Invisalign in Mission Viejo CA

invisalign womanAppearance is not the only benefit of wearing Invisalign® for straighter teeth, since straighter teeth can also benefit one’s oral health. In fact crooked teeth can trap food between them and lead to infection or bite issues. At E.M. Makhoul, DDS /Family Dentistry & Orthodontics, we offer Invisalign® as a treatment for patients interested in discreetly straightening their teeth.

Invisalign® is a series of clear aligner trays that cover the teeth, similar to a retainer or mouth guard, but are much more discreet. At least every two weeks or so, the patient will switch to the next set in the series of Invisalign trays. With the custom aligners for each patient, Invisalign® will gradually push the teeth into the right position without causing significant amounts of pain.

The process

To begin, we will need to conduct a consultation and examination. This examination will involve reviewing the patient’s medical history, current state of health, any pre-existing conditions or prescribed medications we need to know about and the position of the patient’s teeth. We will then take a mold of the patient’s teeth and measurements. With all of this information, we will send it to the lab to create the Invisalign® trays.

After creating the trays, we will then meet with the patient to ensure that they fit and that the patient understands all of the steps in the straightening process. It is important that the patient understand a few key factors about wearing Invisalign® on a regular basis.

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Wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours per day

BEFORE-AFTER-LOWERWhile the patient can remove Invisalign® trays when necessary, the patient will want to keep them in as much as possible. The longer the patient does not wear the trays for, the longer the entire process will take. Patients need to remove the aligner trays when eating and to brush the teeth.

Patients can also remove the aligner trays to play in a sports game, give a presentation, go on a date, or while taking a photo. It is important to at least rinse the mouth after eating to keep food from getting caught in the teeth.

Staying on schedule

Since we do not need to adjust Invisalign® aligners at our office as one might need to adjust braces, patients do not need to make as many checkup appointments. In fact, by customizing the aligner trays, we do not need to have the patient come in for regular orthodontic checkups.

The patient will be able to continue through each aligner tray and follow a schedule with no surprises. By following the schedule, the patient’s teeth will continue to move into the proper position without pain.

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Keep up regular oral hygiene

While wearing Invisalign®, patients will not have to brush and floss between brackets with difficulty. In fact, the patient will be able to brush and floss as normal by just removing the aligner trays. However, it is crucial that the patient brush after each meal to keep food from sticking between the teeth.

Food that is stuck in the teeth can also damage the aligners. It is important that patients do not wear the aligners while drinking soda or other beverages while wearing Invisalign® aligners. We recommend that patients only keep the aligners in when drinking water.

Customized for your teeth

We customize the Invisalign® aligners to fit the patient’s teeth and then use programming technology to digitally map out the projected rate of movement for the patient. We will then build the rest of the clear aligners in the series. Each new set of aligners will be a bit closer to the correct position for straight teeth.

With a customized straightening treatment, patients do not need to worry about the aligners falling out or being loose. Since there is no one-size-fits-all treatment, we make sure that the trays are the right fit for each patient.

Discreet, efficient and easy to use

Invisalign® aligner trays are nearly invisible to the point that few people will notice them unless the individual mentions wearing them. Patients will not have to feel embarrassed by wearing traditional metal braces or a mess of wires in their mouth on a regular basis. Invisalign® allows for the patient to receive the straight smile they desire without the maintenance of going through braces treatment.

Patients will be able to feel confident in their smile during the straightening process. If you are interested in Invisalign® treatment, give us a call today and schedule an appointment. We will help you obtain the straight smile you have always wanted.

FAQ about Orthodontic Treatments

What is the best orthodontic treatment?

The better choice comes down to individual taste and preference. Invisalign requires patients to wear a series of clear aligner trays while braces are brackets that cannot be removed as they are fixed to each tooth. Invisalign entails visiting the dentist every 3 months on average rather than every four weeks for traditional braces. Treatment time for Invisalign is about the same as of regular braces which ranges anywhere between 6 months to a couple of years, depending on what you’re trying to correct. In most cases, cost is the same. The discreet nature of Invisalign is what often makes it the more popular choice!

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign not only straightens teeth effectively and conveniently, but also offers an excellent choice for those who want to avoid conventional braces.
• Aesthetics—clear, almost invisible aligners
• Comfort—removable trays meals
• Safety—smooth aligners with no wires
• Speed—shorter treatment time in some cases
• Convenience—no dietary restrictions, fewer dentist appointments

How long does Invisalign orthodontic treatment last?

You should wear your customized aligners 20-22 hours a day. Then, you will need to use a new set of aligners every two weeks. In general, treatment time is 6-18 months, but the length of the digital plan we map out for you depends on your specific goals and how much you wear your aligners. Each set of aligners will gently move your teeth into place and transform your smile.
What should I eat during Invisalign orthodontic treatment?
When it comes to traditional metal braces, there are many foods you cannot eat. But with Invisalign, it’s a completely different story. Clear aligners are removable, so you are able take them out at any time and eat whatever foods you choose.

What is the best age for orthodontic treatment?

Any age is a good age for orthodontic treatment, but it’s best to bring your child in for their first evaluation around age 7, so we can assess their oral situation and advise treatment timeframes. Typically, it’s best to begin treatment upon losing all your baby teeth, but 20% of those who wear braces are over 18 years old. You’re never too old! We usually encourage those interested in Invisalign to wait until they are old enough to take full responsibility of wearing them most of every day and not losing them when they remove them to eat at school or other places where they may become distracted.

Is Invisalign orthodontic treatment painful?

Since Invisalign moves your teeth, our patients often feel a small bit of pressure the first day or 2 of wearing a new set of aligners. Thankfully, the pain is minimal, and they control the slightest discomfort with over-the-counter medications.

Do braces fix teeth permanently?

Unfortunately, teeth have a tendency to go back to their original position over time. The good news is that wearing a retainer or night guard while you sleep helps to prevent that.