Cook Orthodontics

22032 El Paseo
Suite 210
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
Phone: 949-589-7820
Fax: 949-589-2301


Invisalign - The Clear Alternative to Conventional Braces

May 9

Written by: By: Cook Orthodontics
5/9/2013 6:07 PM  RssIcon

The team at Cook Orthodontics, your local Rancho Santa Margarita orthodontic office, offers patients a full range of treatment to ensure that we can meet the individual needs of each of our patients. Among the types of braces we use is the innovative Invisalign System.

What is Invisalign?

The Invisalign System consists of a series of clear overlay templates, or aligners, that straighten teeth without the use of wires and brackets. Because the smooth aligners are translucent and nearly undetectable, many people won't even notice that you're having your teeth straightened. This treatment option is available to adults and teens with certain bite problems.

How Invisalign Works

Mission Viejo InvisalignDuring your visit with us, Dr. Cook will determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. If she determines that you are, we will take impressions of your teeth that Invisalign will use to create a digital 3D image of them. Dr. Cook will use these images to map out a precise treatment plan that includes the exact movements of your teeth. Based on your individualized treatment plan, a series of clear, custom-made aligners are created for you. The aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable plastic that won't irritate your cheeks and gums. You simply wear the aligners throughout the day and remove them when you eat, brush, and floss your teeth.

Approximately every two weeks, you will switch to the next set of aligners in the series to advance through the next stage of treatment. You will need to come in to our office occasionally so that we can monitor your progress, which is usually about every six weeks. At each stage of your treatment, you'll be able to see your progress and how much closer you are to having the smile you've always wanted.

Benefits of Invisalign

There are numerous benefits associated with Invisalign. One of the main benefits is that you can undergo orthodontic treatment very discreetly with Invisalign as the clear aligners are nearly invisible. This allows you to feel confident throughout your treatment as most people won't even notice that you're wearing the aligners.

Because the aligners are removable, you can eat what you want throughout the treatment process as you simply take the aligners out, eat those foods you love and then pop the aligners back in. You can also maintain a good oral hygiene routine with Invisalign as you're able to remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. When metal braces are worn, food and debris can easily get caught around the brackets and can be difficult to remove. However, that's not an issue with Invisalign as there are no brackets used.

With Invisalign, you won't have to concern yourself with sores on your cheeks and gums as you would if you were wearing metal braces as the smooth aligners won't irritate the inside of your mouth.

Invisalign helps you maintain your busy schedule because you'll only need to come into our office every 6-8 weeks so we can monitor your progress.

As you can see, there are many benefits associated with Invisalign. If you'd like to schedule an appointment with our Rancho Santa Margarita orthodontic office to find out if you're a candidate for Invisalign, please give us a call at 949-589-7820.

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