Invisalign & Braces Specialist

Dentist located in San Jose, CA

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Invisalign & Braces services offered in San Jose, CA
Never before have there been so many options for creating a straighter smile. Dr. Ahmad offers braces and InvisalignⓇ through her self-named practice, Mohsena Ahmad D.D.S., FICOI, DICOI, in San Jose, California. To learn more about your options, call or click to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ahmad and the rest of the team.
Invisalign & Braces Q & A

What is Invisalign and how does the system work?

Invisalign is a tray-based teeth-alignment system that offers an alternative to traditional metal braces. It’s a favorite among older teens and adults who want to straighten their smiles without a gleaming metallic smile.

Many people also find Invisalign a more comfortable option as compared to the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces. It takes fewer visits to the office to complete treatment.

Invisalign can treat many of the same alignment issues as traditional metal braces. Examples include:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Cross bite
  • Open bite
  • Mix of permanent and baby teeth
  • General misalignment

You simply wear the trays around the clock, removing them only while eating and drinking or when performing dental hygiene routines. When you come in for periodic office visits, your dentist checks your progress and gives you the next few sets of aligner trays. 

What are some benefits of traditional metal braces?

One of the biggest benefits of traditional metal braces is the fact that they’re affixed to the surface of your teeth and require little in the way of treatment compliance. Simply keep up a solid dental hygiene routine and be sure to make all scheduled appointments, and your dentist will handle the rest.

Invisalign, on the other hand, requires your active participation. The aligner trays can’t do their job if you don’t wear them as advised. Like having a new wire placed in metal braces, minor discomfort is to be expected when you shift to a new set of aligners. If there is any question about your ability to comply with treatment guidelines, metal braces might be a better fit.  

How do I know if Invisalign or braces are right for me?

During your initial consultation, your dentist will perform a quick dental assessment and discuss the pros and cons of all available treatment options. You’ll have plenty of time to ask questions and express concerns before choosing between Invisalign and traditional metal braces.

There are some alignment issues that are better addressed using metal braces. This is because special hooks and devices can be installed on metal brackets to place specific forces on your teeth, which aligners can’t do.

Dr. Ahmad and her team are here to guide you toward the option best suited for your specific set of needs. You can also discuss treatment timelines and pricing during your consultation. 

When you’re ready to take the next step, call the office to find a time that fits your schedule, or book online in just moments.