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The Most Advanced Orthodontic Scanner: The iTero Element

Dr. Adams is proud to offer the most advanced in proven dental systems and technology. 

Say goodbye to the goopy, messy way associated with taking traditional impressions! Taking the place of outdated & often uncomfortable impressions is the iTero Element scanner. 

More comfortable, more precise, and faster than traditional impressions, 3d Digital scanning is the clear way to make a good first impression. 

Synonymous with high precision & accuracy, the iTero Element takes a 3D digital scan of the teeth & bite. A high-def image sensor captures 6,000 frames a second and simultaneously streams the images to the screen for instant viewing. 

The fast & easy 3D impression can be used with all Invisalign related services, including a Treatment Outcome Simulator that shows you what your new smile might look like after Invisalign! 

With our specially trained team, beautiful office, the most advanced dental technology & services, be our guest & let us make an excellent first impression! 



Conventional vs Digital Impressions

No more goop, gagging, or discomfort. Using an iTero scanner, your orthodontist can take a highly accurate digital impression of your teeth and jaw. The new technology completely eliminates the tray and putty impressions, where the experience is comparable to stuffing a big wad of gum in your mouth. The old technique is incredibly unpleasant and frequently results in taking multiple rounds of impressions that can be rejected, broken, or misplaced. The iTero scanner ensures a more accurate impression from the start, resulting in improved treatment and a more comfortable patient experience. Digital impressions also give you the ability to see your teeth instantly in 3D, improving communication during the consultation and treatment process.

Conventional Impressions Digital Impressions

 

How Does it Work?

The iTero scanner digitally captures the structure of the teeth and gums using the latest optical technology. The scanner is a compact, hand-held wand. Once your orthodontist begins the scanning process, it can be stopped and started as many times as necessary.

Your mouth is scanned with a radiation-free laser, and in as little as two to three minutes, the laser renders a digitally perfect, 3D impression of your teeth and soft tissue structures. Through digital software, you'll then be able to follow the progress of the scans, including a 3D model of your teeth on our computer screen. The iTero scanner can be used for any orthodontic treatment, Invisalign®.

3D Scan

Get your beautiful, healthy smile…faster!

Do you want to improve the look of your smile, but don’t want to spend years in braces or aligners? With AcceleDent®, you can speed your tooth movement by up to 50%! Using this fast, safe, and easy-to-use hands-free device, you'll be finished with your orthodontic treatment and achieve your desired smile faster!

What Is AcceleDent?

AcceleDent is a Class II medical device, cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), clinically proven to accelerate tooth movement by up to 50%. It’s the first orthodontic device of its kind to offer accelerated orthodontic treatment and help decrease orthodontic discomfort in a noninvasive, nonsurgical way. AcceleDent is only available by prescription from your orthodontist.

It’s Fast. It’s Safe. It’s Gentle.

Experience AcceleDent® with a 100% satisfaction guarantee*.

FreySmiles is an exclusive AcceleDent® NOW™ provider, offering patients a 60-day trial of AcceleDent.  Our patients have the unique opportunity to experience the benefits of accelerated treatment with the leading technology available with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  Whether you are currently in or about to start orthodontic treatment, ask us if accelerated treatment with AcceleDent is right for you so you can start your trial of AcceleDent today! 

*Promotional offer is not transferable.  100% Satisfaction Guarantee is only available during the 60-day trial of AcceleDent with the AcceleDent NOW program.  If patient is not 100% satisfied with AcceleDent during the 60-day trial and has notified the orthodontist on or prior to the end of the 60-day trial, the orthodontist will issue a credit for the full amount paid during the 60-day trial period. 

How Does AcceleDent Work?

By inserting the mouthpiece fitted around your braces or aligners for just 20 minutes a day, AcceleDent speeds tooth movement through the use of SoftPulse Technology®. Faster tooth movement decreases the duration of your orthodontic treatment and can help make your experience more comfortable. Part of the way that orthodontics works is by changing or remodeling the bones surrounding your teeth. As this remodeling process is accelerated, your teeth move more quickly. AcceleDent’s gentle micropulses can speed bone remodeling, accelerate tooth movement and reduce orthodontic discomfort for patients of all ages, including children, teens and adults.

What Are AcceleDent Patients Saying? 

