Invisalign is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments for straightening teeth around the world today, so it makes sense that you would be searching for “Invisalign near me” on the Internet. For residents in Fullerton and surrounding communities, Potter Orthodontics can provide you with the treatment you need. All you need to do is take the first step by contacting us.

But if you need more information before making a decision, read on to learn more!

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of clear removable aligners that are made of multiple layers of medical-grade plastic with rounded edges so they comfortably fit in your mouth over your teeth. Invisalign hit the market for the first time in 1998 offering an innovative alternative to braces that has fixed millions of smiles ever since.

How Does The Invisalign Process Work?

The process starts with a complimentary consultation during which Dr. Potter will thoroughly examine your teeth to make sure you qualify as a candidate for the treatment. An iTero scanner creates a digital model or impression of your teeth so a set of aligners can be custom-made just for you.

Clear aligners work by gradually shifting teeth into proper alignment over a period of time by putting pressure on the teeth to move. Patients wear the aligners for 22 hours a day and switch to a new set every two weeks to maintain pressure on the teeth and begin a new stage of shifting. The kinds of problems Invisalign can fix include overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite, gaps between teeth, crookedness, and overcrowding.

What Makes You An Unsuitable Candidate For Invisalign?

While most patients qualify for Invisalign treatment, it’s possible that you may not qualify. Patients who smoke or use tobacco and refuse to quit during treatment may not be suitable candidates because tobacco use can stain or damage the aligners. Patients whose teeth are smaller than normal may also not be good candidates.

In addition, you might actually need braces instead if your misalignment problem is too severe or if you are not responsible enough to consistently wear the aligners. Dr. Potter will be able to quickly determine if Invisalign is right for you.

How Do You Clean Invisalign?

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Because Invisalign is removable, cleaning the aligners is more convenient. There are several professional cleaning products on the market and at-home remedies you can turn to if necessary. These include:

  • WhiteFoam
  • OAP Gel and Foam
  • Cleaning Tablets
  • Cleaning Crystals
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Baking Soda & Vinegar
  • Uncolored and Unscented Dish/Hand Soaps
  • Soft Toothbrush and Non-abrasive Toothpaste

You should clean your aligners at every opportunity to prevent the growth of bacteria and the build-up of plaque that puts your teeth and gums at risk of cavities and gum disease. Clean the aligners in the morning after you wake up and before you go to bed at night. You should also clean them after every meal. Some of the cleaning methods above work in just minutes and are perfect for those on the go.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

Invisalign treatment typically lasts 12-15 months, but treatment time could be shorter or longer depending on the severity of your problem, how well your teeth respond, and whether you consistently wear the aligners. Failure to wear your aligners at least 22 hours a day could result in setbacks that extend your treatment time or require a switch to braces.

What Is The Cost Of Invisalign Near Me?

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The cost of clear aligner treatment ranges between $3,500 to $8,000, but there are factors that determine the final cost such as the severity of your problem, your location, length of treatment, and the experience level of your orthodontist. In California, the average cost of Invisalign is generally higher at $4,500 to $9,000 with rural patients paying less than those in urban areas. Yorba Linda and Fullerton patients can expect to pay between $4,000 and $5,000.

Potter Orthodontics offers low monthly payment plans that fit just about any budget with zero percent financing and zero down. We even currently offer a $1,000 discount! Dental insurance also at least covers part of the cost, which would save you thousands of dollars. We will gladly help you file insurance claims.

Invisalign vs Braces

Invisalign and braces both treat misalignments by gradually shifting teeth over time. Both treatments cost around the same and have similar treatment lengths although clear aligner treatment is usually shorter. However, there are differences, the most obvious of which is that braces are visible and are not removable while Invisalign is virtually invisible and you can remove them. There are dietary restrictions with braces and they are more difficult to clean.

But while you can’t remove braces, you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to wear them like you can forget to wear clear aligners. Braces work 24 hours a day every day until the completion of treatment. If you are having difficulty keeping up with your clear aligner treatment, you can easily make the switch to braces.

Invisalign vs Invisalign Teen

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are basically the same treatment, albeit with a couple of minor differences. Invisalign Teen features a blue dot on the aligners that fades away the more your teen wears them, providing a helpful reminder to wear them more. This also gives parents the ability to check on their teen’s progress and provide additional reminders.

And because teens will be teens, there are more aligners included in the treatment just in case they lose or damage them. One way to avoid damaging your aligners is to never use them as a sports mouthguard. The aligners are too thin to adequately protect your teeth from impacts. You should store your aligners during play and wear an actual mouthguard, which Dr. Potter can also provide.

Contact Potter Orthodontics About Invisalign Today!

Potter Orthodontics offers quality Invisalign treatment and proudly serves Yorba Linda, Fullerton, and surrounding communities. If you have been searching for “Invisalign near me,” now is your chance to get the treatment you need. To make an appointment, call our office at 714-528-4540 today!