If crooked teeth are making you self-conscious about your smile, then maybe it’s time for orthodontic treatment.  While traditional braces used to be the norm, Invisalign is quickly catching up as one of the most popular teeth straightening solutions. But how does it work and can it fix your crooked teeth? Read on to find out. 


What is Invisalign?

Invisalign Poway is an orthodontic treatment that involves a customized series of aligner trays worn 20-22 hours per day.  The trays are made from SmartTrack material, a transparent BPA-free plastic that is specially engineered for comfort while also providing the gentle force that guides your teeth into proper alignment. Each aligner tray is worn for 1-2 weeks before it is changed out for the next one in the series. Over time, your teeth are slowly moved into the proper alignment, and your smile is transformed. In addition to being discreet and nearly invisible, Invisalign trays are removable, allowing you to eat the foods you love and easily clean your teeth.


Can Invisalign fix crooked teeth? 

Yes! Invisalign treatment is designed to straighten teeth and improve smiles.  Each aligner tray is designed to move your teeth incrementally, taking you one step further in the straightening process.  As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will become gradually straighter.  


What else can Invisalign fix?

Invisalign treatment is an effective alternative to traditional braces and can be used to correct many of the same orthodontic issues.  While there are some cases that may be better suited to traditional braces, Invisalign is often a viable option. Invisalign can be used to treat a range of different orthodontic issues, including: 


  • Misaligned teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • CRossbite 
  • Open bite

As mentioned above, not everyone is a great candidate for Invisalign, but the only way to know for sure if you are is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Salami today. 


What orthodontic problems cannot be fixed by Invisalign?

Invisalign treatment can be used to correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, but in general, more complex cases are better suited to traditional braces. Mildly crooked teeth for example would typically be a good match for Invisalign treatment, but severely crooked teeth that need to be rotated significantly may be more easily corrected with traditional braces. Excessively tilted teeth, or teeth with excessive gapping, or teeth that need to be raised or lowered in the jawline are most likely unsuited for Invisalign. 


What is the Invisalign treatment process?

Invisalign treatment begins with a consultation. Dr. Salami will examine your teeth, take digital x-rays, scans, and photographs of your teeth and face, and talk with you about your options. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for Invisalign, Dr. Salami will map out the treatment plan and show you a digital rendering of your smile. You’ll get to watch it transform before your eyes! Once the treatment plan is made and thoroughly checked over for precision and accuracy, the digital scan will be sent to Invisalign along with detailed instructions about how your teeth will be moved incrementally with each tray.  The scan will then be used to create your custom aligner trays. It may take 4 weeks or more to receive your first trays, as there are sometimes adjustments and modifications that must be made along the way. On the day you come in to pick up your first aligners, Dr. Salami will have you try them on to ensure a comfortable fit on your teeth and gums.  At that time, she will also provide you with instructions for proper care of your teeth and your aligner trays during your Invisalign treatment. 


Is Invisalign right for you? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Salami today!

If you want straighter teeth without the inconveniences and limitations associated with traditional braces, Invisalign may be just what you’re looking for.  For more information on Invisalign or for help deciding whether it’s right for you, give us a call at (858) 673-1000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Salami, now serving patients throughout Rancho Bernardo, Escondido, and Poway, California.

Pegah Salami

Dr. Pegah Salami is an orthodontist, cosmetic dentist, sedation dentist, and Invisalign specialist. Her office is located in Rancho Bernardo and serving San Diego County. Dr. Salami is a member of several prestigious dental organizations.