  • I got my braces off almost a year before they were supposed to because of AcceleDent!” – Dylan L., AcceleDent Patient
  • I have used AcceleDent every day during my orthodontic treatment, and I love it!” – Jennifer K., AcceleDent Patient
  • AcceleDent has cut my treatment time in half.” – Caitlyn F., AcceleDent Patient
  • AcceleDent is my best friend on adjustment day!” – Sonyah M., AcceleDent Patient
  • Not only have my teeth moved very quickly, but using AcceleDent has greatly reduced the discomfort that I feel while wearing braces.” – Barbara K., AcceleDent Patient
  • I’m getting amazing results with AcceleDent!” – Scott M., AcceleDent Patient
  • I strongly recommend AcceleDent for anyone who wants to reduce their treatment time, and it’s so easy to use!” – Jean B., AcceleDent Patient
  • I found it easy to include the 20-minute routine into my day and am extremely happy with the results.” – Alex, AcceleDent Patient

How to Use and Care for AcceleDent Aura 

Accelerated Invisalign and Greater Comfort

By inserting the AcceleDent® Mouthpiece – fitted around your existing orthodontics – and turning on the Activator for 20 minutes every day, AcceleDent® Aura can speed up tooth movement by using SoftPulse Technology®. Faster tooth movement may decrease the duration of your orthodontic treatment and can even help to make your orthodontics more comfortable. Accelerated Invisalign.

 

 

 

 


How does AcceleDent® Aura work?

By inserting the Mouthpiece – fitted around your existing orthodontics – and turning on the Activator for 20 minutes every day, AcceleDent® Aura can speed up tooth movement by using SoftPulse Technology®. Faster tooth movement may decrease the duration of your orthodontic treatment and can even help to make your orthodontics more comfortable.

Is AcceleDent® Aura safe?

Yes. AcceleDent® with SoftPulse Technology® has been demonstrated safe and reliable in U.S. clinical trials.

How is the orthodontic treatment accelerated?

Your orthodontics work on their own by moving your teeth in specific directions. AcceleDent® Aura uses SoftPulse Technology® to generate small vibrations, or micropulses, enhancing the movements directed by your orthodontics, allowing for faster tooth movement.

How do I know if I am biting into the Mouthpiece correctly and with the right amount of force?

Bite pressure on the Mouthpiece should be just firm enough to hold AcceleDent® Aura in place without using your hands. Avoid biting forcibly on the Mouthpiece as that may cause excessive wear.

Can I try to wear AcceleDent® Aura while I am sleeping?

No. It is not recommended that AcceleDent® Aura be used while sleeping.

Can I wear my AcceleDent® Aura when it is charging or connected to a computer?

No, do not wear your AcceleDent® Aura when it is charging or connected to a computer.

Do I have to do the full 20 minute treatment at one time?

Yes. It is recommended that you use your AcceleDent® Aura for a continuous 20 minute period each day.

If I absolutely have to interrupt the 20 minute session for a few minutes, when I turn my AcceleDent® Aura back on, does it remember how long I used it?

Yes. AcceleDent® Aura will remember how long you used it as long as the interruption does not exceed five minutes.  After five minutes of being turned off, AcceleDent® Aura will work for a full session of 20 minutes at its next use.

How often does AcceleDent® Aura need to be recharged?

The Activator should be recharged every three days.

What is the best way to clean AcceleDent® Aura?

The Mouthpiece should first be disconnected from the Activator and then rinsed well with lukewarm water after each use. You may occasionally use a soft liquid dishwashing detergent, a mild soap, or toothpaste to gently brush the Mouthpiece. The Activator can be wiped with a soft cloth as necessary. It is recommended that you allow AcceleDent® Aura to air dry before being stored in the Travel Case. Do not place the Mouthpiece or the Activator in a dishwasher as this will void the warranty and could cause damage to the product.

Can I use my AcceleDent® Aura in the shower?

No. AcceleDent® Aura is not water resistant and should not be used in the shower.

Can I sanitize my AcceleDent® Aura and share it with a friend or family member who also has braces?

No. AcceleDent® Aura is a FDA cleared, single-user prescription device. Sharing the AcceleDent® Aura and/or the Mouthpiece is prohibited. Your orthodontist prescribed AcceleDent® Aura for your use only, based upon your unique orthodontic treatment plan. Use of AcceleDent® Aura without the supervision and direction of an orthodontist may result in adverse unintended consequences.

What type of battery does AcceleDent® Aura contain?

The rechargeable battery in AcceleDent® Aura is a medical grade lithium ion battery.

