Invisalign® Specialist

Rick Pan, DMD

Dentist located in San Jose, CA

Invisalign® is a revolutionary teeth straightening system available from Dr. Rick Pan at his practice in San Jose, California. Many men and women choose Invisalign over traditional braces and report satisfaction with these subtle and clear liners. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about how Invisalign can help you achieve your best possible smile. Online scheduling is available, or simply call the office to make an appointment.

Invisalign® Q&A

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign is a teeth straightening option that uses a series of clear plastic aligners to shift teeth into their optimal positions. Invisalign provides the same effects as traditional metal braces, without the downsides.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

Many people choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces. Some of the benefits of Invisalign include:

  • No dietary restrictions
  • Simplified dental hygiene
  • No need to repair broken brackets or wires
  • No discomfort from metal components
  • No risk of soft tissue damage during sports or other activities

Of course, the aesthetic appeal of clear aligners over metal braces is one of the most significant advantages of the Invisalign system. Many people won’t even notice that you’re wearing your aligners!

How does Invisalign work?

Your Invisalign journey begins with the initial consultation. In this consultation, Dr. Pan evaluates your dental health to ensure that there is no active gum disease or signs of decay that need to be addressed prior to beginning treatment.

Next Dr. Pan takes a direct impression of your teeth to create an accurate 3D image of your current smile.This smile mapping allows the lab to create your customized aligners. They fit snugly over your top and bottom teeth, placing gentle pressure exactly where needed.

Once your aligners arrive, Dr. Pan checks for proper fit. You'll begin wearing the first set right away. It's important to wear your aligners between 20-22 hours each day, removing them only for meals and dental hygiene.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Most people can benefit from the Invisalign system, but there are a few notable exceptions. One of the biggest factors is your overall dental health.

If you have active gum disease it's important to make improvements prior to beginning Invisalign treatment. Dr. Pan can work with you to assess and improve the health of your gums.

Advanced dental decay may also be a problem. If you have one or more teeth that require a root canal, crown, or dental implant, you may need to postpone Invisalign until those restorations are complete.

Otherwise, Invisalign can improve many alignment issues including:

  • Spacing (gapped teeth)
  • Crowding

To learn more about how Invisalign can address your specific needs, schedule a consultation with Dr. Pan today.