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Using Invisalign as an alternative to traditional braces

Are you interested in an invisible alternative to traditional orthodontia? Do you live in the communities of Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton California or surrounding cities? Are you ready to enhance your smile but want to avoid metal bracket-and-wire braces? If this sounds like you, it may be time to talk to Dr. Kimberly King of Kitty Hawk Dental Care to discuss the advantages of Invisalign, a clear aligner solution for straightening the smile.

What is Invisalign?

Dr. King describes Invisalign as a series of clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible. Invisalign is an excellent choice for patients looking for a more discreet way to realign the teeth in the dental arch without embarrassing metal appliances. The trays are custom-made for the patient and gently push teeth into alignment without unsightly traditional braces.

Why choose clear aligners?

Many patients might choose Invisalign because of its many benefits, especially compared to the traditional metal bracket and wire braces. Some of the advantages of clear teeth straightening include:

  • The clear aligners are nearly invisible, so most people will not even notice that you are wearing them.
  • They are much more comfortable to wear than metal braces. There are no wires or brackets that can rub against your gums and cheeks, causing irritation.
  • You can remove the aligners, which means you can eat whatever you want and brush and floss your teeth with ease. Food restrictions are often necessary with traditional braces to avoid damaging the brackets and wires.
  • Clear aligners are generally more affordable than traditional braces. In some cases, they are comparable in cost, and many patients choose to move forward with invisible braces instead.

Call our office today to learn more about Invisalign.

If you are considering clear aligners as an alternative to traditional braces, consult with a professional such as Dr. Kimberly King of Kitty Hawk Dental Care in Livermore, CA, to find out if you are a good candidate. Call the office at (925) 371-8880 to request a consultation appointment with our team. The office is located at 53 Wright Brothers Avenue, Suite C, and can assist patients of all ages, from toddlers to seniors.

FAQs on Invisalign® treatment

How do I clean and maintain my Invisalign aligners?

Invisalign aligners require minimal attention. Each tray is worn day and night for about two weeks, so keeping them clean will ensure they function at their best and do not become stained or discolored. Dr. Kimberly King recommends rinsing the trays when removing and replacing them and brushing them or soaking them in a retainer or denture solution to clean as needed.

Can I remove Invisalign aligners to eat and drink?

One of the best things about Invisalign treatment is the ability to eat and drink all your favorite foods and beverages. This is because the Invisalign aligner trays are easily removable and replaceable. Patients are encouraged to remove their Invisalign trays when consuming foods and drinks by taking them out of the dental arch and placing them in the provided storage container. Rinsing and cleaning the tray before putting it back into the mouth after eating and drinking is recommended.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for Invisalign?

Most of our patients with mild to moderate misalignment of the teeth will find that Invisalign treatments are suitable for their needs. With the help of Dr. Kimberly King and her team at Kitty Hawk Dental Care, patients in and around the Livermore, California, area can straighten their teeth without metal braces. The best way to determine candidacy is during a consultation appointment and initial, personal evaluation with our team, which can be scheduled by calling (925) 371-8880.

Are there any dietary restrictions with Invisalign treatment?

One of the primary benefits of Invisalign aligners is that they are removable, eliminating any dietary restrictions often seen with alternative treatments such as metal bracket-and-wire braces. Patients must ensure they keep their aligners clean and replace them after brushing and flossing their teeth following meals and snacks.

What are the key benefits of choosing Invisalign over traditional braces?

Dr. Kimberly King at Kitty Hawk Dental Care of Livermore, California, is a reliable and experienced professional who can help patients decide if they are a good fit for Invisalign treatment. Many patients choose Invisalign because it is fast, affordable, reliable, and much less noticeable than metal orthodontia. Patients also find that using the trays is easy and ensures a healthier smile and no dietary restrictions.

Do I need to wear Invisalign aligners while sleeping?

For Invisalign aligners to provide predictable treatment, patients need to comply with treatment. Treatment requires patients to wear the Invisalign trays for 20-22 hours daily. One way to achieve this is to wear the trays while you sleep, easily clocking in 8-10 hours of wearing each day. If you do not wear your aligners while you sleep, you risk not wearing them long enough to achieve your desired goals.