Top Ten Cosmetic Dental Procedures To Consider 1200 630 Lance Alder, DDS

Top Ten Cosmetic Dental Procedures To Consider

You know that dentists can clean your teeth and fill your cavities, but did you know that cosmetic dentists have a ton more tricks up their white-coated sleeves?

Here are the top ten cosmetic dentistry procedures for beautifying your smile. Consider talking with your dentist about:

1. Teeth Whitening or Bleaching

Take-home custom bleaching trays are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments at Newport Beach Dental. More effective than store-bought kits, these custom trays fit the individual contours of your teeth, and come with tips for keeping your teeth looking whiter for a longer amount of time. It’s an affordable and painless way to improve your smile.

2. Porcelain Veneers

Ideal for chipped, severely stained, worn, or crooked teeth, veneers are virtually undetectable, and match your surrounding teeth with customized porcelain material. Also good for filling in gaps in your teeth, this is an ideal treatment for healthy teeth that just need a little assistance.

3. Invisalign® Orthodontics

Straighten your teeth in as little as a year with simple, removable trays that shift your teeth gradually. Practically invisible, Invisalign® is a subtle and accessible way to a healthier, straighter smile that will have minimal impact on your day-to-day life for the duration of the treatment.

4. Dental Implants

For this permanent solution to tooth loss that is both natural looking and feeling, teeth are planted directly into the bones, and won’t fall out or come loose. A highly customized process, dental implants can make you forget you have ever lost teeth.

5. Crowns

A tooth shaped “cap” is placed over a damaged tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength, and to improve its appearance. It is cemented in place to fully encase the entire visible portion of the tooth both at and above the gum line.

6. Dental Bonding

This process uses a composite resin to mask imperfections, matching the material to the color of the patient’s teeth. It is applied freehand by the dentist, who molds and shapes the resin to cover up imperfections without the translucent look of veneers. Dental bonding is ideal for minor repairs, rather than fixing a full smile.

7. Composites

Also known as white fillings, composites come in shades that will easily blend in with the color of your teeth, and can replace old metal fillings with a more natural option.

8. Dental Contouring

Small changes can make a big difference with this technique that removes small amounts of tooth enamel in order to alter the shape, length, or surface of one or more teeth. A sanding instrument is used to contour the surface of the teeth, then teeth are carefully smoothed and polished.

9. Cosmetic Gum Surgery

Your teeth aren’t the only part of your mouth that can be spruced up. If you feel your smile is too “gummy” or that your gum line is uneven, cosmetic gum surgery –also known as gum contouring– is a process that sculpts your gums to better accent your smile.

10. Custom Dentures

A custom-made set of full or partial false teeth can be made for those who have lost multiple teeth and surrounding tissue. This is a removable option that doesn’t feel quite like your original teeth did, but can give you flexibility when dealing with tooth loss.

You can easily correct minor–or major–imperfections in your smile with one or more of these common cosmetic dentistry procedures. Explore your dentist’s before and after photos, talk to others who have experienced each process, and research the pros and cons of the different options. Your dentist can also answer any questions you may have while helping you determine the best choices for you.  

Secrets to Getting an Incredible Full Mouth Makeover 1200 630 Lance Alder, DDS

Secrets to Getting an Incredible Full Mouth Makeover

A smile makeover, or full mouth reconstruction, can be a series of procedures a cosmetic dentist will use to rebuild or restore your teeth, creating an entirely different smile than the one you had before.

For a full mouth makeover, your dentist will apply one or more treatments to enhance your current smile, as well as solving for issues with your teeth, gums, and jaw.

Do I Need a Full Mouth Makeover?

If you have:

  • Tooth loss after decay or trauma
  • Teeth that have been injured or fractured
  • Severely worn teeth after long-term erosion or tooth grinding
  • Ongoing jaw issues, including muscle and headache pain, related to your bite

…then you may be a good candidate for a full mouth makeover.

