Invisalign Specialist

Mussie Sibhatu, DDS, MS -  - Cosmetic, General Dentist, & Prosthodontist

Laurel Smile Dentistry

Mussie Sibhatu, DDS, MS

Cosmetic, General Dentist, & Prosthodontist located in Oakland, CA

Crooked teeth can make you feel incredibly self-conscious — but so can a mouthful of metal brackets and wires. There’s great news, though: you can straighten your teeth using invisible aligners with Invisalign® or ClearCorrect®. Mussie Sibhatu, DDS, MS, and the team at Laurel Smile Dentistry in Oakland, California, offer both options, so make your appointment online or by phone today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign includes multiple pairs of clear plastic aligners, which are made especially for your mouth measurements. Invisalign aligners are very thin, and most patients find them very comfortable. The Invisalign teeth straightening system can help with:

  • Overbite, when your upper teeth close outside your lower ones
  • Underbite, when your lower teeth close outside your upper ones
  • Open bite, when your teeth arches don’t touch
  • Crowded teeth, when your teeth overlap in some places due to crowding
  • Gaps between your teeth

You’ll replace Invisalign aligner sets every 1-2 weeks, depending on your straightening schedule. Typically, you’ll wear the aligners 20-22 hours a day, removing them just for meals and brushing your teeth.

The exact amount of time needed for a full correction with Invisalign can vary by patient, but for most adult patients it’s around 12 months.

What is ClearCorrect?

ClearCorrect includes multiple sets of clear plastic aligners, much like those used in Invisalign treatment. These thin aligners are generally considered quite easy-to-wear. ClearCorrect can help with:


  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Between-teeth gaps

You’ll swap aligner sets every 2-3 weeks, and ClearCorrect recommends that patients wear aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day.

Total treatment time with ClearCorrect varies considerably. It can be as little as a few months, or as much as a few years depending on your specific situation.

Which aligner teeth straightening system is best for me?

To determine which straightening system is best for you, your Laurel Smile Dentistry dentist does a comprehensive oral exam. Digital low radiation X-rays can help your dentist predict how your teeth will respond to straightening, and which system that might work best for you.

How do I take care of my aligners?

You can use proprietary cleaning crystals from Invisalign or ClearCorrect’s proprietary cleaning solution, OAP. Alternatively, your Laurel Smile Dentistry dentist may recommend a standard denture-cleaning solution. Regardless of which cleaner you use, daily cleaning is vital to keep bacteria out of your mouth.

If you’re ready to straighten your teeth the invisible way, use the online booking tool or call Laurel Smile Dentistry to schedule your appointment now.