invisalign in San Diego

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign is a series of clear plastic alignersthat are custom-made for your teeth. People prefer it because it is less noticeable. You can go about your day-to-day activities without feeling self-conscious with your smile. Are you looking for a cosmetic dentist in San Diego that provides Invisalign? Visit us at Pacific Smile Design. If you are considering using Invisalign, our team would be happy to discuss this treatment option with you.  

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A straighter smile will also improve your oral hygiene and can help prevent long-term issues like tooth wear and gum recession.

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How does the Invisalign process work?

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The first step is meeting with your doctor during a one on one consultation. They will examine your smile, discuss your orthodontic goals, and determine if Invisalign is the right treatment for you. We will take impressions or digital scans of your mouth and give you a sneak peek of your new smile with a digital mockup.

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Aligner Pick-Up

When your first set of aligners arrives at our office, you’ll come in to pick them up and try them on. Your doctor will instruct you on how to wear your aligners to get the best results. Most patients are instructed to wear them for at least 20 hours a day. You’ll also switch out the aligners for the next set every two weeks.

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We will be checking in every 6 weeks to make sure your progress is on track. During these periodic check-ins, you’ll also receive your next few sets of aligners. So long as you are diligent about wearing your aligners for the recommended amount of time per day, your smile will keep shifting into the right position.

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Maintaining Your Smile

After completing treatment, you’ll get a set of retainers to maintain your beautiful new smile. These durable retainers will look similar to your original Invisalign aligners, but are better suited for long-term use as they can handle more pressure without breaking down. You’ll likely need to wear these every night to help keep your teeth straight for years to come.

What can Invisalign treat?

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Crowded Teeth

If there isn't enough room in your mouth for your teeth to sit straight, they can bunch up and overlap in uncomfortable ways that make brushing or flossing difficult. This is called crowding. Crowded teeth can make it difficult to brush and floss properly. If you aren’t able to maintain a good oral health care routine at home, plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria begin to build up. Over time, this leads to tooth decay, cavities, and sometimes even gum disease. Usually, Invisalign can fix most cases of crowded teeth. Simply come in to speak with your dentist to see if it’s the right choice for your smile.


When the upper teeth overlap in front of the lower front teeth, this is called an overbite. Overbites are actually extremely common, but they become an issue when the gap is too large. This can cause premature wear and tear, or you may suffer from jaw pain from misalignment. Invisalign can fix this deep bite and shift your teeth into a healthy position.


An underbite is when your lower front teeth are in front of your upper arch of teeth. Usually, this occurs due to the lower jaw being too far forward. Underbites can make it difficult to properly chew and speak, and may cause the teeth to wear down. In some cases, Invisalign can fix underbites, but severe underbites might require additional oral surgery to prepare for orthodontic treatment.


In an ideal bite position, the upper front teeth would sit slightly in front of the lower front teeth. Crossbites occur when some of the upper teeth sit behind your lower teeth. This can cause wear and tear, chips, and can even cause gum recession in some cases. This can lead to painful sensitivity or even bone loss. Invisalign can fix some crossbites, but we recommend coming in for a consultation to see which option is right for you.

Gapped Teeth

While they are very common, gaps between your teeth can make it much harder to keep food from getting stuck in the crevices. These spaces are also more likely to harbor bacteria that cause tender, sore gums and even lead to gum disease if not treated quickly enough. Invisalign can close these gaps and ensure a straighter, more seamless, and healthier smile!

Open Bite

Normally the upper and lower front teeth touch when the mouth is closed. If this is not the case, it’s called an open bite. Open bites can make chewing or biting certain foods extremely difficult. Invisalign can reposition the bite gradually until all teeth are aligned and sitting straight.

Did you know…

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Invisalign has transformed over 8 million smiles!

Patient Experiences

Ajmal A.

I am usually not one who enjoys going to the dentist. I’ve had a past history of bad experiences at the dental office and with my dentists prior to meeting Dr. Heineken. This office, including Dr. Heineken (and her staff), have changed my perception of dentists all together. Her assistant, Darleen, was so nice and very professional. Dr. Heineken and her staff are knowledgeable and you can tell they are experienced. They explain their procedures thoroughly and make sure you are comfortable and informed throughout the process. I cannot recommend this place enough. I am already bringing my wife over to see her for an initial appointment for Invisalign treatment and I also plan to bring over some other family/friends! I look forward to coming to the dentist now that I have Dr. Heineken and her excellent staff are taking care of me!

Mandy W.

Dr. Heineken answered all my questions regarding my dental health and Invisalign. I have extreme crowding in my lower teeth and wasn't sure if Invisalign would work. They gave me a free consult anyways and not once did I feel any judgment. Spoiler alert - it did work! I still have a few more trays so this is not the final product but you can already see how much it has improved. I feel like I can finally smile with my teeth in my photos now. I will definitely be going back for my future cleanings after I am done with Invisalign...and I am bringing my mom next! Thank you!

Patricia N.

Dr. Heineken and her team are truly the best! She’s thoughtful, kind, and makes sure to cater my treatment based on me as a whole and not just individual teeth. She doesn’t “sell” dentistry to me and gives me all my options in clear ways. Her office has high tech equipment, so I know I’m getting the most updated dentistry. It helps that she has a gentle hand, too!

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Have questions about Invisalign? Find answers here.

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How are Invisalign clear aligners made?

Invisalign is designed from molds of your teeth and are built in layers with photo-sensitive liquid resin. When exposed to a laser, the resin cures into a hard yet flexible thermoplastic called SmartTrack®, which was created exclusively for Invisalign treatment, it's FDA approved too!

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How do I take care of my aligners?

The simplest way to keep your aligners clean is to brush them with a toothbrush each time you brush your teeth. If you need to clean them when you’re out and about and don’t have access to your toothbrush, you can also simply rinse the aligners in lukewarm water. Never use hot water or abrasive cleaners; these may warp the plastic of the aligner! You can also purchase an Invisalign Cleaning System for a more thorough cleaning.

Can you see the Invisalign aligners when you’re wearing them?

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Most people will not be able to see your aligners when you are wearing them. This is because the clear plastic makes them practically invisible and there are no bulky metal brackets or wires that will draw attention to your teeth. Plus, Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit snuggly to your teeth and will be trimmed down so that they won’t show over your gum line. The result is a seamless smile without the hassle of unsightly brackets or wires!

How much does Invisalign cost?

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Usually, Invisalign treatment is fairly similar to the cost of braces, but pricing will fluctuate depending on your unique needs. To get an accurate cost estimate, schedule a consultation with your doctor today! Keep in mind that your insurance may also cover some orthodontic treatment, so be sure to call your insurance provider to understand your benefits.

Did you know…

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Most Invisalign treatments are completed in just 1 year.

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