When you are dealing with significant aesthetic or functional problems with your teeth, gums, or jaw, then a full mouth makeover could be solution to increased comfort and a better smile. And greater confidence in the way you act and speak will have far reaching, positive effects on the rest of your life.

Meeting With Your Dentist

Does your regular dentist specialize in cosmetic dentistry? It’s essential that you work with someone who has extensive experience, as this is a wholly separate focus compared to general dentistry, so meet with a dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry.


You will actually have a lot of control over your own smile makeover, and telling your dentist what you want from your new smile enables him or her to better deliver. Identify what you’re unhappy with about your current smile, and what you’d like to improve.

Once your dentist knows what you want, he or she can give you your options. Listen carefully to the pros and cons of each procedure, and imagine how each would fit into your life. When you communicate honestly with your dentist, he or she can help you make decisions that are best for you according to your wants, needs, and capabilities.

Ask Your Dentist:

“What’s my timeline?”

Your brand new smile could take time to achieve, depending on what you’re looking for. While some procedures, like veneers, can have you smiling wide in as little as a few weeks, other options, like braces or Invisalign, can take up to two years to show real results. Let your dentist know about your own desired timeframe and learn what can be achieved in this amount of time.

“What maintenance is needed afterwards?”

Find out what you can expect to happen after the procedures have ended. Many cosmetic dentistry processes require maintenance to keep your smile, whether that includes wearing a mouthguard at night, or going to your dentist for follow up appointments. Be sure that the post-procedure care is something you can commit to, so that you are sure you can take proper care of your restorations and keep them.

“What will my smile look like?”

With the current technology, your dentist can often give you mockups of what your smile should look like at the end of your full mouth makeover. You can then point out changes you’d like to make to your mouth and confirm that it is what you are looking for.

Schedule a Consultation Soon.

The majority of people who have a smile makeover done wonder why they waited so long before starting. Beginning the process earlier can minimize the work you need done, while putting it off could result in you needing additional procedures to achieve your desired result.

Are you ready to flash a brand new smile?

11 Common Dental Problems & Treatments 1200 630 Lance Alder, DDS

11 Common Dental Problems & Treatments

We all know about cavities, but what other common dental problems can come up, and how do you begin to treat them?

1. The Problem: Bad Breath.

This dental problem even has an official name: halitosis. The main source of bad breath is the tongue, where layers of bacteria become embedded. Dry mouth contributes further to bad breath, and since your mouth dries as you sleep, morning breath can be especially bad.

     The Treatment:

Use a tongue cleaner to get rid of some of the bacteria. Of course, some foods like onions and garlic can contribute to bad breath, so consider cutting back.

2. The Problem: Gum Disease.

Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages gums and, if left untreated, can destroy the gum line. Bad oral hygiene and smoking are major contributors, as well as a genetic predisposition.

     The Treatment:

Improve your brushing and flossing practices at once, and if you smoke, stop. Then, meet with a dentist for a professional cleaning of the pockets around the teeth, to prevent damage to the surrounding bone. Some advanced cases could require surgery.

3. The Problem: Mouth Sores.

There are two main types of mouth sores. The first are canker sores, a non-virus caused by stress, genetics, and even some types of food. Herpes simplex virus causes the second type of mouth sore, often called a cold sore, and is transmitted orally, infecting 67% of all people under the age of 50, usually before the age of 20.

     The Treatment:

For canker sores, most people simply let them run their course and they are typically gone within one to two weeks. If these sores persist for longer, talk with your dentist about a new laser treatment option.

For cold sores, antiviral creams and pills can treat outbreaks.

4. The Problem: Tooth Sensitivity.

This can occur when gums recede or enamel thins, exposing the porous “dentin” under the enamel, which covers the nerve.

     The Treatment:

Talk to your dentist to determine what specifically is causing the sensitivity. Possible treatments include: fluoride, bonding agents, or special toothpaste.

5. The Problem: Discolored Teeth.

While some teeth are naturally more yellowed in hue, some foods and drinks, especially wine and coffee, can discolor teeth even further.

