Invisalign

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You can see here that the aligners are nearly invisible
With more than 4 million reported patients in treatment, Invisalign is a tried and true alternative to traditional braces that straightens your teeth using clear, removable aligners. The aligners are very esthetic and hard to notice when you wear them. The aligners do not affect your speech. The aligners fit tightly on your teeth but most of our patients report feeling pressure but not pain.

Not all dentists that offer Invisalign have the same experience and skill treating patients with Invisalign and this could really affect your outcome Dr. DiGiovanni is an expert in Invisalign treatment. He has been acknowledged by Invisalign as a "Preferred Premier Provider” and has completed more than 1000 cases. Dr. DiGiovanni currently teaches Invisalign to the Graduate Orthodontic Residents at USC.

 

Common Invisalign Questions

Q: How can I get started with Invisalign? Contact Our office (949) 640-0202 to set up a complimentary consultation to see if you are a candidate for Invisalign.

Q: Can I go to any dentist for Invisalign? Any dentist can do Invisalign, but there is a wide range of experience, expertise and skill among dentists that offer Invisalign to their patients. Satisfaction and quality to your result will greatly vary! Questions you may want to ask the dentist include, "Are you a board certified orthodontist?" and "How many Invisalign cases have you completed?"" will give you a good idea how qualified your dentist is with Invisalign. A board certified specialist with a lot of experience will be able to provide you with the best result possible.

Q: Will I need to wear retainers after I finish my Invisalign treatment? Yes, Retainer wear is very important to maintain your new smile. We will give you retainers and instructions on wear when your treatment is complete.

Q: How old do I have to be to wear Invisalign? Currently, we recommend not starting treatment until all baby teeth have been lost. We offer teen Invisalign as well as adult Invisalign.

Invisalign before and after results

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Expansion and Alignment
6 Months
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Invisalign to correct minor relapse after braces
5 Weeks

 

Invisalign® Use & Care

  • Invisalign requires significant patient compliance. Aligners are designed to be worn 20 hours per day. They should be worn at all times expect when you are eating or brushing your teeth
  • SO IMPORTANT. Treatment won’t progress properly it the aligners are not worn exactly as prescribed (20 hours per day).
  • You can drink while wearing aligners but avoid hot and colored drinks to avoid warping and staining.
  • Visits in our office are typically scheduled every 4-10 weeks and typically last about 20 minutes Information for our Invisalign Patients

Information for our Invisalign Patients

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Making sure your aligners are tracking

YOU REALLY HAVE TO WEAR YOUR ALIGNERS AT LEAST 20 HOURS PER DAY OR THEY WON'T WORK! Even Worse wearing the aligners less than prescribed often results in unwanted displacement of your teeth so that they may actually become more out of alignment and your bite may worsen.

Once you start your Invisalign treatment, we will see you approximately every 4-10 weeks to evaluate your progress and give you more aligners. During your visit Dr. DiGiovanni will closely monitor tooth movement by how each aligner is "tracking" meaning the following:

  • Aligners are seating well over the teeth
  • No visible gaps between the edge of your teeth and they tray (see photo)
  • The aligners are not rocking but completely fixed
  • All attachments are engaged properly

When you are finished wearing your current tray it should "fit like a glove".

Check your aligners fit before switching to the next tray

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Photo 1: Perfect fit ok to change to your next tray.
Photo 2: Minor tracking problem. Use chewies or bite sticks to seat the tray better. Work on those areas when you insert the next tray.
Photos 3 and 4: Teeth are not tracking. Try using bite stick to seat better. If this does not improve you can try an older tray that fits better. *This is not a common occurrence unless the trays are not worn as prescribed.

 

How to use a bite stick or "chewies"

Invisalign-6If there are poor fitting areas not adapted to your tooth, you should use the "chewies" or the bite sticks we gave you.

To use an aligner chewie or bite stick, just place it between your teeth and bite down for at least 5 seconds before releasing.

If necessary, repeat the process 5 to 10 minutes to ensure your aligners are well-seated against your teeth. You can wash them after each use with mild soap and water and then re-use them several times before they lose their elasticity.

If you feel that there is an area or tooth that is not fitting the trays as well as others, do additional chewie exercises on those specific areas. Dr. DiGiovanni recommends using the chewies every time you change to a new set of aligners as they will help the aligners seat well on your teeth to help achieve the best possible tooth movement.

You can purchase additional chewies on line: https://www.amazon.com/Aligner-Chewies-Invisalign-Trays-Scented/dp/B016DUQTZA/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1525036610&sr=8-1&keywords=chewies

Tips for Keeping Your Trays Clean

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  • Keep your aligners sparkling clean and odor free by washing them with cool water and dish washer soap.
  • Clean them once per day.
  • Be careful not to aggressively brush or bend the tray.
  • Very important - never use boiling or even hot water or put them in the dishwasher or the aligners will be destroyed.

 

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  • Use cold water and your favorite dish soap once per day.
  • Support the trays while brushing them.

 

Invisalign Video