What should I do with my AcceleDent® Aura once treatment is finished?

You should dispose of your AcceleDent® Aura as you would with any other device with a rechargeable battery. Reference the “Disposal” section of the Directions for Use manual for further details.

Is my AcceleDent® Aura under warranty?

Yes, the warranty details can be found in the Directions for Use manual, click here.

What does it mean if my Activator stops working and the LED Indicator is flashing alternating green and orange?

The Activator will deactivate after completing the equivalent of 18 months of 20 minute daily sessions. If you are in the middle of a treatment plan, please contact your orthodontist.

Why did the date change on my FastTrac Usage Report?

  If your Activator battery is fully drained and the Activator shuts down (no flashing LED Indicator or vibrations), the date on the Usage Report will reset to January 1, 2012. This only happens if the Activator has not been used. The battery has to be charged when the LED indicates a low battery (shown when the LED Indicator is quickly flashing orange and the Activator is powered on but not charging). For Activators with completed sessions, the time will be reset to the date based on the last session completed. Refer to the FastTrac Usage Report section in the Directions for Use to reset the date, click here.

How do I know if my child is in need of orthodontic treatment?

It is usually difficult for you to determine if treatment is necessary because there are many problems that can occur even though the front teeth look straight. Also, there are some problems that look intimidating and complex which will resolve on their own. Asking your general dentist is good reference, but we are your best resource since orthodontics is all we do. Our initial exam is complimentary and we would be more than happy to see your child and make any recommendations necessary.

What are the early symptoms of orthodontic problems?

Although determining if treatment is necessary is difficult for you to assess, the following symptoms may help in prompting you to seek our orthodontic advice.

slider Ask your child to open their mouth, and let you look at their teeth. If you see any signs of crooked teeth, gaps between your child’s teeth or overlapping teeth, your child may need orthodontic treatment.

Ask your child to bite all the way down, but keeping their lips open so you can see their teeth. Do the front top teeth line up with the bottom? Do the top teeth protrude out away from the bottom teeth? Do the top front teeth cover more than 50% of the bottom teeth? Are the top teeth behind the bottom teeth? All these are indicators for potential orthodontic treatment.

Look at the alignment of your child’s jaw. Does the jaw shift off center when your child bites down? If you see any misalignment or shifting of the jaw, your child may have a skeletal problem, which requires early orthodontic intervention.

These are only some of the obvious symptoms of orthodontic problems.

What age should my child be seen by an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child be evaluated by age 7. Early detection of some orthodontic problems is important in order to take early corrective action and avoid more difficult treatment later.

Can you be too old for braces?

No, age is not a factor, only the health of your gums and bone which support your teeth. About 35% of our orthodontic patients are adults and that number is still growing!

Will it hurt?

Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically. As a rule, braces make your teeth sore for a few days, but it is not painful. This annoyance can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Today’s braces are smaller, more comfortable and use technology that reduces the discomfort. We use the latest in miniature braces and the highest quality of orthodontic materials in order to reduce discomfort and treatment time.

Can I still have braces if I have missing teeth ?

Yes. When teeth are missing, adjacent teeth will drift into the empty space. This will cause a functional, esthetic or periodontal problem. Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent these problems and will also provide proper alignment for your dentist to replace the missing teeth.

What is Phased Treatment (Phase I and Phase II) treatment?

Phase I or Interceptive Treatment usually starts while the child has most of their baby teeth and a few of their permanent front incisors. This stage in development is usually about the age of 7. The goal of Phase I treatment is to intercept a moderate or severe orthodontic problem early in order to reduce or eliminate it. These problems include skeletal dysplasia, crossbites and crowding. Phase I treatment takes advantage of the early growth spurt and turns a difficult orthodontic problem into a more manageable one. This helps reduce the need for extractions or surgery and delivers better long term results and treatment options. Most Phase I patients require a Phase II treatment in order to achieve an ideal bite.

Phase II treatment usually occurs a number of years later. Usually we are waiting for 12-16 more permanent teeth to erupt before Phase II begins. This most commonly occurs at the age of 12 or 13. The goal of Phase II treatment is to achieve an ideal occlusion with all of the permanent teeth.

What is Full or Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment?

This is another name for orthodontic treatment in the permanent dentition at any age. It is more commonly used when a Phase I treatment was not performed.

Does everyone need a Phase I treatment?

Absolutely not! Only certain bites require early intervention. All others can wait until most if not all their permanent teeth erupt.

