Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in practicing general dentistry and has 25 years of experience in orthodontics, as well as 10 years in Invisalign clear brace dentistry. Dr. Carter is also a certified and preferred provider of Invisalign, and she has treated the most cases of Invisalign in the Redding area, with over 320 patients successfully treated.

What is Invisalign?


Invisalign is a series of clear invisible plastic aligner trays that you wear over your teeth. Wearing these trays will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. The aligners are prescribed by your dentist and designed by computer. Approximately every two weeks a new set of aligner trays would be given to you to replace the previous ones. Each Alligner set is tighter than the previous one and the pressure moves the teeth in an incremental manner with each new tray. The patient can remove the aligner to eat, drink, brush and floss.


How Long Would Invisalign Treatment Take?

You’ll visit Dr. Carter about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. The treatment may take an average of one year but the duration may vary from case to another.

What Can Make Invisalign a Successful Treatment?

Invisalign is a great way to treat many kinds of malocclusions or bad bites. There are two things to be sure you understand before undergoing this treatment. First that it requires compliance with wearing the aligners as instructed. Second, the experience and skill of the doctor overseeing your care.

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are metal wires and brackets that are bonded to the teeth. The brackets are not removable. Brackets can cause soreness and irritation to the inside of the lips, cheeks and tongue. There are limitations on what patients can eat or chew while in traditional braces (popcorn, chips, gum) these types of foods can loosen brackets and damage wires. Brushing, flossing and overall good oral hygiene are a challenge especially in school age children due to non compliance. With Invisalign The patient can remove the aligners to eat, drink, brush an floss and simply put them back.

Invisalign is a great way to achieve straight teeth and still be comfortable in social situations. They are comfortable and speech is most often not affected.

Invisalign for Teenagers?

During the past few years Invisalign Teen has really caught on and has been shown to be effective with teens. They really like the idea of wearing an “adult” appliance that is inconspicuous and cool!

Invisalign Teen has important added features that address the needs and compliance issues of teens which are a bit different than adults. Colored “compliance tabs” can track actual wear time for your teen during each aligner so movements are completed before the next aligner is used. This product allows for adult teeth to erupt into place over time by providing spaces in the aligner. The use of Eruption tabs will prevent molars from pushing past their desired flat planes!. Invisalign can address Orthodontic issues present in many teenagers from 11 to 17!

What is the difference between Invisalign adult and teen?

Invisalign Teen is the same as Invisalign adult except for 3 things:

  • Invisalign Teen has small blue dots on each aligner and they fade after about 2 weeks of wear. If a teenager is not in compliance and is not wearing their aligner, the blue dots would not fade and the doctor would recommend wearing aligners until the blue dots fade.
  • Invisalign Teen can be done on teenagers who may have some baby or decidous teeth present. There are spaces left in the aligners for when the adult teeth erupt through.
  • Invisalign Teen allows parents to order replacement aligners for free when their child may lose an aligner.