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Grace Dental Group

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Fillmore District, San Francisco, CA

A smile backed by beautifully straight teeth is one people remember. If your teeth could use a little straightening out, but you’re not keen on braces, the team at Grace Dental Group, led by Woo Young Lee, DDS, offers Invisalign® at their San Francisco, California, area practice. To explore whether game-changing Invisalign is right for you or your child, call the Fillmore District office to set up an appointment or use the online scheduling tool.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an innovative system for straightening teeth that features clear aligners that fit snugly over your teeth to guide them into the desired position. Traditionally, the road to straight teeth involves metal braces, which your dentist affixes to your teeth, using wires to pull your teeth into position. While effective, this option comes with some disadvantages, starting with the cosmetic effect that metal braces present.

With Invisalign, the team at Grace Dental Group takes a digital, 3D impression of your mouth and sends the information, along with your straightening goals, to the manufacturer. 

The Invisalign lab then creates clear aligners that feature a patented material called SmartTrack® and that predictably move your teeth into your desired position.

What problems can Invisalign correct?

Invisalign aligners correct most of the same problems that traditional braces correct, including:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowded teeth

Invisalign is also ideal for simple, general straightening.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

The primary advantage of Invisalign is the use of clear aligners, which means you can smile with confidence while your teeth are being straightened. 

Another huge advantage of the Invisalign system is that the aligners are removable, allowing you to take them out for eating and cleaning. If you’ve ever seen teeth just after braces have been removed, you understand why the ability to keep your teeth clean while they’re being straightened is important. Bear in mind that it’s important to wear your aligners for approximately 22 hours per day for the quickest results, but that still means you can pop out your aligners if you have a special event.

And the Invisalign aligners are extremely comfortable to wear, unlike metal braces, which can cause sores on the inside of your mouth. As well, the Invisalign material is easy on your gums. 

Invisalign can also work up to twice as quickly as traditional braces if you opt for new aligners each week (under normal circumstances you swap out your aligners once every two weeks). While there’s no set timeline, since it depends upon the degree of straightening you require, Invisalign can usually get the job done in 6-24 months. 

To straighten your teeth with Invisalign, call Grace Dental Group for a free consultation. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.