Can I wait on Phase I/Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment until my child is older?

This is not recommended. If your child needs Phase I treatment this usually means that he has a difficult problem that requires attention now. If no orthodontic action is taken, treatment options become limited, more difficult, and the long-term stability may be compromised. In addition, it may lead to extractions, oral surgery and increased costs.

What is the length or duration of orthodontic treatment?

Braces may be on between 6 months to 30 months, or longer depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the patient’s cooperation, and the degree of movement possible.

What are extraction and non-extraction therapy, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Extraction therapy is a technique where some teeth are removed to make room for the other teeth in your child’s mouth. This is in contrast to non-extraction therapy where one expands a patients’ jaw and shave down some teeth to make everything fit.

What are the different types of braces?

There are Designer Braces in gold and sapphire to add a touch of class. Even Outrageous Braces in bright purple, pink, green and black. As a parent, you will have to decide whether you want your children to have plain old fashioned braces or something modern and stylish. We make both kinds, but recommend the stylish braces whenever possible. Click here for pictures of various types of braces.

Is orthodontic care expensive?

When orthodontic treatment is implemented at the proper time, treatment is often less costly than the dental care required to treat the more serious problems that can develop years later.

Orthodontic fees have not increased as fast as many other consumer products. Financing is usually available and our office offers many payment programs that will meet your needs. In addition, many insurance plans now include orthodontics.

We strive to make your visits with us as pleasant and productive as possible.

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What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces, using computer generated aligners. Aligners are made of a clear, thin, medical-grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.

Using advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to simulate tooth movement, the doctor uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners that gradually and comfortably move your teeth. You wear each aligner for about two weeks, moving from one set to the next, until your new smile emerges.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. No one may even notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible aligners, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.

Invisalign aligners are removable giving you the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and to maintain good oral hygiene.

Unlike traditional fixed braces, there are no metal brackets or wires. This means that in most cases less time is spent in your Invisalign Provider’s practice for adjustments.

And finally, Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you even begin treatment so you can see how your teeth are expected to look when your treatment is complete

Is this a new way to straighten teeth?

Dentists or orthodontists have, in the past, successfully used removable appliances for years. But with the application of Align Technology’s 3D computer technology and mass-customisation, the Invisalign System can be used to treat a wide range of patients who wants straighter teeth. The unique ClinCheck® software allows patients to see their treatment plan from beginning to end even before the start of treatment.

How old is the Technology?

In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kiesling envisioned that one day modern technology would enable the use of a series of tooth positioners to produce the kinds of movements required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Align Technology has made this vision a reality. Using advanced computer technology, Align Technology produces Invisalign, a series of customised clear aligners. Each aligner is worn sequentially by the patient to produce gradual tooth movements in both upper and lower arches.

How much will Invisalign cost?

As with other orthodontic options, the cost will be based on the complexity of your case and the length of treatment. We don't want the investment to prevent you from having the smile you have always wanted. During the initial exam, Dr. Adams will determine the complexity of your case, the estimated length of treatment, and the investment for treatment. We offer a variety of payment options to suit your individual needs. All of this will be discussed during your complementary consultation.

I'm in the Military, can I have Invisalign treatment?

Yes! Dr. David Adams treats many individuals that are active in all branches of the military through the Invisalign system. The U.S. Military does not approve braces while being active so Invisalign would be the next best thing. In some cases, we even have patients that are deployed and straightening their teeth at the same time! We give our Invisalign military patients enough trays to last them until their next appointment at our office. We also offer military discounts to all of our military families in the San Diego area. If your spouse is either deployed or living in another city, we are capable of doing Skype consultations so they can be apart of your Invisalign treatment! Don't let the miles apart keep you a part from a life changing experience. Since you've served our country, let us serve you and help you receive the smile you've always deserved!

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

  • Nearly Invisible—You can straighten your teeth without anyone having to know!
  • Removable—You can still eat and drink what you want.
  • Better oral hygiene—You can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth.
  • Comfortable—There are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.
  • Fewer visits--We know your time is valuable and with Invisalign, you can even finish treatment faster.

Why choose an Orthodontic Specialist?

You trust your heart to a cardiologist, your skin to a dermatologist, your knees to an orthopedist. Like these specialists who study their specialty areas after their general medical education, orthodontists devote an additional 3 years of study to orthodontics after they graduate from dental school. And like their medical counterparts, orthodontists limit their practices to their specialty area. Orthodontists have in-depth experience in orthodontic care. They use their knowledge and skills to help you get the best results possible.

