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All about Invisalign from a San Francisco area dentist

Numerous patients come to our San Francisco office asking questions about Invisalign. Many have struggled for years with crooked or misaligned teeth and are excited about a way to fix their issues without having to spend years wearing conventional metal braces. We've compiled a list of some of the most commonly asked questions about Invisalign along with their answers.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign is a comfortable, clear, and removable way for patients to achieve a straighter smile. With conventional braces, patients are often given long lists of foods to avoid. Because Invisalign trays are removable, patients can still enjoy some of their favorite foods by simply removing the tray to eat and putting it back after brushing their teeth. In addition, conventional braces are often hard to clean around. Many patients have their braces removed and find they have developed cavities. When you remove the aligner trays to brush and floss your teeth you can help ensure that they are free of bacteria and plaque that may cause decay. The clear aligner trays are made of a strong, comfortable BPA-free plastic that does not irritate the inside of the mouth. Metal brackets and wires have been long known for their tendency to cause irritation or sores inside the mouth.

What do the clear aligner trays look like?

Invisalign's aligner trays look a lot like those used for at home teeth whitening kits. The difference is they are custom fabricated for your mouth.

Do they hurt?

No, the trays don't hurt. Some patients report pressure after inserting a new tray. The pressure is actually a sign that the teeth are moving into the correct position. It is minor and temporary.

How often do I need to visit the dentist during Invisalign treatment?

You will come into the office every six weeks for checkups during the course of your treatment. This is much less than required with traditional braces.

How long does Invisalign take to work?

Treatment varies from patient to patient. It is generally complete within six to eighteen months.

What issues does Invisalign address?

Invisalign can address problems with alignment, gaps, and bite. Your dentist can help determine if your issues can be corrected with Invisalign.

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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.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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