If you want to straighten your smile without traditional metal braces, then Invisalign® is an excellent alternative. Curtis Contro, DDS, MS, provides Invisalign for all his patients looking for a different route to a straight smile. To get started, schedule a visit to Contro Orthodontics, which is a Diamond Plus Invisalign provider. You can book your appointment by calling the office in Cupertino, California, or using the online booking tool.
Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment. Rather than using wires and brackets to straighten your teeth, like braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are designed from an impression of your smile.
Invisalign’s aligners work just like braces do, by exerting a constant and tiny amount of pressure on your teeth that gradually push them toward their target alignment. After a certain amount of time, your teeth arrive in their target location, giving you a beautifully straight and healthy smile.
Invisalign corrects many of the same orthodontic conditions as braces do, like:
Many patients also use Invisalign simply to straighten their teeth for cosmetic purposes.
As a newer orthodontic treatment, Invisalign has many technological advantages, like:
Your aligners are made from plastic that’s smooth, flexible, and BPA-free, so they feel very comfortable in your mouth.
Your aligners are made of clear plastic that virtually disappears from sight when you put them on your teeth. This means most people won’t know you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment unless you tell them.
Because your aligners are removable, you don’t have to change up your diet during treatment, and you don’t have to invest in any special equipment to keep your teeth clean. You simply remove them when you need to eat, brush, or floss and put them back in after.
In many cases, Invisalign can straighten your smile and improve your bite faster than traditional metal braces.
First, Dr. Contro scans your mouth with the iTero Element® scanner, which creates a virtual model of your smile.
Dr. Contro or an Invisalign technician manipulates that virtual model of your smile to map out the journey your teeth need to take to reach their target alignment.
That journey is then broken down into a series of steps, and each of those steps is turned into a set of custom-fitted aligners, one for your upper jaw and one for your lower jaw.
You wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day. You can take them out when you need to eat, brush, or floss. You start wearing the next set of aligners in your series every two weeks and visit Dr. Contro every month or so to monitor your progress.
Once your teeth have reached their target alignment, you wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful and healthy new smile.
Call Contro Orthodontics or book an appointment online and begin your Invisalign journey today.