     The Treatment:

For whiter teeth, limit your consumption of problematic foods and ask your dentist about prescribing a teeth whitening kit or recommending an over the counter treatment.

6. The Problem: Wisdom Teeth.

Wisdom teeth, thought to be historically necessary to replace the frequent tooth loss our ancestors experienced, now painfully crowd many modern mouths. Sometimes the teeth are impacted, other times they erupt only partially, leading to infection and discomfort.

     The Treatment:

While some people have sufficient space in their jaw for wisdom teeth and never need to worry about them, others need to have them removed. Make an appointment with your dentist for this relatively simple surgery.

7. The Problem: Teeth Grinding.

Often occurring when you are stressed or while sleeping, grinding your teeth shortens and blunts them, and can cause jaw problems. Misaligned teeth can also contribute to teeth grinding.

     The Treatment:

Consider having your dentist fit you for a night guard, which can prevent you from grinding your teeth in your sleep. He or she can also help you try to identify and relieve stressors that seem to increase the habit.

8. The Problem: Toothaches.

This is a broad name for just about anything that is causing your tooth pain, but it can mean many things. You may have a cavity, an impacted wisdom tooth, gum disease, or something else entirely.

     The Treatment:

Thoroughly brush and floss your teeth to remove any debris, then talk to your dentist about the specific cause of your toothache.

9. The Problem: Tooth Erosion.

An uncommon occurrence, tooth erosion can happen particularly in people who suffer from bulimia. Frequent exposure to stomach acids erode tooth enamel, and, in extreme cases, may dissolve teeth all the way to gum line.

     The Treatment:

Seek help for your eating disorder immediately, then ask your dentist for options to save your teeth.
10. The Problem: Broken Tooth.

An accident, sports, chewing hard foods, and many everyday activities all can cause broken teeth.

     The Treatment:

See a dentist as soon as possible to see if tooth can be saved, saving the fragments in milk or water.

11. The Problem: Overbite or Underbite.

An improperly developed jaw or bad habits like thumb sucking can result in an overbite or an underbite. This may cause problems with speaking and chewing, and can even contribute to periodontal disease.

     The Treatment:

An orthodontist or dental specialist can help determine possible treatments for your unique overbite or underbite.

Always ask your dentist about issues with your teeth or mouth to get an expert’s advice on your specific situation. You’d be surprised what your dentist can help with when you give him or her a chance.

10 Common Causes of Cavities 1200 630 Lance Alder, DDS

10 Common Causes of Cavities

Dental cavities are holes in the teeth caused by tooth decay. The protective enamel gets worn away, leaving the core of the tooth exposed. Once plaque builds up on your teeth as you eat, it can begin to cause tooth decay in as little as 20 minutes.

Other causes can also contribute to the emergence of cavities, or make your teeth more prone to getting them.

1. Insufficient oral hygiene.

The quickest way to welcome cavities is to slack on dental care. Not brushing or flossing regularly, and not using mouthwash or brushing your tongue will leave your teeth vulnerable to decay. Brushing your teeth for less than two minutes each time can also lead to cavities.

2. Poor nutrition.

What you eat matters. If you are consuming lots of sugary foods and drinks or a diet high in starches, you are filling your mouth with sugars that bacteria can feed off. Highly acidic foods also contribute to tooth decay by weakening the enamel.

3. Deep tooth crevices and enamel issues.

For teeth that naturally have weak enamel, it is even easier to damage the outer layer. Teeth with inherently deep crevices are harder to clean well, which allows plaque more room to grow.

4. Dry mouth problems.

Lysozyme is an enzyme present in your saliva that naturally inhibits the growth of plaque. Excessive dryness of the mouth decreases the presence of this preventative enzyme, limiting its ability to fight bacteria and leading to tooth decay.

5. Teeth grinding.

Many people don’t realize that they grind their teeth, as it often happens while they are asleep. Grinding teeth together strips them of their enamel, which leaves them more prone to decay. Should you need it, a dentist can recommend a bite guard for you to wear at night.

