When it comes to adult orthodontic treatment, Dublin, CA dentist Dr. Farhana Rassiwala recommends Invisalign®. These aligners are made from soft, clear plastic and fit snuggly over teeth to gradually pull them into a straighter position. If you decide to invest in this treatment, Dr. Rassiwala will send you home with multiple sets of aligners, which should be switched every two weeks. Patients choose Invisalign® over traditional braces because they’re more attractive and comfortable than metal braces. In addition to comfort, Invisalign® is worn for a significantly shorter duration that wire braces.

After a consultation with Dr. Rassiwala, you’ll need to ask yourself a few questions about whether or not this orthodontic treatment is right for you. There are alternative procedures that can be performed to correct an overcrowded or crooked smile, if you decide that clear braces aren’t for you. After you learn about Invisalign®, ask yourself these questions to determine if this is the correct procedure for you.

  1. Do I want a straighter, more attractive smile?
  2. Do I need to improve my oral health?
  3. How committed am I to orthodontic treatment?
  4. How important is it that I get to enjoy my favorite foods?

Once you reflect on these questions, call 925-833-9500 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rassiwala in Dublin, CA to discuss your answers and determine if Invisalign® is right for you.

A Straighter Smile with Invisalign®

Invisalign® is worn for 20-22 hours a day. The plastic aligners slowly shift your teeth to form a straighter smile. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign® doesn’t require tightening appointments. There is no wire that connects each tooth to the next. Instead, the aligners resemble a retainer and gently force your teeth to the intended position. Dr. Rassiwala sends you home with multiple sets of aligners. Each time you switch sets; you’re graduating to the next level of your treatment plan.

Improving Oral Health with Invisalign®

You might ask yourself, what does a straighter smile have to do with oral health? Crooked or overcrowded teeth are harder to clean between. This means that although you’re brushing and flossing everyday, small traces of bacteria and plaque accumulate in the tight spaces between teeth.

Bacteria and plaque build up lead to periodontal disease, cavities, and in extreme situations, tooth loss. After Invisalign® treatment, it will be easier to clean between each tooth. A deeper clean also means fresher breath.

Committing to Invisalign®

Invisalign® is worn for a shorter period of time than traditional braces. Dr. Rassiwala will determine how long you should wear your aligners, but most patients can expect treatment to last 9-15 months.

Brackets and wires are permanently affixed with traditional braces, so compliance isn’t an issue. Invisalign® patients must comply with recommended usage in order to remain on target with treatment completion dates. Lack of compliance can result in relapse, which will require complete reconfiguration of the treatment plan.

Enjoy Each Meal with Invisalign®

Unlike traditional braces, there are no dietary restrictions with Invisalign®. You’re free to eat anything you’d like. This is possible because aligners are removed for mealtime. Removal ensures that your clear braces won’t be damaged by hard or sticky foods. Dr. Rassiwala will instruct you to take the aligners out when you eat, brush, floss, and drink anything that isn’t water.

At your consultation with Dr. Rassiwala, she will review your answers and concerns with you regarding Invisalign® treatment. Call 925-833-9500 to schedule an appointment today in Dublin, CA.

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