Invisalign Dentist in West Covina
Dr. Suarez is an Invisalign® Dentist, treating patients throughout the West Covina, Covina, and surrounding San Gabriel valley area. Invisalign® is an excellent way to straighten your teeth and adults of all ages often prefer it over traditional metal braces. If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, call (626) 414-5995 to schedule a complementary consultation and see if Invisalign® is right for you.
Teenagers and adults love Invisalign® because it straightens teeth without anyone noticing that you are correcting your smile. People living in the West Covina CA area, trust Dr. Suarez to help them achieve their best oral health and develop a beautiful smile that is both comfortable and convenient.
How does Invisalign® work?
As an Invisalign® Dentist Dr. Suarez straightens teeth using a series of clear aligners. First, an iTero, a machine that captures a digital scan of your teeth, is taken along with a series of orthodontic photos so that a treatment outcome can be simulated or later planned. Then a series of aligners can be created in a dental lab to accomplish the movements of the teeth to their desired positions. The aligners themselves are made out of a thermoplastic material that is strong and at the same time flexible in order to be comfortable when worn for long periods of time. The material is virtually invisible.
The aligners should be worn for 22 hours a day and changed as little as every 7 days up to two weeks; they need to be switched out with the next one in the series. Over a period of months, the aligners will slowly move teeth into place, making one minor adjustment at a time that is targeted to specific teeth. This helps your teeth to be comfortable as they are moved into position at a manageable pace. Once you are done wearing your aligners, your teeth should be perfectly straight!
Benefits of Invisalign®
- Patients throughout California prefer wearing Invisalign® because of how convenient it is as compared with wearing traditional braces.
- The aligners are clear so no one can tell you are straightening your teeth.
- They are only worn for 22 hours a day so you can take them out to eat dinner, go on a date, or make an important presentation at work.
- You can brush and floss your teeth like normal, and no additional tools are required.
- There is less of a risk that your teeth will become stained as compared with wearing metal braces that can be difficult to clean.
- The procedure is more comfortable than metal braces since the aligners move teeth into place slowly and only focus on a few teeth at a time.
- Aligners are easy to take care of, and you only use the same aligner for a couple of weeks.
How do I care for my aligners?
Dr. Suarez recommends that patients remove their aligner and rinse it with warm water on a daily basis. You may also want to brush them with a soft toothbrush.
Some patients need to wear attachments or ridges in order to ensure that their teeth move into place perfectly. An attachment is a tooth colored bump that is made of an enamel colored composite and bonded to the teeth. Bumps on your aligners will grip them in order to hold the aligner in place. Ridges work in a similar way only an indent is created instead of a raised bump. This can be necessary for more complicated cases to ensure that a particular tooth, or several teeth, move into place like they should.
Patients of Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S. will need to see Drs. Suarez and Tam for checkups to ensure that teeth are moving like they are supposed to. Fortunately, since the aligners are made at the beginning of the procedure, these appointments are less frequent than if you were wearing metal braces. With traditional braces, a metal bracket is placed on each tooth, and a wire is threaded between them then held in place using rubber bands. The wires need to be adjusted on a regular basis in order to keep teeth moving in the right direction. This requires frequent office visits. For people with busy schedules and a hectic life – this is inconvenient, and any delay in appointment scheduling can prolong the timeframe that braces need to be worn for. As an Invisalign® Dentist Drs. Suarez and Tam sees patients less frequently because the checkups are not to adjust anything, just to make sure that the procedure is working. This is far more convenient for patients throughout the 91790 area.
For most patients living in the West Covina CA area, the procedure takes around twelve months. The exact timeframe will depend on your situation, and only Drs. Suarez and Tam can tell you how long they will need to be worn. Overall, the treatment time can be less than with metal braces. This is in part because you don’t have to schedule appointments to keep your teeth moving. Simply pull out a new aligner.
Finding an Invisalign® Dentist
Not all dentists offer Invisalign®. You have to receive special training in order to provide it to patients, and Drs. Suarez and Tam is one of the best Invisalign® Dentists in California. To learn if the procedure is right for you, schedule an appointment with our Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S. office by calling (626) 414-5995.
How will Invisalign® impact my life?
Unlike wearing traditional braces, Invisalign® won’t make a major impact on your quality of life. Since the aligners are clear, it won’t impact your appearance. Additionally, since they only need to be worn for 22 hours a day, they will not interfere with eating. This is a huge advantage because you can eat your favorite plate of ribs, go out for a romantic date, or eat a caramel apple without worrying about something becoming stuck in your teeth or a wire being pulled out of place. This time also allows you to take the aligner out when having an important conversation or making a presentation at work. Overall, this is a convenient way to straighten your teeth and provides the maximum level of flexibility.