6. Genetics.

Some people are simply more prone to tooth decay due to an inherited susceptibility. While there is nothing you can do to specifically address this cause, you can be more vigilant in your dental hygiene to minimize the problem.

7. Change in routine.

Any new lifestyle factors, such as diet, stress, a new job, a new home, or starting school, can affect your oral hygiene habits. Immune responses affect the whole body, so any new factors can cause dry mouth, boost cravings, or cause inflammation.

8. Overbrushing.

There is such a thing as brushing too hard with too rough of a brush. Be gentle and don’t rush as you brush to avoid cutting away your tooth enamel and allowing decay to reach deeper into the tooth.

9. Gum recession.

As your gums pull back, it exposes more of the tooth–even to the root–leaving a greater area of the tooth susceptible to decay.

10. Avoiding the dentist.

It’s true, avoiding the dentist stops him or her from catching your tooth decay early on, or noticing problem behaviors that can lead to cavities. You should visit the dentist every six months for a routine checkup and deep cleaning, during which time your dentist can discuss any issues and help prevent further problems.

Prevention is the best approach to cavities, so consider each of these common causes of cavities and ask your dentist how you can boost the healthiness of your teeth.

6 Dental Myths Debunked 1200 630 Lance Alder, DDS

6 Dental Myths Debunked

As we all work to keep our teeth pearly white and healthy, it’s hard to decipher the facts from fiction on how best to do so.

Here are some of the most common myths about taking care of teeth and the truth behind them.

Myth #1: Brush after every meal.


While it is true that you should be brushing after every meal, don’t be too quick to grab the toothpaste. It is best to wait 30-60 minutes before cleaning your teeth. The reason? After eating, the acidity in your mouth temporarily softens enamel as saliva breaks down food particles and washes them away. Brushing your teeth when enamel is weakened will scrub away the enamel on your teeth as well, so it is better to wait for a bit.

Myth #2: Wisdom teeth don’t have any purpose.


Wisdom teeth are those far back molars that often come in between the ages of 17 and 25. These days, they often become impacted, grow in sideways, or painfully crowd the rest of your teeth. It is thought that the evolution of our diet has changed the role of wisdom teeth in recent centuries. Our ancestors ate many coarse foods, which caused tooth abrasion and tooth loss, so these ‘extra’ molars would help fill in the gaps and allow them to continue eating. But since the improvement of oral care, wisdom teeth have nowhere to go and must frequently be removed to avoid causing problems.

Myth #3: Whitening weakens your teeth.


At-home whitening kits use hydrogen peroxide at levels of only 3-10% versus the 15-18% level that a dentist uses. When used as directed and in moderation, it is safe to use on teeth to remove surface stains. And while a slight erosion to enamel can occur if used too often or incorrectly, this process will not weaken the structure of the tooth itself. Because of the potential impact on the enamel and possible tooth sensitivities, always consult with dentist before using whitening products.

Myth #4: Aspirin on a tooth will help a toothache.


No, putting aspirin on a tooth does not help with a toothache. In fact, this can burn your gums and harm the soft tissue around your tooth. If you have a toothache:

  • Carefully clean all teeth and gums in the sore area, checking for stuck food or debris
  • Rinse your mouth vigorously with warm salt water
  • Apply a cold compress if your face is swollen
  • Take Tylenol or Motrin for pain
  • Call during office hours to make an appointment to see the dentist soon

Myth #5: Baby teeth aren’t important as they will fall out anyways.


Taking care of primary teeth sets up a pattern of care for permanent teeth, and healthy baby teeth usually means healthy adult teeth. Baby teeth also aid in speech development and hold the place for adult teeth that would otherwise get crowded over.

Myth #6: Hard bristled toothbrushes clean teeth the best.


Actually, hard and medium bristled brushes can damage enamel, especially if used too vigorously. Your teeth need to be cleaned gently and carefully, so soft to extra soft bristles are the best tool for cleaning.

What other myths have you heard about tooth care? Sift through the fiction to get to the facts about your teeth and how best to take care of them. But don’t take oft-repeated words for truth; ask your dentist if you have any questions about the best ways to care for your teeth.

