Well-aligned, straight teeth aren't just beautiful, but they're also more comfortable and healthier for your mouth as a whole. An improper bite and crooked teeth could ultimately lead to future dental concerns that can be expensive to fix and painful. This is why general dentist Dr. Nick Dovey is happy to provide the ever-popular Invisalign (clear, removable aligners) for his patients in San Diego, CA. Made custom to fit your teeth and your unique goals, Invisalign is more comfortable and attractive than traditional metal orthodontics because they can be taken out to make eating and cleaning your teeth easier. If you're interested in having healthier teeth with the advanced Invisalign technology, schedule an appointment at Finest City Dental to get more information from Dr. Dovey.
Best Candidates for Invisalign
There are multiple factors that can affect the alignment of your teeth. If you sucked your thumb as a child, have a missing a tooth or teeth, or endured a physical trauma to your face, your teeth were likely affected. Genetics can also play a role in the condition of your teeth. Having misaligned teeth can cause more oral health concerns down the line, such as a bad bite (dental malocclusion), uneven wear on the enamel, difficulty chewing and speaking, plus jaw pain and toothaches. If Dr. Dovey spots one of these concerns during your annual dental examination, he can suggest an orthodontic treatment, like Invisalign, to effectively address the issue.
An Invisalign treatment is ideal for both teens and adults who would like straighter, healthier teeth minus the hassle, pain, and look of braces. Even though the aligners should be in the majority of the day, your trays can be removed for cleaning your teeth and eating, or even for special occasions and physical activities. Much less obvious than traditional orthodontics that poke and cut the inside of your cheeks, your family and friends will probably not realize that you're wearing Invisalign aligners.
What To Expect with Invisalign®
Your initial Invisalign aligners will be made with impressions of your teeth here at Finest City Dental. When they're ready, you will come back to receive your initial trays with instructions from Dr. Dovey. You should keep your aligners in for at least 20 hours every day for your treatment to work, ideally taking them out only for cleaning and eating. In time, you'll move on to your next set of aligning trays as they carefully shift your teeth closer to proper alignment. You need to attend your follow-up appointments every 4 – 6 weeks at Finest City Dental to have your aligning trays evaluated and to get new impressions done so your next set of trays can be ordered. How long you need to use the Invisalign system will differ, depending on the initial condition of your teeth and your goals; however, patients typically wear their trays for around a year.
As soon as your bite is aligned, it is vital to prevent your teeth from shifting into their original positions. Vivera retainers by Invisalign are created using the same materials to keep your teeth in position once your Invisalign treatment is done. Every retainer is made custom at the Invisalign dental lab based on impressions taken once your orthodontic treatment has concluded. Dr. Dovey will tell you how long to wear your retainer, as well as how to clean it after it is sent from the laboratory. He will continue to monitor the alignment of your teeth and bite during your dental examinations to make sure your teeth stay in their new positions.
Invisalign Insurance Coverage
Many of our patients find that part of their treatment cost is paid by insurance. Our team can determine your coverage and figure out your remaining fees by contacting your insurance carrier. Finest City Dental accepts many forms of payment if you are not planning on using insurance. During your Invisalign consultation, Dr. Dovey will go over how much your treatment will cost. From there, he'll discuss how our office can help your Invisalign treatment fit into your budget with payment plans and medical financing.
Invisalign Teeth Straightening
If you or someone in your family is wanting healthier, straighter teeth without the hassle and pain of traditional braces, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dovey to get more information about advanced teeth straightening with the Invisalign system. He will create your personalized Invisalign plan during your one-on-one consultation at Finest City Dental and help get you started on your journey to a great smile.