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April 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   invisalign  

You've probably heard of Invisalign, the "invisible" braces system that has become extremely popular. However, you may not be totally invisalignsure how it works or what it can do for you. Below, Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano, your dentists in Sacramento, CA, has addressed a few of the frequent questions they hear from their patients who are interested in straightening their smile with Invisalign.

How does Invisalign work?

Braces are designed to apply pressure against the teeth that need to be shifted into the proper position. Invisalign works in a similar way, except the pressure comes from the custom-made flexible plastic aligners that fit against your teeth rather than brackets and wires. Each aligner is worn for a short time - typically between one week and three weeks - and then changed out for another aligner that will continue the process.

How many aligners will I need?

Your Sacramento dentist will determine how many aligners will be required to complete your treatment; patients usually need between 10 and 40 in their series. More can be made after your initial treatment is finished if necessary; this is known as a refinement.

Does Invisalign hurt?

There are some patients who report some achiness as their teeth adjust to a new aligner, but one of Invisalign's best features is that there are no sharp edges as you'd have with traditional braces. The majority of patients find the smooth, lightweight plastic to be very comfortable.

When can I take my aligners out?

For best results, your Sacramento dentist recommends all patients wear their Invisalign trays at least 20 hours a day, including while you sleep. They should only be removed during meals and for cleaning.

To schedule a consultation about Invisalign with Dr. Jeff DiMariano or Dr. Shaina DiMariano, call our dental office in Sacramento, CA, today!

June 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   orthodontics   invisalign  

Metal braces are anything but subtle. "Look at me! I'm straightening my teeth," they announce every time you open your mouth. If invisalignyou're looking for an orthodontic option that doesn't make your smile the unwanted center of attention, you may want to consider Invisalign. Our Sacramento, CA, dentists, Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano, discuss a few benefits of this clear brace system.

Invisalign uses plastic not metal to realign teeth

Invisalign aligner trays of made of clear plastic designed to fit your upper and lower teeth comfortably. When you visit our Sacramento office, we'll custom design a series of trays using a 3D image generated from a digital impression of your mouth, photographs and X-rays. The image can be manipulated to help us plan the course of your orthodontic treatment.

No one needs to know you're straightening your teeth

If you've ever worn a mouthguard to play sports, you know that the devices are bulky and very noticeable. Although Invisalign aligner trays are somewhat similar to mouthguards, they're designed to fit your teeth much more snugly, making them blend in with your smile, rather than call attention to it.

Your eating habits don't have to change

Metal brace wires are tough, but they will break if you eat hard foods. Because hard and sticky foods can cause big problems for metal brace wearers, they're usually prohibited. Invisalign wearers have no food restrictions. Every time you eat, you'll remove your trays and can eat anything you want.

You leave your aligner trays at home occasionally

Many people who choose Invisalign appreciate the flexibility the clear brace system offers. Each series of aligner trays is usually worn two weeks at a time for 22 hours per day. If you need to alter that schedule slightly, you can. For example, if you play a sport that requires a mouthguard, you can take your trays out while you play. The trays can also be removed when you attend a special event.

Would you like to find out if Invisalign is a good choice for you? Call our Sacramento, CA, dentists, Dr. Jeff DiMariano and Dr. Shaina DiMariano, at (916) 929-3898 to schedule an appointment.

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
July 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Do you wish your smile was straighter or your bite issues were under control? Have you considered traditional metal braces, but the invisalignthought of walking around with bulky brackets and wires puts you off? If so, you could benefit from Invisalign. This virtually invisible orthodontic method allows you to straighten your smile without the world knowing. Learn more about Invisalign with help from your Sacramento, CA dentist, Dr. Jeff DiMariano, DDS.

What is Invisalign? 
Invisalign uses the same ideas behind traditional braces to straighten your teeth. However, Invisalign uses a much more discreet method. Instead of using metal brackets and wires to place pressure onto the teeth in order to move them, Invisalign uses a series of nearly invisible, removable aligner trays. The trays come in a series worn one after another until the end of treatment. A dental laboratory customizes each tray to your mouth, ensuring a comfortable fit and effective treatment.

What can Invisalign do for me? 
Invisalign treats the same orthodontic issues as traditional braces, including:

  • overbite
  • underbite
  • crossbite
  • open bite
  • misaligned or “crooked” teeth
  • overcrowding (overlapped teeth)
  • under crowding (gapped teeth)

The removable trays make it unique from other orthodontic methods. Traditional braces require patients to avoid certain foods, like whole apples and popcorn. Also, traditional braces require the patient to use special threading floss or water picks to floss through the wires connecting each tooth, resulting in a longer oral care routine. Invisalign’s design allows the wearer to simply remove the tray to eat and brush, eliminating the need for avoiding foods or extra steps in the oral care routine.

The Invisalign Process in Sacramento, CA
Invisalign treatment begins with an initial consultation with Dr. DiMariano. This is your time to pose any questions or address any concerns about the process. A 3D mold of the mouth allows Invisalign’s laboratory to begin the process of making your trays. Before they begin on the trays themselves, they create a video showing the exact route your teeth will move throughout treatment, including your end result. With the video approved, the laboratory creates the trays over the course of several weeks. With the trays completed, you will have a quick lesson on how to insert, remove, and clean the trays. You should wear your trays for at least 22 hours a day, removing them to eat and brush, floss, and clean your trays.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Jeff DiMariano, DDS in Sacramento, CA. Call (916) 929-3898 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
January 05, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures

If you are insecure about your misaligned crooked teeth, then you may be a perfect candidate for clear orthodontic aligners. This system is an alternative to traditional braces that uses a sequence of individual, clear, removable “trays” that fit over your teeth to gradually straighten them. Each tray is completely clear and covers all the teeth thus making it virtually invisible. Each tray is designed to slightly move the teeth until the teeth are in proper alignment. Typically, each tray must be worn for 20 hours a day for 2 weeks before progressing to the next tray in the sequence with each tray moving you closer towards your goal — perfectly aligned teeth.

However, clear orthodontic aligners are not for everyone. If you are interested and wonder if they can benefit you, contact us so that we can schedule an appointment for a thorough evaluation to assess your specific situation. Below, we have briefly outlined some situations when they will and will not work.

Clear orthodontic aligners work if...

  • You have mild to moderate crowding or spacing issues between teeth
  • Back teeth fit together properly

They may not be the right choice if...

  • You have moderate to severe crowding or spacing issues between teeth
  • When your bite does not align properly (for example, if you have a large over-, under-, or cross-bite)
  • When your teeth are “rotated” way out of position; such misaligned teeth will require special or complex techniques to rotate them back into position, or to pull them down into place or to fill the space left after pulling a tooth to resolve excessive crowding of teeth

Want to learn more?

Contact us today to discuss your questions or to schedule an appointment. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the article “Clear Orthodontic Aligners.”