All About Invisalign

Invisalign experts in Huntington Beach

For teens and adults who want the same results traditional braces provide, but with more freedom and flexibility, Invisalign in Huntington Beach could be the answer! Surf City Smiles Orthodontics is your trusted expert straightening smiles for patients of all ages in Huntington Beach and surrounding communities. 

What is involved in Invisalign in Huntington Beach?

The Invisalign system aligns teeth and helps to improve oral health by using clear, removable aligners, that you change out as a series. Invisalign, when used as directed has been proven to be just as effective as traditional braces at treating many of the most common orthodontic issues. These trays are designed to be switched out every 1-2 weeks to keep up with the teeth as they move into their desired new positions. 

 We use x-rays and digital impressions to create a precise 3D image of your teeth at your initial consultation. From this, we build a customized aligner that is specific to your smile. The trays are constructed of a smooth, comfortable material that fits firmly over the teeth. 

What are the benefits of choosing Invisalign treatment in Huntington Beach?

One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign aligners besides being nearly invisible is their removability. You should remove your Invisalign aligners before eating or drinking anything thing other than water, and before brushing and flossing your teeth. This makes it’s much easier to access your teeth and maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Keeping your teeth clean and healthy is especially important for you as an orthodontic patient. 

With Invisalign, you don’t have to stop eating any of your favorite foods while you’re working on a straighter smile! Aligners do need to be removed before all meals to avoid staining. They should also be cleaned and rinsed out with warm water at least once or twice a day.  

You remove your clear aligners when you eat so you don’t have any food restrictions. This is a great benefit because food restrictions are often the biggest learning curve with traditional braces

With Invisalign aligners, there are no frustrating wires to poke out and irritate the mouth, and there aren’t any adjustment appointments, either. To make sure everything is progressing according to plan, Invisalign wearers are still expected to attend follow-up visits Dr. Chuck Carlson about every 6-8 weeks.

How does the Invisalign system work?

The Invisalign system is straightforward and simple. You’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks, and should only be removed to eat, drink, brush, or floss. Your teeth will move little by little until they reach their ideal positions as the aligners are replaced with the next one in the series.

During your visits to Surf City Smiles Orthodontics, we’ll make sure your treatment is going according to plan. Not changing aligners as scheduled or skipping your appointments can quickly undo any progress that’s been made. You need to change the aligners on time and wear them as directed. The most important element to your success with Invisalign in Huntington Beach is your willingness to follow instructions and stick to the plan. Your trays will be custom designed to fit your unique dental needs. They’ll need to be changed frequently to keep up with the shifting of the teeth as they begin to straighten. 

The average treatment time tends to be somewhere between 6 and 18 months, this can vary widely from case to case. Treatment time depends significantly on patient compliance. 

It’s important to remember that every patient will respond to orthodontic treatment differently. Invisalign works in a slightly different and less invasive way than braces to straighten the teeth. This means it can be hard to say with certainty how long a you’ll need to wear them before seeing results. 

The treatment time estimate is based on patients following the recommended guidelines. Deviating from the plan, even a little bit, can make your treatment take longer than necessary. 

Invisalign can only work if patients stick to the program. This means wearing aligners for at least 20-22 hours every single day, throughout the course of treatment. 

To learn more about Invisalign in Huntington Beach, or to find out if you are a good candidate for the Invisalign aligners, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation.