Thanks to today’s technology, today’s braces have come a long way. They feature smaller brackets, a more subtle appearance, and are more lightweight than they’ve ever been. Despite the transformation, however, many teens and adults are hesitant about using them to get a straighter smile. Fortunately, there’s an alternative to traditional braces treatment, one that offers patients the opportunity to get the smile of their dreams without any metal brackets, wires, or bands! While some people may can preconceived notions, we’re here to give you the truth about Invisalign!

Invisalign clear aligner therapy is a great way to give you the incredible smile you desire, with more freedom and flexibility than traditional braces allows. While braces have a long history of proven results, Invisalign is a relatively newer treatment option in the world of orthodontics. Because of this, there are some misconceptions about how they work, their effectiveness, and their cost compared to braces. We’re here to bust the myths and give you the truth about Invisalign! Keep reading to find out more!

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners as we know them today were developed in the late 90’s by a company called Align Technology. However, similar trays had been used for decades without gaining widespread popularity. What set Invisalign apart was the specialized software and technology that allowed orthodontists like Dr. Carlson to use customized aligners to gently straighten crooked teeth in stages. At the end of each stage, the aligner is replaced with the next in the series. This typically happens every 1-2 weeks, depending on what is determined at your initial exam.

At first, Invisalign was only used to correct minor spacing issues or very mild crowding. However, once orthodontists realized the true potential, the system became more popular and the design began to improve. When used as directed, Invisalign aligners can be just as effective as traditional metal braces at treating mild to moderate orthodontic issues.

Does Invisalign treatment take longer than braces?

Regardless of the orthodontic treatment option you choose to pursue, there will be some level of commitment required to achieve the desired results. Traditional braces are fixed to the teeth, so most of the work is done without too much effort put forth by the patient. However, because they aren’t a fixed appliance, compliance is especially important when undergoing Invisalign treatment. Aligners must be worn the full 20-22 hours a day to get the best results. Failure to do so can result in longer treatment times or inferior results.

As with any orthodontic treatment, there is no “one size fits all” answer to how long each patient will be in Invisalign aligners. Every case is different and each person responds to treatment at their own pace. In general, the average number of aligners a patient uses will be between 10 and 48, with treatment lasting from 6 to 18 months. This is slightly faster than traditional braces treatment!

Does Invisalign treatment cost more than braces?

When Invisalign first came onto the market, it was considered to be a bit pricey compared to other treatment options. As time has progressed, the cost has decreased, making it a more affordable and readily-available alternative to metal braces. While there are several factors that play a part in the cost of orthodontic treatment, Invisalign aligners tend to average about the same as traditional braces these days.

At Surf City Smiles, we’re dedicated to giving you high-quality orthodontic care, no matter your budget! Treatment fees vary based on several factors, and we’ll go over every aspect of those costs before taking the first steps in the active phase of your treatment. We offer a variety of payment options for your convenience, as well as accept many major insurance plans. Our team is happy to verify your orthodontic benefits, as well as assist with any related forms and paperwork.


What advantages does Invisalign offer over braces?

Invisalign aligners offer patients a whole new  freedom within their orthodontic treatment! Because they can be removed for short periods of time, food restrictions aren’t necessary like they are with braces. Chewy and crunchy foods can damage the wires and brackets of traditional metal braces, so patients may be required to give up their favorite snacks. With Invisalign, you can simply remove your aligner when you’re having a treat, and replace them when you’re done!

Removable aligners also make it easier to keep up a good oral hygiene routine. There tends to be a learning curve when adjusting to the wires and brackets of traditional metal braces. Invisalign aligners are removed when brushing and flossing, allowing you to keep up your normal oral care routine. Caring for your aligners couldn’t be easier! There are kits designed specifically to clean your aligners, or you can use a toothbrush and toothpaste to gently brush them.

Because they’re removable and don’t have any wires or brackets to get in the way, Invisalign aligners are a great choice for athletes and musicians who play certain instruments. Because they can be removed for short periods of time, they’re also perfect for special events where you only want your natural smile to shine through, such as a wedding, prom, or senior pictures.  

Does the Invisalign system work for everyone?

In most cases, Invisalign aligners are most effective for teen and adult patients who have mild to moderate orthodontic issues. Cases that are more severe or complex might require more precise tooth control than a removable aligner is able to achieve. When you schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Carlson, he’ll be able to assess your specific needs and determine if Invisalign is a good fit for you. At Surf City Smiles, we’ll only recommend the treatment that’s best suited for your unique smile!

What happens once Invisalign treatment is complete?

Even after undergoing orthodontic treatment, your teeth will always remember their previous place in your mouth. If there’s nothing in place to prevent this, they’ll eventually begin to drift back towards those positions. This is why retainers are such a crucial part of your orthodontic treatment! Once your treatment is complete, our office will provide you with a retainer. Wearing your retainer as directed by Dr. Carlson will give you the long lasting smile results you deserve!

Find your best smile with Invisalign from Surf City Smiles

Invisalign’s innovation system is the most popular alternative to traditional metal braces offered today, and it’s not hard to see why! This exciting option continues to change the way people perceive orthodontic treatment, and we’re proud to offer it to our patients in Huntington Beach and surrounding communities. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the wonderful things Invisalign can do for you and your smile, contact our office today to schedule a FREE consultation! We’re here to help you get the smile of your dreams!

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