Elena Heredia, DDS


Reliable Mission District Invisalign® Clear Aligners

One of the primary concerns people often have about dental braces is the aesthetic impact of the metalwork on their smiles. Especially for adults, the prospect of wearing unattractive metal braces for long periods of time can be very discouraging. At Diente Dental, we offer Invisalign clear aligners to straighten teeth fast and without the use of metal.

Invisalign treatment consists of a series of custom-made aligning trays. The dentist changes the trays every several weeks to fit the new tooth configuration. In addition to the reduced visual impact, Invisalign aligning trays can be temporarily removed for important occasions – meaning that treatment duration is patient-controlled. A great number of people report complete satisfaction with both the Invisalign treatment and the stunning results. If you're looking for an innovative and comfortable solution to alignment issues, our Mission District Invisalign braces can help. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

What Kind of Bite Problems Can Invisalign Correct?

Our team recommends this clear aligner system in many of the same situations where traditional braces would be used. However, as a metal-free and removable option, Invisalign trays address mild orthodontic problems while offering patients improved visual appeal and convenience.

Here are some problems that are commonly corrected with our Mission District Invisalign treatments:

  • Overcrowding – This occurs when there is too little space for the teeth to align normally in the mouth. Overcrowding can cause tooth decay and increase the likelihood of gum disease.
  • Large gaps between teeth – This can sometimes occur because teeth are missing or because the jaw continues to grow abnormally.
  • Crossbite – This common dental problem occurs when one or multiple upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. As a consequence, uneven wear can lead to bone erosion and gum disease.
  • Overbite – This problem occurs when the upper teeth project further than, or completely cover, the lower teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ may occur.
  • Underbite – This is the inverse of the overbite; the lower teeth project further than, or completely cover, the upper teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ can occur.


What Advantages Does Invisalign Offer Over Traditional Braces and Veneers?


Traditional dental braces, Invisalign aligning trays, and dental veneers are three different ways to perfect the alignment of your teeth. There are many different considerations to make when deciding which treatment will be best for your situation and smile desires.

Invisalign differs from traditional braces in that the aligning trays are fully removable. This means that more discipline and commitment is required from the patient. This is not usually a problem since the trays are comfortable and nearly invisible. Almost identical results can be obtained by using either treatment.

Our Invisalign treatment in San Francisco is preferable to veneers in many cases because, unlike veneers, Invisalign actually straightens the teeth. Veneers are thin covers that the dentist permanently affixes to the teeth. Teeth must be etched beforehand, meaning that to remove dental veneers, an alternative covering must be constructed. In addition to being somewhat expensive, veneers can break and often last for less than 20 years.

What to Expect with Invisalign In San Francisco?

At your initial consultation visit, our Mission District Invisalign dentist will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan to ensure your aligner trays are suitable for your comfort and long-term oral health goals. For the accurate design and creation of your unique set of aligners, three-dimensional images will be taken of your entire jaw and sent out to a trusted dental laboratory. Based on your individual situation, as many as 29 or as few as 20 sets of clear aligners may be made per arch.

While the ability to remove Invisalign trays allows patients to enjoy the ability to undergo orthodontic treatment without dietary restrictions, wearing your aligners consistently is key to achieving optimal results. We recommend you wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day.

What Are Some Considerations When Wearing Invisalign Trays?

Life with Invisalign aligning trays in the Mission District may take several weeks to get used to. The trays should be worn constantly, except when eating and drinking. It is important to remove the trays when consuming food or drink because food can become trapped between the tray and the teeth, causing tooth decay.

Usually, new trays are necessary every two weeks, and progress between appointments can be seen with the naked eye. There is no doubt that these innovative aligning trays have revolutionized orthodontics. Additionally, Invisalign is renowned for being both comfortable and effective.

If you're looking for a way to discreetly improve the appearance of your smile, our Invisalign treatments in San Francisco's Mission District can help. Contact Diente Dental today and schedule your appointment!