Realign Your Smile With Invisalign at Jacklyn Kurth Orthodontics
Straighten your smile in style with Invisalign clear aligners — the clear choice over traditional metal braces. With a virtually invisible design, Invisalign has revolutionized the orthodontic industry by offering a comfortable solution without sacrificing appearance. The clear aligners at Jacklyn Kurth Orthodontics can help you achieve a straighter smile without bulky metal wires, brackets, or major lifestyle changes.
Learn how our Invisalign provider, Dr. Jacklyn Kurth, can help you achieve your desired smile in as little as six months with our guide.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment designed to straighten teeth without braces. They’re made from a custom-fit, flexible transparent plastic that’s nearly invisible when worn. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.
The aligners apply gentle pressure on the teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired position. They are a popular alternative to traditional braces for those who want to straighten their teeth discreetly and cut treatment time by almost half.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign offers several advantages over traditional braces, including:
- The transparent plastic material used in Invisalign aligners blends in with the teeth, making them nearly invisible during treatment.
- Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, making the treatment more convenient and hygienic.
- The aligners are comfortable and don’t irritate the cheeks or gums as metal brackets and wires can.
- Each Invisalign aligner is custom-fit to the patient’s teeth, making the treatment more accurate.
- Patients can often complete Invisalign treatment in a shorter time frame than traditional braces.
- Since the aligners are removable, there are no restrictions on the types of food patients can have during treatment.
The Invisalign Treatment Process
The Invisalign treatment process typically includes the following steps:
The first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kurth, our Invisalign provider. She’ll assess your smile to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for the treatment. The next step is using our state-of-the-art iTero scanner to take high-quality, 3D images of your teeth, which Invisalign specialists will use to create custom-fit Invisalign aligners.
Our dental team will work to create a personalized treatment plan based on the iTero scans and your goals. Dr. Kurth will use 3D imaging called Invisalign Smileview to show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move during the treatment process. Using the treatment plan and scans, Invisalign will create a series of custom-fit aligners specifically for you.
Once you receive your aligners, you will wear each set for approximately two weeks before switching to the next. You should wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily to ensure optimal results.
We will also schedule regular check-ins at Jacklyn Kurth Orthodontics to monitor your progress and receive your next aligners. The length of your treatment process may vary based on the individual and the complexity of their case, but it typically takes between nine and 18 months.
As your smile journey nears its end, Dr. Kurth will schedule an appointment at our Belmont or Foster City dental offices to evaluate the final placement of your teeth. Upon mutual satisfaction with the outcome of the Invisalign treatment, Dr. Kurth will fabricate a custom retainer to help preserve your new smile for years to come. We recommend wearing the retainer each night to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best.
Invisalign Teen is a brand of clear, removable orthodontic aligners designed specifically for teenagers. They use 3D imaging technology to straighten teeth, making them an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces. Unlike braces, Invisalign Teen aligners are nearly invisible, comfortable to wear, and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.
They also come with several features specifically designed for teens, such as blue dots that fade to help ensure your teen wears the aligners for the recommended amount of time each day. Additionally, Invisalign Teen has built-in compliance indicators that can help orthodontists monitor the treatment progress.
Frequently Asked Questions
▼Can Invisalign clear aligners treat all types of orthodontic issues?
Invisalign can effectively treat various orthodontic issues, including crowding, gaps, overbite, underbite, and crossbite. However, Invisalign may not be suitable for more complex cases, and your orthodontist or dentist can advise you on whether it's the right option for you.
▼How often should I switch to a new set of Invisalign aligners?
Invisalign aligners are typically changed every two weeks to maintain progress in straightening your teeth. Your orthodontist will recommend a specific timeline for switching to new aligners based on your treatment plan.
▼Can I drink hot or cold drinks with Invisalign aligners in my mouth?
Dentists and orthodontists recommend removing the aligners before drinking hot or cold drinks, as extreme temperatures can cause discomfort and potentially warp the shape of the aligners.
▼How long does it take to see results with Invisalign treatment?
The time it takes to see results with Invisalign varies depending on the individual case. Many patients can expect noticeable results within six months to a year of starting treatment. Your orthodontist can provide a more specific timeline based on your individual needs and goals.
Achieve Your Dream Smile with Jacklyn Kurth Orthodontics
Invisalign clear aligners have transformed the orthodontic field. These nearly invisible braces alternatives allow patients to go about their daily lives while achieving their desired smile. As an Invisalign provider, Dr. Kurth is proud to offer the highest quality clear aligners brand available.
Visit our Belmont and Foster City, CA, dental offices to discover the possibilities of Invisalign. Schedule your consultation by calling our Foster City office at (650) 525-9440 or our Belmont office at (650) 592-4850.