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Invisible Braces in Rancho Santa Margarita

I am neither afraid nor embarrassed to admit that I don’t know how the computer works.  I've heard the explanation about “on and off switches”, but that doesn't tell me how moving the mouse makes the little arrow move on the screen.

So, I really don’t know how the “Invisalign” computer can make straightening of teeth work,                


Teeth either migrate to a less than perfect position (I’ll come back to that), or a person’s born that way.   One gets the tooth-size gene from one parent, and the jaw-size gene from another ( those aren't terms you’d find in a textbook, but they make the point).  If big teeth come from one side of the gene pool, and a small mouth comes from the other, you get crowding or over-lapping.

Invisalign Technology

Align Technologies markets a product called Invisalign.  We take impressions of your teeth, and send these to the company.  Through 3-D computer imaging technology, these are scanned into their computer, which when makes a series of computer generated clear plastic “aligners” that incrementally (.25 mm per aligner) move each tooth that needs to be moved, so that over several months, the teeth are straightened.

What Invisalign Can Correct

 widen arches (arches that are too narrow cause crowding);

 close spaces;

correct overbites (upper front teeth sick out too far), under-bites (lower front teeth stick out farther than upper front teeth),  deep bites (too much overlap), or open bites (upper teeth don’t overlap lower front teeth, so that biting a sandwich would be hard), and cross-bites (upper back teeth overlap lower back teeth incorrectly).  That’s just about everything one would ever ask of conventional braces.

Without the brackets that are bonded onto the teeth and the wires that we’re used to seeing.

You don’t eat with them in place so eating continues to be enjoyable, and, because they’re not permanently affixed to the teeth, it’s much easier to keep the teeth clean.

Why Teeth Get Crooked

During one’s lifetime, teeth migrate toward the front of the mouth, and then towards the center.  This happens even if a person had orthodontics treatment as a youngster (and didn't wear their retainers adequately afterwards), or had adult teeth pulled during childhood orthodontic treatment to make room for the rest of the teeth.  If the lower front teeth stay in alignment with each other, they’ll stay straight.  But, if the pressure from that forward migration is too great, the lower front teeth will start to rotate or overlap.  This has a negative effect on the supporting tissues of these teeth because it is harder to keep them clean and decay free and the gums healthy.  It also has a negative impact on the upper front teeth, making them stick out unevenly, or chip at the edges.

So, if we minimally, imperceptibly reduce the width of the lower front teeth, less than a fourth of a millimeter per side per tooth, which can gain us as much as three millimeters of room to get them back in line, and then keep them there.  They’ll look better, be easier to keep free of decaying, the gums will stay healthier, and the upper front teeth will stay intact.

The results are amazing.  Adults who wouldn't bother with conventional orthodontic braces are getting their teeth straightened, correcting smile-hampering crooked teeth that have bothered them all their lives, or realigning the lower front teeth to protect the uppers from chipping.

Straight teeth without all the hardware.

Contact Us

Call us (949-459-7212) to make a complimentary consultation appointment in our Rancho Santa Margarita office if you’re concerned about your crooked teeth.

Get In Touch

(949) 459-7212

Michael A. Tessier, DDS


Rancho Santa Margarita Office

(949) 459-7212

28562 Oso Pkwy
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688