Straighten your smile comfortably, conveniently, and discreetly with Invisalign

If you want to straighten your teeth without metal bracket-and-wire braces, you are not the only one considering alternatives to improve your smile. At Del Mar Family Dentistry, we are pleased to offer an option for braces, sometimes called invisible or clear braces. This treatment, known as Invisalign, can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted without covering the teeth in metal. Let’s look at Invisalign and how it allows patients in Solana Beach, California, to attain correct teeth alignment.

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign allows you to straighten teeth by using a set of trays (called aligners) that are custom-made to fit your mouth. As the teeth move, you graduate to a new set of aligners about every two weeks until your teeth are straight. Invisalign is a wonderful alternative for braces and continues to be a highly requested treatment here at Del Mar Family Dentistry.

Is Invisalign right for you?

We invite you to consult with Drs to determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. Dale Trudeau or Thomas Fitzpatrick. Our team is here to evaluate your smile and decide if Invisalign would make an excellent treatment for your unique needs. Most patients with mild to moderate misalignment of the teeth and bite will find Invisalign a reliable and easy way to achieve the desired results!

What are the pros and cons of Invisalign clear braces?


  • Aligners are nearly invisible.
  • Aligners are comfortable.
  • Removable.
  • Eat whatever you like.

Possible drawbacks:

  • Must be worn regularly for results.
  • Aligners must be taken out for eating.

How long does Invisalign take?

Typically, most Invisalign cases take about 6-12 months to straighten teeth.

How much does Invisalign cost?

Invisalign can run between $5000 and $7000. This is usually much less than that of orthodontic braces.

Call Del Mar Family Dentistry of Solana Beach, California, to find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign!

Our dentists serve patients in and around Fairbanks Ranch, Carmel Valley, Oceanside, Encinitas, and Carlsbad, CA. Call (858) 360-3102 to request an appointment at our facility in Solana Beach, CA at 625 Valley Avenue.

Ready for the magic of Invisalign?

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Whether you are looking for that dazzling smile, or interested in improving your bite and the health of your gums, Invisalign clear aligners offer an easier, quicker and more comfortable treatment than traditional braces.

Dr. Dale Trudeau

Dr. Dale Trudeau

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick

Dr. Nikko Johnson

Dr. Nikko Johnson

Dr. Erik Balinghasay

Dr. Erik Balinghasay

Del Mar Family Dentistry is served by four experienced and talented physicians: Drs. Dale Trudeau, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Nikko Johnson, and Erik Balinghasay.

Dr. Dale Trudeau has served the community of Del Mar and Solana Beach since 1984. He is a graduate and former instructor at USC School of Dentistry and has completed many hours of advanced training in restorative, cosmetic, implant dentistry, and Invisalign. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), San Diego County Dental Society (SDCDS), and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Trudeau is active in the community and volunteers at many local charities and youth organizations.

Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in San Diego and Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry. He is a Research Associate at PLNU, YMCA, and Foundation for Worldwide Health, along with being a member of the ADA, CDA, Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and SDCDS. Dr. Fitzpatrick has a passion to provide sustainable dental services to underserved communities both locally and globally. In 2013 he founded Cura Coffee Company to help fund the non-profit work of Cura Smiles. This non-profit has been able to build a dental clinic in the diverse community of City Heights, San Diego to help serve the underserved in their dental needs.

Dr. Nikko Johnson is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma University College of Dentistry. After completing her dental residency, she practiced as a general dentist in Oklahoma and North Carolina before obtaining her Master of Science in Periodontology from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Dentistry. Among her competencies are prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal diseases and treatment modalities with advanced oral plastic surgeries. She has had the honor of providing dental care to veterans for many years.

Dr. Erik Balinghasay is a graduate of the University of California San Diego(UCSD) and University of California Los Angeles(UCLA), School of Dentistry. Upon graduating from UCLA, he pursued advanced speciality training in Endodontics, the dental specialty related to root canals, at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a Board-Certified Endodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.