If the idea of getting traditional metal braces makes you cringe, then you are not alone. Metal brackets and wires are an effective way to straighten teeth, but they’re definitely not the most convenient or attractive method. If you’re looking to straighten your teeth without the hassle of metal braces, Invisalign treatment at Von Chan DDS is for you.

All About Invisalign Braces

Your Invisalign journey starts at our dental office. We use the latest align technology to take a three-dimensional scan of your mouth. Using these high-quality images and information, we will create a customized and specialized treatment plan for your teeth. This plan will be used and referenced to create your special set of clear aligners that will start moving your teeth into place.

What Are Invisalign Braces Made Out Of?

The clear Invisalign aligners are made from smart track materials that are strong but not brittle. They can hold their shape but are bendable enough that they won’t constantly be cracking or breaking. Plus they are virtually invisible so you can straighten your teeth without calling unnecessary attention to your work in progress smile.

How is the Procedure Different from Traditional Braces?

When you get traditional braces, the dentist makes an impression of your teeth by having you bite into a form that holding a gooey substance. After the proper amount of time has passed, the gooey material hardens and you are left with an impression of your teeth.

Invisalign uses an itero machine to digitally scan your mouth. This gives a much more accurate  impression of your teeth compared to a traditional impression made with gooey materials.

The itero scanner is also used to take digital impressions for orthodontic retainers, night guards, snore guards, sleep apnea appliances, and other mouth appliances.

How to Wear and Care For Your Clear Aligners

Invisalign clear aligners are removable but should be worn at all times day and night unless you are eating or drinking something other than water. Caring for your aligners will help them last and do their job to the best of their ability. When you remove them for meals, brush, and floss before putting them back in. You should also be brushing your aligners with your toothbrush and toothpaste in order to keep them clean and in good shape.

If you believe that you are ready to improve the appearance of your smile with Invisalign in Petaluma, CA, give our office a call today! We’d love to help you attain your dream smile!