Invisalign® clear aligners are quickly becoming the preferred method for straightening crooked teeth and addressing mild to moderate orthodontic issues affecting the aesthetic of the smile.
Invisalign is a customizable treatment option that will gradually and comfortably shift your teeth into proper alignment. Discreet, effective, and affordable, Invisalign is the clear solution for straightening your smile. To learn more about Invisalign and the permanence of its results, see Is Invisalign Treatment Permanent?.
“Most Adults Really Want Straight Teeth. With Invisalign, we can achieve this, without the stigma and inconvenience of traditional metal braces. For most adults, this is really what they want.”
—Dr. Vijay Patel
Invisalign is an ideal treatment option for teen and adult patients looking to correct orthodontic concerns without the bulk or stigma of traditional metal braces. The clear aligners consist of hard-soft BPA-free plastic that helps protect the gums and teeth from irritation. The aligners fit snugly against the teeth and are barely visible.
Invisalign can address:
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps in-between teeth
- Orthodontic Relapse
The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign clear aligners are removable and promote improved oral hygiene when comparing them to metal braces. In addition, Invisalign can help reduce treatment time and provide greater convenience than traditional braces. Patients can thoroughly brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day without braces getting in the way. They can also eat a diet without restrictions!
A patient who uses Invisalign is less prone to developing tooth discoloration or tooth decay that often comes with wearing traditional braces.
Invisalign aligners allow patients to improve their oral health while achieving a more comfortable bite without anyone else noticing. Patients can continue with their routine and enjoy beautiful results.
I am so grateful to have Dr. Patel and his supporting staff as part of my life. Dr. Patel took a good care of my smile. He listened to my concerns and he soothed my doubts by assuring me that he would do his best until I was fully pleased…Nicoleta D.
From the state of the art equipment to the level of comfort, this place is as good as it getsJackie V.
Dr. Patel and the Claremont Dental Institute is by far the most accomplished, caring, technology-enabled and customer focused dental office I have ever experienced.Tom H.
Invisalign® What to Expect
Dr. Vijay Patel and Dr. Steve Fountain are Claremont area Invisalign providers. Claremont Dental Institute offers Invisalign to teen and adult patients. Invisalign helps patients straighten their smiles without interfering with their professional or personal lives.
Step 1: Dental Exam & Initial Consultation
Invisalign may be a viable option for improving the health and look of your smile if you have crooked or gapped teeth. Your treatment will begin with a thorough oral health examination as well as a bite and jaw analysis.
Before beginning the process, it’s key to make sure that your mouth is in good condition. That means your teeth and gums should be healthy enough for Invisalign treatment. Taking care of your oral health before starting treatment will ensure a successful and comfortable outcome with Invisalign.
If our dentists determine that Invisalign is the right treatment for you, we will schedule you for a follow-up appointment to begin the design and fabrication process.
Step 2: Preparation & Fabrication
Your dentist will take x-rays and digital impressions of your teeth. These images are used to create 3-D digital models of your mouth for precise treatment planning. Digital imaging and planning help your dentist determine the length of treatment and the necessary number of aligners needed to achieve your optimal result.
Aligners are fabricated in an Invisalign lab using the most advanced dental materials for precision and comfort. Invisalign aligners are meant to be worn for 22 hours daily. Aligners can be removed for oral hygiene and while eating.
Step 3: Straightening Process
Each set of aligners is worn for approximately two weeks. Each set of aligners will gently and gradually shift teeth further into proper alignment. You will schedule several progress appointments with your dentist to track movement and ensure a successful result.
Treatment times will vary depending on the degree of your orthodontic concerns, but typically patients wear Invisalign for 12-18 months.
How To Achieve Optimal Results with Invisalign
Achieving optimal results with Invisalign requires careful planning and execution. Patient compliance while using Invisalign is essential for successful results. Patients who wear their aligners every day for at least 22 hours will enjoy a better outcome.
It is essential to attend all of your progress appointments and to follow the instructions that your dentist will provide. Patients who properly care for their aligners, and follow their treatment plan get the best possible results from their Invisalign treatment!
Do I still need to wear a retainer?
Yes! Most patients will wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment. Wearing a retainer will help prevent orthodontic relapse and keep your teeth from shifting into crooked positions. It can also help prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original positions and may even help improve the longevity of your Invisalign results. Investing in a comfortable retainer and wearing it as instructed by your orthodontist is essential for maintaining a healthy smile.