Some people are concerned about whether or not wearing an aligner will impact their speech. Most of our West Covina patients tell us that they have to get used to wearing aligners after the first couple of days. Sometimes, patients have a slight lisp which goes away once they become used to speaking while wearing them. This is standard with any orthodontic procedure but fortunately; most people can speak normally within a couple of days.
Invisalign For Teens
At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we offer Invisalign® for Teens so that you can straighten your teeth without anyone noticing. If you want to improve your appearance, this is an excellent way to do so. When evaluating Invisalign® vs. Metal Braces, there are several things that you should know.
Metal braces are a reliable solution for straightening your teeth that have been used by people for decades. In fact, your parents may have used them when they were teenagers. While they work well, the technology is similar in that you still need to have a metal bracket placed on each tooth with a wire threaded between them and secured with rubber bands. Some kids like how they can pick out fun rubber band colors to match their mood or a holiday. If that’s not your idea of fun, metal braces may not be for you.
Invisalign® is different. This is an excellent orthodontics treatment for teens that want to straighten their teeth without standing out. Most people can’t tell that you are wearing anything because the aligners are completely clear. This means that you can smile brightly without worrying about your appearance. In fact, as the aligners move your teeth into position, your smile will start to look better. That means that you don’t have to wait until the end of your treatment to notice a difference in your appearance. When considering Invisalign® vs. Metal Braces, decide how you want to look during your orthodontics treatment.
Patients throughout the West Covina area frequently ask us about clear braces. This is an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces since no one can tell that you are wearing them. When you schedule a consultation with Drs. Suarez and Tam, we will examine your teeth and take X-Rays in order to determine what the most effective treatment method will be for straightening your teeth. When getting clear braces, your teeth will be moved into the correct position but we also need to look at your jaw. If you have a misaligned jaw, as is common with an overbite, that will need to be corrected as well, or you won’t have the perfect smile that you are looking for. At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we create customized treatment plans that are based on the needs of each patient. With this in mind, we will provide you with all of the information you need in order to make an informed decision as to whether or not clear braces are for you. If you live in the 91790 area, call (626) 414-5995 to schedule your consultation to ask about Invisalign® for Teens.
How is Invisalign® different for adults vs teens
The process for straightening your teeth is fairly similar. When asking how is Invisalign® different for adults vs. teens the answer is simple – it’s not. Invisalign® straightens teeth by using a series of clear plastic aligners. They look like a clear retainer and are virtually invisible so that no one will know that you are wearing them. Every two weeks or so, you switch out the aligners with a new one in the series and each time you do, your teeth move that much closer to straight. We help teens throughout the 91790 area to improve their smile, and one of the first things we do is ask questions about what you are interested in. This isn’t small talk – it’s important. If, for example, you play a wind instrument, wearing traditional metal braces may be extremely uncomfortable. With Invisalign®, this isn’t an issue. The better Drs. Suarez and Tam understands your needs; the more equipped we are to make the right treatment recommendation.
At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we treat teens and adults, using Invisalign® to transform smiles. Perhaps the biggest difference between treating adults and teens is that teenagers have a lot more going on. While adults are busy with work and family obligations, they are rarely involved in the extracurricular activities that make life fun. Teenagers, on the other hand, are busy running around and hanging out with friends. With this in mind, you can take your aligner out when you have to so that it doesn’t slow you down. This may delay your treatment time slightly, but it will also make it possible to have fun without worrying about your teeth.
Advantages of Invisalign® compared to traditional bracesAs an Invisalign® Dentist in West Covina,California we understand that there are many advantages of Invisalign® compared to traditional braces. The experience is 100 percent different. Even though they both straighten your teeth, that is where the similarity ends. When you wear braces, everyone can tell that you are straightening your teeth, and it can be difficult to eat, brush your teeth, play sports and an instrument without feeling uncomfortable. Lots of teens are embarrassed to grab a hamburger for fear that the food will become stuck in braces and make them look funny. This is a legitimate fear but with Invisalign® for teens you don’t have to worry about it. You are supposed to take your aligners out when you eat so there is no risk of food becoming stuck and no chance of becoming embarrassed.
Drs. Suarez and Tam also recommends that patients take out their aligner when playing sports. This means you can run around the field and have fun without worry about the aligner coming loose or feeling like you need to play safe in order to protect your teeth. At Ricardo A. Suarez, D.D.S., we also suggest that patients take out their aligner when playing an instrument, singing in the choir or other activities where it could cause discomfort.
The advantages of Invisalign® compared to traditional braces is that you don’t have to slow down. You can straighten your teeth and still hang out with your friends, smile boldly in pictures, eat all the foods that you love and never worry about your teeth. When you wear braces, you have to think about your teeth constantly. With Invisalign®, you have the freedom to enjoy life and live it your way – without restriction. Teens in West Covina have enough things to worry about, your teeth shouldn’t be one of them.
For more information on Invisalign® Teen or to schedule a consultation, call (626) 414-5995. Call today so you can have a beautiful smile tomorrow.