Invisalign® Teeth Straightening
Invisalign—the clear alternative to braces
Dr. Andrew Kim has advanced training in the latest technological innovations in dentistry, and has taken extensive continuing education courses in restorative dentistry and oral surgery and orthodontics. He implements the latest in CAD-CAM technology, such as CEREC, to enhance his orthodontic cases, making treatment times faster and more effective. Dr. Kim is fully capable of treating both teens and adults with Invisalign clear aligners.
Clinically proven to straighten your teeth
With over 15 years of successful treatments, Invisalign has been clinically proven to effectively straighten teeth and improve bite alignment. Best of all, Invisalign is more comfortable and virtually invisible compared to traditional braces. Invisalign uses high-grade clear plastic aligners that accurately fit your teeth and gradually straighten them.
Planning your Invisalign treatment
First, Dr. Kim will evaluate your teeth and bite to ensure that Invisalign is the best option for you. Although many people can take advantage of Invisalign, some cases of severe issues with alignment require traditional braces for proper correction. If your specific case is suitable for Invisalign, Dr. Kim then suggests a recommended treatment plan.
Once you have decided to move forward with your Invisalign treatment, Dr. Kim conducts thorough diagnostic work to ensure quality results in your treatment outcome. The process incorporates high-tech equipment for the greatest accuracy and most comprehensive analysis. For instance, Dr. Kim can use the CEREC Omnicam scanner to take 3D digital impressions of your teeth, and design the aligners with computerized precision.
Invisalign Braces Consultation
During your Invisalign consultation, Dr. Kim will discuss your candidacy and options. He’ll evaluate your teeth and bite, and answer any questions you may have about Invisalign treatment.To make an appointment, call (714) 832-8000 or click here to request an appointment online.
How Invisalign works
Invisalign treatment takes approximately one year for adults, and for teens, it’s about the same time as that of traditional braces (1-2 years). As your teeth won’t be covered by wires and brackets the changes in the position of your teeth is visible as treatment progresses.
3D imaging and digital models of your teeth
The first step is to create a comprehensive diagnosis of your teeth alignment. Dr. Kim first takes panoramic X-rays, digital photos, and digital impressions of your teeth with the CEREC Omnicam, which produces full color images onscreen instantaneously as he scans your mouth. From this diagnostic information, Dr. Kim maps out your precise treatment plan, including the exact movements of your teeth. Dr. Kim can show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move at each phase of treatment.
Custom aligners based on your treatment plan
Using Dr. Kim’s instructions, Invisalign creates a series of custom-made, clear aligners. These aligners are made of a smooth, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your gums like traditional metal braces often do.
It’s recommended to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours in a day. You can take the aligners out to eat and to brush and floss your teeth.
Gradually straightening your teeth
You will need to change your aligners approximately every two weeks. This is because each set of aligners gently shifts your teeth into a new position, and then the next one takes it a little further towards the desired outcome. You will visit Dr. Kim about every six weeks to monitor your progress.
When your treatment is done, you’ll have a brand new, straight smile!
Learn about the benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign treatment can fix a wide variety of problems with misaligned teeth and bite. From mild cases of crooked teeth, to much more difficult problems involving serious bite issues, Invisalign can make a straighter and more attractive smile.
Conditions Invisalign can treat
Here are some of the main conditions Dr. Kim can fix with Invisalign:
Usually caused when there is not enough room along the jawbone for all of your teeth to be situated comfortably.
An overbite can cause painful jaw and joint problems, as well as gum irritation and wear on the lower teeth.
An underbite can cause undue stress on the lower teeth as well as jaw and joint problems.
Gaps in Teeth
Gaps in teeth can occur with abnormal continued growth of the jawbone, or when there are missing teeth causing adjacent teeth to shift. Spacing issues can lead to increased risk of gum disease.
This is when some teeth are unable to make contact with the opposing teeth for a proper bite. An open bite can cause poor or painful chewing as well as problems with the jaw joint.
A crossbite occurs when one or more of the upper teeth bite on the inside of the lower teeth. This can cause teeth wear, gum disease and bone loss.
If you have one of these conditions, or another issue that you don’t see above, please contact us to schedule your Invisalign consultation. Dr. Kim will evaluate your situation and create a custom plan that is just right for you.To make an appointment, call (714) 832-8000 or click here to request an appointment online.