Invisalign Dentist in Mission Viejo CA

Clear Aligners to Straighten Teeth Without Braces

invisalign-dentistWe also have the skills and necessary training to be an Invisalign® Dentist, treating patients throughout the Mission Viejo area. Invisalign® is an excellent way to straighten your teeth and adults of all ages often prefer it over traditional metal braces. If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, call EM Makhoul DDS - Dentist of Mission Viejo Phone Number (949) 364-3724 to schedule a consultation and see if Invisalign® is right for you.

Teenagers and adults love Invisalign® because it straightens teeth without anyone noticing that you are correcting your smile.

How does Invisalign® work?

As an Invisalign® dentist, our team straightens teeth using a series of aligners. First, an impression of your teeth is taken so that a series of aligners can be created in a dental lab. The aligners themselves are made out of a thermoplastic material that is strong and at the same time flexible in order to be comfortable when worn for long periods of time. The material is virtually invisible.

The aligners should be worn for 22 hours a day and every two weeks; they need to be switched out with the next one in the series. Over a period of months, the aligners will slowly move teeth into place, making one minor adjustment at a time that is targeted to specific teeth. This helps your teeth to be comfortable as they are moved into position at a manageable pace. Once you are done wearing your aligners, your teeth should be perfectly straight.

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DB-BEFORE-AFTER-ANTERIORBenefits of Invisalign®

Patients may prefer wearing Invisalign® because of how convenient it is in comparison to wearing traditional braces.
The aligners are clear so no one can tell you are straightening your teeth.
They are only worn for 22 hours a day so you can take them out to eat dinner, go on a date, or make an important presentation at work.
You can brush and floss your teeth like normal, and no additional tools are required.
There is less of a risk that your teeth will become stained as compared with wearing metal braces that can be difficult to clean.
The procedure is more comfortable than metal braces since the aligners move teeth into place slowly and only focus on a few teeth at a time.
Aligners are easy to take care of, and you only use the same aligner for a couple of weeks.
How do I care for my aligners?
We recommend that patients remove their aligner and rinse it with warm water on a daily basis. You may also want to brush them with a soft toothbrush.


Some patients need to wear attachments or ridges in order to ensure that their teeth move into place perfectly. An attachment is a clear bump that is made of an enamel colored composite and secured to the teeth. Bumps on your aligners will grip them in order to hold the aligner in place. Ridges work in a similar way only an indent is created instead of a raised bump. This can be necessary for more complicated cases to ensure that a particular tooth, or several teeth, move into place like they should.


Patients will need to see us for checkups to ensure that teeth are moving like they are supposed to. Fortunately, since the aligners are made at the beginning of the procedure, these appointments are less frequent than if you were wearing metal braces. With traditional braces, a metal bracket is placed on each tooth, and a wire is threaded between them then held in place using rubber bands. The wires need to be adjusted on a regular basis in order to keep teeth moving in the right direction. This requires frequent office visits. For people with busy schedules and a hectic life – this is inconvenient, and any delay in appointment scheduling can prolong the timeframe that braces need to be worn for. As an Invisalign® dentist, we see patients less frequently because the checkups are not to adjust anything, just to make sure that the procedure is working. This is far more convenient for patients throughout the Mission Viejo area.

Treatment Time

For most patients living in the Mission Viejo CA area, the procedure takes around twelve months. The exact timeframe will depend on your situation, and only our team can tell you how long they will need to be worn. Overall, the treatment time can be less than with metal braces. This is in part because you do not have to schedule appointments to keep your teeth moving. Simply pull out a new aligner.

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Finding an Invisalign® Dentist

Not all dentists offer Invisalign®. You have to receive special training in order to provide it to patients. To learn if the procedure is right for you, schedule an appointment with our EM Makhoul DDS - Dentist of Mission Viejo office by calling EM Makhoul DDS - Dentist of Mission Viejo Phone Number (949) 364-3724.

How will Invisalign® impact my life?

Unlike wearing traditional braces, Invisalign® will not make a major impact on your quality of life. Since the aligners are clear, it will not impact your appearance. Additionally, since they only need to be worn for 22 hours a day, they will not interfere with eating. This is a huge advantage because you can eat your favorite plate of ribs, go out for a romantic date, eat a caramel apple without worrying about something becoming stuck in your teeth or a wire being pulled out of place. This time also allows you to take the aligner out when having an important conversation or making a presentation at work. Overall, this is a convenient way to straighten your teeth and provides the maximum level of flexibility.

Some people are concerned about whether or not wearing an aligner will impact their speech. Most of our Mission Viejo patients tell us that they have to get used to wearing aligners after the first couple of days. Sometimes, patients have a slight lisp which goes away once they become used to speaking while wearing them. This is standard with any orthodontic procedure but fortunately; most people can speak normally within a couple of days.

FAQ about Orthodontic Treatments

What is the best way to straighten teeth?

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!

What are the 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 do you have to wear Invisalign?

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 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 straighten 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.