878 Walnut St San Luis Obispo, CA 93401


Your Source for Invisalign® in San Luis Obispo

You’ve probably heard that Invisalign® is a great way to straighten crooked teeth without the traditional metal wires and brackets of braces. If you’re looking to get Invisalign® aligners in San Luis Obispo, you can’t beat SLO Smiles. Dr. Main has the training, experience, and talent to ensure you get the smile of your dreams.

The Clear Choice for Straighter Teeth

This modern, revolutionary approach to orthodontics uses custom made aligner trays that gradually shift your teeth into place. This comfortable, clear, and discreet teeth straightening method moves your teeth over time without the pain of traditional braces. Every two weeks, you replace your aligner trays with new ones until your treatment is complete and you are left with a beautiful, confident smile.

Invisalign® is the clear alternative to braces because:
  • Invisalign® aligners are virtually invisible
  • The aligners are smooth and comfortable
  • Aligners can be removed for easy cleaning
  • You can eat whatever you want!
  • There are no wires or brackets to irritate your mouth
  • It’s easy to floss and brush your teeth
The Invisalign® Treatment Process

After your dentist evaluates your mouth and determines if you are a good candidate for Invisalign®, you will have photographs taken and impressions made of your teeth. These photographs and impressions will be used to create a digital 3-D image of your teeth. From these 3-D images, your dentist will map out a teeth straightening treatment plan.

Custom made clear aligner trays will be fabricated specifically for you. You will wear them throughout the day and night, removing them only to eat and clean your teeth. Over time, the aligner trays will gradually move your teeth into the perfect position.

Approximately every two weeks your aligner trays are replaced, advancing you to the next stage of treatment. Every six to eight weeks you will have checkups with your doctor to monitor the results. The Invisalign teeth straightening treatment usually lasts about a year. But the time it takes can vary depending on how much tooth movement is required.

If you have any questions about Invisalign®, or would like to schedule a free consultation, pleasecontact us today. We look forward to providing you with the winning smile you deserve.

Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign®

While Invisalign® aligners can correct most issues of crooked and crowded teeth, and gaps between teeth, some cases still require traditional braces. The dentists at SLO Smiles can best determine which orthodontic treatment is right for you.
It’s possible that traditional orthodontics may still be the best way to achieve your teeth straightening goals. Call us today for a consultation to find out the right solution for you to get a more healthy and beautiful smile!

Common Causes of Orthodontic Issues

Many orthodontic problems are acquired genetically. Such problems include overcrowding, excess space between teeth, a protruding upper lip, extra or missing teeth, or jaw growth problems. These issues may also be a result of thumb sucking, mouth breathing, dental disease, abnormal swallowing, poor oral hygiene, trauma, poor nutrition, and early or late loss of the baby teeth.

How Orthodontics Can Save You Money

Whether you choose Invisalign® or traditional braces, orthodontic procedures can be a significantly cheaper option when compared to treating the dental complications that arise from misaligned teeth.

Crooked teeth are not only difficult to clean and maintain but may lead to tooth decay or worsening gum disease. Crooked teeth or malpositioned teeth may also cause misalignment of the jaw. Improper jaw alignment can lead to abnormal wear of the tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on the teeth, and misalignment of the jaw joints. Often, headaches and face or neck pain are symptoms of these orthodontic issues.

Orthodontic treatment can help you to…
  • have the healthiest smile possible
  • not only look good but also feel good
  • get the specialized care and attention you need
  • make sure your bite is aligned correctly
  • prevent future shifting of the teeth
How Braces Work

Braces work by placing a constant, gentle force upon the teeth in a carefully controlled direction. The braces slowly move the teeth to the correct position.The technology in orthodontic services has greatly improved over the years. Today’s braces are clear or metallic and can be made of a variety of materials such as metal, ceramic, or plastic.The wires are far less noticeable than they used to be and modern braces are able to accomplish teeth straightening far faster with less discomfort than braces from the past.

Duration of Orthodontic Treatment

Treatment duration varies from patient to patient, however it typically ranges from twelve to thirty months.
Factors that impact the duration of treatment include the growth of the patient’s jaws and the severity of the problem. Since individual patients grow at different rates, the response to orthodontic treatment may vary between patients.

Treatment duration can also be impacted by a patient’s diligent use of prescribed rubber bands.
The orthodontist and the patient must work as a team in order to complete treatment as quickly as possible.

Oral Hygiene with Braces

It is imperative to maintain proper, thorough oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. A variety of products exist to enable patients to better access areas under wires and around brackets and bands. If plaque and bacteria area not removed on a frequent and thorough basis, decay, tooth staining, and gum infections can very easily occur.

Whether you are considering traditional braces or Invisalign®, we promise to provide you with exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile.
If would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions, please contact us today.

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  • Tuesday7:00am - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday7:00am - 7:00pm
  • Thursday7:00am - 5:30pm
  • Friday7:00am - 2:00pm
  • Saturday8:00am - 12:00pm
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Please call our office in San Luis Obispo to arrange a convenient appointment with one of our dentists. Evening and weekend appointments are available to fit your busy schedule! We look forward to welcoming you and making sure your future and smile are brighter.