Invisalign Specialist

Karen E Guinn, DDS -  - Orthodontist

The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design

Karen E Guinn, DDS

Orthodontist & TMJ Specialist located in Downtown Pasadena, CA & West Covina, CA

Braces are an effective orthodontic treatment, but they’re not for everyone. If you have mild or moderate misalignment and would prefer not to wear brackets and wires for months, orthodontist Karen Guinn, DDS, might recommend treatment with Invisalign® at The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design in West Covina and Pasadena, California. To find out if you’re a good candidate for discreet orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, call The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design or book an appointment online today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern way to adjust the alignment of your smile. The treatment involves a series of flexible plastic aligners that you place over your teeth every day. The aligners are clear, so they are difficult or impossible for others to notice when you smile. They’re made to fit snugly over your teeth so they won’t fall out.

During the planning stage, Dr. Guinn takes images and X-rays of your teeth and jaw. She uses digital impressions to create your plastic aligners and plans exactly how your teeth should move.

You should wear each aligner in the series for one to two weeks or however long Dr. Quinn tells you to. You should also need to wear them for 20-22 hours each day, which gives you time to take them out for eating and cleaning.

Each aligner pushes your teeth closer toward their ideal position. Instead of using metal wires and rubber bands for pressure, the shape of the plastic places pressure on specific parts of your teeth to guide them to their new position.

What are the benefits of Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign is revolutionary in the field of orthodontics, providing benefits and advantages that put the system ahead of braces and other orthodontic treatment options. The advantages of treatment with Invisalign include:

  • Fewer office visits
  • Precise treatment planning
  • Comfortable plastic material with less gum irritation
  • Invisible devices that don’t alter your appearance
  • Removable for easy cleaning
  • Lower risk of cavities
  • No dietary restrictions


In many cases, treatment with Invisalign is faster than treatment with traditional braces.

While braces take an average of 18-24 months to treat misalignment, Invisalign treatment averages 9-15 months in total. If you’re unsure if braces or Invisalign is the better option for you, Dr. Guinn can provide a complimentary orthodontic consultation to talk to you about your teeth.

Who should consider Invisalign?

Dr. Guinn has extensive training in orthodontics and can tell you if Invisalign is an option for you after a complete evaluation of your oral health. Using Invisalign, she can treat the following misalignment complications:

  • Open bite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Wide gaps
  • Overcrowding
  • Crooked teeth


Invisalign might even be able to help you avoid surgery for other dental complications. Dr. Guinn tells you how long you can expect your treatment to take and how many aligners it will include.

To learn more about Invisalign, call The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design or book a consultation online today.