Many adults want a straighter, more attractive smile. But, the idea of a mouthful of metal braces for several years is nothing to smile about. Today, you have a “clear” alternative to traditional metal brackets and wires – Invisalign. Drs. Thomas J. Rolfes, Christina T. Do, Timothy J. Rolfes, and Pravay Padia are trained, qualified, and skilled in fitting patients with Invisalign, a revolution in orthodontics, right in their Costa Mesa, California area practice. Straightening the teeth has never been easier with the use of Invisalign.

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This method uses a graduated series of as little as 10 comfortable, clear plastic aligners to gently move teeth with low pressure, according to a precise plan designed by us. The aligners are worn day and night except when eating and brushing your teeth. They are unobtrusive. Others will not even know you are straightening your teeth, while you talk and smile naturally.

The aligners can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, allowing you to maintain excellent oral hygiene. Depending on your situation, you could have results in as little as six months. However, it is important for patients to understand that compliance with treatment is crucial to achieving these results without added costs or fabrication of more trays. Patients should wear the trays as directed to ensure they get the smile of their dreams!
Invisalign may not be appropriate for severely crowded or badly misaligned teeth. And conventional orthodontics may be better suited to the growing mouths of children and young teens. Patients who are ready for a clear alternative to braces may want to ask about Invisalign. Patients who are the best candidates are those with mild to moderate misalignment of the teeth or bite. During an initial evaluation, our team of professionals will assess the smile and decide if a patient may benefit from this treatment.

If Invisalign sounds good to you, call Drs. Thomas J. Rolfes, Christina T. Do, Timothy J. Rolfes or Pravay Padia to schedule a consultation. We will listen carefully to your dental concerns. We will show you some before and after photos to explain the process and help us understand your goals.
During your initial consultation, we will assess if you are an Invisalign candidate. If you are, we will take a 3D digital scan of your mouth and your case will then be sent to the Invisalign lab. Using computer imagery, the lab creates your custom aligners.

In about three weeks, we will fit your first set of trays and send you home with easy instructions for using the subsequent sets of aligners. At periodic return visits, generally every 6 weeks, we will monitor your progress using ClinCheck® computer technology. ClinCheck shows, with 3-D accuracy, the movement resulting from each stage of this controlled, carefully-timed force on your teeth.

In less time than you imagined possible, you will have the beautiful straight smile you always wanted! You will not believe the difference when you compare your before and after photographs! Many of our patients are extremely pleased with the results they achieve with proper compliance and are quick to share their smile with others! Patients who once felt embarrassed by their teeth feel much more confident in the appearance of their smile when they have undergone teeth straightening with Invisalign.
Drs. Thomas J. Rolfes, Christina T. Do, Timothy J. Rolfes, and Pravay Padia of Smiles4OC want patients to know the difference between using traditional braces to achieve results versus revolutionary options such as Invisalign. Traditional braces often require the use of metal brackets and wires, which are glued to the teeth to provide movement. These can be uncomfortable, scratching against the soft tissues in the mouth. Additionally, metal brackets covering the smile can be unsightly, especially for adults who still want to look their best throughout treatment. With Invisalign, patients can wear the trays and others will be unaware that they are improving their smile every day! This discreet treatment is often chosen by adult professionals who don’t want to feel the need to cover up their smile. Traditional braces often require more appointments for the specialist to evaluate the smile and tighten the wires to get the results patients desire. These braces also make it difficult to keep the smile clean and healthy over time. With Invisalign, patients can remove the trays to make it simple to brush and floss their teeth, without having to work around metal. Patients who use Invisalign often have better oral health than those who choose to move forward with traditional braces. We encourage patients to think about the advantages of Invisalign before deciding to move forward with conventional orthodontics. Those who are a candidate for Invisalign will also find that treatment is comparable in cost with treatment through an orthodontist. It is essential for patients who are considering solutions for the realignment of their smile to speak to a professional and weigh the pros and cons with this revolutionary option versus more traditional means.
Patients love the idea of Invisalign for many reasons. It is:
  • Simple to use
  • Clear and discreet
  • Easy to remove
  • Better for oral health
  • Effective
  • Comfortable
If you are interested in aligner therapy as an alternative to traditional braces for enhancing the smile and addressing misalignment, we encourage you to book a consultation appointment with Drs. Thomas J. Rolfes, Christina T. Do, Timothy J. Rolfes or Pravay Padia today at Smiles4OC. Their front office team can be reached by calling (714) 557-0700 and is located conveniently in Suite J at 1530 Baker Street in Costa Mesa, California. Our staff is here and ready to assist patients in evaluating ways to achieve a beautiful smile that improves self-confidence.
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Dr. Thomas

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Dr. Christina

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Dr. Tim

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Dr. Pravay

Having earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Loyola Marymount University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Georgetown University, Dr. Thomas Rolfes has been providing dental care from his Costa Mesa location since 1984. He holds a Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry, among memberships from many prestigious organizations. Dr. Christina Do, specializing in laser dentistry, and Dr. Timothy Rolfes, whose passion is community dentistry, also comprise the team, including skilled hygienists, dental assistants, and administrative staff dedicated to helping people in the area fulfill their dental needs. The new addition to our family, Dr. Pravay Padia, brings with him over 10 years of experience in the dental field, with expertise in endodontics and cosmetic dentistry.