Dr. Patrick F. McEvoy provides Invisalign® at his Mountain View, CA, office to give patients a simpler and more convenient way to straighten their teeth. This treatment can be equally effective, yet allows the patient to eat any foods her or she chooses, does not require adopting a more involved brushing and flossing technique, and is virtually invisible to others. Invisalign® can usually treat all but the most severe cases of misalignment in about the same amount of time that traditional braces require.
What is Invisalign® and How Does it Work?
Invisalign® is an orthodontic system that uses clear aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. These smooth plastic aligners are custom made to fit comfortably over your teeth. They are worn throughout the day and overnight, and are removed only during meals and when brushing or flossing. It is recommended that patients wear their aligners for at least 22 hours per day. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks. After two weeks, you move on to the next aligner set. A specialized software designs each set of aligners, which differ slightly from one set to the next in order to gradually move your teeth into proper alignment.
Your Consultation and Treatment
During your consultation with Dr. McEvoy, he will carefully examine your teeth and jaw. He will evaluate your orthodontic issues and explain your treatment options. Most patients with mild to moderate misalignment are candidates for Invisalign®. However, if you have more severe misalignment or your case is more complex, he may recommend traditional orthodontics instead. Once you and Dr. McEvoy determine that Invisalign® is right for you, he will take impressions of your teeth and use those impressions to develop your treatment plan.
Invisalign® can allow you to straighten your smile without having to worry about how the hardware affects your appearance.
When your aligners are ready, you will return to our office to pick them up. Dr. McEvoy will ensure they fit properly and provide you with detailed instructions on caring for them. You will wear each set of aligners for two weeks, and every six weeks you will return to our office to monitor your progress.
Why Choose Invisalign®?
Invisalign® can allow you to straighten your smile without having to worry about how the hardware affects your appearance. This treatment is comfortable to wear all day. Perhaps best of all, you can enjoy foods that are typically off-limits with metal braces, such as popcorn and caramel. Caring for your teeth and aligners is also simplified because you can remove the mouthpieces before brushing and flossing as you normally would.
Of course, a straighter smile can also help you achieve a healthier smile. When teeth are properly aligned, there is a reduced risk of plaque and tartar development because it is easier to brush and floss efficiently. By undergoing orthodontic treatment and attending six-month checkups, you can experience excellent lifelong oral health.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you have misaligned teeth, but want to avoid metal braces, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Dr. McEvoy can determine if this popular and effective treatment is right for you.