Invisalign is one of those popular, versatile treatments that help patients of many ages. Our San Francisco Invisalign dentists have found that people love how convenient Invisalign is, and how discreet it is. As you may imagine, many teens, especially, prefer Invisalign to traditional orthodontics that use metal. Keep reading to learn more!


Metal brackets and wires are pretty hard to miss once they are in place. On the other hand, Invisalign aligners are completely clear. These aligners fit snugly over your teeth, so, once they are in place, your real smile will shine through. Using Invisalign rather than conventional orthodontics can be a real confidence booster.

Convenience And Comfort

These smooth aligners are not abrasive like traditional brackets and wires; they will not irritate and cut up oral tissues. Plus, it is easy for teens to keep up with their regular activities while they perfect their smiles using Invisalign. In particular, playing instruments, and wearing protective mouth guards for sports and activities are easy with Invisalign.


Many of our teen orthodontic patients report that they’re particularly self-conscious about getting things caught in their braces, and accumulating plaque and tartar build-up. Here again, Invisalign can help. Because these composite resin aligners are completely removable, you will still be able to brush, floss, and complete professional cleanings throughout the treatment process. Generally speaking, it is much easier to maintain a fresh and clean smile when you use Invisalign rather than metal orthodontics.

Invisalign is truly designed to fit into the patient’s life and daily routine, and teen cosmetic dentistry patients appreciate this ease of use.

Our San Francisco teen Invisalign dentists can give you any additional information and guidance that you need to make a sound decision for your smile. The best way to get started is to schedule a personal consultation with our team!

Most people considering having their wisdom teeth removed understand that going through with the procedure is no minor ordeal. It is a legitimate surgery, which is more than enough to scare people into putting it off for as long as possible. However, there are so many benefits to getting wisdom teeth removed closer to sooner than later, as well as some scary downsides to waiting too long.

Dr. Robert M. Walley wants to help you with your wisdom teeth when the time comes for them to be removed, and it is important not to wait too long for the following reasons:

Eliminate the Pain

The reason wisdom teeth are removed in the first place is because they can get impacted in your gums and lead to some pretty serious problems under the surface, not the least of which is significant pain. While the procedure involved with removing wisdom teeth isn’t entirely painless, it pales in comparison to the pain some patients feel after having left them alone too long in hopes of avoiding surgery. In some cases, it is just easier to get the procedure.

Lower the Chance of Infection

Another problem is infection, which occurs when wisdom teeth break through only partially, creating small flaps of gum tissue that can trap food and debris and generate bacteria that can transform into a nasty infection. Left untreated, these infections can bring cysts and abscesses on the gums that may have to be surgically removed anyway. It easier just to have the wisdom teeth causing the problem removed.

Keep Your Smile Straight

Impacted teeth can shift an entire row of teeth, which not only can make a smile crooked but also can affect the quality of your bite as teeth move around. Removing wisdom teeth proactively can remove the risk of shifting a full row of teeth.

The Procedure is More Complicated for Older Patients

When a patient is in their late teens or early 20s, the adult teeth have been in the mouth for less time, which means wisdom teeth will have done less damage and will have had less time to cement themselves into the gums and jawbone. Removing them at this point in a patient’s life rather than in their 30s or 40s is a much easier procedure.

Finding Recovery Time is Easier for Younger Patients

Recovery is easier for younger patients, too, not only in terms of bouncing back from the surgery more quickly, but also in terms of finding time for recovery. High school and college-age students have the full summer to work in a few weeks of recovery time, where adults may have a harder time taking those days off of work.

It’s Not as Scary as You Think!

Most importantly, Dr. Walley makes sure the wisdom teeth procedure is as quick and painless as possible. Entirely too many people are afraid of the surgery, but it really isn’t as bad as some make it out to be. More importantly, the benefits to ensuring it gets handled at a younger age seriously outweigh the anxiety that inspires patients to put it off for as long as possible.

If you would like to schedule your wisdom teeth removal, call the office of Dr. Robert M. Walley today!


Our San Francisco cosmetic dentists are always trying to improve our practice, and make the treatment experience as comfortable and convenient as possible for our patients. We understand that our patients live busy lives, and we’re committed to helping them work dental care into their packed schedules.

To that end, our dental office offers a number of aesthetic and restorative treatments that deliver full results quickly. For example…

  • Professional teeth whitening: this treatment is designed to minimize existing dental stains, and restore the patient’s natural teeth to their previous levels of whiteness. During treatment, our dental team applies a whitening gel to the teeth, and then activates it. Many people are able to lighten their smiles by several shades after just one session.
  • Dental bonding: using composite resin, our team can cover unsightly enamel, repair cracks and chips, and even build out natural teeth, to give the smile a more seamless appearance. Dental bonding takes just one appointment to complete.
  • CEREC crowns: if you’re in need of a dental restoration, you don’t have to wait for weeks or schedule multiple appointments in order to get one. With CEREC technology, our dentist can design, craft, and place your restoration in one day.
  • Porcelain veneers: these porcelain restorations are crafted to be exceptionally thin: about as thick as a contact lens. They are individually crafted and designed to suit the patient’s specifications. Then, they are permanently attached to the patient’s natural dental structure. This is a truly versatile treatment option; you can do everything from covering unsightly enamel to straightening your smile. Generally, veneer treatment is completed in two to three appointments.

As you can see, there are a number of aesthetic and restorative treatments that deliver results in a short period of time. Please feel free to give our San Francisco dentists a call to get any additional information!

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