San Ramon Orthodontics
Orthodontists located in San Ramon, CA
Millions of Americans choose Invisalign® every year to adjust their smile with as little aesthetic interference as possible. At San Ramon Orthodontics in San Ramon, California, Dr. Hannah Karkhanechi offers expert and effective Invisalign treatment to patients of all ages seeking to restore their smile and avoid metal braces. Get in touch with Dr. Karkhanechi today by phone or online to learn more about your Invisalign treatment options.
Invisalign Q & A
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign refers to a leading FDA-approved orthodontic treatment that serves as an alternative to traditional braces. With Invisalign, Dr. Karkhanechi uses clear and custom-made plastic aligners that fit over your teeth to align your teeth progressively over time.
These aligners are removable, easy to use, and should be replaced every other week to accommodate the treatment’s progress.
How does Invisalign treatment work?
Invisalign treatment is multistep, although it’s noninvasive and painless.
Before recommending Invisalign treatment, Dr. Karkhanechi examines your overall dental health and discusses your dental goals with you. It’s essential that you disclose any relevant medical history that could make you ineligible for this treatment.
After discussing your goals with Dr. Karkhanechi, she takes a digital scan of your teeth, which turns into 3D images. These images allow Dr. Karkhanechi to have a full picture of your mouth and to develop a precise course of action to meet your expectations.
The scans that Dr. Karkhanechi makes allows you to track the projected status of your treatment every step of the way. If you’re happy with these projections, Dr. Karkhanechi orders the custom-made aligners and makes sure they fit your teeth.
She recommends that wear your aligners around 20 hours a day. Since the aligners work by pushing your teeth to where they’re supposed to go, you might notice that they don’t fit properly after a week or so. That’s why Dr. Karkhanechi requires that you get new aligners made every two weeks.
What are the benefits of Invisalign over braces?
Invisalign has significant advantages that traditional braces just don’t have. There are four main benefits of Invisalign over braces:
- Appearance: the aligners are invisible, not made of metal
- Comfort: the aligners are smooth and rounded, not sharp and metallic.
- Usage: the aligners are removable, where braces are not.
- Timing: you can expect results 50% faster with Invisalign than with traditional braces
- Hygiene: the aligner is removable, therefore you are able to remain thorough dental hygiene
These benefits make a significant difference for young adults and adults in the workforce who don’t want to feel burdened by the look and treatment length of traditional braces.
When should you consider Invisalign?
Dr. Karkhanechi recommends Invisalign treatment if you’re suffering from crowded or rotated teeth, or if you have visible gaps and relapses after traditional braces. In most cases, Invisalign treatment fixes any mild orthodontic issues in addition to tooth alignment. For more severe ones, Dr. Karkhanechi can recommend alternate treatment options.
Get in touch with Dr. Karkhanechi at San Ramon Orthodontics today by phone or online to learn more about what Invisalign treatment can do for you.