Pasadena Dental Group Now Offers Invisalign®

Invisalign at Pasadena Dental Group

One of the primary concerns people often have about dental braces is the aesthetic impact of the metalwork on their smile.  The prospect of wearing unattractive metal braces for long periods of time can be off putting, especially for adults.  Pasadena Dental Group offers Invisalign®, the nearly invisible aligning system that straightens teeth fast and offers an alternative to those uncomfortable and unattractive metal braces.

At Pasadena Dental Group, orthodontic treatment begins with a complimentary Invisalign® consultation. A special mold of your teeth is made at our office and then scanned at the Invisalign® lab using a proprietary 3D imaging process to create your series of custom-made, clear aligners. An animated time-lapse video of how the clear custom trays will gradually move your teeth will allow you to preview your new smile before you start treatment. Dr. Mizuno will change the trays approximately every two weeks to fit your new tooth configuration. In addition to the reduced visual impact, Invisalign® aligning trays can be temporarily removed for important occasions – meaning that treatment duration is patient-controlled. Most Invisalign® users report complete satisfaction with both the Invisalign® treatment and the stunning results.

What kind of bite problems can Invisalign® correct?
Invisalign® corrects the same dental problems commonly treated with traditional metal braces. The only real difference is that Invisalign® aligners are almost invisible to the naked eye and can be removed at the patient’s discretion.

Here are some problems that are commonly corrected with Invisalign®:

  • Overcrowding – This occurs when there is too little space for the teeth to align normally in the mouth.  Overcrowding can cause tooth decay and increase the likelihood of gum disease.
  • Large gaps between teeth – This can sometimes occur because teeth are missing or because the jaw continues to grow abnormally.
  • Crossbite – This common dental problem occurs when one or multiple upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth.  As a consequence, uneven wear can lead to bone erosion and gum disease.
  • Overbite – This problem occurs when the upper teeth project further than, or completely cover, the lower teeth.  Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ may occur.
  • Underbite – This is the inverse of the overbite; the lower teeth project further than, or completely cover, the upper teeth.  Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ can occur.

What advantages does Invisalign® offer over traditional braces and veneers?

Invisalign® aligning trays, traditional dental braces and dental veneers are three ways to perfect the alignment of teeth.

Invisalign® differs from traditional braces in that the aligning trays are fully removable. This will require more discipline and commitment from the patient. Generally, this is not usually an issue for most patients because the aligners are comfortable and nearly invisible. You will achieve almost identical results from both treatments.

In many cases, Invisalign® is preferable to veneers because, unlike veneers, Invisalign® actually straightens teeth. Veneers are thin covers that the dentist permanently affixes to the teeth. Teeth must be etched beforehand (dental etching is defined as the preparation of tooth surfaces with agents and methods which roughen the surface to facilitate adhesion. Agents include phosphoric or other acids and methods include lasers), meaning that to remove dental veneers, an alternative covering must be constructed. It is important to note that in addition to being somewhat expensive, veneers can break and can last for less than 20 years.

I’ve decided to get Invisalign® at Pasadena Dental Group, what’s the next step?  

Learn more about Invisalign®

  • How does Invisalign® Work?
    A series of Invisalign® aligners are custom-made for you to gradually move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before moving on to the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.
  • What are the aligners made of?
    Invisalign® aligners are made of a smooth, comfortable BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your cheeks and gums like traditional metal braces often do. They look like teeth whitening trays.
  • How often do I need to wear my aligners?
    We recommend that you wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day and only remove them for eating, drinking, brushing or flossing.
    Invisalign aligners
  • Will wearing Invisalign® aligners affect my speech?
    Invisalign® aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as you get used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.
  • Does Invisalign® really work?
    Yes! Over 1.5 million patients with a wide variety of dental challenges have been treated with Invisalign®. Invisalign® was developed by orthodontists and is used in dental practices worldwide.
  • How much does Invisalign® cost?
    Cost is always a concern, and only your doctor can determine the exact price of treatment. In most cases, Invisalign® treatment is comparable to the cost of traditional braces. In the U.S., the cost of Invisalign® treatment ranges from $3,500 to $8,000, with the national average at about $5,000. Pasadena Dental Group will take special measures to make this as affordable as possible to our patients. We offer regular promotions for Invisalign® patients on our promotions page.
  • Does insurance cover Invisalign®?
    Medical benefits differ from policy to policy, as such, you should review your personal coverage plan and check with your insurance provider. In general, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign® should be covered at the same level as conventional braces.
  • If you have questions about Invisalign®, please call our office at (626) 796-4718 or ask Dr. Mizuno at your next appointment.