Invisalign Specialist

Richard Hardt, D.D.S

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Porterville, CA

If you dream of straighter, healthier teeth but don’t want the hassle of wires and brackets, InvisalignⓇ clear aligners may be the ideal solution for you. At Richard Hardt, D.D.S. in Porterville, California, Dr. Richard Hardt, DDS, and Dr. Lawryn Monterroso, DDS, offer innovative Invisalign treatments to enhance the appearance of your teeth using a painless, noninvasive treatment technology. To find out if Invisalign clear aligners are right for you, schedule a consultation online or by calling the office directly today.

Invisalign Q & A

Richard Hardt, D.D.S

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a teeth straightening technique that uses a series of customized, removable aligners made from a clear and durable material.

Dr. Hardt or Dr. Monterroso uses advanced 3D scan technology to study the current positioning of your teeth. This technology also helps them predict how your teeth will move with each customized aligner. They then send the results of your scan to a dental laboratory that creates each aligner based on your specific treatment goals.

There’s no messy molds or painful dental work involved in creating your Invisalign treatment plan.


Is Invisalign right for me?

Invisalign treatments are ideal for both teenagers and adults who want straighter teeth in less time than is possible using traditional braces.

Aligners are ideal for treating a range of common dental issues, including:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Cross bites
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crooked teeth


If you don’t want to invest time in using traditional wire and bracket braces, and have good overall oral health, Invisalign technology can produce amazing results in less time.

After a full dental evaluation, Dr. Hardt or Dr. Monterroso determine if Invisalign is a good treatment option to help you reach your goals.


How long do I wear the Invisalign aligners?

To achieve optimum results, you should plan to wear your aligners 20-22 hours per day, but you can take them out to eat, drink, floss, and brush your teeth. You wear each new aligner for one to two weeks, as recommended by Dr. Hardt or Dr. Monterroso.

Follow-up visits are necessary every six to eight weeks to check the progress of your teeth movement.

Aligners are customized to fit perfectly in your mouth, eliminating pain and discomfort. While you may feel some pressure with each new aligner, the treatment is much more comfortable than traditional braces.

Caring for the aligners is easy. You take them out and clean them daily using a gentle toothbrush to remove debris.


What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Using the Invisalign technology is a painless, convenient way to straighten your teeth. Because aligners are clear, no one can tell you’re wearing them.

Other benefits of using Invisalign for straighter teeth include:

  • Easy maintenance and removal
  • No food limitations or restrictions
  • Fewer dental visits
  • No painful wires or brackets


To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign, schedule an appointment by calling Richard Hardt, D.D.S. in Porterville, California, or using the online booking feature.