Properly aligned, straight teeth are not just aesthetically appealing, they are also more comfortable and healthier. An improper bite and crooked teeth may lead to future dental problems that can be expensive to fix, as well as painful. This is why experienced dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham is pleased to provide Invisalign — clear, removable aligners for his patients in Santa Ana, CA. Made custom to fit your teeth and your unique goals, Invisalign is more comfortable and more attractive than traditional metal braces because they may be taken out to make cleaning your teeth and eating easier. If you're interested in having healthier teeth with the Invisalign system, make an appointment at LifeTime Smiles of OC to get more information from Dr. Abraham.
"Dr. Abraham and his staff are great! Not only have they seen me, but our three kids (ages 8,8 & 9, yes twins) and our grandma. We've all seen dentists that are highly recommended, from Corona Del Mar to San Jose as we use to live in Silicon Valley, but I can honestly say that Sr.Abraham and his staff (from dental hygienists, front office staff to the Doc himself) are the best I've seen. They are obviously a for profit business, but they go out of their way to make sure you get more value than what you would ever expect. Dr.Kareem is above all, concerned with the overall health of our entire family. He does things like screen his patients for different issues, as a precaution and doesn't charge extra, just to make sure he has a good overall picture of your health and that you're well informed. I think the biggest thing though is everyone in our family likes going to the dentist because it's always a good experience. The doc is wonderful with our kids and they really like him. They've never complained of anything and that's great! I just recently found out that Dr.Kareem was listed as OC's top 10 doctors in Orange Coast magazine and he didn't pay them a dime, it was a total surprise to him."- S.B. / Yelp / Mar 20, 2019
"So happy Dr. Abraham and his team were able to squeeze me in for a last minute root canal. They did such a great job! Ana and Dr. Abraham explained everything they we're doing and walked me though the whole process. It was pretty quick, painless and everything ran smoothly. I definitely recommend the LifeTime Smiles if OC team!"- N.P. / Yelp / Feb 01, 2020
"The staff is AMAZING! I had a dental emergency while on vacation and as soon as I got back they worked me in immediately. Dr Abraham did an awesome job and throughout the procedure he made sure I was comfortable as well as informed with what he was doing. His assistant Ana was just as amazing with her kindness, patience, and knowledge. You can’t even tell part of my front tooth was missing, I can’t thank them enough!! 10/10 would recommend for any procedure for any age!"- B.T. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
"I've been coming here for a few years now and I will say it is, by far, the best experience I've had at a dentist's office. Super friendly staff and amazing dental work."- S.G. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
"Very welcoming!"- L.R. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
There are several factors that may decide the alignment of your teeth: if you sucked your thumb, genetics, missing a tooth or teeth, and trauma to your face. Dental misalignment may also cause additional oral health concerns such as a bad bite (dental malocclusion), uneven wear on the enamel, difficulty chewing and speaking, plus jaw pain and toothaches. If Dr. Abraham sees one of these issues during your annual dental examination, he can suggest an orthodontic procedure such as Invisalign.
The Invisalign system is wonderful for both teens and adults who would like straighter, healthier teeth without the hassle, pain, and appearance of braces. Even though the aligners should be in the majority of the day, Invisalign trays may be removed for cleaning your teeth and eating, plus for special occasions and physical activities. Much less obvious than traditional metal orthodontics that poke and cut your cheeks, your friends and family will typically not know that you're using your Invisalign aligners.
What To Expect
At your initial consultation, Dr. Abraham may use the iTero intraoral scanner to help you visual the results you can expect through Invisalign treatments. Prior to receiving you clear aligners, Dr. Abraham will take a series of digital photos and create a computer simulation of how the Invisalign will alter your teeth over time so that you can have a visual of your anticipated results. The initial Invisalign aligners will be made with impressions at LifeTime Smiles of OC. When they are ready, you will come back to receive your initial trays with instructions from Dr. Abraham. You need to keep your aligners in for at least 20 hours every day for your treatment to work properly, ideally taking them out only for cleaning and eating. In time, you will go to your next set of trays as they carefully shift your teeth closer to alignment. You should have follow-ups about every 4 – 6 weeks at LifeTime Smiles of OC to have your aligning trays assessed and to get new impressions done so your next trays can be ordered. How long you need to use Invisalign trays will differ considering the initial condition of your teeth and your goals; however, many patients need to wear trays for around a year. In most cases, patients wear about 10 – 20 separate sets of aligners.
When your bite is aligned, it is crucial to stop your teeth from shifting into their original position. Vivera retainers by Invisalign are made using the same materials to keep your teeth in their new position once your Invisalign treatment is done. Every retainer is made custom at the Invisalign dental lab based on impressions taken after your orthodontic treatment is done. We also provide permanent wire retainers for the bottom teeth to use alongside Vivera for the top teeth. Dr. Abraham will discuss with you how many hours a day you should wear your retainer, plus how to clean it after it is sent from the laboratory. Dr. Abraham will keep watching the alignment of your teeth and bite during your annual examinations to make sure your teeth stay in their new place.
Many of our patients find that part of their treatment cost is paid for by insurance. Our office can determine your coverage and identify your additional out-of-pocket fees. LifeTime Smiles of OC offers several methods of payment if you are not using insurance. During your consultation, Dr. Abraham will discuss an estimate of costs and how our office can help to make your Invisalign treatment affordable for you with payment plans and medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Invisalign? How is it different than regular braces? Does it work for everyone?
Invisalign is a series of clear plastic aligners, so during Invisalign you can enjoy virtually invisible teeth straightening. Length of treatment depends on patient compliance and the severity of the case, so it isn’t for everybody. If you are interested in Invisalign, schedule a free 3D scan, consultation, and evaluation today!
What are the advantages of Invisalign vs. regular braces?
There are many advantages of using clear aligner therapy over traditional braces. Unlike braces, with Invisalign you can eat whatever you want, remove the aligners when you need to, and brush and floss normally. The aligners are also smooth and comfortable to wear.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
Invisalign treatments vary in length depending on the teeth and patient compliance. Schedule a free 3D scan and consultation and Dr. Abraham can give an estimate of treatment time.
What are the keys to success with Invisalign? What do patients need to do to make sure they get the best results?
Wearing the aligners 22 hours a day is the best way to ensure optimal results.
What do you think about the do-it-yourself options that are gaining popularity like Smile Direct Club?
Unfortunately, with a “do it yourself” treatment you don’t have a dentist overseeing your treatment. With Invisalign, there is a dentist overseeing your progress monthly and modifying treatment plans throughout the process as needed. If there is something you don’t like about your smile Dr. Abraham will make it a priority to fix it as soon as possible.
Invisalign Teeth Straightening
If you or someone in your family is curious about getting healthier, straighter teeth without the pain and hassle of traditional metal braces, make an appointment with Dr. Abraham to decide if you are a candidate for the Invisalign advanced teeth straightening system. He will create your unique treatment plan with Invisalign during your consultation at LifeTime Smiles of OC and help start you on the journey to a beautiful smile.
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