10 Signs You Need to See a Dentist 1200 630 Lance Alder, DDS

10 Signs You Need to See a Dentist

Dentists and their teams of hygienists do a whole lot more than just clean teeth and fill cavities. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort between your bi-annual visits to the dentist, then call to schedule a visit soon.

Any of these symptoms are also things to watch for, signs you need to see a dentist.

1. Pain and Swelling

Persistent pain or swelling in your teeth or gums could be a sign that one of many different things is wrong, and you should have your dentist check for infection or gum disease. Lingering pain isn’t normal, and you don’t have to just live with it. Even if the pain does go away at some point, the core problem could still remain.

2. Gum Problems

Sometimes your gums need just as much attention as your teeth. Make an appointment if you notice that your gums are:

  • Puffy or inflamed
  • Swollen with a spongy texture
  • Turning bluish-red rather than normal pink
  • Have pus or an odor
  • Are beginning to recede

The dentist will check for gum disease and possible pockets that are formed by plaque.

3. White Spots on Teeth

These indicate early stages of tooth decay and, if caught soon enough, it is possible to halt the decay process even before a cavity fully forms.

4. Problems With Dental Work

Even given the sturdiness of fillings, crowns, implants and other dental work, with everything we chew, it’s possible to loosen the fixtures in our mouths. If any of your dental work feels loose, crooked, or in any way off, let the dentist fix the problem quickly to prevent additional issues.

5. Changes of Color or Texture in Mouth

If anything unusual has been happening in the color or texture of your mouth, from persistent white or red patches appearing to lumps forming where there were none, check with your dentist to address the problem.

6. Increased Sensitivity to Hot and Cold

New sensitivity to certain foods or temperatures can occur when decay moves through the enamel to center of tooth, and the earlier you treat a cavity the better. Sensitivity could also be a sign of different problem, such as teeth grinding or a filling that needs to be fixed.

7. Persistent Bad Breath

If proper oral hygiene–brushing twice a day, flossing daily etc.–isn’t improving your breath, you may have a bigger problem. Whether bad breath is a symptom or just something you personally face, your dentist could have personalized suggestions that will help.

8. Difficulty Chewing or Swallowing

This is not normal, and you should be sure to only eat soft foods or liquid until you see the dentist in order to avoid aggravating the problem.

9. Jaw Problems

An uneven bite, popping when you chew, or pain when you close your jaw is more than just annoying; it could become a more serious issue if allowed to continue. Your dentist will be able to help, or recommend an orthodontist who can assist you.

10. Lingering Sores

From biting your tongue or cheek to eating a fruit that doesn’t agree with you, mouth sores happen. But if they last in your mouth for a week or longer, it’s time to get a dentist’s opinion. Canker sores, cold sores, leukoplakia, and candidiasis are some possible signs of a bigger problem, all varying in severity and cause, and can be traced to either a virus or an infection.

Oral health is an important part of your overall health. You wouldn’t let a persistent problem go untreated in the rest of your body, so start treating your mouth with the care and concern that it deserves, and contact your dentist for an expert’s opinion if you have any questions.

5 Steps of the Invisalign® Treatment Process 1200 630 Lance Alder, DDS

5 Steps of the Invisalign® Treatment Process

5 Steps of the Invisalign Treatment Process

Are you considering starting the journey to a beautiful smile? Invisalign® is a simple approach to a great smile that involves 5 steps:

Step 1: Talk to Invisalign® Provider

First, schedule a consultation with an experienced Invisalign®-trained provider.  Find a dentist you are comfortable with and discuss your smile goals (link to smile checklist) to find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign®. Your dentist’s office can also help you learn about the costs, your insurance options, and financing possibilities, so that you can make plans to begin treatment.  

