Get your smile (and confidence!) back with Invisalign® … the orthodontic treatment that does not use braces

The team at Laurel Morello DDS in El Cajon, California, understands that crowded, gapped, crooked, and unevenly spaced teeth are more than embarrassing. Highly visible spacing issues negatively affect how you feel about yourself. Crowded or crooked teeth are more challenging to clean properly. So, they are vulnerable to damage caused by conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease. Imbalances with the “bite,” or how your upper and lower teeth come together when you bite down, can cause excessive wear and tear to natural tooth structure and dental work. These imbalances are associated with chronic headaches and other “TMJ symptoms,” too. 

Invisalign® to the rescue!

Now, for the good news. Our dentists, Drs Laurel and Paul Morello, can straighten your teeth comfortably, efficiently, and discreetly – and all without the use of obvious, fixed metal wires, brackets, bands, and headgear. 

The beauty and brilliance of Invisalign® reside in its use of a series of custom-made, computer-generated plastic aligners to straighten the teeth and resolve bite issues instead of the hardware mentioned above (associated with traditional orthodontic treatment with braces). Every set of aligners is created by taking accurate impressions or models of your teeth. This helps to ensure effective repositioning of the teeth, as well as comfort. 

The aligners are specially crafted to gradually adjust the positioning of teeth by making small changes in their alignment. When worn as directed, for at least 20 to 22 hours each day, switching sets around every two weeks, the teeth are gently and gradually guided into their proper positions. Since they are made from transparent plastic, they are virtually invisible. The plastic is also smooth and thin for utmost comfort

They can be removed easily. So, Invisalign® aligners help to promote comfortable and effective eating, brushing, and flossing. Simply ensure that the aligners are stored safely during meals or when cleaning your mouth. This helps to minimize breaks or damage to the trays. You can also keep them looking great (stain-free!) by cleansing and sanitizing as instructed by your dentist. A denture cleanser or another solution or rinse our team recommends may be appropriate. It is not advised to use regular toothpaste because it can dull the aligners and actually promote the development of bacterial build-up on these appliances. 

Schedule your Invisalign® consultation today!Invisalign® has been around for more than 25 years. What started as a cosmetic and removable alternative to braces for minor repositioning needs has evolved to effectively treat even more complex underbite, overbite, crossbite, and open bite issues. To find out how you may benefit from Invisalign®, call the office of Laurel Morello DDS in El Cajon, California, at (619) 404-2634.


Why Do Patients Choose Invisalign?

Patients in El Cajon, California, choose Invisalign for its discreet appearance, comfort, and convenience. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible, offering confidence during treatment. They’re also removable, allowing easy cleaning and eating without dietary restrictions. Customized for each patient, Invisalign provides a tailored treatment plan, often resulting in shorter treatment times than traditional braces. Additionally, the aligners are smooth and comfortable, reducing irritation to the mouth and gums. With these benefits, Invisalign appeals to individuals seeking effective orthodontic treatment without the inconvenience and visibility associated with traditional braces.

Can I Eat The Foods I Want With Invisalign?

Because Invisalign aligners are removable, it’s advisable to remove them before eating to prevent damage. This allows you to enjoy virtually any food without restrictions, unlike traditional braces, which may limit certain foods. Removing the aligners also prevents staining or warping from hot or colored foods. After eating, brush your teeth before reinserting the aligners to maintain oral hygiene. This flexibility makes Invisalign a preferred choice for those desiring orthodontic treatment without dietary constraints, offering convenience and freedom to enjoy a wide range of foods throughout the treatment process.

How Do I Clean My Invisalign Aligners?

To clean Invisalign aligners effectively, rinse them with lukewarm water to remove saliva and debris. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and clear, antibacterial soap to gently brush the aligners, inside and out, avoiding abrasive cleaners. Alternatively, soak them in a mixture of equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide for about 15 minutes daily. Avoid using hot water, which can distort the aligners. Additionally, clean your aligner case regularly with soap and water. Consistent cleaning, ideally after each meal, maintains the aligners’ transparency and prevents bacterial buildup, ensuring a hygienic and comfortable orthodontic experience.

Are Invisalign Aligners Really Invisible To Others?

Invisalign aligners are highly discreet but not entirely invisible. Made from transparent plastic, they blend with natural tooth color, making them barely noticeable during typical social interactions. However, certain angles or lighting conditions might reveal their presence. Despite this, their subtle appearance offers users confidence and comfort in various settings. Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are significantly less conspicuous, contributing to their popularity among individuals seeking orthodontic treatment without the aesthetic concerns associated with metal braces.

Can I Visit My Dentist For Other Treatments While Using Invisalign?

Yes, you can often receive other dental treatments while undergoing Invisalign, but it depends on the specific procedure and your dentist’s recommendations. Routine dental work like cleanings, fillings, or minor adjustments typically poses no issue and can proceed as usual. However, major procedures may require adjustments to your treatment plan or temporary removal of aligners. As your general dentist we will ensure additional dental work aligns with your Invisalign treatment goals.

Can I Take Part In Athletics While Wearing My Invisalign Aligners?

Yes, you can participate in athletics while wearing Invisalign aligners. The aligners are designed to be worn during most activities, including sports. However, wearing a mouthguard for added protection, especially during contact sports, is advisable to prevent injury to your mouth and aligners. Mouthguards can be worn over the aligners to provide cushioning and reduce the risk of damage. Ensure the aligners fit snugly to avoid discomfort during physical activity. By taking these precautions, you can safely engage in athletics while continuing your Invisalign treatment, maintaining progress toward your desired smile.

What Should I Do If I Damage My Invisalign Aligner?

If you damage your Invisalign aligner, contact your invisalign dentist immediately for guidance. Depending on the severity of the damage, they may recommend continuing to wear the aligner until your next scheduled change or provide instructions for replacing it sooner. Avoid attempting to repair the aligner yourself, as this could compromise its effectiveness. If discomfort occurs due to damage, switch to a previous aligner or use dental wax for temporary relief. Follow your orthodontist’s advice closely to ensure uninterrupted progress in your treatment. Prompt action and communication with your orthodontic provider are crucial to addressing any issues with damaged aligners.