Align Your Teeth with Invisalign Clear Braces at Mario A. Godinez, DDS
Straightening your teeth can have both medical and cosmetic benefits, but not everyone wishes to straighten their teeth using traditional metal braces. Adults in particular may have a hard time becoming convinced that the appearance of metal isn’t going to impact the way they look. If you want to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile and improve the health of your teeth without detracting from your appearance, Invisalign® is an ideal alternative. Designed for both teens and adults, the clear aligners are capable of straightening teeth while remaining virtually invisible. In his Encinitas dental office, Dr. Mario Godinez offers Invisalign® treatment for those who qualify.
What Is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is an innovative orthodontic solution that allows patients to straighten their teeth without anyone noticing. The system is comprised of removable clear aligners that the patient wears for six weeks at a time, which work to gradually shift the teeth into a healthier position. Invisalign® works best for mild to moderate cases of misaligned teeth, but can typically produce results in a year’s time, depending on the individual case.
Why Choose a Clear Brace Option?
Invisalign® aligners have many benefits over traditional braces, including the most notable, which is that they remain unseen for the duration of treatment. Additionally, the clear aligners can be removed while eating or drinking to keep any food debris from becoming lodged in any crevices. Invisalign® retainers can also be cleaned more thoroughly than metal braces because they are removable, allowing patients to practice regular oral hygiene during their treatment. After wearing a single aligner for six weeks, patients simply return to Dr. Godinez’s office to retrieve their next set.
Who Qualifies for Invisalign®?
Although they are generally more comfortable and attractive than metal braces, there are cases where Invisalign® is not a good alternative. Patients experiencing severe misalignment (particularly near the molars), poor bite positions or impacted teeth are better suited for traditional braces. However, the best way to determine whether Invisalign® is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Godinez.
During your consultation, our Encinitas Invisalign dentist will take x-rays of your teeth to determine the extent of the misalignment. If he determines that you are a candidate for clear aligners, he will choose whether your treatment can be completed as an express case or a full comprehensive case. An express case only involves between five and ten aligners and can be concluded in under a year. Comprehensive cases could involve anywhere up to 26 aligners and take up to 24 months to complete. However, comprehensive cases also include additional retainers and teeth whitening services as an all-inclusive package.
To create your aligners, Dr. Godinez will take impressions of your teeth, which are then sent to an Invisalign® laboratory. Custom aligners are then created that, over time, will shift your teeth into place. You will be required to come in for regular follow-up appointments where, using virtual time-lapse technology, you and Dr. Godinez will be able to view how your smile will transform using Invisalign®.
Call Us Today in Encinitas!
Whether you are experiencing mild to moderate misalignment or you’ve simply relapsed from using a traditional retainer, Dr. Mario Godinez can help you straighten your teeth with Invisalign®. For more information about the treatments we provide or their costs, please contact our Encinitas dental office and schedule an appointment!