Reginald A. Griggs, DDS
Orthodontist located in Castro Valley, CA
If you’re in need of braces but want to avoid accessorizing your smile with metal or white porcelain ones, you might want to consider Invisalign®. Dr. Reginald Griggs at Griggs Orthodontics serves the Castro Valley, California, community, providing them with this noninvasive and aesthetically effective orthodontic solution. Call or go online to book an appointment with Dr. Griggs and his team.
Invisalign Q & A
What is Invisalign®?
Over 4 million patients worldwide currently use Invisalign. Invisalign is an FDA-approved treatment that consists of a series of removable plastic-based aligners. Your teeth will progressively start to straighten as you replace each aligner every other week.
Invisalign is an alternative treatment to braces, with none of the restrictions that come with them. Your custom-made aligners are manufactured at the Invisalign headquarters and then shipped to a certified provider like Dr. Griggs.
How does it work?
First, you need to book an initial Invisalign consultation with Dr. Griggs. During this time, he determines a precise, individualized treatment plan by digitally mapping out the treatment’s progression.
Once this progression is approved, Griggs Orthodontics creates your custom aligners, which you have to wear 20-22 hours a day and change every other week.
How long does the treatment last?
The length of treatment varies according to how complex your goals are. Based on your specific needs, Dr. Griggs gives you an estimate of how long you can expect to wear the aligners.
Typically, Invisalign treatments last anywhere between 12 and 18 months.
Does Invisalign work better than regular braces?
Invisalign works in a very different way than regular braces.
The most significant difference between the two treatments is visibility and comfort. As its name suggests, Invisalign aligners are clear and practically invisible. This means that you not only have usage flexibility, but you also have the option of keeping a low dental profile.
Braces are much more visible and cumbersome than Invisalign. In addition, since Invisalign aligners are plastic-based, they’re noticeably more comfortable than sharp metallic braces.
Invisalign gives you flexibility. For example:
- You can remove the aligners when you brush your teeth. Imagine if you could take your braces out!
- You can eat foods that braces might get damaged by like corn on the cob, beef jerky, etc.
It’s one of the most convenient methods to assist patients requiring mild to moderate orthodontic treatment.
If you’re curious about how to both avoid the pain of regular braces and fix your smile in the process, contact Griggs Orthodontics or visit the website today to schedule an initial consultation.