Invisalign has become a widely popular method for treating orthodontic problems. Our Rancho Santa Margarita office proudly offers Invisalign to teens and adults. In order to help you best understand this treatment option, we have assembled the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Invisalign.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a system orthodontists use to gradually correct teeth and mouth issues. Invisalign consists of a series of clear, plastic aligners that are removable. When you visit your Rancho Santa Margarita orthodontist about Invisalign or Invisalign teen, your orthodontists will take 3D images of your teeth to create custom aligners for your bite. After a period of time, you will receive an aligner for the next stage, and this process continues until your teeth have moved into the desired position.

What Orthodontic Problem Can Be Treated With Invisalign?

Invisalign effectively corrects many of the same orthodontic issues as traditional braces (straightening teeth, closing gaps, etc.). However, depending on the severity of the issue, traditional metal braces, wires, or headgear may be necessary. Visit your local Rancho Santa Margarita orthodontist to determine if Invisalign is right for you.

How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Last?

On average, patients complete their Invisalign treatment in about one year. If you wear your aligners consistently, as prescribed by your orthodontist, you can expect to finish your treatment as scheduled. However, every patient has unique needs, so the time may vary. You can get an individualized treatment plan by scheduling an appointment online.

Will I Need To Wear A Retainer After Invisalign?

As with traditional braces, it is important to wear a retainer after completing your Invisalign treatment. This post-braces phase—retention—is crucial to maintaining the hard work of correcting your smile. With time, you will gradually fade to only wearing your retainer a few nights a week. In the meantime, however, be sure to follow the retention schedule determined by your Rancho Santa Margarita orthodontist.

How Do I Clean My Invisalign Aligners?

You can use the official Invisalign cleaning kit, available at Additionally, you can keep your aligners clean by brushing them with a toothbrush and some mild dish soap. Remember to rinse them every morning and every night to prevent buildup of bacteria or odors.

Visit Your Rancho Santa Margarita Orthodontist

Choosing Invisalign alters more than just your teeth—it changes your life! Cook Orthodontics understands the importance of a confident smile, and our staff is devoted to helping you on your way. To learn more about Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, contact our staff or stop by our office in the Coto De Caza and Rancho Santa Margarita area. We look forward to working with you.