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When patients come to Dr. Richard Hada to have their teeth straightened, he has two options to offer them.
The doctor’s first option, traditional bracket and wire braces, typically comes with a minimum treatment time of two years, and restricts against certain foods. Many patients do not care for the long treatment time and opt for the doctor’s second option.
Through the use of clear, removable acrylic aligners, Invisalign® straightens teeth in as little as one year. Patients can eat whatever they want, whenever they want, without restriction. The removable aligners allow them to easily clean their teeth, keeping them healthy and clean during the treatment.
To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign® clear aligners, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada.
About the Invisalign® Program
Invisalign® does away with the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces by introducing a system of clear acrylic aligners that gently move teeth into place. Invisalign® patients no longer have to live in fear of the monthly visit to the orthodontist to have wires tightened. They simply come to our office every six weeks for a quick checkup and their next aligners.
Invisalign® requires no bands, and patients no longer have to worry about the dreaded loose wire that cuts up the inside of their cheeks and lips. The average Invisalign® treatment lasts just 12 to 18 months, as opposed to the two years necessary for most patients who wear traditional braces.
For most of our patients, however, the virtual invisibility of the clear aligners represents the biggest advantage of Invisalign® treatment. Our adult patients can now undergo orthodontic treatment while maintaining a professional appearance, confident that nobody will know about it except Dr. Hada.
Who Is Invisalign® Treatment for?
With Invisalign® treatment, Dr. Hada can now offer discreet orthodontics to discriminating adults, as well as teenagers. Dr. Hada works with many adults using Invisalign®, including many who wore traditional metal braces as teens, but have seen their teeth move out of alignment again as they grow older.
Invisalign® aligners can repair many dental problems, such as overbites, underbites, and crooked or rotated teeth. Patients with wide spaces between their teeth have great luck with Invisalign® products, finding that the aligners help even when other teeth have shifted and moved into those spaces.
Patients suffering from malocclusion, a condition in which the upper and lower teeth don’t fit well together, often find that Invisalign® aligners work wonders for straightening their smiles. The aligners help prevent the speech problems, teeth grinding (bruxism), and TMJ disorder frequently associated with the condition.
For teenagers, the makers of Invisalign® have designed a special treatment geared specifically to their busy lives. Invisalign® Teen offers teenagers all the benefits of the adult plan, with a few unique additions to help keep them on track with their treatment plan.
Invisalign® Teen aligners have blue dots on them that fade as the teen wears the aligner. If the blue dot remains when the teen finishes with that aligner, his parents will know he has not stayed compliant with his treatment plan. The makers Invisalign® Teen realize that teenagers have very busy lives and tend to forget things easily, so they have also included six bonus aligners with the program for free. So if Morgan accidentally throws her aligner away in the cafeteria at lunch, or Josh loses his at baseball practice, parents just need to call our office, and we will order a replacement aligner, free of charge.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Invisalign® Treatment
Just like any other dental procedure, Invisalign® has advantages and disadvantages that patients need to consider when deciding if the treatment presents the best option for their smile.
Invisalign® clear aligners have several clear advantages over traditional braces. Most patients consider their appearance the biggest advantage, as it allows them to have their teeth straightened without sacrificing their professional adult appearance.
Removable aligners make food restrictions a thing of the past, allowing patients to eat whatever they want, whenever they want during their treatment. The removable aligners also make it much easier for patients to brush and floss their teeth without worrying about small bits of food getting stuck in their brackets and wires. This helps prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Invisalign® treatment has only a few drawbacks. Most patients consider the cost of treatment the biggest area of concern. Invisalign® treatment costs a bit more than traditional braces, and most dental insurance will only cover the treatment to the extent that they would cover bracket and wire braces.
When patients first begin wearing the aligners, they may experience difficulty speaking. This problem is quite temporary, however, and most get used to the aligners and return to speaking normally fairly quickly. The success of the treatment relies completely on the compliance of the patient. Some patients would feel better wearing traditional braces, rather than facing the pressure of trying to remember to change to a new aligner or put their aligner back in their mouth after eating.
Call Our Office Today
To learn more about Invisalign® products and how they can benefit you and your family, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Hada.