Who wouldn’t want a straighter, healthier smile without the hassle and discomforts of metal wire and bracket braces? Cosmetic dentist in Sacramento, A. Scott Grivas DMD, and his associate, Dr. Will Koett Jr., qualify older teens and adults for Invisalign clear aligners. This innovative orthodontic system enhances smiles with mild to moderate orthodontic issues in less time than traditional braces and with a discreet appearance, too.
What is Invisalign in Sacramento?
Used by millions of orthodontic patients across the world, Invisalign aligners are custom-made appliances which resemble professional teeth whitening trays. Individually crafted from clear BPA-free acrylic, the aligners come in 18 to 30 pairs worn according to Dr. Grivas specific treatment plan.
Older teens and adults who have mild to moderate smile alignment issues may qualify for Invisalign. The aligner pairs gradually move teeth into more favorable positions. Typical patients have problems such as:
- Cross bite
- Overjet (protruding front teeth)
- Open bite
- Tooth rotation
While not workable for very complex cases, Invisalign helps many people. Individuals who have been reluctant to wear metal or ceramic braces like Invisalign because they are invisible and fully removable for brushing, flossing, eating and special occasions such as weddings and professional presentations. There’s no “metal mouth” look with Invisalign.
Living with Invisalign Aligners
If your dentist qualifies you for Invisalign, expect to wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours per day for a total treatment time of 9 to 18 months with one year being about average. That’s far less than the 2-½ year or more treatment time typical of traditional braces.
Additionally, aligners fit snugly and are very smooth, leaving no sore spots on soft oral tissues. As the treatment plan progresses, the patient simply changes to a new pair of aligners every two weeks or so. He or she checks in with Dr. Grivas every four to six weeks for quick profess checks and to pick up new pairs of aligners.
There are no complex oral hygiene regimens (just brush with toothpaste and rinse) and no dietary restrictions. Invisalign patients eat and drink the same healthy choices they always have. Pizza crust, bagels or fibrous veggies, such as celery, are just fine because the individual removes his aligners while eating.
After treatment is complete, Invisalign patients wear a customized Vivera retainer for a prescribed amount of time each day to keep their new smiles straight indefinitely.
Would You Like a New Smile?
Starting down that road may be as close as a phone call to Dr. Grivas. Contact the office in Sacramento today and speak to a friendly office team member. She’ll arrange a convenient orthodontic consultation so you can learn all about Invisalign and if it’s right for your smile.