Dr. Adams is an expert in straightening teeth, as a result of his extensive education.General dentists typically only take a short course to learn about the Invisalign system with minimal education towards other factors you should take in consideration when straightening teeth. Orthodontists are Specialists and are dedicated to helping your teeth and jaws work in union so that you can speak, bite and chew comfortably and effectively.

Does my insurance cover Invisalign?

A dental insurance policy that covers orthodontics will cover treatment with Invisalign as well. Call our office so we can see how we can maximize your benefits!

Are financing options available for Invisalign?

Yes! Our practice offers NO INTEREST financing that has been attracting patients to our office for years through CareCredit and in-house financing!

A great dental practice is the result of a strong commitment to excellence in the professional community and in the relationships we build with our patients and colleagues. We appreciate the confidence you have placed in us to provide you with the complete dental care you need, and we thank you for recommending San Diego Smile Pro to your friends and family.

Clear aligners are an effective alternative to braces. Using a system of clear, removable trays to straighten teeth. Clear aligners are made to fit over your teeth and gradually move teeth into their proper position. Clear aligners for orthodontic treatment is not the best option for everyone. To find out if clear aligners are right for you, schedule a consultation today.

How do clear aligners work?

Clear aligners are an alternative to braces and are designed to gently guide teeth into position. Like braces, clear aligners use gradual force to control tooth movement but without any metal wires or brackets. Aligners are made with a strong plastic material and custom made to fit your mouth. Each aligner is created a little different so that each time you switch aligners, your teeth move a little more.

Aligners are worn for at least 20 hours each day for two weeks before putting in a new aligner. The length of your treatment depends on the severity of your case and can take anywhere between six months to two years.

Advantages of orthodontic treatment with clear aligners:

Clear aligners are a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile but do not want to wear metal braces, or for patients who have had treatment in the past and want to make minor corrections to their smile. There are several advantages to orthodontic treatment with clear aligners.

  • Clear aligners are easier to keep clean, making it easier to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
  • Clear aligners are comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks.
  • Clear aligners prevent wear on the teeth from tooth grinding.
  • Clear aligners are removable so it's easier for you to brush and floss after meals.

If you're interested in orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, schedule an appointment and talk to your orthodontist about whether or not this is the right treatment option for you. Scheduling a consultation is your first step toward achieving the beautiful smile you have always wanted.

Do you live in Oceanside? It is our mission to provide a high quality experience for all who come in contact with our office by treating them with love and respect by putting their concerns above our own. We will give our utmost to make every patient comfortable during treatment by explaining procedures thoroughly and utilizing the most advanced techniques and technology available in dentistry. Our primary concerns are excellent treatment and quality relationships.
  • We offer dual specialties in Orthodontics for all ages as well as pedicatric dentistry in one convenient location
  • Dr. Adams is one of Southern and Northern San Diego's top Elite Premier Provider's of the Invisalign® System
  • Our San Diego office is conveniently located in the heart of San Diego around Interstate 5, 94, 163, 8, and 805.
  • For military families, we have Skype capable consultations so your spouses can be involved with your treatment while being deployed!
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Orthodontic treatment provides more benefits than simply a great smile. Did you know that orthodontic treatment, including both Invisalign® and traditional braces can produce the following health benefits:

  • Improved chewing function, which is the beginning of the digestive process
  • Increased cleansability of the teeth, which prevents periodontal inflammation, which has been linked to heart disease
  • Increased protection from Gingivitis
  • Increased potential resistance to inflammation
  • Easier and more effective flossing, which is linked to disease prevention
  • Creates a healthy functioning environment for the jaw joint (TMJ)

We consider ALL patients "Invisalign® Cases."

Invisalign®-comparison

Orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth; it has to so with the overall bite, function, and harmony of the teeth, jaws, and muscles. Only a small percentage of Invisalign® providers truly have the experience to correct more than just minor problems.

As an Orthodontic Specialist, Dr. Adams trained extensively to see this as a complete system comprehensively, successfully treating over 1100 San Diego Invisalign® patients.

Request a free consultation today using the information below!

San Diego Office

239 Laurel, Suite 201
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 291-5266
Fax: (619) 291-0124 

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North County Office

2125 El Camino Real Suite 101
Oceanside, CA 92054

Phone: (760) 433-0393
Fax: (760) 433-4275