Invisalign

Carmen Castillo, DDS -  - General Dentist

Carmen Castillo, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in South Bay, Manhattan Beach, CA

Invisalign Specialist
As a top cosmetic dentist in the South Bay, Dr. Carmen Castillo is skilled in the Invisalign® orthodontic system, helping patients enjoy straighter, healthier teeth. Invisalign® can be a great option for teens and adults, and treatment is usually completed in well under two years. Visit Dr. Castillo at her dental practice located in Manhattan Beach to get your smile looking its very best!

Invisalign Q & A

by Carmen Castillo, DDS

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a tooth-straightening system that uses a series of removable, clear plastic trays (called aligners) to gently guide teeth into the correct position. Invisalign® is an alternative to metal or ceramic braces. Invisalign® is used to address most alignment issues, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and gaps between teeth. Both adult and teen versions are available so patients of nearly any age can enjoy the benefits of the Invisalign® system.

What are the benefits of Invisalign®?

Invisalign® offers several benefits compared to traditional braces. First, because the trays are made of clear, smooth plastic, they're virtually invisible while they are being worn. The aligners are very comfortable, with no sharp wires or brackets to rub and irritate the mouth. The aligners are removable for short periods of time to eat or to clean the teeth. It is recommended to wear the aligners for at least 22-23 hours a day.

What happens during Invisalign® treatment?

Upon an initial examination, Dr. Castillo will decide if Invisalign is right for you. Treatment begins with the dentist taking impressions of the teeth. The impressions are sent to a lab where a technician scans them into a computer. Special software scans the impressions and then creates a series of virtual 3-D models that reflect the movements the teeth need to make to come into their proper alignment. The aligners are then crafted based on these models. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being changed to the next in the series. Most patients can complete treatment in less than two years.

Is Invisalign® covered by insurance?

Generally, no, although some plans provide partial coverage for orthodontic care. Our office can help patients determine their coverage limits and identify other sources of budget-friendly financing. If you are interested in correcting the alignment of your teeth, make an appointment with Dr. Castillo  to determine if Invisalign® is the right treatment for you.

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