Step 2: Create Customized Treatment Plan

Next, the dentist will begin to create your customized plan, take x-rays and pictures of your mouth and make impressions of your teeth. Using this material, your dentist will create a digital 3-D image of your teeth. From there, he or she can map out a precise plan, taking into account the movements of the teeth and approximate length of time it takes to reposition them. You will be able to see a virtual representation of how your teeth will move at each stage, as well as the final planned result.

Step 3: Receive Custom Aligners

Soon you will receive a series of custom-made, clear aligners made specifically for your mouth. Crafted from smooth, comfortable, BPA-free plastic, these aligners, or “trays,” are virtually invisible. In order to see the best results, you must wear these aligners at least 22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, to drink non-water beverages, and to clean your teeth and trays.

Step 4: Change to New Aligner Every Two Weeks

In the following months, you will change to new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, and have checkups with your dentist every 6 weeks or so. At every stage you should already be able to see the positive effects of the Invisalign® process.

Step 5: Reveal and Maintain New Smile

Congratulations! While every case is unique, one year is typical for most adults to finally receive their beautiful new smile. To keep your smile as straight and bright as that happy first day, it is essential that you follow the dentist’s guidelines carefully. This may include wearing a retainer made from the same material as the aligner trays to maintain the shape of your smile.

Invisalign® is one of the simplest, easiest ways to a new smile. Meet with your dentist now for a free consultation to begin your first step to the next stage of your life.

Adults with Braces: The Comfort & Convenience of Invisalign® 1200 630 Lance Alder, DDS

Adults with Braces: The Comfort & Convenience of Invisalign®

Adults with braces don’t look like they used to. It was once very difficult for people to make the decision to straighten their teeth at a later age, and they had to consider the impact of public perception in their professional and personal lives.

For many adults, it’s easy to consider your window of opportunity for fixing your teeth long passed. But spending 6-18 months building yourself a better smile isn’t the obstacle it once was, and Invisalign® offers a far different experience than being an adult with braces.

Clear Alternative to Adult Braces

As adults, the core of our hesitation to straighten our teeth is the fear of the impact that having braces will have on our adult life. If you have an established or growing career, are just starting out, or are making other serious changes in your life, you may worry that the poise of your adult self will feel compromised by metal in your mouth.

An invisible approach to a greater smile can improve your health and self-confidence without spending two years distracting from it. You can do all the things you’ve become accustomed to doing, and not feel held back from current and future opportunities. Barely perceptible Invisalign® trays offer a significant physical improvement over time, so that colleagues and friends may never realize the transition is taking place unless you choose to tell them.

Life Free of Brackets and Wires

Without the constant adjustment needs of braces, you are required to attend fewer doctor visits while working with aligner trays. New trays are sent to you every few weeks, specially designed for your mouth’s next stage. There are occasional check-ins at the dentist’s office make sure that your smile is progressing as needed, but a lot of the responsibility rests with you to make sure you are staying committed to the process.

The work of Invisalign® has a wonderfully minimal impact on your daily life, while resulting in one of the most positive physical changes that can be so easily achieved. You can eat, play sports, laugh, and live just as you normally would.

Keep Up Your Oral Hygiene

The removable aspect of Invisalign® aligners allows you to conduct your oral hygiene as usual, without learning to clean your teeth all over again due to the new structures tightened around your mouth. You can–and must–thoroughly brush and rinse the trays themselves to keep them clean and feeling fresh, and always remove them while eating or drinking any beverage besides water.

Too many people think that braces are a teenager’s solution, and that it’s better to live with a lacking smile than experience braces again. Invisalign® brings the possibility of a beautiful smile to adults of all ages. Find out more about the comfort and convenience of Invisalign® for yourself.

5 Advantages of Invisalign® vs. Metal Braces 1200 630 Lance Alder, DDS

5 Advantages of Invisalign® vs. Metal Braces

Straightening teeth at a later age was once a difficult decision for adults who didn’t want to wear braces. But with Invisalign® it is now possible for those who have moved past their teenage years to achieve a beautiful smile without impacting their professional or personal lives.

