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Invisalign – Bakersfield, CA

Discreet & Fast Orthodontic Treatment

Woman placing an Invisalign tray

Many adults and teens are hesitant to have their orthodontic issues fixed because they don’t want to commit to having metal brackets and wires in their mouth for years at a time. Unfortunately, when these problems aren’t addressed, it could put patients at a higher risk of oral health problems like cavities and gum disease. With Invisalign in Bakersfield, CA, Dr. Carlson’s patients can correct bite problems and address misalignment with a discreet and more comfortable alternative.

Why Choose Dominic Carlson, DDS for Invisalign?

  • We Accept Dental Insurance
  • Warm & Welcoming Dental Office
  • We See Patients of All Ages

What is Invisalign?

Animated smile during Invisalign placement

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that utilizes customized, clear aligners to gently and strategically shift teeth into their ideal alignment. Every two weeks, you’ll progress to a new series of trays that will allow your teeth to continue shifting. After about six to eight weeks, you’ll come back into our dental office to pick up your new trays and receive a quick follow-up appointment to make sure that you’re staying on-track with your treatment timeline.

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

Woman placing an Invisalign tray

Not every patient with orthodontic issues can benefit from Invisalign treatment. In more severe cases, traditional braces may even be the most efficient and effective option. However, Invisalign in Bakersfield can address a wide array of issues, including:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowded teeth

The best way to learn whether you’re a good candidate for Invisalign is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carlson today.

Benefits of Choosing Invisalign

Three women with healthy smiles after Invisalign treatment

Invisalign is such a popular orthodontic treatment because it has several unique benefits to offer patients, including:

  • The clear aligners make it hard for others to spot that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.
  • Because your aligners are removable, they’re simpler to clean and make it easier to prevent oral health problems as you’re undergoing treatment.
  • Eat What You Want. Since your trays are removable, you can eat whatever you’d like while you’re undergoing treatment, just make sure to take out your trays beforehand.

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

Hand holding an Invisalign tray

The cost of your treatment depends on a number of factors that we will outline for you during your initial consultation, including how many aligners you need. As you’re undergoing the treatment, you’ll need to remain diligent about keeping tabs on your trays and making sure they remain clean. This will prevent you from needing to order a replacement, which may cost extra. As long as you stay on-track with your treatment timeline, the price that we quote during your initial consultation shouldn’t change.

Invisalign FAQs

person putting Invisalign trays in their mouth

Dr. Carlson, your cosmetic dentist in Bakersfield, and our team want you to feel confident in your decision to move forward with Invisalign treatment, which is why we’ve taken the time to answer several of the most common questions that we receive from our patients below. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for, please feel free to contact our office directly so we can get you the answers you need. 

How long does Invisalign treatment take?

There are several different factors that will play a role in how long you’ll need to be undergoing Invisalign treatment for. Some of them include:

  • Whether you stay on-track with your treatment timeline
  • If you lose or damage an aligner during your treatment
  • How severe your orthodontic issues are
  • Whether you need to correct bite misalignment
  • If you want to straighten both or one of your arches

We’ll discuss all of these details with you during your initial consultation and walk you through your treatment timeline so you know what to expect throughout the process. The average Invisalign case takes between 12 and 18 months, while more drastic cases can take longer.

Does it hurt to wear Invisalign aligners?

When you first get your Invisalign aligners in Bakersfield, you’ll need to undergo an adjustment period while you get used to how they feel. Most patients say that they experience little to no discomfort throughout their treatments, with the exception of whenever they switch out their trays for the next ones in their series. These are made to adjust your teeth even more, so they may make your gums and teeth feel sore and tender for a day or so. If this happens to you, you can take an over-the-counter medication to help, like ibuprofen. Or, we recommend switching to the next series in your treatment at night so you sleep through most of the adjustment period.

What should I do if my aligners get damaged or become lost?

If your aligners become lost or damaged, the first step you should always take is to contact our office so we can determine whether you need a replacement pair. If you do, we’ll order them immediately so you don’t fall behind on your treatment plan. In some cases, you may be able to advance to the next series of aligners in your treatment without any issues.

Can I eat with my Invisalign trays in?

You should never eat with your Invisalign trays in because you could accidentally damage them. However, unlike with braces, you’re able to eat whatever foods you’d like throughout your treatment. All you need to do beforehand is remove your trays from your mouth and store them in a hard protective case.