invisalign therapy in santee, ca

in Santee, CA

Getting a straighter smile no longer requires the use of cumbersome metal braces. With Invisalign, you can discover the smile you've always wanted without anyone even realizing it.

Why should I choose Invisalign?

Are you tired of feeling self-conscious about your smile? Do you want a more discreet way to straighten your teeth? If so, Invisalign could be the perfect solution for you. These aligners are made of durable plastic trays that gently move your teeth into the desired position. The best part is that Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible due to their clear and thin design. They are also comfortable and removable, allowing you to eat and brush your teeth without any inconvenience. With Invisalign, you can keep your normal routine and watch your teeth transform right before your eyes with Invisalign.

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Goodbye Goopy Impressions!

Creating your custom Invisalign trays has never been easier thanks to digital scanning. Say goodbye to goopy impression trays and hello to your best smile yet!

Virtual Care

Dr. Rivera provides virtual care which means no more coming in every month for trays. It's individualized care with Dr. Rivera from the comfort of your home where he monitors your progress using AI technology and he'll know whether you've been wearing your trays and monitors whether you're on track in your treatment.

Digital Smile Design

You deserve to feel confident about your Invisalign journey. That’s why we’ve invested in Digital Smile Design. This revolutionary tool allows you to see your Invisalign results before even starting treatment!

The Benefits of Invisalign

They’re Removable

Enjoy the flexibility to remove your aligners whenever you need to brush, floss, or indulge in your favorite foods.

Exceptional Comfort

Experience unparalleled comfort with Invisalign's smooth and gentle BPA-free plastic material, ensuring a comfortable fit.

Convenient Option

Invisalign allows you to maintain your regular routine, including your diet, without any significant adjustments needed.

The Invisalign Treatment Process

Initial Consultation & Exam

Prior to starting your treatment, you will have an opportunity to discuss your desired smile outcomes with your dentist. They will carefully examine your bite and smile to determine if Invisalign is the appropriate solution for you. This is also a great time to ask any questions you may have regarding your smile, Invisalign, or other available treatment options.

Aligner Fitting & Pick Up

Once you have been given the green light to proceed with Invisalign, your dentist will take scans or impressions of your teeth to ensure your aligners fit perfectly. Once your aligners are ready, you will visit our office to pick them up and begin your treatment. In some cases, your dentist may need to attach small fixtures to your teeth to aid in keeping the aligners securely in place.

Virtual Care

Dr. Rivera provides virtual care which means no more coming in every month for trays. It's individualize  care with Dr. Rivera from the comfort of your home where he monitors your progress using AI technology and he'll know whether you've been wearing your trays and monitors whether you're on track in your treatment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these frequently asked questions, or call us to speak with our team.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

If you don't have severe oral health or orthodontic issues, Invisalign could be the right solution for your smile. However, if your dentist identifies extensive orthodontic problems, they may recommend metal or ceramic braces instead. To determine the best treatment option for your needs, reach out to our team and schedule a consultation today.

Does Invisalign hurt?

Invisalign is generally more comfortable than traditional braces, but you may experience some tenderness and soreness as your teeth start to shift. The gentle pressure exerted by the aligners prompts your tooth roots to move, leading to minor inflammation and discomfort. If you experience pain, we suggest taking Tylenol rather than ibuprofen, as ibuprofen's anti-inflammatory properties can affect tooth movement.

How should I wear my aligners?

Most patients are advised to wear their Invisalign aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, although this may vary based on your specific treatment requirements. You will likely only need to remove them for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Consistently wearing your aligners ensures optimal treatment progress and faster teeth shifting.

How should I care for my aligners?

Taking care of your Invisalign aligners is easy. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and water to gently clean your trays, removing any food particles or plaque. When you take out your aligners to eat, brush, or floss, store them in their case to protect them from bacteria and damage.

What should I do if I crack my aligners?

If you lose your aligners or notice any cracks, damage, or wear and tear, please contact us immediately. Delaying assistance could prolong your treatment and reverse the progress you have made. We will ensure you receive a fresh set of trays as soon as possible, allowing you to continue with your treatment plan.

Can I use my Invisalign trays as a nightguard?

We do not recommend using Invisalign trays as a nightguard. The clear plastic trays are designed for gently shifting your teeth, not for protecting them. If you struggle with teeth grinding and clenching at night, obtaining a nightguard and proceeding with traditional braces may be the best option. If you notice your aligners becoming cracked or worn down after waking up, please inform your doctor promptly.

What are Invisalign attachments?

Invisalign attachments, also known as buttons, are small tooth-colored composite resin dots placed on your teeth. When you insert your Invisalign aligners, they snap over these buttons, providing an anchor to keep the aligners securely in place. This allows your dentist to adjust the position of your teeth more precisely and effectively throughout your Invisalign treatment.

Can you see Invisalign when you’re wearing them?

Invisalign aligners are made of clear, thin plastic, making them virtually invisible when worn. Each tray is custom-made to fit your gum line seamlessly. However, if you eat or drink with your aligners in, they may become stained, potentially making them more noticeable.

How are Invisalign trays made?

The process begins with taking scans of your teeth to create a digital model of your mouth. This model is then sent to a local lab, where the aligners are crafted using computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology. These tools enable the creation of highly precise aligners tailored specifically to your needs. Once the aligners are completed, they are sent to your dentist to be fitted and delivered to you.

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