Teeth Straightening and Invisalign® El Cajon
Invisible teeth straightening
Do you or your teenager have crooked teeth? With Invisalign®, ClearCorrect™ and other clear aligning systems we can straighten your teeth and enhance your smile without metal braces. These teeth straightening systems use clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth. Best of all, they are almost undetectable.
Affordable Teeth Straightening
Tight on budget? Dr. Christensen uses clear aligning systems that are affordable and cost considerably less than traditional braces. Find out from Dr. Christensen which options are available for you.
How Invisalign® and ClearCorrect™ work
Both advanced systems use clear, virtually invisible aligners to straighten teeth. Aligners are comfortable custom-fit plastic trays that fit closely over your teeth. Taking care of your aligners is easy: you just take them out when you want to eat or brush and floss your teeth.
The aligners are designed to move your teeth gradually into their desired position by changing them on a scheduled basis. You’ll visit Dr. Christensen periodically to check on your progress and get a new set of aligners, until you eventually have the straight smile you desire.
Invisalign® The Clear Alternative to Braces
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Conditions Invisalign® and ClearCorrect™ treat
These alternatives to braces are for patients who have complete jaw growth and full adult dentition, and are effective on a broad range of cases. Even teenagers can benefit from these advanced teeth straightening systems.
- Overly crowded teeth
- Widely spaced teeth, gaps
- Crossbite—Some of your top teeth go under the bottom teeth
- Overbite—Your upper teeth bite over the lower teeth
- Underbite—Your lower teeth are protruding past the edge of your upper teeth
Advantages of Clear Aligners over other methods of teeth straightening
There are many advantages to using clear aligners as compared to standard braces. These include:
- Clear aligners are virtually invisible
- Easy to keep your teeth clean—just pop the aligners out
- Aligners are removable when needed
- As the aligners are removable, you can eat whatever you want
- Less mouth irritation as there are no wires!
- Fewer doctor visits
The Invisalign Process
Living with misaligned teeth can have a huge impact on your life. Not only can it cause other oral health concerns, but it can harm your self-esteem and cause you to hide behind your hand whenever you smile or laugh.
Traditional orthodontic braces can help to correct misalignment issues, but wearing them as an adult is understandably embarrassing. The good news is, Invisalign provides an attractive alternative that offers the same benefits as braces with none of the drawbacks.
The process begins with a consultation to find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. If you are, impressions of your teeth will be taken in order to create a plan for care and craft your custom invisible aligner trays.
These BPA-free, removable aligner trays will fit perfectly over your teeth, so as not to cause irritation or cut the soft tissues of your mouth, as braces are prone to. You’ll have to wear them 22 hours each day to gain the full benefits, but unlike traditional braces, you can remove them to eat and clean your teeth.
Depending on your personalized plan, you will upgrade to a new set of aligners approximately every couple of weeks, but unlike braces, you won’t have to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist for adjustments every three weeks. Instead, you’ll have check-ups at approximately 6-week intervals just to make sure your alignment is progressing as planned.
Within as little as about six months, depending on your particular case, you could have the perfectly straight smile you’ve always dreamed of, thanks to custom Invisalign clear aligner trays. As with braces, you may have to wear a retainer afterward to ensure that your teeth don’t shift back to previous positioning, but these can typically be worn at night, while you sleep, to maintain your beautiful, straight smile for life.