Posts for tag: Invisalign

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   Invisalign   orthodontics  

It’s understandable if you’re not comfortable wearing clunky, unsightly metal braces—especially as an adult who has a lot of responsibilityinvisalign to take care of in the course of a week. Explore an alternative with Dr. Cesar Acosta, a dentist practicing in Turlock, CA. He can straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign, a popular and effective orthodontic treatment that doesn’t require metal brackets.

Ways to Straighten Your Smile

Most people assume that their misaligned teeth will require wearing metallic braces for an extended period of time. This is usually the case for younger patients who have more advanced alignment problems. Other orthodontic options include ceramic and lingual braces, but both are still very uncomfortable to wear. Many patients, especially adults and older teenagers, prefer a more discreet option if it’s possible for their smiles.

The Most Discreet Way

Invisalign is the treatment of choice if you are intent on straightening your smile discreetly. You will wear clear plastic trays throughout the treatment period instead of metal or ceramic braces. Your Turlock dentist will create custom trays that are made just for your teeth. Most people can’t even tell you’re wearing the tray unless they get up-close-and-personal with you. If you’re going to sit down with a friend for a meal, just take the tray off for a short while. For the best results and to stay on schedule, you must wear the trays at least 20-22 hours each day.

Additional Invisalign Benefits

There are other benefits of choosing Invisalign that you should consider. For one, you won’t have to sit through extended appointments with your dentist to have your braces tightened or adjusted. You’ll simply have a quick check-up and receive your next tray. You won’t have to bear the pain associated with tightening wire braces. Also, most Invisalign treatments only take about a year compared to two or three years for regular braces.

An Invisalign Consultation

If you prefer to straighten your smile out discreetly, contact a Dr. Acosta at his practice in Turlock, CA, to learn more about Invisalign. Call (209) 250-2560 today to set a time to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Cesar Acosta
April 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

There is no question that straight, well-aligned teeth are the hallmark of a beautiful, confident smile. Even with cosmetic improvements like professional teeth whitening or a few well placed dental veneers, proper dental alignment is necessary for both the cosmetic appearance of our smiles and our overall oral health. However for many people, especially adults, putting orthodontic needs on hold, or Invisalignignoring them altogether, can seem like a reasonable choice in order to avoid traditional metallic braces.

Get Straighter Teeth with Invisalign in Turlock

The good news is that choosing between vanity and straighter teeth is no longer necessary, thanks to the development of clear teeth aligners trays. Turlock, CA-based dentist Dr. Cesar Acosta offers Invisalign for patients looking to discreetly straighten their teeth, without having to commit to traditional braces. Invisalign clear aligner trays offer the same effectiveness of wire braces, without the wires. Made of clear, durable plastic, the trays are custom made for each patient to be worn every day for up to 22 hours each day. After a two week period, the trays are changed for the next one in the series as the teeth begin to gradually shift into the desired position.

Benefits of "Invisible" Aligner Trays

So you really want to fix your teeth and invest in your best smile ever, but the commitment and maintenance involved with getting braces, not to mention the potential social stigma, are making you hesitate, or settle for a subpar smile. Invisalign does all of the work that traditional metallic braces do, without the need for recognition! In fact, they can remain a well kept secret between you and your dentist. And because the trays can be removed for up to two hours each day, there is no need to adjust and restrict your normal diet. Invisalign users also have the added advantage of continuing their normal oral health and hygiene routines of daily brushing and flossing.

Contact a Dentist in Turlock

It has never been easier to get a straighter, more attractive smile. To learn more about how Invisalign can straighten your teeth without metallic braces, contact Dr. Cesar Acosta at (209) 250-2560 to schedule a consultation today.

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
November 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Is Invisalign Right For Me?

The latest in orthodontic options, the Invisalign system offers a convenient,Invisalign cosmetic, and hygienic alternative to metal braces. When most of us think about teeth alignment, we think of the early adolescent with colored metal wires attached to their teeth…but now there is a clear plastic alternative that offers many benefits. Instead of using tight wires to achieve teeth movement, Invisalign technology uses clear plastic covers that fit over your teeth and gradually move them into the optimal alignment over time.

A special computer model is made of your mouth, and the best alignment for your teeth is calculated. Several dozen plastic molded “trays”, rather like very thin mouthguards, are created that incrementally push your teeth into the appropriate place. Every two weeks, the trays are switched for the next set in order to create and maintain the gradual pressure required for teeth alignment. The trays must be worn for at least 20 hours per day in order to achieve this- as such, they are usually worn overnight as well as during the day.

