By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
August 16, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign is an exciting alternative to traditional braces for straightening your smile. What makes Invisalign so unique is the use of removable, clear aligner trays to move the teeth. There are no brackets or wires. In Honolulu, HI, Invisalign treatment is available at Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Ken Yasuhara can help you achieve the straight smile you’ve always wanted.

How Invisalign Straightens Teeth

Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment for straightening crooked teeth and correcting spacing issues, such as teeth that overlap or small gaps between teeth. Additionally, Invisalign can correct minor alignment problems with the bite. Severe orthodontic issues, such as major bite misalignment, are best treated with traditional braces. The highly skilled dentist at our office in Honolulu, HI, can determine if Invisalign is an option for you.

With Invisalign, custom aligner trays are worn over the teeth in place of the brackets, bands and wires associated with traditional braces. Like braces, though, the aligner trays move the teeth by gently exerting pressure on them. Over time, this gentle pressure nudges the teeth in the desired direction.

Treatment involves multiple sets of custom aligner trays. A set includes two separate trays, one for the top teeth and one for the bottom. Each set is worn for approximately two weeks and is then replaced with the next set. The teeth straighten out more and move closer to their final position with each subsequent set of trays.

Advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign is an effective method for straightening teeth among both teens and adults. It also has many advantages when it comes to straightening your teeth. Benefits of this exciting treatment option include:

Comfort: Many patients find the aligner trays to be more comfortable than traditional braces since there are no hard components to irritate the mouth. The trays are made from a soft, flexible plastic. Further, the trays are custom-made for each individual patient for a perfect fit.

Extremely Discreet: Invisalign’s aligners are made from a clear material so they are practically invisible to others.

Removable: The trays can be removed temporarily for up to two hours each day without compromising treatment.

Greater Dietary Choices: Since the aligner trays can be taken out when eating, it is possible to enjoy a greater variety of foods during treatment. Being able to remove the aligners prevents food from getting stuck in them and protects the trays from being damaged by hard or sticky foods.

Improved Oral Hygiene: Brushing and flossing the teeth during treatment is easy since the aligner trays can be taken out to perform your oral hygiene routine.

Teeth-Grinding Protection: Invisalign’s aligner trays provide protection against the wear and tear of teeth grinding for patients who grind their teeth when sleeping.

Achieve the smile you’ve always wanted when you straighten your teeth with Invisalign. Dr. Yasuhara can determine if you are a candidate for this exciting treatment option. For Invisalign in Honolulu, HI, call Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic & Restorative Dentistry at (808) 947-8900.