite alignment for a tooth replacement so you don’t run into any problems. In some cases, a dental implant may be recommended to replace the tooth and this may need to be done before Invisalign treatment. An implant holds the tooth in one spot and it can’t shift, so it doesn’t interfere with your shifting teeth.