Folsom Invisalign – Clear Braces In Folsom and El Dorado Hills

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No one wants to struggle with crooked teeth. Yet the alternative – visible, uncomfortable metal braces – rarely sounds much better. That is why Invisalign has taken California by storm.

Invisalign provides a nearly invisible and more comfortable alternative to traditional metal braces. The Invisalign system uses a series of clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth over time. These aligners act like clear braces, making it possible to straighten your teeth discreetly and comfortably. If you are interested in Invisalign, call Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry today at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Phone Number 916-983-6051, or fill out the “Request an Appointment” form above.

Why Consider Invisalign?

Invisalign is a great way to straighten mild to moderate crooked teeth. Dr. George Chen and Dr. Christina Skelton of Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry are both certified in Invisalign treatment and use their expertise, along with 3D imaging technology to create a series of between 18 and 30 aligners.

Each aligner is worn for two weeks and then replaced with the next aligner in the series. Each one moves your teeth incrementally, so that you make steady progress throughout the year. By the final aligner you will have a beautiful smile without ever having to use metal wire braces.

Advantages of this system include:

  • Discreet – Metal braces can be unsightly and visible every time you smile. Invisalign is discreet and are very difficult to detect. No one has to know you’re using Invisalign unless you tell them.
  • Removable – Traditional metal braces make it harder to brush your teeth and can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Invisalign can be removed briefly to brush your teeth or eat food. That also means there are no food restrictions, provided you clean your teeth after your meal.
  • Smooth – Invisalign braces are smooth against your teeth and your lips. You don’t have to worry about cuts and discomfort from braces hitting the inside of your mouth.

In addition, you won’t feel like you have to hide your smile, because these aligners are essentially invisible to the naked eye. Those concerned about the look of metal braces often find that they feel more confident knowing that their teeth are getting straighter in private.

Treatment time is usually about 9 to 15 months depending on where your teeth are located in your mouth, but a more specific time frame can be provided after your appointment. Would you like straighter teeth sooner?

Am I An Ideal Candidate For Invisalign?

Invisalign is a great solution for many who want to straighten their teeth without the visibility and discomfort that traditional metal braces can bring. However, it’s not right for everyone, and it is important to have a comprehensive exam with Dr. Chen or Dr. Skelton first to determine if it is right for you.

If you have a more complex case that involves some of the following conditions, your dentist is less likely to recommend Invisalign to achieve your tooth straightening goals:

  • Unusual Tooth Shape – Some teeth, such as very short or round ones, aren’t able to fit properly into an aligner because of their shape.
  • Severely Crowded or Gapped Teeth – Aligners don’t exert enough force to straighten teeth that are misaligned or overcrowded to a certain high degree.
  • Dental Bridge – Since bridges firmly connect teeth together, it’s often difficult for the aligners to properly shift them.
  • Severely Misaligned Jaws – Aligners aren’t built to help improve your bite or jaw position if they’re too far out of alignment.

Your dentist may have other concerns or reasons for recommending Invisalign in your case or not that aren’t listed here. It’s also true that in some cases previous dental work like dental bridges or crowns may not make patients ineligible for Invisalign 100% of the time.

Your dentist will be best able to determine your eligibility after consulting with you. Generally more mild to moderate problems like the following are more likely to benefit from an Invisalign treatment:

  • Gapped Teeth – Teeth are spaced unevenly in the gums
  • Crowded Teeth – Teeth are too large and/or jaw is too small to allow the teeth to grow in straight, causing overlapping or twisting
  • Overbite – Upper teeth are aligned too far over the bottom teeth
  • Underbite – Bottom teeth are aligned in front of upper teeth
  • Crossbite – Some upper teeth are aligned inside the bottom teeth instead of outside. This is most noticeable when you close your mouth.

For those that are good candidates, Invisalign can gently and gradually shift your teeth so that they’re properly aligned and spaced in your mouth. Adults are also more likely to have Invisalign than teenagers, because they tend to be more disciplined about wearing and caring for their aligners and their teeth are finished growing in.

Contact Esthetic Reflections for Invisalign in Folsom, El Dorado Hills, and Sacramento

Dr. Chen and Dr. Skelton are both experts in Invisalign, and have been providing Invisalign braces to the Greater Sacramento area for many years. For more information about Invisalign or to schedule a consultation, please call our Folsom office at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Phone Number 916-983-6051. We’d love to hear from you!

FAQs About Invisalign

Q: Does Invisalign make your teeth hurt?
A: Some patients feel a tightness for the first few days with a new aligner, but it typically fades within the first few days. The discomfort feels like a light pressure is being exerted on your teeth as they’re gradually shifted.

Q: How do I maintain my final results?
A: As with the completion of treatment with metal braces, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting back to their original places. We have several options for retainers which we will discuss with you to maintain your straight smile.

Q: When do I wear my Invisalign aligners?
A: You should remove aligners to eat and to brush and floss your teeth, but otherwise they should be worn at all times. It’s recommended that they should be worn 22 hours a day for the treatment period to guarantee ideal end results.

Q: Are the end results from Invisalign the same as results you’d get from metal braces?
A: Yes. Both Invisalign and metal braces work towards the goal of straightening patients’ teeth, so when the process of wearing them ends there’s no way to tell which method has been used. However if there are limitations, the doctors will discuss with you in advance.

Q: How much does Invisalign cost?
A: It’s not possible for us to give one set price since the cost can differ from patient to patient based on their individual needs. Variables like the complexity of the treatment needed, how many aligners are necessary, and more can affect price significantly. However, a typical price range for Invisalign is between $3,500 and $6,000

Q: Will my dental insurance cover Invisalign treatment?
A: Most dental insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment similarly to how they cover braces. You’ll have to check with your insurance plan for specific numbers in your case, but some do pay at least a percentage of orthodontic procedures like Invisalign.

Q: Is there anything I can’t eat or drink while receiving Invisalign treatment?
A: No. You can eat and drink whatever you usually do while in treatment as long as you remove your aligners while eating and then brush your teeth before putting your aligners back on after eating.

Q: What are Invisalign aligners made with?
A: A thin, flexible, medical-grade thermoplastic material. It’s also unlikely to cause allergen-related problems since it doesn’t contain BPA, BPS, latex, or gluten.

Q: Does every dentist provide Invisalign treatment?
A: No. Dentists who provide Invisalign services are specifically trained to do so and have attended special courses in order to become proficient at it. These extra qualifications and interest in providing an even wider range of aesthetic dental services to the Folsom area are part of why Dr. Chen and Esthetic Reflections In Dentistry stand out.

For more information about Invisalign or to schedule a consultation, please call our Folsom office at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Phone Number 916-983-6051. We'd love to hear from you!
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