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Invisalign is the “clear solution” for straightening the smile!

Written by Torrey Hills Dental


For men and women struggling with a misaligned smile, the opportunity to straighten it is often a welcome and exciting idea. However, many patients considering their options may shy away at moving forward with treatment for fear of covering the smile with metal brackets and wires using traditional orthodontia. Thanks to continued advancements in both dentistry and orthodontia, other alternatives are available for straightening the smile, including a treatment known as Invisalign. Finding a dentist in Carmel Valley who offers Invisalign is easy when you call Drs. James Tasto and Brian Tasto of Torrey Hills Dental in San Diego, California.

How Invisalign works

Patients who visit with Drs. James Tasto and Brian Tasto of Torrey Hills Dental often ask the team about how Invisalign works. Invisalign is a method of realignment of the smile using clear plastic aligners. These trays fit snug over the patient’s dental arch. An entire series of trays is fabricated for the patient from the start using three-dimensional, digital technology that starts with the current smile and uses the trays to progress to the desired final results gradually. Patients wear each tray for approximately 20 hours each day and switch trays every two weeks. At the end of treatment, patients will have the smile they’ve always dreamed of—without ever having to cover the teeth with metal brackets and wires!

How much does Invisalign cost?

Several factors come into play when our dental team in San Diego, California help patients determine the cost of treatment. During an initial evaluation, the dental team will determine the severity of the misalignment and decide the final cost of treatment. Patients who do not comply with treatment and need extra trays made will experience additional charges. However, in most situations, patients will find that Invisalign is comparable in cost to traditional braces, making it the “clear solution” for many!

How long does teeth straightening take with Invisalign?

Invisalign works for patients with mild to moderate sedation, and the amount of time needed to straighten the teeth from start to finish with Invisalign varies depending on different factors. Invisalign is typically comparable in time of treatment to braces, especially when patients wear the trays as recommended by the dental team at Torrey Hills Dental in San Diego, California.

Can I sleep with my Invisalign trays?

Yes! In fact, it is recommended as patients need to wear the Invisalign aligners for at least 20 hours each day. Patients remove the trays to brush and floss their teeth at night and then put the trays back in place before they head to bed. In the morning, patients can remove the trays, clean them, and take care of their smiles prior to replacing the trays into the mouth.

How do I take care of my trays?

Patients are advised to rinse out the aligners after they remove them and before they put them in the mouth. They can clean the aligners with the use of antibacterial soap, never toothpaste. Patients can brush the Invisalign aligners with a toothbrush but should be sure not to scratch the aligner trays. With proper care, the aligner trays will last two weeks until it’s time to switch.

How do I learn more about Invisalign?

If you are looking for Invisalign near you and want to speak to a skilled dentist in the Carmel Valley area who offers it, now is the time to call Drs. James Tasto and Brian Tasto of Torrey Hills Dental. The office is conveniently located at 4765 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite #101, and accepts new patients who schedule an appointment by calling (858) 523-1330.

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