What is Invisalign?

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It is no secret that wearing metal braces is not always a positive experience. From aesthetics to a painful jaw to watching what you eat, these type of braces can interfere in your everyday life. With Invisalign, these clear braces are unnoticeable giving you more reasons to smile, not to mention you can remove them when you eat so no more food gets stuck in your braces and you can eat what you want. Invisalign, the clear alternative, happens to be one of the greatest trends in dentistry today.

From teenagers to adults, when it comes to straightening your teeth, Invisalign has become the most popular choice for treatment. The Invisalign system is a series of clear plastic aligners that are removable and more comfortable than traditional metal braces. These aligners fit snugly to your teeth, forcing them to gradually move. When the aligners are no longer snug, it means that it is time for a new aligner because your teeth have moved to where they need to be for the next stage. It will take approximately two weeks for your teeth to move, so about every two weeks you need to change your aligners. This process will continue until your teeth are straight. It is important that you wear your aligners daily and that they are put back in after eating and cleaning your teeth.

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Although Invisalign is very convenient due to easy removal, it takes strong commitment to keep wearing them continuously as directed. If you do not wear your aligners as instructed by your dentist your treatment will not go as planned and your teeth will not move to where they need to be. Every person has different needs when it comes to straightening their teeth. You and your dentist will decide what type of treatment is best for you.

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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
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