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.
Treatable Invisalign Cases
Treatable Invisalign Cases
Am I a candidate for dental sedation?Ideal candidates for dental sedation are individuals who have dental anxiety, an active gag reflex, trouble sitting still for long periods of time, or who are undergoing an invasive dental procedure. However, dental sedation does have some limitations and may not be ideal for everyone. Certain medical conditions, allergies, and medications can increase the risk of dental sedation. Because of this, a thorough consultation will be conducted by Dr. Kim prior to administering any form of dental sedation. To find out if dental sedation is a safe and effective option for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul H. Kim at Dream Dental today!
How do I prepare for my dental sedation appointment?Before your dental sedation appointment, Dr. Kim will discuss the specific preparations you will need to follow depending on the type of dental sedation you are planning to have. You will likely be asked to fast for a designated amount of time before your appointment. Oral sedation will require you to fast for at least 6 hours and IV sedation usually requires an 8 hour fast. If you are not sure which sedation method you will end up using, you will likely be asked to fast for the longest time span. With oral sedation, you will also be given instructions on when to take the oral medication. In some cases, the medication is only needed the morning of your appointment, but in other cases it may also be needed the night before. If you are taking the medication the night before or before arriving at our office, you will need to find a driver to bring you to and from your appointment because you will not be able to drive safely. IV sedation also requires that you have a driver to take you home afterwards. Additionally, you may need to avoid taking certain medications the morning of your procedure. Since IV sedation requires an 8 hour fast, most procedures using IV sedation are scheduled for the morning to make the 8 hour fast easier.
What should I expect during my dental sedation appointment at Dream Dental?During your dental sedation appointment at Dream Dental, you can expect to feel completely calm and anxiety-free while your dental work is performed. While under dental sedation, most people report feelings of calmness and drowsiness. Additionally, you will likely be aware of what is happening around you. However you will be indifferent to the sights, smells, and sounds you are experiencing. Dental sedation is usually used in combination with dental anesthetics, which means you also won’t feel any pain or discomfort during your procedure. With oral or IV sedation, you may also fall into a light sleep, but you can easily be woken. Finally, with IV sedation, you may or may not remember your procedure.
What can I expect after my dental sedation appointment at Dream Dental?You may experience different things after your dental sedation appointment. With oral sedation, you can expect to feel the full effect of the medicine for about 1-2 hours. However, even once the full effect has worn off, you may still feel slightly drowsy and “out of it” for the rest of the day. Because of this, you will need to have someone drive you home and you should rest for the remainder of the day. With IV sedation, you can expect to feel pretty groggy and “out of it” for the majority of the day after your procedure. Because of this, you will need to have someone drive you home and keep an eye on you for at least a day until the effects of the sedation have worn off.