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Lakshmy Sudeep, D.D.S.

(408) 225-4158
6950 Santa Teresa Blvd., Suite #D
San Jose, CA 95119

Orthodontics

Clear Braces

Translucent 'clear' braces and tooth colored ceramic brackets provide a very aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces. Today's clear braces provide the same quality of treatment as metal braces, but are simply less noticeable.

Dr. Sudeep, often recommends an Invisalign procedure rather than traditional braces. Invisalign is the breakthrough technology that lets you have the smile you've always wanted without the hassle of braces. By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you'll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step-by-step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike conventional braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual. An average Invisalign course of treatment takes about a year.

The Invisalign Advantage Over Braces
When choosing an option for straitening your teeth, it's important to consider what works best for not only your appearance, but your lifestyle as well.
  INVISALIGN BRACES
Effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite. X X
Straightens your teeth X X
Average cost is about $5,000* X X
Allows you to eat whatever foods you enjoy X  
Lets you remove the device when you want X  
Lets you enjoy virtually invisible teeth-straightening X  
Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health X  
Consists of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal that is more likely to irritate your cheeks and gums X  
Frees up your busy schedule, with office visits only every four to six weeks X  
Invisalign Teen: Provides up to six free replacement aligners if lost or broken.** X  

* November 2010 Invisalign Patient Survey

** Invisalign Teen Only


Invisalign cleaning and maintenance




This video explains how patients can use and care for their Invisalign aligners, including cleaning and maintenance tips.


Invisalign Adult

Invisalign is clear and practically invisible.

- Unobtrusive in business meetings or social gatherings
- No metal wires or bands to irritate your mouth
- Most people won't notice you're wearing aligners

Over one million patients, many whom are adults, have benefited from Invisalign. Invisalign offers the clinical outcomes people want, all with a removable appliance that's virtually undetectable when worn. It's an ideal solution for the majority of adults.

Invisalign FAQ

What do aligners look like?
Aligners are clear and nearly invisible. If you've ever seen clear teeth-whitening trays, that should give you a good idea of what the aligners look like. Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit and move your teeth.

Will the treatment be painful?
Each time you change to a new aligner, there may be some temporary discomfort while your teeth adjust to their new position. This is completely normal, and is a good sign that the treatment is working.

Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?
Some people are affected more than others, but most adjust in a short period of time to the feeling of the aligners and do not have permanent changes in their speech.

How often will I have to wear my aligners?
Invisalign only works while you're wearing the aligners. It's recommended that you wear your aligners full-time, day and night, except to eat, brush, and floss your teeth.

What happens after treatment to prevent my teeth from moving again?
This varies person to person and depends on the outcome of the treatment. Some patients might need a positioner, or conventional retainer. Other patients might need a clear plastic retainer.

Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen is the only clear orthodontic aligner therapy designed to address the unique concerns of treating non-adult comprehensive patients. Because aligners are removable, patients can continue to eat their favorite foods and brush and floss normally to help keep teeth and gums healthy.


Invisalign Teen has all the features of Invisalign Full, plus:
- Compliance indicators track the patient's approximate wear time and help provide reassurance for parents that the teen is being compliant.
- Six free individual replacement aligners are included with Invisalign Teen to replace lost or broken aligners.
- Many teens present for treatment with erupting permanent dentition, so Invisalign Teen has been engineered with a feature to help prevent supra eruption of the second molars.




Randall was completely adamant about not getting braces.

Randall's mom, Sandi, talks about her daughters experience with orthodontic treatment using Invisalign. "Randall was completely adamant about not getting braces, period. With my older children, they all had braces. They didn't have a choice. Randall has the Invisalign, she had the choice. The treatment has been 100% positive. You want your child to have nice teeth, and this works. I would recommend Invisalign Teen to anybody, without a doubt."

Invisalign Teens seemed to really fit in with Ryan's active lifestyle.

Ryan lives for any type of sports and is always on the go. Anything that can help him go with that lifestyle was really beneficial. Invisalign Teens seemed to really fit in with his active lifestyle. It took approximately 10 months total for the entire process. His teeth seemed to change very rapidly and with minimal discomfort. It was great to see that he was putting effort in to the process, knowing that the reward would be a great smile.

Alex can wear his mouthguard right over his Invisalign.

Alex's mom, Karen talks about her sons orthodontic treatment with Invisalign Teen. "Alex had an overbite and crowding in his bottom teeth. He was very hesitant to start treatment for his teeth. He was determined that he would not wear braces. "Hands down, "I want the Invisalign." Alex is active in sports. We wanted to coordinate his treatment with his sports. He can wear his mouthguard right over his invisalign. And he's happy, and he smiles!"


Spring Hawley Retainer

After completing orthodontic therapy it is not uncommon to still need a little fine tuning of tooth alignment. This is particularly true in patients who have undergone extensive orthodontic therapy and are simply 'burned out.'

This retainer is useful in correcting minor rotations and crowding. When worn, the spring action of the wires, provide a light force to align the teeth. The appliance is constructed to the 'ideal' setting and the patient's teeth adapt to their new position.

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