Invisalign Specialist

Concord Dental Arts

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Concord, CA

If metal braces aren’t for you, straight teeth and a beautiful smile are still within reach. At Concord Dental Arts in Concord, California, board-certified Ellie Shirazi, DDS, and her experienced cosmetic dental team use Invisalign® to straighten teeth with virtually invisible clear aligners gradually. You won’t have to worry about the brackets or wires associated with traditional braces. Call Concord Dental Arts to learn more about Invisalign clear aligners or schedule an appointment online today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic trays called aligners to gradually straighten teeth that are crooked, overlapping, or misaligned. The aligners are made of patented thermoplastic SmartTrack® material and created using 3D computer imaging technology to fit your teeth comfortably.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are:

  • Almost invisible so many people won’t know you’re wearing them
  • Removable when you brush your teeth or eat
  • Free from wires or brackets that can irritate your mouth
  • More comfortable than many other orthodontic appliances

Invisalign clear aligners are FDA-approved and free from latex, BPS, and BPA. They are an excellent option for teens and adults seeking a simple, non-invasive way to achieve a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile.

What should I expect during Invisalign treatment?

Before Invisalign treatment begins, you’ll schedule a consultation with an Invisalign-trained provider at Concord Dental Arts to determine if you’re a good candidate for clear aligners or another orthodontic treatment, such as clear braces.

Dr. Shirazi evaluates your teeth and maps out a custom digital treatment plan that shows a step-by-step transformation of what your smile will look like over time. When you approve the plan, a dental lab creates custom clear aligners that perfectly mold to your teeth.

How often should I wear the aligners?

Once your aligners are ready, Dr. Shirazi makes sure they fit properly, after which you’ll begin wearing them for 20-22 hours each day. You’ll change out aligners every 1-2 weeks as your teeth slowly begin to shift into their new position and take them out when you eat and brush your teeth.

You can schedule appointments with a provider at Concord Dental Arts about every 4-6 weeks during Invisalign treatment. Everybody is different, but your custom treatment plan may take 12-18 months to complete. You’ll probably notice a difference in the position of your teeth after just a few weeks.

How can I care for clear aligners?

Cleaning the aligners regularly helps prevent staining. The best way to care for aligners is by using the Invisalign cleaning system available through your dentist or online. You can also brush aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste or rinse them in warm water. Avoid using hot water on Invisalign aligners as it can damage the plastic.

When you’re ready for straighter teeth without discomfort, irritation, or invasive treatments, schedule an appointment by phone or online with Concord Dental Arts to learn more about Invisalign clear aligners.