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By E. John Baron DDS
March 13, 2019
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Invisalign   braces   Clear Braces  

Do you want to improve your smile? Do you feel like you're too old to be wearing braces? Well, your Santa Cruz, CA, dentist Dr. John Invisalign Clear BracesBaron has just the solution: Invisalign!

More About Invisalign

Invisalign is composed of custom-made clear aligners that are made to fit your upper and lower teeth. The aligners function the same way traditional braces work, by applying pressure on each tooth so that it moves into its proper position. Your Santa Cruz dentist creates your custom aligners using a specialized computer software.

The clear plastic aligners are flexible and are great for if you need to straighten your teeth and don't want anyone to know you're wearing braces, unlike with traditional metal braces. You do, however, need to keep them on for a minimum of 20 hours a day. You can take them off if you want to eat, brush your teeth or floss. Some people like to take their clear aligners off for special events, but that's unnecessary if they're transparent.

Benefits of Invisalign:

  • Oral Hygiene: Because Invisalign is a removable appliance, you will be able to clean your teeth more thoroughly than if you have traditional metal braces. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once.
  • Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are thin, flexible aligners that don't irritate the soft tissue in your mouth, unlike metal braces.
  • Teeth-Grinding Protection: If you have a teeth-grinding or clenching habit, Invisalign is used as a nightguard to protect your teeth.
  • Discreet Look: Traditional metal braces can be embarrassing, especially if you're a teenager or an adult. Invisalign is transparent, so no one will notice if you have braces.
  • No Dietary Deprivations: Traditional braces prevent you from eating your favorite foods, like taffy apples or corn, but that's not an issue with Invisalign. You can eat whatever you want because the aligners you wear are removable.


If you would like to schedule an appointment with your Santa Cruz, CA, dentist Dr. John Baron, then call the office today at (831) 426-9200!

By E. John Baron DDS
August 28, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Invisalign   braces   Clear Braces  

Invisalign BracesIf you've had enough of your crooked teeth and want a healthier, more attractive smile, explore the innovative Invisalign system. Clear and discreet, these customized acrylic appliances shift teeth into better positions in about a year. Dr. John Baron in Santa Cruz, CA offers Invisalign to teens and adults who want great oral health and smile aesthetics without the hassles and discomforts of conventional braces.

Your crooked smile

You may be one of a large number of adults in the US who wish to straighten their teeth. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients are neither children nor teens, but adults. If your teeth are healthy, there is no real barrier to wearing braces.

However, many "older" patients hesitate to get their teeth fixed. Maybe they had braces as a child, and their teeth shifted back to their previous positions. Or, perhaps they dislike the obvious appearance of metal and even ceramic braces. Maybe complex oral hygiene and restricted food choices dampen their enthusiasm, or they don't want treatment to last a long time.

These reasons and more make Invisalign clear aligner a super-attractive alternative. Smooth, thin and removable, the biocompatible aligner pairs move teeth into healthier positions quickly. Plus, there are no hard hygiene routines, dietary restrictions or torturous adjustments at the dental office.

How Invisalign works

Your dentist in Santa Cruz will help you determine if correction with Invisalign is right for you. Dr. Baron will do a comprehensive oral examination and special three-dimensional scan to create a detailed treatment plan. The Invisalign lab makes the 18 to 30 aligner pairs which you'll wear 20 to 22 hours a day.

Progress checks happen every four weeks, and you change the aligners every two weeks. After you complete your treatment plan, you'll wear a special retainer to keep your smile perfectly aligned.

Throughout your treatment, you'll enjoy the discreet appearance, removability, and smooth feel of your comfortable appliances. Really, no one but your dentist and you will know you're getting your teeth straightened!

What problems can Invisalign treat? Well, there are many including:

  • Orthodontic recession
  • Tooth tipping
  • Tooth rotation
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Openbite
  • Crossbite
  • Gaps
  • Overcrowding

A consultation

To find out if Invisalign could help you and your smile, contact Dr. John Baron's office in Santa Cruz, CA, at (831) 426-9200. You can trust Dr. Baron's experience, skill and patient-centered philosophy to guide you on your path to better oral health.

E. John Baron DDS, INC.
550 Water Street, Suite L-1
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-9200


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