Santa Cruz Dentistry

550 Water St. Suite G

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 426-3262

Invisalign

SmartTrack® material

The patented material that helps you get the smile you want, even faster!

All clear aligners are not alike. Only Invisalign® clear aligners are made of SmartTrack material, so they are more comfortable and easier to put on and take off.

The SmartTrack material difference is based on:

8 years

of research and development

260

materials tested

Decades

of expertise in biomechanics and material science

Invisalign Tray

11 Things to Know About Invisalign

  1. You can still kiss. A big concern in our community is how Invisalign may affect romance. Answers vary by patient. Some patients say it doesn’t change anything. Sometimes it’s a bigger deal to the person wearing Invisalign than it is to the significant other.
  2. Speech. Invisalign can also affect your speech, causing a slight lisp. Some people find it very noticeable and for others, it’s barely there. Invisalign can affect your speech, causing a slight lisp. Some people find it very noticeable and others say it’s barely there. Whether it takes a day or a few weeks, the lisp should go away. If it doesn’t, let your dentist know because that may indicate that your aligners aren't fitting quite right.
  3. There may be some discomfort. Some people report pain with Invisalign, but there are several things you can do about the pain. Discuss this with your Doctor.
  4. How long for results? The average Invisalign course for adults is about a year, but how long does it take before you start seeing results? For most people, not long.
  5. Can it go faster? To accelerate the Invisalign process, your dentist can treat you with AcceleDent or Propel. AcceleDent is an FDA-cleared device that you use at home for about 20 minutes each day. It uses micropulse technology to accelerate the movement of your teeth. Under normal Invisalign recommendations you change trays every two weeks, but with the AcceleDent, trays are changed every week. Propel is a treatment done in a dentist’s office. It makes a series of small holes in the jaw, called micro-osteoperforations. The treatments are performed every six to eight weeks. Dentists have found that Propel can reduce treatment time by about 60%.
  6. Costs vary. Dentists attribute two main factors in the cost of Invisalign. One is the complexity of the treatment. Additional treatment time and more aligner trays will be more expensive.
  7. Invisalign isn't right for every patient. Invisalign can’t fix every problem for every patient. Discuss with your dentist what Invisalign can and cannot do for you.
  8. Invisalign diet. Typically you to only drink water (and drink a lot of it) when your aligners are in.
  9. Caring for your teeth. It’s very important to brush and floss after each time you eat and before you reinsert your aligners. It’s tempting to skip a step, but with Invisalign on, patients should be vigilant when they brush and floss after every meal.
  10. After Invisalign. After completing your Invisalign treatment, you must wear a retainer every night to keep your teeth in place.
  11. Am I too young/old for Invisalign? Invisalign can be used to move teeth at (almost) any age.