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By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
May 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

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.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
May 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Straighter teeth aren't the only advantage of Invisalign, the innovative orthodontic treatment that offers an alternative to metal braces. Both teens and adults can enjoy several benefits of the orthodontic treatment, offered by your Costa Mesa, CA, dentists, Dr. Jeff Sanacore, Dr. Randall Kunert and Dr. Hanna DeBourg-Shilaimon of Harbor Mesa Dental Care.

Invisalign straightens your smile without metal

The biggest drawback of traditional braces is their appearance. It's hard to ignore two rows of metal brackets and wires attached to your Invisalignteeth. If you're looking for a less noticeable straightening method, you'll want to consider Invisalign.

There's no need for brackets and wires with this orthodontic system. Instead, you'll wear a series of removable aligner trays designed to gradually improve the alignment of your teeth. The trays are made of clear plastic to ensure that they don't distract from your smile during your treatment.

Invisalign is an excellent choice if you want to straighten your teeth, close gaps, or correct mild to moderate bite problems.

Invisalign makes your life easier

Metal braces come with a set of rules. Certain foods are forbidden because they can become stuck to the wires or break them. Food restrictions are unnecessary with Invisalign because you'll remove your aligner trays before you eat.

Other benefits of Invisalign include:

  • No Complicated Oral Hygiene Routines: Cleaning in and around wires and brackets can be very time-consuming when you wear metal or ceramic braces. If you don't remove every speck of food or plaque, you may be more likely to develop cavities. Oral hygiene is easy with Invisalign. You'll remove your trays, brush and floss as usual, rinse the trays, then put them back in your mouth.
  • No Adjustments: Regular adjustments to your wires are crucial if you wear metal or ceramic braces. Unfortunately, adjustments can cause a little discomfort for a day or two. Adjustments aren't part of the Invisalign process. You'll simply change the amount of pressure exerted on your teeth by replacing your aligner trays with a new set every two weeks. Although you won't need adjustments, you will need to visit your Costa Mesa dentist every six to eight weeks for follow-up visits.
  • Comfort and Convenience: Invisalign aligner trays can be removed for a few hours when you play sports or attend a party. (For best results, you should wear them for 20 to 22 hours most days.) They're made of flexible plastic to ensure that wearing them isn't an uncomfortable experience.

Improve your smile with Invisalign! Call your Costa Mesa, CA, dentists, Dr. Jeff Sanacore, Dr. Randall Kunert and Dr. Hanna DeBourg-Shilaimon of Harbor Mesa Dental Care, at (714) 825-0025 to schedule an appointment.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
May 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   Invisalign  

Do you avoid smiling because your teeth are crooked? Braces offer an obvious solution, but wearing metal or ceramic braces for a year or invisaligntwo might not sound like the best option if you're already more than a little self-conscious about your smile. Thanks to Invisalign, there's now a more discreet way to straighten your teeth. Our Costa Mesa, CA, dentists, Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon of Harbor Mesa Dental Care, can explain how the Invisalign system works.

Improving your smile doesn't have to involve wires

Wires and brackets, essential components of traditional braces, aren't necessary when you straighten your teeth with Invisalign. Instead, the system uses removable aligner trays designed to fit your upper and lower teeth snugly. Over the course of your treatment, your trays will gradually change the position of your teeth. Trays are made of clear plastic to make them virtually unnoticeable.

Invisalign uses CAD/CAM technology to achieve excellent results

When you visit our Costa Mesa office for your first Invisalign appointment, we'll take digital X-rays, images, and impressions of your teeth and compile a three-dimensional image of your teeth. Although you must wear the same set of ceramic or braces the entire length of your treatment, you won't wear the same trays during your Invisalign treatment. In fact, you'll receive a series of trays, which we'll design with the help of CAD/CAM technology. Each tray in the series is worn for approximately two weeks.

Forget about food limitations or complicated cleaning routines

People who wear traditional braces face a long list of off-limits foods at the start of treatment. If a food is hard, tough, or sticky, they're urged to avoid it to prevent damage to their wires. Restrictions aren't necessary with Invisalign. Before each meal, you'll remove your trays and can eat anything you want. Trays are also removed for brushing and flossing, which means that you won't have to alter your usual oral hygiene routine.

Invisalign is an excellent option for many orthodontic conditions

Invisalign aligner trays can be used to correct overbites, underbites, crossbites, and underbites. The clear braces are also a good choice if you have a crowding or spacing issue. Although Invisalign isn't appropriate for severe or complicated orthodontic problems, most people who have mild to moderate issues can benefit from the system.

Improve your smile with Invisalign! Call our Costa Mesa, CA, dentists at Harbor Mesa Dental Care at (714) 825-0025 to schedule your appointment.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
August 29, 2017
Category: Dental Appliance
Tags: Invisalign  

Are you an adult who finally wants to straighten your smile? We can help!Invisalign


As an adult, you may have wished that you had gotten braces as a child. Perhaps your family didn’t have the money to pay for braces, or perhaps you didn’t want to wear metal and decided against it. Whatever the reason may have been, this doesn’t mean that you just have to deal with a crooked or misaligned smile. Our Costa Mesa, CA, cosmetic dentists Dr. Jeffrey Sanacore, Dr. Randall Kunert and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon are here to tell you about a subtle way to straighten your smile.

What is Invisalign?

Chances are good that you’ve heard about this unique orthodontic system, whether on TV, in magazines or through a friend. Instead of bonding metal to the front of your teeth, our Costa Mesa, CA, dentists will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a lab, where they will then make a set of clear, flexible aligners that will be specially designed to shift specific teeth around throughout the course of your treatment.

How do the aligners work?

Each aligner looks similar to whitening trays, but these aligners are actually uniquely designed to fit just your smile. With each aligner, you will start to notice a slight shift in your teeth. The more often you wear your aligners the faster you’ll achieve the results that you want. A good rule of thumb is to wear your aligners whenever you aren’t eating and drinking or brushing and flossing. If you aim to wear your aligners about 22 hours out of the day then you’ll be in good shape.

What are the benefits?

Plus, having removable aligners is far simpler than getting traditional braces. The most obvious benefit is that these aligners are made from clear thermoplastic, so they won’t be anywhere near as obvious or visible as regular braces. They are easy to clean, you don’t have to change your diet around to accommodate your braces and you can remove them prior to brushing and flossing (making it easier to clean your teeth even with orthodontic treatment).

How long will treatment take?

This is one of the most popular questions when it comes to getting Invisalign. Of course, our Costa Mesa, CA, general dentist will be able to give you a better idea once they map out your treatment plan and look at the severity of the issue or issues that you want to fix. The average adult wears Invisalign for about one year but it could be shorter or longer depending on several factors.

Do you have questions about getting Invisalign in Costa Mesa, CA? Want to find out if you are the ideal candidate? Then call Harbor Mesa Dental Care today to learn more.