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Invisalign is a popular and comfortable alternative to conventional orthodontic treatment. These transparent braces made of plastic are ideal for patients desiring discreet treatment. Favored among working professionals for their natural looking appearance, Invisalign can help you achieve the straight smile of your dreams. Mascola Orthodontics is proud to offer revolutionary and comfortable treatments like Invisalign.

After a consultation with our orthodontist, Dr. Mascola, we can determine the best treatment option for your needs. If Invisalign is right for you, our practice will be here for you through every phase of treatment so that you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy, and straight smile for the rest of your life.

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Benefits of Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign is a unique orthodontic system. Pioneered by Stanford University alums, Invisalign is designed to straighten smiles quickly and inconspicuously. When compared to conventional orthodontia, Invisalign braces present distinct advantages to patients.

The proprietary plastic construction of Invisalign oral appliances, also called “aligners”, is far more discreet than the brackets, wires, and rubber bands used in conventional braces. In fact, most people won’t notice Invisalign unless you tell them.

Aligners are removable, too. Similar to a retainer, Invisalign makes eating, brushing, and flossing comfortable and convenient because patients remove their oral appliances for meals and oral hygiene. There are no fixed brackets or ligatures standing in the way when chewing food or trying to clean your teeth.

Since Invisalign is constructed from proprietary plastic, its surfaces are smooth. This means there aren’t sharp edges or metal hardware that can cut into delicate oral tissue. There are also no wires that can come loose and poke into neighboring tissue – an advantage that patients enjoy. Many people who wear traditional braces have to rely on dental wax to protect sensitive tissue like the linings of lips and cheeks. Fortunately, dental wax isn’t necessary with Invisalign.

Invisalign manufactures the aligners to the specifications and design of Dr. Mascola who takes the time to design and not using the generic off the shelf product from Invisalign.

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What to Expect During Invisalign Treatment

Wearing Invisalign differs from wearing conventional braces. You will, however, enjoy noticeable results with consistent treatment over time. A major difference between conventional braces and Invisalign is the fact that fixed appliances are not used to move teeth. This means you won’t come to Mascola Orthodontics for manual adjustments. Instead, you will switch to a new set of aligners every couple of weeks. Each set is progressively tighter than the set worn before. Since aligners gradually fit more snuggly, they will generate the consistent but gentle force needed to align teeth to healthier positions.

Another unique aspect of Invisalign treatment is the fact that you can remove your aligners. Invisalign should only be removed for meals and oral hygiene – about two hours a day. If you don’t wear your aligners consistently (22 hours each day), you won’t see the results you desire. It’s important to follow Dr. Mascola’s instructions for optimal results.

Invisalign is a wonderful treatment option for adults and most teenagers can benefit from wearing Invisalign. For more information about Invisalign, call Mascola Orthodontics to make an appointment. After consulting with our expert team, we can determine if this treatment option meets your unique needs.

Dr. Mascola is the captain and navigator of the ship. Another way to look at the treatment plan and results is that Dr. Mascola is the architect and building contractor and not just accepting the generic product. He customized the fabrication for the needs of each patient. Without the captain and navigator or the architect and building contractor you probably will not reach your destination or desired result. Many times we have to do 2-3 refinements to complete the case. There is no charge at my office for these refinements.

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Common Invisalign Questions
How long does it take to straighten your teeth with Invisalign?

The time it takes to achieve your orthodontic goals depends on your unique needs. Treatment times for Invisalign can vary. That being said, the average time it takes to complete treatment is about one year (12 months). Some people require longer use, around 3 years (36 months), based on their tooth placement and responsiveness to treatment.

How much does it cost for Invisalign?

Since treatment times fluctuate depending on a person’s unique situation, the cost of Invisalign varies. The longer Invisalign is needed, the higher a person’s costs will be. If you have questions about treatment, we recommend that you call Mascola Orthodontics to speak with a knowledgeable member of our team. We can provide estimates after consultations based on the state of your oral health and the positioning of your teeth.

Is Invisalign as good as regular braces?

Invisalign is an alternative to conventional orthodontia. Like traditional metal and wire braces, Invisalign can achieve similar goals such as closing gaps between teeth or aligning rotated and crooked teeth. Invisalign improves the occlusion as well, which has numerous benefits for comfortable oral function and a reduction in the incidence of untimely tooth wear.

The reason Invisalign is comparable to conventional braces is the fact that this treatment option generates tooth movement. The difference, however, is that Invisalign achieves these objectives with removable, retainer-like appliances instead of fixed brackets and wires.

How painful is Invisalign?

Compared to other orthodontic treatment methods, Invisalign is actually regarded as a comfortable method for aligning teeth. The features that make Invisalign comfortable are due to the smooth, plastic appliances worn during treatment. These appliances do not have sharp edges that scrape into soft oral tissue. They don’t have wires that can come loose and poke into the gums, lips, or linings of cheeks either.

On top of having a smooth, non-irritating construction, Invisalign is removable. This increases comfort during oral function and oral hygiene. Invisalign aligners are removed for meals, brushing, and flossing. Treatment time is usually less than conventional metal bracket and wire since there is nothing to break.

Patients will feel pressure during treatment but this is necessary and normal. This gentle pressure is what generates tooth movement over time. Most people adjust to wearing their aligners in a few days. See the orthodontist in the office less when wearing Invisalign as prescribed.

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Louis F. Mascola, DDS, is a dedicated orthodontist focused on providing exceptional orthodontic care for children and adults.

Dr. Mascola has practiced in the South bay areas of San Pedro and Torrance, CA, for over 43 years. Dr. Mascola was born, raised, and lives in San Pedro. He has extensive experience in all traditional orthodontic procedures and modern techniques such as Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. Dr. Mascola was born, raised, and lives in San Pedro.

Dr. Mascola’s extensive experience and broad knowledge of dentistry, prosthodontics, and orthodontics allows him to work with his patients, their dentists, and clinicians to treat the most difficult of cases. Dr. Mascola knows that each patient is unique. He personally devotes the necessary time to fully diagnose each patient’s needs; to determine what course of treatment offers his patient the best option for achieving the beautiful and confident smile they deserve.