Why Choose Invisalign for Clear Aligner Treatments?


Aside from a lucky few, most people’s permanent teeth don’t grow in perfectly aligned. And even people who have their teeth straightened as teenagers find that teeth can move back out of alignment without regular use of a retainer. Teeth-straightening treatments are popular and important not just to fix unsightly crooked teeth—misalignment can also make cleaning teeth difficult and lead to periodontal disease.

While traditional metal braces used to be the only remedy for crooked teeth, new technologies have introduced clear aligner treatments to the world of dentistry. But not all aligners are the same. If you’re considering aligners to straighten your teeth, Invisalign is your best option.  Here’s what you need to know:

What types of conditions does Invisalign address?

Invisalign treatment San Diego involves clear plastic trays (aligners) that fit over your upper and lower rows of teeth.  Over time, the aligners gently move your teeth to correct mild to moderate misalignment issues. Some of the specific dental conditions Invisalign corrects include:

  • Overbite: When the upper teeth close in front of the lower teeth
  • Underbite: When the lower teeth protrude past the upper teeth
  • Crossbite: When the upper and lower jaw don’t line up
  • Open bite: When the top and bottom teeth don’t meet
  • Crowded teeth: When there’s not enough room in the jaw for teeth to fit normally
  • Gap teeth: When there are extra spaces between teeth
  • General misalignment: When the teeth are mildly to moderately crooked

What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?

In the past, metal braces were the only way to fix crooked teeth and other misalignment issues. Invisalign works just as well as braces, but the treatment has several advantages. Because you can remove the aligner trays during the course of treatment, brushing and flossing is much easier than maneuvering around metal brackets and wires. You can also eat all your favorite foods without worrying about food particles getting lodged up in the brackets.

Invisalign treatment also takes less time. While braces usually need to stay on for a couple of years, Invisalign only needs a year to a year and a half on average to straighten your teeth. Checkup appointments also take less time out of your life. Your orthodontist will only need to see you every six weeks to ensure proper movement and give you a new set of aligners. Of course, one major advantage of Invisalign over braces is your appearance. As the name suggests, Invisalign trays are clear and molded to your teeth, and therefore nearly invisible in your mouth.

What are the advantages of Invisalign over other aligners?

Although there are many other aligners on the market, Invisalign is the original. With decades of research and case reviews on record, Invisalign has continued to refine its product and services for many years, and the company boasts over 5 million satisfied patients. Additionally, Invisalign offers a guarantee that treatment will not conclude until you’re happy with your smile. Most other companies do not offer the same guarantee, and will in fact charge you extra if your treatment takes longer than anticipated. You should also be wary of at-home aligner treatments that cut your dental specialist out of the picture. Your dental care team does the important work of diagnosing your specific misalignment issues and monitoring your treatment so you can maintain optimal oral health and get the results you’re looking for.

Who is the best candidate for Invisalign?

The first step in the Invisalign process is determining whether you are a good candidate for the treatment. Invisalign is best for people with minor misalignment problems, and those with more severe orthodontic issues may require traditional braces or surgery to correct their bite. In some of these more severe cases, Invisalign is a good final step in a more complex treatment plan. Additionally, anyone (including both adults and teens) who believes they may not possess the discipline and dedication necessary to wear the aligners full-time might be better served with traditional braces. Inconsistent wear can impede treatment progress and even result in damaged teeth. Your orthodontist or other dental specialist will be able to offer more specific information about whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.

Why is Invisalign a favorite choice for adults?

You’re never too old for teeth straightening treatments, but many adults are put off by the idea of wearing braces for a few years, even if the payoff is worth it. In a recent survey, nearly 80 percent of adults in the US said teeth-straightening treatment significantly boosted their self-confidence. Unlike braces, Invisalign trays are so inconspicuous that most people won’t even know you’re wearing them. Other reasons why adults choose Invisalign include:

  • Convenience: Invisalign trays can be removed for eating, oral hygiene, sports, and special occasions.
  • Comfort: With smooth edges and a customized fit, Invisalign doesn’t cause the same irritation to the cheeks and gums as braces.
  • Customization: Each Invisalign aligner tray is uniquely tailored to each patient’s mouth and orthodontic diagnosis, offering superior alignment in less time than braces.

Go wireless with Invisalign

If you want the confidence boost that goes with a new, perfectly straight smile but you don’t want the hassle of braces, Invisalign might be right for you. To determine whether you’re a good candidate for the treatment and to discuss how easily Invisalign can fit into your lifestyle, call San Diego Dental Specialty Center at (619) 272-6246 to schedule a consultation.