Your Guide to Invisalign®
Straighten Your Smile with Dr. Cooper
Braces can be a huge inconvenience — they’re uncomfortable to wear, difficult to clean, and they prevent you from eating certain foods. Not to mention, the metal wires are noticeably visible when you smile, causing many patients to feel self-conscious about their appearance.
Invisalign offers a convenient solution to all of these problems. With this treatment, you’ll receive clear aligners that are virtually invisible for a discreet appearance. The aligners are also removable so you can enjoy all your favorite foods without fear of damaging your trays. Best of all, Invisalign straightens your teeth up to two times faster than metal braces.
Explore our guide to learn more about Invisalign.
Are You a Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is a great option for patients who want to live their life with confidence and freedom. Unlike braces, Invisalign offers the orthodontic correction you need without significantly impacting your life during treatment.
Some common issues that Invisalign can treat include:
- Open bite
- Gap teeth
- Crowded teeth
The Invisalign Process
The first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooper. During this visit, he’ll use the iTero Element® scanner to create a precise digital model of your smile. This eliminates the need for messy and often inaccurate dental impressions.
Dr. Cooper will send this data to a laboratory, where your aligners will be customized to fit perfectly over your teeth. After receiving your first set of trays, you’ll switch to a new pair every two weeks. Each aligner is designed with a specific purpose to gradually and painlessly shift your teeth into the desired position.
Maintaining Your Aligners
To ensure a successful treatment, you’ll need to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day. It’s crucial that you remove them before meals to avoid damaging the trays. Don’t eat or drink anything other than water while you’re wearing the aligners.
Brush your aligners every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to bed to keep them clean. It’s also important to brush your teeth after you eat before reapplying the aligners. This helps to prevent food crumbs and bacteria from getting trapped under your trays.
When cleaning your aligners, make sure to use a soft-bristled brush and gentle, colorless soap. You can also use the Invisalign cleaning system, which features special crystals that remove plaque from your appliance. Don’t use toothpaste, denture soakers, or any other cleaning solutions without consulting Dr. Cooper first.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign offers several unique benefits that other orthodontic treatments can’t match. Some of these include:
- Discreet — Invisalign uses clear aligners that are nearly invisible, so no one will notice you’re wearing an appliance when you smile.
- Removable — Since your trays are removable, you’ll be able to eat and drink whatever you want without damaging them. This also makes them easier to clean.
- Comfortable — Each of our aligners are individually trimmed to fit your teeth perfectly.
- Fast — Invisalign straightens your teeth up to two times faster than metal braces.
- No Wires or Brackets — Unlike braces, Invisalign eliminates the risk of broken wires or painfully tight brackets, so you won’t have to schedule so many sudden appointments.
- See Your Results in Advance — Thanks to our iTero technology, you can see exactly what your new smile will look like in advance, giving you total confidence in the results.
Visit Dr. Cooper for Invisalign
If you’re looking for the most comfortable and least invasive treatment to straighten your smile, Invisalign is the solution you’ve been waiting for. To start your Invisalign journey, contact our office in San Jose and schedule your initial consultation today.