Invisalign in Vista, CA

Specialising in Invisalign – an alternative to metal braces.
Invisalign is an innovative method of straightening teeth without having fixed brackets and wires. Originally, Invisalign was only able to be used for minor teeth movements. However, new developments have allowed us to treat most orthodontic cases.

     

Here are some of the conditions Invisalign can treat:

Gapped Teeth

Gaps between teeth can occur with continued abnormal growth of the jawbone. Missing teeth can also cause the surrounding teeth to shift due to the extra space, creating gaps in your teeth. Spacing issues and gaps between teeth can lead to gum problems (due to lack of protection by the teeth), periodontal pockets and increased risk of periodontal disease are often seen in these patients.

Overbite

An overbite occurs when the upper teeth bite excessively over the lower teeth – this is typically caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. Overbites can lead to gum problems and/or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth, and can cause painful jaw and joint problems.

Underbite

An underbite occurs when the lower bottom teeth protrude past the front upper teeth. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. Underbites can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars and often can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.

Open Bite

Open bite often occurs when teeth are unable to make physical contact with the opposing teeth for a proper bite. Most often caused by a genetic abnormal jaw structure or excessive thumb-sucking, an open bite can cause poor or painful chewing, and even speech impairment. It can also lead to greater issues like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Overly Crowded Mouth

Teeth crowding occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can get worse over time, and result in severely crooked teeth. This crowding leads to plaque and calculus accumulation, tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease.

Crossbite

Crossbite can occur when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth and can happen on both the front and the sides of the mouth. This can cause wear of the teeth, gum disease, and bone loss.

The treatment sequence of Invisalign

  1. Talk to Dr. Miller about your concerns
    Your treatment begins after you select an experienced Invisalign-trained Provider like Dr. Miller and schedule your initial consultation. Keep in mind that not all dentists and orthodontists work with Invisalign, so it’s important to find a doctor who has received the proper Invisalign training and can truly evaluate your needs and determine how Invisalign can help you.

    During the consultation, you and your doctor will discuss your case in detail to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign now addresses many cases, from simple to more complex. Dr. Miller will determine if Invisalign is right for you. This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions about Invisalign, costs, dental/orthodontic insurance, or any other concerns.

  2. A Customized Treatment Plan Created for You
    Dr. Miller will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which Invisalign will use to create a digital 3-D image of them. From these images, your doctor will map out a precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth, and tell you the approximate length of treatment. Using the same technology your doctor will be able to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment. While every case is unique to each patient, treatment typically takes approximately a year for adults. For teens, the length of treatments is comparable to that of braces.

  3. Receive Your Custom Aligners Based On Your Personalized Treatment Plan
    Based on your individual treatment plan, a series of custom-made, clear aligners is then created specifically for you. These aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. Simply wear them throughout the day, and remove them when you eat or to brush and floss your teeth. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into place. And because they’re virtually invisible, most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them.

  4. Wear a New Aligner Every Two Weeks
    Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. To monitor your progress, you will also have occasional checkups with your doctor, usually only every six weeks or so. For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.

  5. Reveal Your New Smile & Keep It Looking Great
    Congratulations! This is the time when you celebrate. You have reached the end of treatment, and you will be smiling more than ever.

Here is a chart comparing regular braces to Invisalign. Only the first two are achievable with regular braces.

You will see that the benefits of Invisalign greatly outweigh regular braces:

  • Effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite.
  • Straightens your teeth.
  • Allows you to eat whatever foods you enjoy.
  • Lets you remove the device when you want.
  • Lets you enjoy virtually invisible teeth-straightening.
  • Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health.
  • Consists of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal that is more likely to irritate your cheeks and gums.
  • Frees up your busy schedule, with office visits only every four to six weeks.

Invisalign Teen®: Provides up to six free replacement aligners if lost or broken.*

IMPORTANCE OF RETAINERS
Studies show that without retainers straight teeth can gradually shift back towards their initial position. This is a common occurrence with all orthodontic treatment but is one that can easily be overcome by wearing retainers after traditional braces or Invisalign treatment. This means you are keeping your teeth in their new position and protecting your smile and investment. Most retainers are worn continuously for the first six months and then progress to night time wear. Ask Dr. Miller about a fixed lingual bar to retain the front teeth.

Call Vista Dental Care & Specialty Center at 760-630-5000 for all of your Invisalign questions.

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Invisalign FAQ’s

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth, without metal or wires.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position from which a series of custom-made, clear "aligners" are produced. Each "aligner" moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.

What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign is clear. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink what you want during treatment. You can also brush and floss normally to maintain good oral hygiene.
Invisalign is comfortable. There are no metal brackets or wires as with braces to cause mouth irritation, and no metal or wires means you spend less time in the doctor's chair getting adjustments.
Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start—so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

What are aligners made of?

Aligners are made of clear, strong medical grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.

What do aligners look like?

invisalignalignersAligners are clear and look similar to tooth-whitening trays, but are custom-made for a better fit to move teeth. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred to them as "contact lenses for teeth."

Do doctors need special training in order to use Invisalign?

While Invisalign can be used with virtually any treatment philosophy, specific training is needed. All doctors interested in treating patients with Invisalign must attend training before cases will be accepted from their office. How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?

Will the treatment be painful?

Most people experience temporary discomfort for a few days at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This is normal and is typically described as a feeling of pressure. It is a sign that Invisalign® is working—sequentially moving your teeth to their final destination. This discomfort typically goes away a couple of days after you insert the new aligner in the series.

Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?

Like all orthodontic treatments, aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.

Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?

No. Unlike traditional wires and brackets, you can eat whatever you desire while in treatment because you remove your aligners to eat and drink. Thus, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks. Also, it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain proper hygiene.

Will smoking stain the aligners?

We discourage smoking while wearing aligners because it is possible for the aligners to become discolored.

Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?

No, gum will stick to the aligners. We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks.

What's the best way to clean my aligners?

The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water.

How often must I wear my aligners?

Aligners should be worn all day, except when eating, brushing and flossing.

How often must I see the Dentist?

Usually about once every 4-6 weeks. This is the only way the doctor can be sure that the treatment is progressing as planned.

What happens after treatment to prevent my teeth from moving again?

This depends on the outcome of the treatment. Some patients might need a positioner, or conventional retainer. Other patients might need a clear plastic retainer similar to the ones Invisalign makes. Discuss these possibilities with the doctor. Every patient is different and outcomes vary.

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When you make us your Dentist in Vista, you will experience all that modern dentistry has to offer, including a comprehensive list of general, restorative and cosmetic dental services to meet the needs of the whole family. This includes dental implants, teeth whitening, root canal therapy, and many other types of general dentistry procedures. Our goal is to assist each patient in achieving and maintaining long-term dental health and a beautiful smile. Some of the services we provide include:

Cleanings & Exams
Sealants & Fluoride
Root Canal Therapy
Periodontal Treatments
Extractions
Teeth Whitening
Tooth Colored Fillings
Crowns & Bridges
Porcelain Veneers
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We’re located at:

138 Civic Center Dr Ste 115
Vista, CA 92084

760-630-5000

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