Afshin Rahimi, DMD
Pacific Heights Family & Cosmetic Dentist

2007 Divisadero Street - San Francisco, CA 94115

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Invisalign

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Education is the foundation of your dental healthcare. We believe it is vital for our patients to have all the facts so that they may make informed decisions about their dental treatment and care program.

We have compiled a selection of common questions about our practice, the services we offer, and dentistry in general. If your question is not answered here, and/or if you would like more information, please call our office or send us an email.


Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. Others may not even notice you are wearing the aligners, making the treatment fit with your lifestyle.

Invisalign is a teeth-straightening system that uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to move teeth into their correct position instead of the brackets and wires of traditional braces. When the aligners are in place, they are difficult to see – even from up close – making Invisalign the best aesthetic choice.

Dr. Rahimi will create a three-dimensional treatment plan that maps out the exact movements of your teeth. The Invisalign aligners are then designed to apply the right amount of force to the right place at the right time based on your plan. Dr. Rahimi will be with you every step of the way to monitor your progress and ensure your aligners are achieving the desired outcome.

Invisalign coverage depends a great deal on your type of dental insurance. The best way to find out if Invisalign is covered under your plan is by contacting your insurance provider. Our office can also assist in navigating your insurance benefits by speaking directly to your insurance provider.

Some patients do feel temporary discomfort for the first few days of wearing a new set of Invisalign trays. Usually, patients feel pressure on the teeth, which is expected.

Our office provides free consultations for patients interested in Invisalign. During the consultation, we will examine your teeth and gums, discuss your dental goals, and make a recommendation as to whether Invisalign is right for you. 

Unlike braces, Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible. You can also remove the aligners to eat, brush and floss, or for special occasions. There are no metal brackets or wires that could cause discomfort in your mouth or break.

Cosmetic treatments that Dr. Rahimi offers are teeth whitening, laser dentistry, fillings, dentures, bridges and crowns, Invisalign, veneers and implants.

Misaligned or crooked teeth can cause many problems for your overall oral health. While misaligned teeth are often thought of as a cosmetic issue, the reality is that it can increase your risk for cavities, TMJ disorder, and periodontal disease.

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