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.
"I've been going to Lifetime Smiles for a little while now and I recommend it to everyone. I had a bad experience while having a cavity filled at a different dentist when I was younger, and I was very nervous for the small cavity I had to get filled today and I didn't even feel it! I was very impressed and now I feel much better and much less nervous. I had Invisalign for 6 months, had a chipped tooth filled in, and teeth whitening through Dr. Abraham and I get compliments on my smile all the time! I have never been happier with my teeth and the office staff is so nice and friendly!"- M.W. / Yelp / Mar 08, 2018
"The best doctors and staff I have ever had in my life. Like family! expertise, professionalism and likability. My new Invisalign smile is STUNNING! Dallas to CA for all my dental needs."- A.F. / Google / Oct 16, 2017
"Lifetime Smiles of OC is the best! If you’re looking for a friendly, professional, knowledgeable, kind, and gentle dentist, look no further! Dr. Abraham is second to none, he keeps up with current procedures, products, education, and anything that makes going to the dentist easy for his patients. As a matter of fact, when you go there, you feel like family, not just a nameless person. Dr. Abraham is the BEST at giving shots, totally painless and he constantly checks to make sure you’re comfortable. I have a problem staying numb, he stops at the slightest raise of my hand and gives me more Novocain. He explains everything in great detail and makes sure I understand what he’s doing and why. He takes the fear out of going to the dentist, I actually look forward to seeing him and we talk about a common interest, food. Ana, Raquel, and Haley run the front office. As soon as you walk in, they greet you and ask how you’re doing. They’re so friendly, efficient and professional, they answer questions about insurance, appointments, services, and send out reminders for upcoming appointments. My husband usually has Saturday appointments, but if an opening for a late afternoon appointment is available they’ll call and see if he’d like to go in. Now that’s great service! Jon is an amazing hygienist, he’s so thorough and knowledgeable. I get my teeth cleaned every three months, he keeps me accountable and consistent with my dental health. About a year ago he noticed I had small cracks on some of my teeth, my bite was off and it was damaging my teeth. He recommended Invisalign, thank you Jon! I love my smile and my teeth are straight. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants straight teeth with getting braces, no one ever noticed I was wearing the Invisalign trays. Naomi and Ana are awesome dental assistants. They’re both very gentle, caring, nice, professional, and friendly. They work so well with Dr. Abraham and take great pride in doing a wonderful job. When they’ve make temporary crowns for me they’re so comfortable, it’s a shame they have to be removed. The office has been remodeled and is beautiful! They have a Keurig, a refrigerator with filled water bottles, and a play area for children. The dental area is super clean and well equipped. If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the dentist, have no fear, you won’t be judged and you will be welcomed. They all genuinely care about your dental health, how to help you achieve and maintain healthy teeth."- N.A. / Google / Jun 18, 2019
"This has been one of the best dental offices I have been to. The entire staff is amazing and extremely helpful. I've never had to wait in the waiting room longer than a minute and they do their best to accommodate my teaching schedule. It's great that I can come in on Saturday mornings and not have to wait. Each dentist takes the time to explain procedures; I feel like I learn something new each time! Raquel and Ana take the time to explain each charge and break down insurance coverage. I'm currently on Invisalign and I am liking how easy it is. I highly recommend this dental office!"- V.R. / Yelp / Jul 30, 2019
"Amazing and friendly staff! I just started the Invisalign treatment with them. They've been very helpful and explain everything step by step."- S.S. / Google / Aug 01, 2019
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.
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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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