Joseph Dental Group

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Irvine, CA

If you can’t get traditional metal braces or simply want a removable, invisible option to straighten your teeth, Invisalign® orthodontic treatment may be a good alternative. Clear aligners can correct many of the same issues as braces including crossbite, overbite, and underbite. To learn more and find out if Invisalign is right for you, call Daniel Sungmin Suh, DDS, MS, at Joseph Dental Group in Irvine, California, or book an appointment online with the board-certified in-house orthodontist.

Invisalign® Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic aligners instead of traditional metal braces to move teeth into optimal position. 

The aligners can be removed for eating and when cleaning your teeth. Unlike metal braces that get cemented to your teeth, Invisalign aligners are removable, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene while undergoing orthodontic treatment. 

What problems can Invisalign fix?

Invisalign treats the same tooth alignment issues as traditional metal braces, including overcrowded teeth, crooked teeth, underbite, crossbite, and overbite. Invisalign also eliminates large gaps between teeth to improve the aesthetics of your smile.

How does Invisalign work?

The Joseph Dental Group team examines your mouth to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign orthodontic treatment. A custom treatment plan is created after discussing your cosmetic goals and taking 3-D X-rays of your mouth and jaw. 

The X-ray images and Invisalign software allow the dentist to view your jaw from different angles, move teeth around on the screen, and predict what your mouth and face look like after you complete the treatment. The finished plan is sent to a laboratory to create your first set of clear aligners.

You receive a new set of clear aligners every two to three weeks to gently and gradually move your teeth into the proper position.

Do I have to wear Invisalign all day?

Wearing your aligners consistently helps shorten the overall time required to fix your teeth. To achieve the best results, you should wear your Invisalign aligners at least 20 hours daily. It’s recommended that you only remove the aligners while eating, brushing, and flossing. 

How do I care for my Invisalign aligners?

Caring for Invisalign aligners is similar to caring for your teeth. Remove them twice each day to brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You can also rinse them with water throughout the day as needed. Invisalign cleaning systems provide a more thorough cleaning.

You don’t have to give up the idea of having straighter teeth just because you can’t or don’t want to wear traditional metal braces. Invisalign offers an invisible orthodontic treatment alternative to help you reach your cosmetic goals. Call Joseph Dental Group or book an appointment online to learn more.