If you want to straighten your teeth and improve your smile without the discomfort and self-consciousness commonly associated with traditional metal braces, Invisalign® can provide an aesthetically pleasing alternative. At Pearl Dentistry in West Covina, California, Yuki Lu, DDS, offer several teeth straightening options for adults and teens. If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign, call or book an appointment online today to schedule a consultation.

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign braces are a more attractive alternative to traditional metal braces that offer the same results. They’re made of a transparent plastic material customized to fit your teeth and are nearly undetectable.

Like traditional braces, Invisalign aligners exert gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into their proper place over time. But unlike conventional braces, Invisalign consists of a system of trays or aligners: You exchange each tray for a new one every two weeks.

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign? 

Invisalign can correct most conditions that traditional metal braces do, including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gap teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite

In some instances, traditional braces may still be your best option. At Pearl Dentistry, the team has extensive experience with Invisalign and metal braces, so they can evaluate your case and recommend the best option for you.

How does Invisalign work?

After the initial consultation, Dr. Lu will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will help create your customized clear aligners that will gradually move your teeth into place.

The movements break down into several stages. For each step, the Invisalign company manufactures two plastic aligners, one for the top teeth and another for the bottom.

Every two weeks, you advance to the next set of trays, until your teeth have moved to the desired position. You should wear your aligners for at least 20-22 hours per day. The trays are easy to remove while eating, brushing, or going out for a special occasion. 

The duration of the Invisalign treatment is usually 18-24 months, but in some cases, your desired results may take longer to achieve. Dr. Lu will discuss your treatment plan and ensure it’s personalized to your specific needs.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign has the edge over traditional metal braces in many ways. The aligning trays:

  • Are easy to put on and remove
  • Help you maintain better dental hygiene than metal braces
  • Cause minimal pain or discomfort
  • Do not require any food restrictions

The cost of Invisalign depends upon the specifics of your condition, your dental insurance provider, the total duration of the treatment plan, and any additional restorative work required during the treatment.

To learn more about Invisalign and whether this device is the right choice for you, call or book an appointment online with Pearl Dentistry today.