Individuals that desire straighter teeth while avoiding the stigma of adult braces can choose another safe, effective path to straighter teeth. Digital dental technology has led to the creation of the Invisalign system, which uses removable, clear plastic aligners to gently and gradually shift teeth into the desired position over the course of several months. Cosmetic dentist Mark Galli treats patients seeking Invisalign in Encinitas and the surrounding areas.
The benefits of the Invisalign system are that the aligners are clear and virtually unnoticeable in the mouth, they are comfortable and they are removable for eating and for improved hygiene. They won’t irritate the insides of the cheeks or the gums like metal brackets and wires can. The aligners are created based on the specifications of the doctor to optimize treatment time and results.
Total treatment time with Invisalign is often shorter than traditional orthodontics. Also, once you learn how to use the product effectively, you may not have to return every month for adjustments like with regular braces. Dr. Galli can send you on your way with several trays and have you return periodically for progress checks.
Invisalign might be right for you if you have crowding, spaces or poorly aligned teeth. The system can also treat even minor malposition and slight rotations or mild crowding of the lower teeth, which is very common.
Invisalign may not be suitable for some complex orthodontic needs. Invisalign, like all medical devices, requires a commitment to consistently use and care for, in order to maximize results. Individuals looking for a lower-maintenance treatment might need to discuss alternatives with Dr. Galli.
To discuss Invisalign, meet with Dr. Galli for a consultation. He can examine your teeth and identify the areas that need to be improved. After getting to know more about your treatment goals, oral health and lifestyle, Dr. Galli can determine whether Invisalign is a good choice to give you the results you desire.
Your Invisalign aligners will be created after Dr. Galli has determined your goals. He will take photographs and impressions of your teeth and mouth, and send them to the Invisalign laboratory, which creates a computer simulation of the whole case. Once the simulation is approved by Dr. Galli, the laboratory then creates the aligners.
You should receive your first set of aligners within a few weeks. You will get an upper aligner and lower aligner, and you will wear them for 20-22 hours per day, removing them only to eat and clean your teeth. You should practice good oral hygiene habits during treatment by brushing and flossing your teeth normally.
After about two weeks, you will return to the office for a treatment check and receive your next set of aligners. This process will repeat until the doctor is comfortable giving you more than one set at a time. Altogether, you may wear 10 to 20 sets of aligners, depending on the length of your care. Every case is unique and case length depends on the original and final positions of your teeth.
Dr. Galli will supervise your entire treatment, checking your progress periodically and answering any questions you have. After you complete Invisalign treatment, he will recommend a retainer to help you maintain your results. It is also clear and comfortable and, after a short time, is usually worn at night only.
To learn more about Invisalign, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Galli. The Encinitas Invisalign provider can determine whether the system is right for your needs. Call or email us today to make your appointment.
When you visit Dr. Galli’s Encinitas dental practice, you can expect to be treated with respect, honesty and integrity. The objective of every visit is to establish an understanding of your particular oral health needs and goals, evaluate the potential treatments and select the most appropriate option.Learn More