Clear, Quick & Comfortable Orthodontic Treatment
Patients may be reluctant to seek necessary orthodontic treatment because they don’t want to wear braces. While metal braces have proven effective orthodontic treatment, they can also be uncomfortable, unattractive, and involve a lengthy treatment time.
For the sake of your smile and your health, it’s important to undergo orthodontic treatment if your dentist deems it necessary. At Gentle Family Dentistry, Dr. Garger recommends Invisalign for a more comfortable treatment.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign utilizes aligner trays made from patented SmartTrack® technology to gradually straighten your teeth. Invisalign is capable of treating many of the same dental issues as traditional braces, including:
- Open Bite
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign offers a number of benefits that make it a more attractive option than metal braces. These benefits include:
- Removable Aligners: Because the aligners are removable, you can enjoy the foods you love without worry. This also makes your aligners much easier to clean.
- Comfort: Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign doesn’t use uncomfortable metal brackets and wires that can irritate your mouth.
- Clear Material: Invisalign’s SmartTrack material is transparent, making your orthodontic treatment unnoticeable.
- Quick Treatment Time: The average treatment time with Invisalign is less than half the average treatment time of traditional metal braces.
How does Invisalign Treatment Work?
Step 1: Consultation
You’ll attend an initial consultation with Dr. Garger where he’ll determine if Invisalign is right for you. Dr. Garger will perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth, gums, and jaw, review your medical history, and discuss your smile goals with you. This information helps him determine your candidacy for Invisalign.
In some cases, Dr. Garger may recommend a supplemental procedure such as interproximal reduction to improve your candidacy and the efficiency of your treatment. This procedure involves shaving a small portion of the enamel from between your teeth. This allows for a greater range of tooth movement with Invisalign treatment.
Dr. Garger will inform you of all of your orthodontic treatment options before proceeding.
Step 2: Imaging
We’ll take digital images of your mouth that will serve as blueprints for your aligner trays. These images will be sent to a special laboratory, where your custom-made Invisalign trays will be crafted.
Step 3: Your Invisalign Clear Aligner Trays
Once we receive your aligners, you’ll return to our Bakersfield, CA office. Dr. Garger will make sure that the first set fits properly before sending you home with the rest of your aligner trays.
In the coming months, Dr. Garger may have you return to evaluate your treatment’s progression. Depending on how your treatment is going, he may order new aligner trays as necessary.
Step 4: Wearing Your Invisalign Aligner Trays
Your Invisalign treatment will involve wearing each set of your custom-made aligner trays for the prescribed amount of time. You’ll need to wear your aligner trays for a minimum of 20-22 hours each day. Depending on your personalized treatment, you’ll wear each set of trays for an average of two to four weeks.