When you need to straighten your teeth or correct a problem with your bite, Invisalign® offers a virtually invisible alternative to traditional metal braces. Dr. Bas Wafelbakker and Dr. Chris Anderson are certified providers of Invisalign® for teens and adults. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of Invisalign, book a consultation online or call Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics at one of their offices in Walnut Creek, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and Hollister, California.
Invisalign is a removable plastic dental appliance that's clear, and works similar to traditional braces to move teeth.
After an examination, Dr. Wafelbakker or Dr. Anderson talks with you about your dental needs and whether Invisalign is the best choice. If you decide to get Invisalign, your orthodontist uses digital scanning to create 3D images of your teeth.
Using the images, your orthodontist maps out a precise treatment plan showing how the position of each tooth must move to achieve your proper alignment. After the plan is drawn up, you’ll know how long your treatment will last. You’ll also get a preview of how your teeth will look when your treatment is over.
Your treatment plan is sent to the Invisalign lab, where experts produce a series of plastic aligners customized for your mouth and realignment plan. Each aligner in the series has a slightly different shape. The change in each aligner adds new pressure that gradually changes the position of your teeth.
You wear the first aligner for 1-2 weeks then replace it with the second aligner. You’ll continue to replace your current aligner with the next one until you finish wearing the entire series. By the time you put away the last aligner, your teeth are in their new aligned positions.
Invisalign aligners fit snugly and comfortably over your teeth, yet they’re also easy to remove. You can take them out to eat, brush, and floss; otherwise, they should stay in place. You’ll need to wear them 20-22 hours a day to achieve the planned results.
When you reach the end of your treatment, you’ll need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving back to their original position. The good news is that Invisalign also offers clear retainers, Vivera® retainers, so you can continue to maintain your new smile without anyone noticing.
When you’re ready to improve the appearance of your smile and restore a healthy bite, call the team at Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics or book an appointment online to see if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign clear aligners.