Invisalign® Treatment in Berkeley
Straighten Your Smile with Dr. Dailley
Traditional metal braces can effectively deliver the orthodontic correction you’re looking for, but they also come with several disadvantages. Most of all, many patients feel embarrassed about the metal wires that can be clearly seen every time they smile.
Invisalign offers a solution to this problem by using clear aligners that are virtually invisible. By choosing Invisalign to straighten your teeth, you can enjoy unmatched discretion and convenience.
Explore our guide to learn more about Invisalign.
Invisalign vs. Braces
Invisalign offers several unique benefits that traditional braces can’t match. Some of these include:
- Discreet — Invisalign clear aligners are nearly invisible when you smile.
- Removable — Your aligners are removable so you can take them out before meals, allowing you to eat and drink without restrictions.
- Comfortable — Each pair of aligners is individually trimmed to fit your teeth perfectly, and you won’t have to worry about painful bracket adjustments.
- Fast — Invisalign straightens your teeth up to two times faster than traditional braces.
- Predictable — Our advanced iTero® technology shows you what the final results will look like before your treatment even begins.
The Invisalign Process
Your journey to a perfect smile begins with your initial consultation. During this visit, Dr. Dailley will use our iTero Element scanner to create a 3D virtual model of your mouth. This is far more precise and convenient than the traditional method of taking messy dental impressions.
After your consultation, Dr. Dailley will send the data to a laboratory, where your aligners will be customized to match your unique bite. After you receive your first pair of aligners, you’ll swap them out for new trays every two weeks until your desired results are achieved.
Each set of aligners is designed to only work on specific parts of your teeth, subtly and painlessly shifting them into proper alignment. Depending on your specific case, the total treatment time is typically about a year.
Invisalign vs. At-Home Aligners
Providers such as Smile Direct Club and many others now offer aligners that can be delivered to your home without ever visiting a dentist. Some of them are even clear aligners that offer the same discreet appearance as Invisalign.
You may wonder why you should visit a dentist if you can receive the treatment you’re looking for in the comfort of your own home. The simple answer is that you never know what you’re getting with at-home aligners, and there’s no medical professional involved to monitor your treatment.
The only way to ensure you receive safe and effective care is to visit a licensed dentist and Invisalign provider like Dr. Anthony Dailley. With over 20 years of experience, he can ensure that your treatment runs smoothly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Invisalign hurt?
Invisalign aligners are customized to fit your teeth perfectly, so they’re far more comfortable to wear than traditional braces. You also won’t have to worry about metal wires poking your gums. You may experience some mild discomfort at first, but this should fade within a few days.
Is Invisalign covered by insurance?
Most dental insurance providers offer the same coverage for Invisalign that they do for traditional braces. Some plans cover a defined percentage of your treatment cost, while others cover up to a certain dollar amount. It’s unlikely that your treatment will be fully covered, but insurance should at least help to reduce your total cost.
How do you clean and maintain your aligners?
Invisalign makes it easy to maintain your aligners — simply brush them every day in the morning when you wake up and at night before you go to sleep. Also, make sure to brush your teeth and floss after meals before re-applying your aligners. This will prevent crumbs and bacteria from getting trapped underneath your trays.
Can I remove my braces and get Invisalign?
Patients often get tired of wearing metal braces and ask if they can switch to Invisalign. In many cases, this is totally possible. However, Dr. Dailley will need to thoroughly examine your teeth and determine the safest course of treatment to fit your needs.
Is Invisalign removable?
Yes — the aligners are easily removable for your convenience.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The total length of treatment depends on your specific case, but it typically takes about a year.
What can’t I eat and drink with Invisalign?
Since the aligners are removable, you can eat and drink anything you want with Invisalign. Just make sure to take your trays out before every meal.
Can you drink alcohol while wearing Invisalign? What about coffee?
When you’re not wearing your aligners, you can enjoy any beverage that you choose. However, it’s crucial that you only drink water while you’re wearing them.
Visit Dailley Dental Care for Invisalign Treatment
If you’re looking for a fast, discreet, convenient alternative to metal braces, Invisalign is the solution you’ve been waiting for. Call our office at 510-848-0114 and schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Dailley. It’s the first step to your dream smile.