Invisalign certified since 2006

Consider Encinitas Orthodontics and Invisalign to get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted — without braces. A complimentary consultation with Dr. Chenard can determine if Invisalign is right for you.  With the recent Invisalign innovations most patients can be treated with Invisalign.

What is it?

Invisalign is a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3-D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective.  It’s similar to a bleaching tray SO YOU CAN WHITEN AND STRAIGHTEN YOUR TEETH AT THE SAME TIME!

Why would I want it?

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable and wireless, so say goodbye to poking wire emergencies.  You only need to see the orthodontist once every 2 months with Invisalign!  This adds convenience for our patients who travel long distances to see us.

How does it work?

You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Chenard has prescribed. You’ll visit Dr. Chenard about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.

How does Invisalign know what my teeth look like?

We use the iTero scanner to take a “virtual impression” or “scan” of your teeth.  This digital scan is sent directly to Invisalign.  What does this mean?  They can start work on your case right away as opposed to having to wait for a set of traditional impressions to arrive in the mail.  It also means that the accuracy is improved and aligners will fit better.

What is a Refinement?

Occasionally at the end of the aligner treatment, there may be a stubborn tooth that doesn’t want to move all the way.  In that case a new scan will be done so Invisalign can modify the treatment plan and provide a new set of aligners. Most patients finish after a single refinement as long as cooperation is good.

Invisalign Express 10 and Express 5

Did you have braces in the past and forget to use your retainers?  Or do you have a good bite but with just a little bit of crowding? If this is the case then Invisalign Express may be an option for you.  It uses the same technology as Full Invisalign, but requires fewer aligners to complete treatment.

For more information on Invisalign®, you can visit the Invisalign web site