Invisalign Treatment in San Jose, CA
Braces are still the most popular orthodontic treatment we offer – but they're far from the only option. Invisalign is an exciting alternative to braces that transforms your smile using a fundamentally different treatment method, providing an option that's discreet, convenient, and effective for orthodontic patients. At Mashouf Orthodontics, our San Jose orthodontists are experts in straightening teeth with Invisalign, and if you've been considering investing in a beautiful new smile, Invisalign may be the perfect option for you.
What Is Invisalign?
Simply put, Invisalign is an alternative treatment to braces that uses clear, removable plastic aligners to straighten teeth instead of metal wires and brackets. The aligners are smooth to the touch and lay flat against the teeth, are almost invisible when worn, and can be popped in and out to eat, drink, brush, and floss. This makes Invisalign one of the most discreet and convenient orthodontic treatments on the market today – and it offers some unique advantages compared to braces.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Thanks to its unique design, Invisalign carries a number of benefits compared to traditional braces. Some of the key benefits of Invisalign include:
Eat What You Want: Invisalign aligners are removed to eat and drink, meaning you won't have to maintain the dietary restrictions that come with braces.
Almost Invisible: Invisalign's clear, smooth aligners are almost impossible to see when worn, so no one will know you're straightening your teeth.
Enhanced Comfort: Invisalign aligners are smooth to the touch, so they won't cause irritation and minor cuts in the mouth like metal braces often do.
Oral Hygiene: Because you take the aligners out to brush and floss, oral hygiene is as easy as ever. There's no need to fuss with floss threaders or other devices.
What Does Invisalign Treat?
In the early days of Invisalign, it was only possible to treat minor orthodontic conditions and problems. Thanks to advances in the technology, however, we can now use Invisalign to treat a wide range of orthodontic conditions. If you suffer from any of the following common orthodontic problems, Invisalign may be the ideal solution for you:
Spacing issues (gaps in teeth)
Misaligned or crooked teeth
Who Is a Candidate for Invisalign?
Just about anyone can receive treatment with Invisalign, and it's equally well-loved with patients of all kinds. Generally, however, we don't recommend Invisalign for early orthodontic treatment. At that early of an age, it usually makes more sense to treat with braces. Busy adult professionals and socially conscious teenagers, however, both love Invisalign for the convenience it brings and its discreet appearance, meaning almost anyone at any age is a candidate for Invisalign.
In addition to traditional Invisalign, we also offer Invisalign Teen. Based on the original Invisalign System, Invisalign Teen applies the same technology but makes crucial changes specifically-designed for the teenage lifestyle. In addition to all the benefits and features of traditional Invisalign, Invisalign Teen includes the following advantages:
Compliance Indicators: Compliance indicators let parents, teens, and doctors know if the aligners are being worn long enough.
Eruption Tabs: We can create Invisalign Teen aligners with special eruption tabs,
which hold space open for unerupted teeth and protect proper tooth alignment
Free Replacement Aligners: Every course of Invisalign Teen treatment comes with six replacement aligners, completely free of charge. This means you won't have to worry if any aligners get lost or broken.
Will the Treatment Be Painful?
No! There may be some discomfort during the first few days of wearing a new set of aligners, but you shouldn’t feel any pain from it.
Will I Have to Avoid Certain Foods During Treatment?
One of the great things about Invisalign Teen is that unlike traditional braces, you won’t have to avoid any types of foods. Since you remove your aligners before eating, you can continue with your regular diet.
Can I Chew Gum?
We don’t recommend chewing gum with your aligners in as it can get stuck to the aligners. However, if you’d like to chew gum, you can remove your aligners beforehand.
Will the Aligners Affect My Speech?
Just like with all orthodontic treatments, there will be a short adjustment period where you’ll have to get used to speaking with them in. However, the more you speak with your aligners in, the quicker you’ll get adjusted to them
Is Invisalign More Expensive?
In most cases, an Invisalign treatment is comparable to metal braces in terms of cost.
Schedule a Consultation with Your San Jose Invisalign Experts
Invisalign is a versatile, convenient, and highly effective solution for anyone looking to straighten their teeth, and if you're interested in learning more, we would love to hear from you. Contact us today to find out more about how Invisalign can revolutionize your smile, or feel free to request a consultation online to get started. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams through high-quality Invisalign treatment in San Jose!