What Glendale, CA patients need to know about transparent braces

Approved by the FDA in 1998, Invisalign was the first clear aligner system. Since that time, more than four million people are enjoying straight, attractive smiles thanks to Invisalign. If you are considering invisible braces, Glendale, CA dentist, Dr. Carlos Garcia urges you to consider these important points.

What’s the difference?

Conventional braces move teeth in two stages, first shifting the crown, then the root. It is accomplished with metal bands and brackets cemented to teeth, with wires, rubber bands, and headgear providing leverage. On average, an adult can expect this process to take 18 to 36 months.

Invisalign is based on an entirely different principle. Teeth are repositioned with gentle force from an incremental series of removable aligners. The inventor realized that if a plastic retainer could hold teeth in place, the same concept could be used to nudge them into alignment.

Invisalign was once considered a solution only for mild to moderate cosmetic crookedness. But manufacturers kept pace with demand for treatment of more complex cases and bite issues, introducing:

  • Express 10 in 2005.
  • Invisalign 1.5 in 2009.
  • G3 in 2010.
  • G4 in 2011.
  • Express 5 in 2012.
  • G5 in 2014.


Easy care and wear

Invisible braces are made of smooth, transparent plastic. There is no hardware to irritate delicate mouth tissues. Aligners are taken out to eat, brush, and floss normally. Cleaning aligners adds only a few minutes to your daily morning and evening routine.

Compliance is key

Average treatment time with Invisalign is 12 months. However, patient compliance is essential for efficient treatment. That means wearing aligners a minimum of 20 hours each day. They should only be removed for eating, hygiene, and contact sports where a mouthguard must be worn.

Are you ready to learn more about this clear choice in teeth straightening? Call (818) 290-8788 to schedule an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Garcia.

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