INVISALIGN CLEAR ALIGNERS – PLEASANTON, CA

A Clear Path to a Straighter Smile

Metal braces may not be what your teen envisions when learning they need orthodontic treatment. Instead, they prefer Invisalign clear aligners that are more discreet. Instead of capturing the attention of others because of all the metal in their mouth, they can walk with greater confidence knowing their teeth are on the right path. Discover how Invisalign in Pleasanton can help your child take the next step toward a straighter smile by calling to schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Main Street Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics for Invisalign Clear Aligners?

  • No-Mess Digital Dental Impressions
  • Financing Is Available
  • Tailor-Made Treatment Plans to Meet Patients’ Needs

How Invisalign Works

Close up of person placing Invisalign clear aligner in their mouth

Invisalign is a clear aligner system that is far more discreet than traditional braces. Relying on customized trays that are made from clear plastic, they follow your teen throughout the treatment process, taking the shape of their smile as it progresses toward better alignment.

Worn 20-22 hours each day, your teen will be required to swap them out every 1-2 weeks so that their teeth continue to move. They will continue this process until the series is complete. In just 12-18 months, on average, your teen can expect to see a new smile that is healthier, looks beautiful, and helps them to project much-needed confidence.

Who Can Invisalign Help?

Teen is pleased by Invisalign clear aligner

If your teen is experiencing any type of bite misalignment, it can lead to wear and tear on the enamel as well as chronic jaw pain if left untreated. With Invisalign, the clear aligners work to shift teeth so that they align more beautifully and comfortably, creating a more harmonious movement between the upper and lower arches that minimizes risks of injury and decay. Invisalign can be used to treat a range of alignment issues such as those listed below.

Crowded Teeth

Close up of mouth with crowded teeth

When the teeth are too close together, it can make eating, speaking, smiling, and oral hygiene more difficult. Crowding can become worse with age, leading to issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and TMJ issues. Our orthodontist may recommend tooth extraction depending on the severity of overcrowding, but Invisalign can help to create additional space so that teeth no longer rest on top of each other, creating a healthier arrangement that can even boost confidence.

Gaps Between Teeth

Close up of mouth with gap between two front teeth

Too much space can also be dangerous, as bacteria and food particles can easily become trapped between teeth when eating. These gaps can be caused by the teeth being too small, the jaw being too large, thumb-sucking or tongue-thrusting during childhood, and a range of other natural factors. Invisalign clear aligners bring teeth closer together so that gaps close and smiles appear more cohesive and beautiful. The teeth also become easier to clean and harder to injure.

Overbite

Overbite

If a patient’s top teeth protrude too far over the lower arch, they have an overbite. This sort of alignment issue can cause speech issues, jaw pain, uneven wear and tear on the teeth, and difficulty when closing or opening the mouth. It also leaves the top teeth more exposed, which can put them at a higher risk for injury.

Underbite

Underbite

If a patient’s bottom teeth protrude slightly past or bite evenly with their top teeth, they have an underbite, which can result from genetics, oral trauma, or habits like thumb-sucking in childhood. An unaddressed underbite can lead to a range of issues such as a higher risk of sleep apnea, difficulty when speaking or chewing, or mouth breathing. While it’s often easier to resolve underbites in younger patients, it’s still important to address them in adults. To treat an underbite, Invisalign clear aligners may require the use of rubber bands or other attachments to adjust the teeth’s alignment properly.

Crossbite

Crossbite

Crossbites happen when the bottom teeth rest slightly in front of the upper teeth, and they are often caused by genetics, poor oral habits, or early loss of baby teeth. While Invisalign can treat this issue, doing so may require the use of elastics or other accessories to help the jaw shift into a better position. Untreated crossbites can lead to long-term issues such as jaw pain, speech difficulties, headaches, bruxism, facial asymmetry, and an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay, all of which can negatively impact a patient’s self-confidence.

Open Bite

Model of open bite

If a patient’s top and bottom teeth do not overlap or touch when their mouth is closed, they have an open bite. This issue often results from poor bone development or thumb or pacifier-sucking habits as a child. Open bites can increase the risk of dental damage while making it difficult to pronounce certain words or sounds. Invisalign clear aligners can correct this bite pattern so that the teeth overlap properly to reduce the risk of enamel wear and other issues.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign aligner on table

Orthodontic treatment of any kind is highly beneficial, especially if your child is suffering from oral health issues, but Invisalign offers immense benefits that cannot be attained with traditional braces. These include:

  • Greater Comfort – Invisalign clear aligners do not have protruding brackets that rub against gums, lips, and the tongue. Instead, they are smooth and fit snugly against teeth, allowing for a more comfortable approach.
  • More Discreet – There is no spotlight to shine while wearing Invisalign because they are virtually invisible. Unless someone is extremely close or you choose to disclose your treatment, others are unlikely to notice that you’re wearing your trays.
  • You Can Eat the Foods You Love – There are no food restrictions when it comes to wearing Invisalign. You can remove your trays and eat the foods you love without worrying about food getting stuck underneath brackets and wires.