I Cracked an Aligner — What Do I Do?

It an aligner cracks and you just started using it, you can go back to your last aligner instead. If your new aligner has arrived and it’s almost time to use it, you can probably start with the new one right away. In either case, a cracked aligner will not work properly and must be […]

I Dropped My Aligner on the Floor — Now What?

There’s no “five second rule” for dropped aligners. It’s best to clean it thoroughly before reinserting it into your mouth. Never use hot water to do the cleaning! High temperatures can deform your aligners. Invisalign recommends using their Cleaning Kit with sanitizing crystals that thoroughly clean your aligners in fifteen minutes or less. You can […]

I Went On Vacation and Forgot My Aligners — What Now?

Going without your aligner for a few days is not the “end of the world,” but you will notice a difference when you return. Hopefully, your current aligner still fits fine. If you go a longer period without your Invisalign tray, using it when you return will feel a lot like it did when you […]

Sometimes My Teeth Feel Loose — Is That Normal?

Invisalign moves your teeth. It’s how they improve your smile! So the teeth do occasionally feel loose during any orthodontic process. Don’t be afraid to use your teeth for chewing hard foods and biting into fruits like apples. When your smile is completely corrected and you switch to a retainer, any feeling of “looseness” in […]

Are There Payment Plans for Invisalign?

Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Group accepts payments via Care Credit, a recognized nationwide provider of credit for medical and dental procedures. You can get more information about all of your payment and insurance options in our Carmichael dental office or via the financing section of our website.

Will My Insurance Help Pay for Invisalign?

Invisalign is probably covered by your insurance, at least partially. Dental insurance generally offers orthodontics coverage. Invisalign is a proven treatment for fixing malocclusions, so we can bill your insurer for orthodontics if you choose to use Invisalign. Our Carmichael dental office can give you specifics about your policy coverages.

What’s the Cost of Invisalign?

Invisalign costs about the same as traditional braces. Normal treatment ranges in price from $3500 to $8000, with the average Invisalign patient spending about $5000. There are shorter, more specific treatment programs that can cost significantly less. If your dental insurance has orthodontics coverage, than Invisalign is paid for, at least in part. Call our […]

Does Invisalign Work with Bridgework?

Invisalign puts pressure on individual teeth to straighten the bite and smile. With the gaps in the mouth with bridgework, that pressure would be missing, In some cases, it is possible to combine the two, but this can only be determined after consulting with your dentist at Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Office.

Does Invisalign Work with Veneers?

Yes, Invisalign can work with veneers, but not in all cases. A consultation with the team of dentists at Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Group will let you know if Invisalign can combine with your veneers.

Can Invisalign Fix My Teeth If I Used Braces Before?

You may have had traditional braces in the past, but have your teeth now shifted? Maybe you were not diligent about wearing your retainer, or possibly your initial treatment did not achieve the results your hoped for? Whatever the reasons, Invisalign may be the perfect solution to give you the smile you wish you finished […]

Can Dr. Alizadeh Remove Braces and Switch to Invisalign?

If you currently have braces and would like to switch to the comfort and convenience of Invisalign, a visit with your Carmichael dentist is recommended. Make an appointment with the Marconi Dental Group to see if a mid-treatment upgrade to Invisalign is a good choice for you.

Does Invisalign Contain Bisphenol-A (BPA)?

Absolutely not. BPA was commonly used in plastics up to the last decade, when concerns arose about its affect on human endocrine systems. Invisalign products and Vivera Retainers contain no Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticizers. All of our products are made with medical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. Tests show that they are biocompatible and pass […]

How Many People Have Used Invisalign?

Over one million people have been successfully treated for orthodontic problems with the Invisalign system. Dr. Alizadeh’s Carmichael dental office has many good experiences from patients using Invisalign. And with Invisalign’s expansion into China, the number of happy smiles will likely increase exponentially!

How Do I Clean My Aligners?

When you get your first set of aligners, you can also choose to receive the Invisalign Cleaning Kit, which uses special cleansers for keeping your aligners clean. You can also brush your trays like you brush your teeth. A thorough rinsing afterwards is important to keep your trays clean and fresh.

Does Food Residue Stain the Aligners?

You will be removing your trays before you eat. Then, before you put them back in, a complete brushing of your teeth is important, because foods like pasta sauce and berries can stain your aligners. Remember though, you will be getting new trays every few weeks, so not all is lost if you get a […]

May I Chew Gum with Invisalign?

The Marconi Dental Group doesn’t recommend gum chewing while wearing your aligner trays. Just as you will remove your Invisalign trays for eating, you’ll remove them for gum chewing as well. This means that if you have a multiple packs a day gum chewing habit, Invisalign may not work for you, since you need to […]

May I Drink Alcohol or Soda?

Drinking alcohol or sugary drinks won’t damage your aligners, but it would leave your teeth surrounded by liquids that cause tooth decay. If you clean your teeth and your aligners right after drinking alcohol or sugary drinks, you’ll be OK. Our Carmichael dental office would like to remind you that the drink that will keep […]

May I Smoke with Invisalign?

One of the best things about your aligner trays is that they’re invisible. Smoking will discolor them, so it is best to not smoke with your Invisalign trays in your mouth. Of course, you still need to wear them for 20 to 22 hours per day, so a regular smoking habit might interfere with Invisalign […]

Do I Eat What I Want with Invisalign?

Yes, you can eat all the foods you love and even those you don’t, like Brussels sprouts! Think of all the foods that you cannot eat with traditional braces, such as corn, apples, popcorn, sandwiches and sticky foods. These are all OK to eat with Invisalign, since you remove your aligners to eat. After cleaning […]