What You Should Discuss with Your Orthodontist

No two orthodontic treatment plans are the same, so a consultation appointment is always required for planning before treatment starts. While consultations often include exams, they also require a discussion of treatment goals and options. Here is what you should discuss with our orthodontist.

Treatment Options

A variety of treatment options may be available to you depending on your needs. While some types of braces are more discreet, others are more affordable. If you have bite irregularities that cannot be corrected with braces, you may also benefit from special appliances, such as palatal expanders.

Treatment Timeline

Treatment time can vary significantly depending on the specificities of your case. To be prepared for treatment, you can ask our dentist how soon you can start treatment and how long it will last.

Dental Problems

You should tell our orthodontist about your dental health. If you have certain dental problems, such as active gum disease, you may need treatment before you can get braces.

As regular discussions of treatment progress, expectations and oral health help promote a positive experience during orthodontic treatment. At a consultation with our orthodontists in San Pedro, you can discuss these topics and find out more about the treatments that interest you.

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Invisalign Dentists and Their Qualifications

If you are looking to undergo orthodontic treatment using Invisalign, you should know that not all dentists and orthodontists are able to offer Invisalign as a service. The reason for this is that you need to receive extra training in order to be able to offer Invisalign.

The first step in becoming an Invisalign dentist is to register for the Invisalign provider course. This can be done either over the phone or on the Invisalign website. When you attend the provider course, you will be taught how to submit the X-rays, photographs, and impressions that will need to be taken and sent to Invisalign for each patient. You will also be sent a Getting Started Kit that will contain all the necessary information for beginning your first Invisalign treatment.

Dentists who have earned a high level of experience in treating patients with Invisalign can become an Invisalign Preferred Provider. The two levels of Preferred Provider are Premier Preferred and Elite Preferred Providers. On the Invisalign website, they have a directory of Providers and Preferred Providers that can be searched by zip code.

If you are a patient who wishes to pursue orthodontic treatment using Invisalign, contact our Invisalign dentist in San Pedro to schedule a consultation.

How to Keep Invisalign Braces Clean

How to Keep Invisalign Braces CleanInvisalign braces support oral health and appearance thanks to their design, but patients can maximize these features by keeping their aligners clean during treatment. Removing the aligners at appropriate times and cleaning them as advised is essential. Here is more about how cleanliness can be maintained by Invisalign patients.

Avoiding Problems

When being worn, the Invisalign aligners should only be exposed to water. Patients should remove the aligners to drink other liquids or eat anything. Furthermore, patients should avoid smoking or using other tobacco products while wearing the aligners. These precautions will prevent discoloration and accumulation of grime on the aligners.

Cleaning the Aligners

When patients brush their teeth, they should clean the aligners with toothpaste before putting the aligners back in the mouth. A regular toothbrush works well for this purpose and should be used on both the inside and the outside of the aligners.

Discoloration rarely becomes severe as the aligners are always replaced before long. However, the value of cleanliness for oral health makes daily cleaning worthwhile for all Invisalign recipients. At a consultation with our expert in Invisalign braces in San Pedro, patients can learn more about how to clean their aligners and choose products suited for the task.