San Mateo Dental Care | Dentist in San Mateo, CA

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Are you looking for a way to achieve straight, even teeth without the discomfort and conspicuousness of traditional braces? Dr. Glenn Belen of San Mateo Dental Care has a solution for you! With the Invisalign clear aligner system, you can straighten your teeth discreetly and comfortably. Patients throughout the San Mateo, CA area are raving about this innovative orthodontic treatment, which allows them to smile confidently during treatment and love the results.

Get a Perfect Smile Without the Inconvenience of Traditional Braces

With Invisalign treatment, achieving a straight and beautiful smile has never been easier. Dr. Glenn Belen combines technology and dentistry to offer patients in the San Mateo, CA area a virtually invisible alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign treatment is completed using 3D laser scanners and clear aligner trays, making it possible to straighten teeth in as little as 120 days.

No matter your age or stage of life, you deserve a discreet and easy way to create the smile you’ve always wanted. During your initial assessment, our team will show you a 3D digital rendering of what your new smile could look like, allowing Dr. Belen to determine the best treatment plan for your unique needs. We work with your insurance company to ensure you pay the least out-of-pocket expenses possible.

Before finalizing your treatment plan, we will explain all the details of your case, including the expected timeline and cost. Our team is available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the process. If you decide that Invisalign is right for you, we will 3D print all the aligner trays necessary for your entire treatment, ensuring a comfortable and efficient process. Trust Dr. Belen and his team at San Mateo Dental Care to help you achieve the straight and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.


How Invisalign® Works

Invisalign clear aligners are a popular orthodontic treatment that gently moves your teeth over time using a series of invisible trays. The aligner trays are changed out every few days, depending on the individual case, helping to gradually shift your teeth into their ideal position. If you’re curious about the Invisalign process and whether it’s right for you, Dr. Glenn Belen and the team at San Mateo Dental Care are here to answer your questions and help you achieve a beautiful, confident smile.

The Invisalign Braces Process

The Invisalign process begins with a personalized treatment plan created just for you. Our skilled team of dentists will use x-rays, photos, and a 3D digital scan of your teeth (and sometimes impressions) to develop a plan tailored to your unique needs and goals for your smile.

Once we’ve agreed on your treatment plan, creating your custom aligner trays is a quick and simple process. Each tray is designed to gradually shift your teeth into their new position, resulting in a beautifully aligned smile over time. You can pick up your trays at our office or we can mail them to you if necessary.

To ensure the best results, it’s important to follow the recommended schedule for changing out your aligner trays, typically every few days or as directed by our team. With each new tray, your teeth will be gently pushed in the direction they need to go.

Finally, we’ll perform a final check to ensure your Invisalign treatment has been successful. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve the confident smile you’ve always wanted, and we’re here to support you throughout your Invisalign journey.

Will Invisalign Work for Me?

Invisalign aligners are a versatile option for orthodontic patients of all ages. Our cutting-edge technology makes the treatment process smooth and comfortable, making it an excellent choice for both teens and adults

Will A Straighter Smile Increase My Confidence?

Many of our patients have shared with us how a beautiful smile has boosted their confidence. With Invisalign, they no longer feel self-conscious about having misaligned teeth or an imperfect smile. The clear aligners are virtually invisible, so patients can feel more at ease during the treatment process compared to traditional metal braces, which can attract unwanted attention. Invisalign is a discreet and effective option for achieving the smile you’ve always wanted. an imperfect smile or misaligned teeth. Patients also feel more confident with their smile even during the procedure as opposed to traditional metal braces that attract unwanted attention.

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Can Invisalign Impact My Health?

Not only does straightening your teeth improve the appearance of your smile, but it can also have significant health benefits. Proper alignment can positively impact the position of your jaw and tongue, leading to improved airway flow and potentially reducing issues like snoring and sleep apnea.

Furthermore, straightening your teeth can help improve oral hygiene. Misaligned and crowded teeth can make it difficult to properly brush and floss, leading to a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. By straightening your teeth, you can more effectively clean them and reduce your risk of these oral health concerns.

Once I Have the Invisalign Aligners, What’s Next?

By simply following the instructions provided by your dentist and wearing each aligner tray for the designated amount of time, you can achieve a straighter smile with Invisalign. The smooth material of the aligners is more comfortable than traditional braces, and you won’t need as many checkups during your treatment. Plus, because the aligners are removable, there’s no special equipment required to keep your teeth clean, and you can continue to eat your favorite foods without restrictions. Just remember to wear your aligners every day and change them as directed by your dentist.

Invisalign® Braces: Why You Should NOT Use Mail-Order Aligners

Are mail order aligners the same thing as Invisalign? The short answer is “no”. 

We chose Invisalign because they have the best record. Invisalign aligners are made from SmartTrack® material, an advanced technology that ensures optimal results and ensures that our prediction stays consistent with your shifting teeth

Both The American Dental Association as well as The American Association of Orthodontists advise against using mail-order companies. These associations issued statements reminding patients and providers that realigning teeth is a medical procedure and needs to be closely supervised by a qualified medical professional. Improper treatment can result in side effects such as the loss of teeth and other dental complications. Over 2,600 customers have already filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau for situations such as these.

Due to their seemingly inexpensive price tag and social media campaigns, mail-order aligners have become more popular. Before agreeing to these aligners, patients should understand how these aligners can cause more harm than good.
When it comes to shifting teeth, you will need scans and x-rays to examine your smile before beginning your procedure. When getting your treatment done in office, these scans and examinations are included in your plan. With mail order aligners, you are not examined by a dentist at any point in your procedure. They may ask you to send x-rays, which are not covered by the cost of the treatment. Or, even more concerning, they may not ask for x-rays at all.

Mail order aligners work by mailing the company impressions of your teeth. These impressions would typically be taken by a skilled and experienced dentist. Most recently they are done through a 3D laser scanner. Having patients take the molds themselves at home could create faulty molds which then leads to faulty aligners. This could lead to future damage of the teeth and jaw.
Before beginning treatment on a patient, a dentist must do a thorough examination to confirm their eligibility. Not all patients are good candidates for Invisalign. Patients with more severe orthodontic issues may be better suited for alternative treatments. Because you never see a dentist when using mail order aligners, you cannot know if you are truly a good candidate until it is too late. You may be spending money on a treatment that is not for you, or even damaging your smile. 

Another issue with mail order aligners is the lack of checkups. Mail order aligners are made all at once. Without a dentist to keep an eye on your progress and adjust aligners as needed, the trays could lose their track and either begin shifting teeth in the wrong direction or simply stop fitting properly. This could all cause damage to your teeth and jaw. This damage could cost even more to fix.
Mail order aligners use lower quality materials for the treatment to offset costs. They also typically use technology that is old enough to be off patent.

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