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Invisalign® Specialist

Foothill Dental Care

Jean Lee, DDS

Dentist located in Sunland, Tujunga, CA

InvisalignⓇ is an incredibly popular alternative to traditional metal braces. It’s an excellent fit for people who want a perfect smile, but who don’t want the hassle or discomfort of metal braces. At Foothill Dental Care, Dr. Jean Lee offers Invisalign as one component of the practice's trademark comprehensive care. If you live in or around Tujunga, Sunland or Sunland-Tujunga, California and would like to learn more, schedule a consultation using the convenient online tool.

Invisalign® Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a tooth alignment system that uses a series of clear, custom molded plastic trays to guide teeth into the proper position. The process places gentle pressure on your teeth, slowly moving them into optimal alignment.

Your clear aligners are made of a proprietary material known as SmartTrackⓇ. They're customized to fit the contours of your mouth, are comfortable, and easy to wear.

Invisalign can address many different alignment issues. The trays can move your teeth vertically and horizontally, and can even rotate them if required. Invisalign offers impressive teeth alignment with a cost that is in line with traditional braces.

What is the Invisalign treatment process like?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Lee examines your teeth to ensure that you are a good candidate for Invisalign.

She also determines if she must address any dental issues prior to beginning the process. If you need restorative care, that work is done before beginning Invisalign.

Next, Dr. Lee devises a customized treatment plan, including mapping out how your teeth will move as your treatment progresses. This information allows the lab to create your initial set of aligners.

Once you receive your clear aligners, you will need to wear them for 20-22 hours each day. You should only remove them for eating and dental hygiene purposes. As your teeth shift into position, you transition into the next set of aligners.

During your treatment,  Dr. Lee performs periodic check-ups to make sure that your treatment plan is on schedule. You can track your progress and watch your smile transform over time.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

The Invisalign system is a good fit for many people and can address common issues including misalignment, overbite, and underbite.

However, there are some cases where Invisalign is not the best approach. The following conditions can pose a challenge, and Dr. Lee addresses them on a case-by-case basis:

  • Extensive decay
  • Active gum disease
  • Temporomandibular joint issues
  • Presence of implants or bridgework
  • Teeth that are too small or misshapen

Also, younger teenagers may not be ready for Invisalign, because teeth are still developing during the early teenage years. Call Dr. Lee or schedule a consultation online to determine if Invisalign is the right choice for you.