Invisalign® and SureSmile®aligners prove that effective orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to be difficult. These clear aligners have helped millions straighten their teeth and achieve better-looking smiles, and they can help you too.
Invisalign® and SureSmile® Clear Aligners in Orange, CA
Invisalign® and SureSmile® aligners are an effective and discreet orthodontic treatment option, worn comfortably over your teeth to continuously adjust alignment and spacing.
Invisalign® and SureSmile® clear aligners are custom-made using models of both your current teeth and the end result you hope to achieve. With Invisalign® or SureSmile®, you will switch to new aligners about every two weeks. Each new set of aligners shifts your teeth slightly and continues until you have achieved your final results, which usually takes about two years.
You remove the Invisalign® and SureSmile® clear aligners for eating, drinking, and cleaning only. At first, they will feel very tight, but they will begin to loosen and feel more comfortable after a few days.
Caring for Your Teeth with Invisalign® or SureSmile®
Maintaining good oral hygiene is extra important while you have Invisalign® or SureSmile® to ensure food debris and bacteria don’t remain trapped against your teeth. Check out our recommended dental health products for those with Invisalign® or SureSmile®.
How much does Invisalign® and SureSmile® cost?
The cost for this treatment is similar to the cost for metal braces. Costs can vary, depending on:
- Insurance coverage. Most insurance plans cover Invisalign® and SureSmile® aligners the same way they cover metal braces. It is rare that insurance will cover Invisalign® aligners for purely cosmetic reasons, but each case is different.
- Length / complexity of treatment. With both SureSmile® and Invisalign®, you get new clear aligners every couple of weeks, so the cost varies, depending on if your treatment requires more (or fewer) aligners.
If you have any financial questions, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss your insurance coverage or additional payment options available.
How does the Invisalign® process work?
To begin, we will take photographs of your teeth and face, dental impressions of your teeth, and x-rays. Those records are sent to Invisalign® with detailed instructions on how we want the final result to appear. Invisalign® will scan the impressions to create a 3D model of the teeth and work with your dentist to get the mold to its exact proportions. Once final, the trays are made and mailed to your dentist’s office. You will wear a set of trays for two weeks at a time for approximately 2 years, or the length of time determined by your dentist.
What are the advantages of Invisalign®?
Most people are excellent candidates for Invisalign® clear aligners. However, clear aligners may not be a suitable choice for extensive orthodontic cases involving significant movement. Some may also choose fixed braces because there are no trays to lose.
Invisalign® is a great option for:
- Straightening your teeth without braces that others can see
- Eating foods that are “off-limits” with traditional braces
- Easily cleaning and brushing your teeth
Who can use Invisalign®?
Most teens and adult patients requiring mild to moderate orthodontic corrections can use Invisalign®. This includes patients with teeth that are crooked and misaligned or teeth that feature noticeable spacing problems. Invisalign® can even help patients with minor bite issues—however, not all orthodontic issues can be treated with Invisalign®. More extensive problems will require additional treatment.
If you have more questions about Invisalign®, SureSmile® or other orthodontic procedures, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.