Invisalign Dentist in Sacramento
Does Invisalign really work? Yes! Invisalign is quickly growing in popularity as an alternative to traditional metal braces. For orthodontic patients who need to correct their bite and teeth alignment, Invisalign is a fantastic solution.
At our Sacramento dentist, Dr. Redford can help patients understand the basics about this alternative to braces, and decide if it is the right treatment for their needs.
Rather than using the traditional “bracket-and-wire” method of traditional braces, Invisalign uses advanced sets of clear plastic “aligners”. These aligners apply gentle pressure to the teeth. Gradually, teeth shift into a new position, correcting the bite and tooth position.
Best of all, Invisalign is almost totally invisible. This makes it a fantastic choice for adults. Unfortunately, traditional metal braces often carry a social stigma. But because Invisalign is nearly invisible, patients can get orthodontic correction without unsightly metal braces.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign is quite simple. As mentioned above, Invisalign uses sets of clear plastic “aligners”. These aligners are similar to mouthguards, and are custom-designed to fit perfectly over your teeth. Over time, these aligners apply pressure to the teeth, shifting them gradually.
Before getting Invisalign, you will consult with Dr. Redford at Redford Smiles. Dr. Redford will take molds and x-rays of your mouth to assess if Invisalign is right for you.
If Dr. Redford decides that Invisalign is the proper treatment option for your orthodontic needs, he will create a custom treatment plan for you. Your Invisalign aligners will be crafted in an outside lab, and sent to Redford Smiles when they are complete.
Next, you will begin wearing your Invisalign aligners. You will wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day, removing them only for brushing, flossing, and eating/drinking.
As treatment progresses and your teeth shift, you will come into Redford Smiles approximately every two weeks to swap out your Invisalign aligners. You will also have a monthly consultation with Dr. Redford to ensure that treatment is progressing according to your treatment plan.
It really is just that simple! Over time, your aligners will gently correct the placement of your teeth, and provide you with a gorgeous, straight smile.
How Long Invisalign Takes
If you need to know a precise Invisalign treatment time frame, schedule a consultation with Dr. Redford by calling us at (916) 565-2570. Treatment times will always vary, depending on the orthodontic needs of each patient.
However, most patients go through a set of 20-26 plastic aligners throughout Invisalign treatment. This means that Invisalign treatment takes around 12 months for an average case. This is a good baseline.
Metal braces, on the other hand, typically take 12-24 months. For an average orthodontic case, Invisalign will almost always provide a faster treatment time.
Can Invisalign Fix Overbites/Underbites?
This depends on the cause of your overbite/underbite. However, Invisalign usually cannot be used to treat severe overbites and underbites.
Overbites and underbites fall into two basic categories: dental overbites/underbites and skeletal overbites/underbites.
Dental overbites/underbites are caused by irregular tooth position. Invisalign may be a viable treatment option for mild-to-moderate cases of dental overbites/underbites.
Skeletal overbites/underbites are not caused by the position of teeth, but by the position of the jaw. Traditional metal braces usually must be used to treat skeletal overbites/underbites. In severe cases, jaw surgery may even be required to reposition the jawbone.
To find out whether or not Invisalign can fix your overbite/underbite, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Redford today. Give Redford Dentistry a call now at (916) 565-2570 to get started.
Can Invisalign Fix Gaps?
Yes! Invisalign is a highly-effective treatment for gapped teeth. By gradually repositioning the teeth, Invisalign can close even wide gaps in teeth, without requiring surgery or metal braces. Take a look at our smile gallery to see these results!
However, Invisalign is not always the best solution for gapped teeth. For minor tooth gaps, Dr. Redford may recommend an alternative treatment such as dental bonding or reshaping. To learn more, contact Redford Smiles today.
The Benefits Of Invisalign
Invisalign has a number of benefits compared to traditional metal braces. We will discuss a few of these now.
- Faster treatment times – A typical Invisalign case resolves within a year of initial aligner placement. This makes Invisalign much faster than traditional metal braces.
- Comparable cost – Invisalign is usually slightly more expensive than metal braces, but the overall cost is quite comparable.
- Removable – Invisalign aligners are totally removable for eating, drinking, playing sports, and more. This means that there are no dietary or activity restrictions for Invisalign patients.
- Totally invisible – Invisalign does not affect your speech or appearance. These nearly-invisible plastic aligners are subtle and almost undetectable. This makes Invisalign a great choice for older adults who wish to avoid metal braces.
- Comfortable – Unlike metal braces, Invisalign has no sharp metal to poke or prod your gum and mouth tissue. In addition, Invisalign applies more even, gentle pressure. Braces can be very painful after they’re tightened, but Invisalign applies pressure more gradually. This results in a nearly pain-free treatment.
- Convenient – Metal braces require regular two-week tightening sessions, which can easily take an hour or longer. This adds up to quite a bit of time spent in the dentist’s chair.
With Invisalign, you will get a new set of aligners from Dr. Redford every two weeks. You also only need a brief check up every 4-6 weeks. This saves you a lot of time during your orthodontic treatment.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
So, does Invisalign really work? It really does! This alternative to braces is a fantastic choice for older adults and teenagers alike. If you need to consult with a Sacramento dentist about Invisalign, contact Redford Smiles now!
Dr. Redford is an experienced cosmetic and general dentist. He has helped hundreds of patients achieve the smile of their dreams with Invisalign. If you need orthodontic treatment, but are concerned about the unsightly appearance of metal braces, Invisalign may be right for you.
Call us today at (916)565-2570 for a consultation at Redford Smiles, or visit our office, located at 79 Scripps Dr. Suite 204, Sacramento, CA 95608. We look forward to seeing you!