As you can tell, Dr. Valerie Scola is a proud classic car enthusiast. And she and the team at Scola Family Dentistry strive to offer preventive, cosmetic, and restorative services that are as hassle-free, laidback, and easy-breezy as a spin in a ’65 Mustang, without a care in the world. Many of these services have some elements of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative integrated into them. Invisalign in Murrieta, CA, at Dr. Scola’s office, is just such a carefree alternative to conventional braces. It is “cosmetic” because, instead of using metal brackets and wires that look gray or silver in the mouth, Invisalign straightens with aligner “trays” (dental appliances) that are made from transparent plastic. When worn in your mouth, these Invisalign trays or aligners are nearly invisible. Others would have to be very close to you and examine your teeth very attentively to detect that you are wearing an appliance to reposition your teeth.
Invisalign is an easy, no-hassle treatment because the trays slip over your teeth like retainers, mouthguards, or nightguards. There are no wires that need to be tightened by your dentist to allow treatment to progress. Notably, Invisalign aligners may be removed for comfortable eating and effective brushing and flossing. The aligners are simple to care for, as long as you wear them as directed by Dr. Scola (usually, for at least 20 to 22 hours each day). Failure to comply with “wear time” can result in a delay in treatment and getting your straight-toothed smile.
Make no mistake about it, though: As easy as treatment may seem, Invisalign is a clinically proven orthodontic option for the appropriate patient. More than eight million people worldwide have successfully corrected crooked, crowded teeth and other bite and spacing issues with Invisalign since the technology was introduced in the late 1990s. Each aligner is actually one in a series of trays. The trays are fabricated from a model of your mouth. So, they fit comfortably to the contours of your teeth and gums. The trays are worn in a specific order that corresponds with each stage of treatment. Every two weeks or so, you will discard the current tray and begin to wear the next tray in the series. Little by little, these trays gradually and incrementally reposition your teeth.
In addition to the obvious “restorative” benefits, Invisalign has a tremendous “preventive” element; since the aligners can be removed for ease of cleaning, you can brush and floss normally. There are no brackets and wires to contend with, which can present challenges to the effective oral hygiene that is required to keep teeth decay-free and gums disease-free.
Schedule your Invisalign consultation with Dr. Scola in Murrieta, CA. She can even show you what your treated teeth will look like during your visit, thanks to the beauty of advanced software that “simulates” every step of treatment. Call Scola Family Dentistry at (951) 692-4221.