Common Questions about Invisalign
Invisalign is an incredible technology that will help you straighten your teeth and get the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you’re choosing between straightening your teeth with traditional metal braces or using Invisalign, Dr. Sheehy will help you make sure you’re well-informed on both options.
The following are some of the top asked questions about Invisalign.
With Invisalign we use a computer to create an advanced 3-D generated image of your current teeth position, and a plan that will show us a path to safely and quickly shift your teeth to the final desired position.
Afterwards, clear aligners are custom made for your teeth based on these results. The Invisalig aligners will then be worn for a couple weeks, and replaced by the next set in the series.
The Invisalign aligners are nearly clear, so it’s likely people won’t even notice you’re wearing braces at all. Unlike braces, you can eat and drink all of the foods you enjoy, and brush and floss as you normally would simply by removing the aligners.
Invisalign doesn’t use any metal brackets or wires, this means you’ll spend less time in our San Mateo dental office, because you won’t need to come in for adjustments.
Dentists who offer patients the Invisalign system are required to undergo instructional sessions to become a trained Invisalign provider. Additionally, we must take part in ongoing training classes, to be able to give you the latest and greatest in the procedure. We hope you choose us, but if you are visiting other dental practitioners, always ask if they have been properly trained.
Invisalign can straighten your teeth without the discomfort associated with the wires used in braces. However, it’s possible for you to experience temporary discomfort or pressure during the first few days of each aligner. This is normal, it just means the treatment is working and your teeth are moving in the right direction.
Invisalign is appropriate for most teens and adults. The only individuals that Invisalign isn’t suitable for are those who still have baby teeth or second molars that haven’t come out yet.
We will be more than happy to give you our expert opinion, and even a FREE second opinion to determine if the Invisalign system treatment is right for you.
No. Since the aligners can be removed, you have much more flexibility in what you can eat or drink. The two main things that should be avoided while wearing Invisalign aligners is chewing gum and smoking, as it can discolor the aligners.
Many of our patients that wear Invisalign have worn braces in their past and have experienced shifting afterward. Invisalign can usually correct the problem without having to use metal braces.
Like most medical treatments, the cost of Invisalign can vary depending on several factors, including the current condition of your teeth and other important factors we can determine during examination, plus your insurance coverage. The national average for treatment is about $5,000, but this can range anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000. Call us to set and appointment to give you a quote based on your individual needs. 650 342-2777
No, it’s a common misconception that Invisalign aligners contain Bisphenol-A (BPA). They’re actually made from USP Class VI medical grade, polyurethane resins and pass all regulatory requirements to be worn in the mouth.