Michelle de la Vega, DDS -  - Family Dentistry

Genesis Dentistry Dental Group

Michelle de la Vega, DDS

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Santa Clara, CA

Overbites, underbites, and other misalignment issues are highly common, but they can end up costing you later in life. At Genesis Dentistry Dental Group in Santa Clara, California, Michelle de la Vega, DDS, provides orthodontic treatment with the Invisalign® system to save you the trouble of crooked teeth and the complications of having metal braces. To see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign®, request a consultation at Genesis Dentistry Dental Group by phone or online today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern, discreet teeth-straightening solution that differs from braces, the traditional option, in various ways. To begin treatment with Invisalign, Dr. de la Vega takes images of your teeth and jaw to make a 3D digital image of them. Using this image, she maps out the projected movement of your teeth over the course of your Invisalign treatment. She uses the movements of the image to create your clear plastic custom aligners.

Each Invisalign aligner fits perfectly over your teeth and is nearly invisible to the naked eye. The aligner places a slight amount of pressure on your teeth, pushing them toward perfect alignment. 

You switch to the next aligner every one or two weeks as directed by Dr. de la Vega. They progressively align your teeth over the course of one year to a year and a half depending on the severity of your original misalignment.

What are the benefits of straightening my teeth with Invisalign?

When comparing Invisalign to other teeth-straightening solutions like braces, many patients agree that Invisalign is the preferable option for several reasons. Invisalign’s many benefits include:

  • Invisibility
  • Comfort
  • Fewer dietary restrictions
  • Removability
  • Easy cleaning
  • Fewer visits to your dentist

While severe misalignment may require braces for some time, you may have the option to switch to Invisalign once your teeth are reasonably straighter. 

Overall, misaligned teeth invite dental issues that are avoidable with proper alignment, no matter how you go about getting it. Straight teeth are easier to clean and less prone to damage. 

How often should I wear my Invisalign aligners?

To keep up with your treatment timeline and finish the alignment hastily, you must wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours per day. Of course, one of the benefits of Invisalign is that you can remove the aligners. You may remove them to:

  • Eat
  • Clean the aligners
  • Clean your teeth
  • Floss your teeth
  • Play an instrument
  • Play sports
  • Attend a special event

When you remove your aligners, it’s important for you to keep track of them. If you lose or break an aligner, call Dr. de la Vega to see if you should start wearing the next one or revert to the previous aligner until you get a replacement. 

To find out if you or your teen is a candidate for Invisalign instead of traditional braces, call Genesis Dentistry Dental Group or book a consultation online today.