Clear Aligners Specialist

Lori Ann Safar, DDS -  - General & Cosmetic Dentist

Celebrity Smile

Lori Ann Safar, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in San Diego, CA

Think you have to choose between misaligned, crooked teeth or a mouthful of metal? Think again. General and cosmetic dentist Lori Safar, DDS, at Celebrity Smile in San Diego, California, provides Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® teeth alignment treatments. If you want to straighten out your smile without the inconvenience of braces, call Celebrity Smile or book an appointment online today.

Clear Aligners Q & A

What are clear aligners?

Often referred to as “invisible braces,” clear aligners from Invisalign and ClearCorrect work much in the same way as traditional braces. Though they’re clear and inconspicuous, clear aligners move your teeth just a little at a time to straighten them out and give you the smile you want.

To make sure your clear aligners are the perfect fit for your teeth, Dr. Safar will use X-rays, impressions, and digital scans. These diagnostic records help create customized clear aligners for your teeth once they’re looked at in the clear aligner software.

In most cases, clear aligners must be worn for 22 hours a day, though they’re removable.

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign is an innovative new way to straighten teeth, as it offers a great alternative to traditional teeth-straightening treatments like braces. Your teeth will be progressively aligned over time thanks to clear, plastic aligners that fit over your teeth.

You need to wear them at least 20 hours per day for the ideal results, but the aligners are removable for teeth cleaning and easy eating. Wear the Invisalign aligners any time you’re not eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth.

Is Invisalign really better than braces?

More and more young adults are choosing Invisalign thanks to its ease-of-use and comfortability. Not convinced quite yet? Here are the benefits of Invisalign over braces or other traditional orthodontic approaches:

Invisibility, so people never see a mouthful of metal, they see your real teeth.

Comfort, so you don’t have to worry about your mouth getting cut up by pointy mental braces.

Convenience, thanks to your ability to easily remove them whenever you need to eat, brush, or floss.

Timing, since Invisalign has been shown to work up to 50% faster than other orthodontic treatments.

Should I get Invisalign?

Invisalign is proven effective to treat mild to moderate dental misalignments, including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Rotated teeth
  • Teeth misalignment after braces

If you have major orthodontic and alignment issues, Dr. Safar may recommend a different treatment. The best way to find out if Invisalign is right for you is by scheduling an appointment.

What should I expect from an Invisalign treatment?

Dr. Safar will start by examining your teeth to check that Invisalign is the right choice for you. She may take a physical impression of your teeth or use a digital scanning device to create 3D images. Using these, Dr. Safar will develop a precise treatment plan.

After that, Dr. Safar will fit customized plastic aligners to your teeth. As you wear them, the aligners smoothly shift your teeth into perfect alignment. To keep your teeth moving in the right direction, Dr. Safar will occasionally make your new aligners. This process repeats until your smile has its new shape.

What are ClearCorrect aligners?

Most patients have heard of Invisalign aligners, but they have no idea that there are other options.

ClearCorrect aligners are entirely transparent and can be removed at certain times during the day, so you can continue eating what you want, brush, and floss as needed.

Unlike other clear aligners, ClearCorrect offers three different options:

  • Limited 6: Includes six sets of aligners for minor adjustments to the teeth
  • Limited 12: Provides a full range of treatment with 12 sets of aligners
  • Unlimited: Best suited for patients who need extra time with their clear aligners

If you think ClearCorrect clear aligners are right for you, talk to Dr. Safar about your options.

If you want to straighten your teeth without unsightly, painful braces, talk to Dr. Safar about clear aligners by calling Celebrity Smile or booking an appointment online today.