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Invisalign® Specialist

Sendero Dental Studio

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentist located in Rancho Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, CA

Straightening your smile doesn’t have to mean wearing uncomfortable metal braces. At Sendero Dental Studio in Rancho Mission Viejo, California, Jeffrey Barrera, DDS, offers Invisalign® as a convenient and comfortable treatment for aligning your teeth and jaw. To learn more about how Invisalign can enhance your orthodontic experience, call the office or book a visit using the online tool.

Invisalign® Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a new orthodontic treatment utilizing a series of clear plastic aligners to straighten your smile. It’s a technological improvement over traditional metal braces and is quickly growing in popularity with over eight million people worldwide using it to improve the alignment of their teeth and bite.

How does Invisalign work?

Generally speaking, orthodontic treatments work by applying pressure to your teeth over an extended time. That pressure forces your teeth to gradually shift into a better position.

Braces have traditionally accomplished this by using metal brackets and an archwire, which are effective but cumbersome and uncomfortable. Invisalign works similarly to braces, but instead of using inconvenient brackets and wires, it utilizes a series of clear aligners made from smooth and flexible plastic.

How is Invisalign better than braces?

Invisalign’s system of clear plastic aligners gives it several advantages over traditional metal braces, including:


Metal braces are notorious for scraping the inside of your mouth and feeling uncomfortable on your teeth. Your Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, are smooth, so they won’t injure your inner cheeks.


Braces stay affixed to your teeth for the entirety of your treatment, so you have to avoid certain foods that can get stuck in them and learn special techniques to properly brush and floss.

This isn’t the case with Invisalign, because your aligners are removable. Whenever you’re ready to eat, brush, or floss, you simply remove your aligners and put them back in after you’re finished.

Less time at dental appointments

When you have braces, you need to visit your orthodontist every two weeks to have your archwire tightened. With Invisalign, you just switch over to the next aligner in your series every two weeks and check in with Dr. Barrera every four to six weeks to make sure everything looks good. Less time at the dental office means more time for you to do the things that you enjoy.


Traditional metal braces are noticeable and can detract from the appearance of your smile. This leaves many people feeling embarrassed during their treatment, which can affect self-esteem. Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, are virtually invisible on your teeth, allowing you to improve your smile discreetly.

Get started with your Invisalign treatment today, and schedule a visit with Sendero Dental Studio by phone or book online.