Advantages of Invisalign
One of the most popular features of Invisalign is its discreet cosmetic nature- the aligners are clear and very nearly invisible while they are being worn, which allows one to retain a clear and bright smile while still achieving alignment. They can also be easily removed, e.g. for social functions, for up to 4 hours out of every 24. 
The benefits extend beyond aesthetic advantages. Since the entire aligner can be quickly removed, you can easily clean your teeth just as you normally would, allowing you maintain better oral hygiene than with metal braces. There are also many fewer dietary restrictions than are associated with metal braces- for example, crispy foods are perfectly acceptable. Also, metal wires attached to teeth can cause irritation and injury to soft mouth tissue- which is totally avoided by the smooth plastic of Invisalign. 

Should I Consider Invisalign?
If you wish your teeth were straighter, or your smile more aligned, then Invisalign could be the clear and simple solution for you! Treatment is available for both teens and adults. Avoid metal braces and all the complications…get the smile you’ve always wanted by calling Cesar Acosta, DMD Family Dentistry at (209) 250-2580 today!


Many adults these days are opting for clear aligners to correct orthodontic problems that have long bothered them. Katherine Heigl is a perfect example. She had one tooth that was out of alignment, and wanted to have it fixed before her wedding day.

“I got them [clear aligners] because of this wonky tooth,” Heigl told In Style magazine not long ago. “It's awesome because every two weeks you switch to a new retainer. Pretty much the perfect way to describe Invisalign is Netflix for your teeth.”

That's actually a pretty good way to describe this highly user-friendly form of orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners are transparent, plastic oral appliances that are changed every two weeks so that your teeth can be moved a little bit at a time, according to a carefully staged sequence. Though they cover your teeth completely, clear aligners are barely noticeable.

In fact, when Heigl excused herself before taking out her aligners to eat, her In Style interviewer said, “Who knew you wore them? I guess that's the point of Invisalign.”

Being able to remove the aligners for eating and, more importantly, teeth-cleaning, is another major advantage of this method of straightening teeth. Successful orthodontic treatment for adults depends on good periodontal health (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth), and the best way to keep your gums and the underlying bone that supports your teeth healthy is to keep up an effective daily oral hygiene routine.

Clear aligners have been improved in recent years to correct more complicated malocclusions (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) than previously; they can even work well for teenagers. But there are still some cases that call for traditional braces. We would be happy to explore all the different options for orthodontic treatment with you, whether you have crowded teeth, an overbite or underbite, or just one “wonky tooth.”

If you would like more information about clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about clear aligners in general by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners For Teenagers.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Wedding Day Smiles.”

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
November 26, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   Turlock  
Dentist Turlock CA InvisalignMany people see orthodontic treatment as solely available to give you a more attractive smile.  While improving your smile is certainly an important result of orthodontic treatment, there are other functional benefits to getting your teeth straightened.  And when straightening your teeth, we want to help you by offering Invisalign in Turlock for a clear alternative to braces.
Before we learn more about Invisalign, let’s take a look at the benefits of a straighter smile:
  • Easy to clean – crowded or crooked teeth can be extremely difficult to clean properly, as your toothbrush is unable to reach the entire surface of your teeth.  But with straight teeth you can easily clean your teeth.
  • A better bite – with orthodontic treatment, your bite is fixed, and balances the force of your bite throughout your teeth rather than just a few.
  • Restored confidence – while the functional benefits of straight teeth are important, it would be remiss not to mention the benefits of your self-confidence.  Having crooked teeth can be a source of shame and embarrassment, but with straight teeth you can smile with confidence again.

Invisalign in Turlock from Our Dentist, Dr. Cesar Acosta

Once Dr. Acosta determines that Invisalign is right for you, he will work with you to map out your entire treatment plan. This begins by taking an impression of your teeth. Then using the latest in 3-D imaging technology, impressions of your teeth are transformed into a series of clear and removable aligners, perfectly customized for your specific needs.
You will wear the comfortable trays on your teeth, and over the course of treatment the teeth are gradually shifted into their desired position. Approximately every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment.  Occasional checkups with your dentist will help monitor your progress along the way. At every stage, you will be able to see the dramatic improvements in your teeth and how much closer you are to reaching your desired smile.
To find out if Invisalign is right for you, please visit our office for a consultation.  As a dentist in Turlock, CA, Dr. Cesar Acosta will work with you to determine the best treatment option for giving you a straighter smile.

Contact Us

Cesar Acosta DMD, Family Dentistry

(209) 250-2560
1065 Colorado Avenue Ste 3 Turlock, CA 95380