Your teeth are some of the strongest structures in your body. They perform the amazing functions of biting, chewing, and helping to form speech and sounds. Some people also use them for things they are not meant to do – like cutting string and plastic or cracking open tough nuts. So teeth have to be strong. When they are moved or realigned along the jaw through orthodontics, either through the Invisalign process or traditional braces, there is going to be some discomfort.

The benefit with Invisalign orthodontics is that the discomfort is usually short-term and revolves around the new set of aligners you receive every two weeks. That minor pain comes from your teeth actually moving into their proper positions. With Invisalign, you do not experience pain from irritation, lacerations or punctures, because the plastic components of the aligners are inherently smooth.

How to Minimize Discomfort

When you receive your Invisalign trays, each one is custom designed to get your teeth to the next level of straight, on a schedule designed by professionals. Sticking to your custom plan is important, as is wearing your trays for 20 to 22 hours each day. If you are not wearing your trays properly and move on to the next tray, there might be quite a bit of discomfort. You may have to go back to the last set of trays, which would delay your straightening schedule. But if you have been diligent about wearing your Invisalign trays, this period of discomfort should be brief and can be helped by taking Ibuprofen.

Comments from Real Invisalign Users

Here are some comments from Invisalign users:

I feel the [tray] pushing on my teeth but there has been no pain. The first few days I had an oral fixation on [the aligner] and examined the edges of it constantly with my tongue. DO NOT DO THIS, just leave it alone. The tip of my tongue became very sore. No pain whatsoever when eating, although I do enjoy removing Invisalign a few times a day to eat. That I feel is a big advantage over traditional braces.”

When I first got the trays, the first few days are the WORST and it’s hard to get used to. But the pain subsides with a day or two and Ibuprofen really helps. Now when I switch aligner trays after 2 weeks, I always do so in the evening with an Ibuprofen, and I am fine.”

Learn More at Invisalign Weekend

Moving teeth from one position to another is not like rearranging the living room. They are teeth, they have roots and they want to stay where they are. If you want them in a better place, either for looks or for health or both, they are going to need some “tough love.” Talk to our dentists this weekend, Friday May 30th and Saturday, May 31st about the wonderful advantages of Invisalign. For more information, call us at 916-589-6462, make an appointment with our website, or stop by the office at 4350 Marconi Avenue, Suite 100. Get your teeth moving in the right direction – straight and as perfect as possible — with Invisalign!

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

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Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.