With more than 12 years of experience we were proud to be the first GP Invisalign Premier Provider in San Francisco and recently achieved the most prestigious GP Invisalign Premiere Provider Elite status!
Again, The first in San Francisco!
Dr. Levi has been recognized as an Invisalign Premier Provider for a seventh year in a row, placing him among the top two percent of Invisalign practitioners in North America and in the world.
Each year, Align Technology, Inc., the inventor of Invisalign, a clear, removable method of straightening teeth without wires and brackets, will award Premier Provider status to a select group of Invisalign practitioners in the U.S. and Canada. To qualify, doctors must demonstrate an exceptional level of Invisalign experience and meet Invisalign clinical education requirements.
Align launched the Invisalign Premier Provider program in 2005, making Dr. Levi one of the program's inaugural members. Dr. Levi was the first GP Premier provider in San Francisco.
Invisalign is a nearly invisible, comfortable, and convenient treatment option for patients who want straighter teeth. To learn more about Invisalign or to schedule a complimentary invisalign consultation, please call Dr. Levi at 415-433-4337 or contact us
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment option that allows doctors to straighten teeth using a series of clear, removable, nearly invisible, plastic appliances called Aligners.
Q. How does Invisalign work?
* The patient meets with an Invisalign-certified dentist or orthodontist who takes orthodontic records of the patient's teeth, including impressions, and fills out an Invisalign treatment planning or "prescription" form and sends all the material to Align Technology.
* At Align, a model is poured of the patient's teeth and digitized. Align then uses its advanced, 3-D imaging software to generate a graphical representation of the doctor's treatment plan , (almost like an animated movie) of the way the patient's teeth will move from the current position to the final desired position.
* The doctor reviews and approves the 3-D movie on a secure portion of Align's website. From these images, Align Technology produces a series of clear, plastic Aligners that correspond to the stages of tooth movement in the 3-D movie.
* The patient wears each stage of Aligners for approximately two weeks before switching to the next set in the series. Week by week, the patient's teeth are straightened millimeter by millimeter.
Q. Is this a new way to straighten teeth?
Doctors have successfully used removable appliances for years for very limited treatment. With the application of 3-D computer technology and mass-customization, Invisalign can be used to treat almost anyone who wants straighter teeth. We have been using Invisalign since 1999 and have had great success with it.
Q. What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
* Nearly invisible: You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
* Predictable results - we will show you the expected outcome of the treatment before you even start wearing your aligners. We have treated successfully variety of cases and are very proud of our experience with the Invisalign system. During the Clincheck (the movie) stage we will discuss with you the final result and give you suggestions if any other (restorative) fine-tunings may be needed. Usually dr. Levi will show you a few different treatment options with different benefits for you as a patient and give you his opinion, but you play a key role in designing the final aesthetic outcome of your treatment.
* Removable: You can 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 abrasion.
* The invisalign can also be used as a Bleching Tray (for teeth whitening)
* Fluoride Tray (strenghtens the enamel of the teeth).
Q. Who can benefit from Invisalign?
We can use Invisalign to treat the vast majority of people who want straighter teeth. The only criterion is that the patient must have their second molars. According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, two-thirds to three-fourths of American adults (between 136 and 154 million) have some sort of malocclusion (crooked teeth) and could benefit from orthodontic treatment.
Q. How long does treatment take?
Like traditional braces, the length of treatment depends on the complexity of the case. Treatment time is about the same as conventional braces, between 6 and 18 months. Using the advanced Invisalign Clincheck software we will be able to determine the exact expected length of the proposed treatment before we even start the treatment and discuss it with you. There are number of conditions where you may have an option of shorter (limited) treatment versus full treatment and we will be able to show you the difference before you even start.
Q. Can any doctor treat patients with Invisalign?
Doctors must attend and complete Invisalign certification seminar to treat patients with Invisalign. Align also provides doctors with many opportunities for continuing education and advanced Invisalign training. Dr. Levi has been certified in Level 1 and Level 2 Invisalign training as well as the Invisalign Orthodontist training program. He has also been lecturing other dentists on Invisalign.
Q. How much does Invisalign cost?
Several factors impact cost of treatment, such as complexity of the case, market price within the patient.s geographic area, etc. An Align survey of certified doctors across the country indicates that average fees for Invisalign range from $5500-$8000.
Q. Does insurance cover Invisalign?
Typically, an insurance policy that covers traditional braces also covers Invisalign to the same extent. In addition, we offer in-office financing. Financing is also available through CareCredit.com or DentalFeePlan.com.
Q. How many people are in treatment with the Invisalign System?
More than one million patients have entered treatment with Invisalign.
Q. Is Invisalign FDA approved?
Invisalign has FDA clearance as a Class I device.
More information is available at www.invisalign.com.