The Smile Problems That Invisalign Can Treat

At Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, Drs. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon offer a popular orthodontic system. Invisalign clear aligners move teeth gradually and precisely into healthier positions. If you're an older teen or adult desiring an easy, comfortable, and discreet way to a new smile, explore what Invisalign can do for you.

More than just looks

Yes, Invisalign aligners produce great-looking smiles, and they do so discreetly. The thin, crystal clear aligners are customized to fit over top and bottom teeth. Worn 20 to 22 hours a day, the 18 to 30 pairs of aligners are arranged in a set sequence, exerting the right pressures on selected teeth for the right amount of time.

After about a year, an Invisalign smile has the proper bite and alignment. Along the way, patients remove their aligners daily for meals and oral hygiene, and best of all, their mouths feel comfortable and look great. Only you and your dentist will know you're undergoing orthodontic treatment as you see him or her every month or so at Harbor Mesa Dental Care.

When you're finished with your computer-designed treatment plan, you'll wear a bonded on or removable retainer. With it, you'll keep your beautiful smile well-aligned for years to come.

What Invisalign can treat

Only your dentist at Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa can tell you if Invisalign is the right orthodontic care for you. The dentist does a complete oral examination and a three-dimensional Invisalign scan. This information goes to the Invisalign lab for fabrication of your unique set of aligner pairs. They are made of patented SmartTrack acrylic.

Step by step, the aligners fix:

  • Overbite, where the top teeth protrude over the bottom teeth
  • Under bite, in which the bottom teeth are forward of the upper teeth
  • Cross bite, a sideways displacement of the upper and lower arches
  • Open bite, in which the top and bottom teeth do not come together when you close your mouth and lips

Bite problems often cause jaw joint dysfunction and pain, besides being displeasing aesthetically, says the American Association of Orthodontists. Also, Invisalign can address:

  • Gaps and their associated periodontal disease
  • Overcrowded teeth because of a small jaw (this problem makes teeth hard to clean, leading to decay and gum disease)
  • Tooth tipping and protruding front teeth which chip and fracture easily

In Costa Mesa, CA...

Contact the Invisalign experts at Harbor Mesa Dental Care. Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon are passionate about all aspects of dental care, including Invisalign clear aligners. Call the office team in Costa Mesa at (714) 825-0025.