What is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3D computer imaging technology that has been proven fast and effective.  Invisalign design software makes the process more predictable for doctors, giving the patient the best possible result.

How Does It Work?

You wear each set of aligners for about two to three weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little — until they have straightened to the final position as prescribed. You’ll visit our office about every two to six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time usually ranges 6-18 months.

 

Why Dream Dental?

Dr. Paul Kim has over fifteen years of experience providing both traditional and Invisalign orthodontic treatment to his patients, and he provides personalized attention to each and every patient. Since every patient is different, one-size-fits-all approach would not result in an optimal outcome. Dr. Kim and his staff will pay close attention to your needs and wants in order to create a personalized treatment plan and follow through it until the desired outcome is achieved. We also provide free Invisalign consultation that includes 3D computer image scanning of your teeth and produces a simulated result of your Invisalign treatment for you to see before you start your Invisalign treatment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Am I a candidate for Invisalign aligners?


Candidates for Invisalign aligners are individuals who have crooked, over crowded, or gapped teeth, and/or individuals who have a crossbite, underbite, or overbite. Ideal candidates for Invisalign are looking for a discreet orthodontic treatment to address these issues. To find out if Invisalign can help improve your smile, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Kim today!




How does Invisalign work?


Invisalign aligners work by exerting a certain amount of pressure on your teeth in order to move them into the correct alignment. During Invisalign treatment, you will go through a series of aligners with each aligner being fitted for a particular part of your treatment. Most aligners are worn for 2-3 week increments. These aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours a day and will only be removed when eating, brushing, or flossing. To determine your treatment plan, Dr. Kim will scan your teeth with an electric scanner to obtain information used to fabricate your custom aligners. This information will also be used with Invisalign’s software to map out your treatment plan. Before beginning your treatment, Dr. Kim will be able to show you the predicted results and give you an idea of how long your treatment will last. For some treatment plans, special attachments may be used to obtain the best results. These attachments are small shapes that are attached to your teeth. They are used to apply a concentrated amount of force on a particular area, much like traditional braces but without the need for metal brackets. Because of their size and the fact that they are tooth-colored, they are hardly noticeable.




Does Invisalign treatment hurt?


Because there is pressure being exerted on your teeth during Invisalign treatment, you may experience some minor discomfort. Patients usually report this discomfort when wearing a new aligner. Discomfort associated with wearing new aligners generally wears off once your teeth have adjusted and can be managed with over the counter pain medications. One benefit to Invisalign, however, is that you will not have to deal with the soft tissues of your mouth being rubbed or poked like you would with traditional metal braces.




How long does Invisalign treatment last?


The average time span for Invisalign treatment is about 12-18 months, however your individual treatment may be shorter or longer depending on your case. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kim will be able to give you a better idea of how long your individual Invisalign treatment will last.




What is the price of Invisalign?


The cost of Invisalign treatment can range anywhere from $2,700-$5,500. However, the cost of your individual treatment will depend upon your individual case. This cost will be discussed with you during your consultation prior to receiving treatment. If you have dental insurance coverage, you can likely obtain some level of coverage to offset the total cost. You can also use the pre-tax dollars in your flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) toward invisalign treatment. Finally, we offer 0% interest and low-payment financing options upon approved credit, and in-house financial arrangement.




What happens after Invisalign treatment?


After your Invisalign treatment is complete, you will need to wear a retainer to maintain your new smile. With Invisalign, you can either choose between a traditional wire retainer or a more discreet clear retainer. With most treatments, you are to wear your retainer full time at first and then you can gradually progress to wearing it only at night. To keep your smile in place, it is extremely important that you follow Dr. Kim’s instructions regarding your retainer.




What are Invisalign alingers made of?


Invisalign clear aligners are made of flexible plastic — specifically, a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack® created exclusively for Invisalign treatment. Invisalign clear aligners are FDA-approved and contain no BPA, BPS, latex, or gluten. They are thin, clear, and fit snugly over your teeth, making them virtually invisible.





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