Here are some additional advantages to straightening teeth with Invisalign® versus wearing metal braces:

1. Virtually Invisible

While metal braces are clunky and glaringly visible, Invisalign® aligner trays are virtually imperceptible, and will gradually straighten your teen without the obvious hardware of braces. You don’t need to feel like a teenager again to achieve a beautiful smile, and can steadily perfect your teeth while conducting business as usual.

2. Smooth and Comfortable

The wires from traditional metal braces often poke and irritate your mouth, making it feel bulky and uncomfortable. In contrast, Invisalign® aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear. And if you need a brief reprieve, simply take them out for a few minutes, readjust and put them right back in easily.

3. Easy to Clean

Traditional hardware can make brushing and flossing more difficult, taking up to 30 minutes in some cases to truly get clean teeth. Invisalign® aligners are removed completely for easy cleaning of teeth and trays, and nothing will ever stay stuck in them for long like with brackets and wires.

4. Eat Whatever You Want

Any and all hard or sticky food are off limits with metal braces, as they can get horribly stuck in the hardware. But because you remove Invisalign® aligners whenever you eat or drink, there are no limitations to what you can enjoy.

5. Similar Cost

Once, flexible teeth straightening options were too expensive to consider, leaving you with a difficult decision if you wanted to improve your smile. Now, you can straighten your teeth with Invisalign®  at nearly the same cost as metal braces. In fact, both dental insurance and FSA will generally cover Invisalign®, giving you much easier access to a more bright and beautiful smile.

As an adult looking for a great smile, there’s no reason not to choose Invisalign® over metal braces, and many reasons to contact your dentist for a free consultation now.

Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign®? 1200 630 Lance Alder, DDS

Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign®?

Have you been hearing more and more about the invisible teeth straightening process called Invisalign®, but you aren’t sure if it is a process that will work for you? Here are the answers to your questions of qualification, and what makes a good candidate for Invisalign®.

Who Are You?

Invisalign® is a good fit for a surprising number of people. Both older teens and adults can be good candidates, but it is not ideal for children or younger teens.

A bride preparing for her wedding day. An adult who had braces as a child and hasn’t worn their retainer for 20 years. A professional seeking to grow their career. Someone just looking for a healthy smile. Anyone who wants to fix their teeth in a discreet, simple way. If any of those describe you, you could be an ideal candidate for Invisalign®.

Primary Goals

What are your primary goals in straightening your teeth? Your individual needs will play a lot into whether or not you would be suited for Invisalign®.

Invisalign® is ideal for those with:

  • Minor to severe overbite
  • Underbite
  • Openbite
  • Crossbite
  • Spacing issues
  • Crowding problems
  • Crooked teeth, malocclusion (which affects 74% of American adults)

Only an experienced Invisalign® dentist can tell you if your unique goals will work well with Invisalign®, so schedule your consultation soon.


How disciplined are you when it comes to sticking to a program? Invisalign® has the benefit of being removable, and must be taken out when eating and drinking. In order to keep the trays clear, it’s essential that you are willing to brush your teeth after every meal. Besides that, the aligner trays must remain in your mouth at least 22 hours per day. In order to see the results you want, you must be dedicated to the treatment process and post-treatment procedures.

Insurance or FSA

Good news, Invisalign® costs only a little more than traditional metal braces, and is usually covered under orthodontic insurance plans and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). Your dentist’s office will often work with you and your insurance plan to determine what your own costs will be and how to plan out your method payment, including financing options.

What do you think?

Have you just started researching and want to learn a little more?

  • Check out our Invisalign® Comparison Chart (link to content offer) for a side-by-side look at braces and Invisalign®.
  • Learn about how Newport Beach Dental has worked with many different patients to achieve clearly beautiful smiles.
  • Take the Invisalign® Free Smile Assessment for another expert opinion on how Invisalign® could work for you.

Many dental issues can be fixed with Invisalign® and the only way to learn about your own story is to talk with a dentist who is experienced in helping to perfect beautiful smiles.

Ready to schedule your consultation? Request an appointment with Dr. Alder to find out just what kind of smile you can have.