The Ultimate Guide to Invisalign

What is standing in between you and your perfect smile? If you’re one of the 4.5 million Americans in need of orthodontic treatment, crooked teeth are probably your biggest roadblock to a confident smile.

Getting braces is difficult enough when you’re a kid, but it’s even more humiliating as an adult. You want to fix your misaligned teeth… just not at the cost of unsightly metal braces!

Fortunately, there’s a much better solution. If you want straighter, healthier teeth, consider Invisalign instead. Invisalign is a comfortable and nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth without any of the restrictions of metal braces.

Why Is It Important to Fix Crooked Teeth?

Crooked teeth aren’t just unattractive. They’re also extremely dangerous to your oral health and overall wellness.

Left untreated, crooked teeth can lead to periodontal disease. Common misalignment issues like crowding, spacing, and poor bite make it difficult to remove plaque from certain areas. If that plaque isn’t properly brushed and flossed away, it has the chance to spread and trigger gum inflammation and tooth decay. This eventually turns into gingivitis, the early stages of gum disease.

Unfortunately, untreated gingivitis progresses to full blown periodontal disease. The most common complications of periodontal disease include severe infection, bone loss, and tooth loss.

Not only will periodontal disease diminish your quality of life and create speaking and chewing problems, it will also force you to pay thousands of dollars for reconstructive dental work in the future. It’s so much easier to prevent these problems by straightening your teeth now!

What is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

Invisalign is an innovative teeth alignment system that uses a series of flexible plastic aligners to shift your teeth into their proper positions. The FDA-approved aligners are thin and clear, so they fit snugly over your teeth without causing any obvious changes to your appearance.

In order to begin the Invisalign treatment process, you’ll work with your dentist to create a digital treatment plan that demonstrates the exact movement of your teeth as they adjust into straighter positions. You’ll soon receive a customized set of clear aligners designed with advanced SmartTrack® thermoplastic material. The aligners work in a specific order to gently shift and push your teeth into an attractive and straight arrangement.

You can expect to swap one aligner for the next every 1 to 2 weeks as long as you wear each set for 20 to 22 hours per day. It’s okay to take out your Invisalign aligners when you brush, floss, eat, and drink, as long as you wear them at all other times. With just a bit of effort, you’ll experience a strategic step-by-step transformation until you reach your beautiful new smile.

Is Invisalign Right For Me?

Invisalign is a great solution for most teenagers and adults seeking an alternative to braces. Since Invisalign uses advanced technology proven to fix nearly all common teeth-straightening bit issues, whether simple or complex, chances are that you can improve your smile using these invisible aligners. If you’re not sure, just ask your dentist for professional advice and work toward a personalized solution.

How Long Will Invisalign Take to Fix My Smile?

This is just one of the many benefits of choosing Invisalign as your teeth straightening system! The average treatment time is only 12 to 18 months, and you may even start to notice results in just weeks. Of course, every case is different, so only your dentist can determine your exact treatment protocol based upon your mouth’s specific condition and needs.

Overall, Invisalign tends to work faster than standard braces. Some patients achieve their new, straight smile in just six months!

What Are the Benefits of Using Invisalign?

Invisalign is a comfortable, versatile, and effective treatment that helps teens and adults alike straighten their teeth without any of the embarrassment or pain common with standard metal braces. You can expect to enjoy the following benefits when you select an Invisalign plan.

Removable and Invisible
Some of the best perks of using Invisalign are the benefits that metal braces can’t offer. Your Invisalign aligners are so thin and clear that nobody will notice you’re even wearing them– you definitely can’t say that about traditional braces!

You can also remove your aligners whenever you eat, drink, brush, and floss to make those tasks easier and more enjoyable. It’s even possible to remove your Invisalign trays for special events like weddings, job interviews, and playing sports. As long as you wear them for a total of 20-22 hours a day, you’ll enjoy maximum results.

Faster Results with Less Pain
No teeth straightening procedure is completely painless, since shifting your teeth within your gums is bound to cause an uncomfortable sensation. However, Invisalign creates such a gentle shifting motion that you should only experience a slight, subtle discomfort, compared to the intense pain often caused by harsh metal braces.

The slight discomfort you feel during the first few weeks is a good sign that your aligners are doing their job! You’ll quickly adjust to this pressure and enjoy the remainder of the Invisalign process virtually pain-free.

Even better, Invisalign’s gentle treatment process can deliver results faster than normal braces. You may notice changes to your mouth’s alignment in a matter of weeks, with the full treatment process lasting anywhere from 6 to 18 months.

Safe and Reliable
Invisalign aligners are designed to be 100% free of BPA, BPA, latex, and gluten. They’re also FDA-approved, so you can trust their safety and quality.

The plastic material used to create your Invisalign trays are made of medical-grade, high molecular weight, thermoplastic polymers. In other words, they’re formed with a material that has a long history of safe use inside the human body. It’s been FDA-approved for use in Invisalign aligners since 1998, so you have more than two decades of proof that this is a reliable treatment option.

Where Can I Get Started With Invisalign?

Not every dentist is qualified to guide patients through the Invisalign process. It’s important to find a dentist with extensive experience with Invisalign treatment so that you know you’re trusting your mouth to an expert.

Greg Campell and his team in Long Beach, CA earned the distinguished title of SIlver Invisalign Provider in 2019. Dr. Campbell understands the intricacies involved in straightening your teeth and has the experience and training necessary to create your very best smile.

Call (562) 988-0148 today to schedule your initial consultation and take the first steps to a smile you’re proud to show.


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