Invisalign® Orthodontic Treatment in San Francisco
Having crooked or gapped teeth is often detrimental to your smile’s aesthetic qualities, but you may not be aware that it can also have consequences for your health. If you’ve wanted to correct your teeth, but aren’t willing to commit to years of metal braces, Invisalign® clear braces could be your perfect solution.
At Union Square Cosmetic Dentistry, we are committed to helping patients achieve their ideal smile. Dr. Edna Santos employs her years of experience in cosmetic dentistry to bring beautiful smiles to San Francisco and the surrounding communities. Start your path to a straighter smile by scheduling a comprehensive consultation today!
How Misalignment Affects Your Health
The effect of your dental alignment goes far beyond the visual. When teeth are misaligned, they don’t make contact evenly, putting excess pressure on certain teeth. This can wear down some teeth more quickly, and could even lead to stress fractures. Crowding and rotation issues can also make teeth more difficult to clean, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
Common Alignment Issues
Few people are born with perfectly straight teeth. Some of the most common alignment issues include:
- Crooked/Rotated teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Tooth crowding (when teeth overlap and are pushed forward or behind)
While metal braces were previously the only option for straightening teeth, today, patients with mild to moderate alignment issues can use Invisalign clear braces to achieve a straighter smile without cumbersome metal hardware.
The Invisalign Process
Dr. Santos begins the Invisalign process with a consultation. She will examine your teeth thoroughly to determine whether you are a candidate for Invisalign, and discuss with you what you hope to achieve with your smile. A 3D digital model of your smile is then created to show how your smile will look after treatment. This model is also used when designing your custom Invisalign trays.
Our office sends your model to the lab, which crafts a series of clear trays. Each tray is designed to fit to your teeth while lightly applying pressure to targeted areas, gently guiding the teeth into a new position. Each set is worn for about two weeks before progressing to the next set.
Depending on the correction needed, the process may last between 6 to 18 months. During this time, you will be able to speak, eat and brush normally, and your braces will be virtually undetectable to others.
Top Tier Cosmetic Dentistry in San Francisco
At Union Square Cosmetic Dentistry, you can expect high quality service and treatment for every visit. We use state-of-the-art technology to provide you with the best dental care possible. Our friendly and professional staff uses every resource to make your visit a refreshing and rewarding experience.
Dr. Santos is passionate about helping her patients reach their dental goals, and looks forward to putting her skills to use for you. Make an appointment with our convenient San Francisco office today!