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Invisalign Treatments at Martinez DDS

Jaclyn Martinez, DDS: Dentist

General Dentists & Family Dentists located in San Jose, CA

Most people aren’t born with naturally straight teeth. Traditional metal braces used to be your only option to achieve a straight smile, but today you have a choice. If you want straight teeth without the need for traditional metal braces, it’s time to learn more about Invisalign®. Jaclyn Martinez, DDS, offers this popular clear aligner system at her practice in San Jose, California. Find out if you could get straighter teeth with Invisalign by calling the office or booking online today.

Invisalign Q&A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment option that uses sets of clear aligners to gradually straighten teeth. Clear aligners are convenient and nearly invisible. Every two weeks, you’ll get a new set of aligners that are custom-created to move your teeth into proper positioning.

There’s no uncomfortable metal in your mouth, and digital scans are used to create each set of custom aligners. Invisalign treatment can take as little as six months and up to 18 months to give you a straighter smile.

Unlike traditional metal braces, oral care is simpler with Invisalign. You’ll wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day and remove them when you eat and clean your teeth. You continue eating all your favorite foods and participating in all your favorite sports and hobbies while you use Invisalign.

What can Invisalign fix?

Invisalign is popular because it’s convenient and effective. Dr. Martinez can use Invisalign to fix many of the most common misalignments, including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crooked teeth

Many people who have misaligned teeth also have bite misalignments, known as malocclusions. Invisalign can correct malocclusions like:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

When you get Invisalign, Dr. Martinez develops a customized plan to address your smile flaws. She uses mapping technology to give you a preview of the straighter smile you can achieve with Invisalign before you even start treatment.

Is Invisalign a good option for me?

Dr. Martinez can help you determine if Invisalign is right for you. Invisalign can correct misalignments and bite problems in children, teens, and adults. 

If you want straighter teeth, but you don’t want to live with metal braces on your teeth, Invisalign gives you options. Expect to wear your aligners for 22 hours a day, taking them out to eat and brush your teeth.

Dr. Martinez can help kids achieve straighter teeth even if they still have some of their baby teeth. Invisalign for children between the ages of 6 and 10 can help correct bite issues and make room for permanent teeth.

You can get straighter teeth without wearing traditional braces. Learn more about the benefits of Invisalign by requesting an appointment with Dr. Martinez by phone or online today.

How Do Invisalign Buttons Work?

Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment option that uses clear plastic aligners to gradually shift teeth into proper alignment. One key aspect of Invisalign treatment is the use of buttons or attachments, which are small, tooth-colored dots that are attached to specific teeth.

The purpose of these buttons is to provide an anchor point for the aligners, allowing for more precise and targeted tooth movement. The buttons are made of a tooth-colored composite material that blends in with the natural color of the teeth, making them virtually invisible when worn.

During Invisalign treatment, the buttons are attached to the teeth using a dental bonding agent. They are typically placed on the teeth that require more significant movement, such as those that need to be rotated or pulled into position.

Once the buttons are in place, the aligners are designed to fit over them snugly, applying gentle pressure to the teeth to gradually shift them into proper alignment. The buttons also help to prevent the aligners from slipping or shifting during treatment, ensuring that the desired tooth movements are achieved.

Overall, the use of buttons is an important component of Invisalign treatment, allowing for more precise and effective tooth movement. While they may take some getting used to, most patients find that the buttons are comfortable and do not impact their daily activities.