Invisalign Specialist

American Dental Clinic

Emmanuel Aguilar, DMD

Cosmetic Dentistry & Implants and Orthodontics located in San Diego, CA

Think orthodontic treatment requires brackets, wires, and rubber bands? Think again. Thanks to new, innovative treatment techniques like Invisalign®, it’s possible to achieve a stunning, perfectly straight smile by wearing a series of nearly invisible plastic aligners. Emmanuel Aguilar, DMD, and the team at American Dental Clinic in San Diego, California, proudly offer Invisalign treatment to men, women, and young adults. If you’re interested in learning more, call the office or book online today.

Invisalign Q&A

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign is a state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to gradually straighten your teeth and align your smile. Unlike traditional braces, there are no wires, brackets, or rubber bands involved. 

Invisalign treatment is safe and FDA-approved. Invisalign aligners use SmartTrack®, a flexible thermoplastic that’s free of all allergens, including BPS, BPA, latex, and gluten. You can also remove your aligners at any time, so if you have a big event like a job interview or a wedding, you can leave them at home. 

What types of issues can Invisalign treat?

American Dental Clinic recommends Invisalign treatment to correct mild or moderate orthodontic issues, including: 

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth

He might also recommend Invisalign treatment if you have gaps or spaces between your teeth. 

How does Invisalign work?

At your initial consultation, your dentist performs an oral exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you a series of questions about your goals for treatment. 

Next, they take digital impressions of your smile and uploads them into a computer. Finally, your dentist creates a custom, digital treatment plan that maps out the exact movements of your teeth. They send your impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your first set of aligners. 

Every two to three weeks, you return to American Dental Clinic for a new set of aligners. Your dentist performs a check-up at each follow-up appointment, monitoring your progress, and ensuring your aligners fit correctly. To achieve the best results, you must wear your aligners for between 20-22 hours each day. 

How long does it take to achieve results from Invisalign?

The length of Invisalign treatment varies from patient-to-patient. However, most people achieve stunning results in between 12-18 months. 

Make sure to follow your dentist’s instructions accordingly and only take your aligners out when absolutely necessary. After you finish Invisalign treatment, you transition to a retainer, which helps your teeth stay in place. 

How do I keep my Invisalign aligners clean?

Cleaning your Invisalign aligners is easy. Simply rinse them off with cool tap water a few times each day and gently brush them at night with toothpaste and a soft-bristle brush. For more thorough cleanings, ask your dentist about the Invisalign Cleaning System.

If you want a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile, Invisalign is worth considering. Schedule an appointment at American Dental Clinic by calling the office or booking online today.