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Invisalign® FAQs

Read on to learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign®.

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a dental treatment that straightens teeth over a period of time.

How does it work?

Invisalign® uses customized clear trays that are fitted to your teeth. Every two weeks, you switch to a new set of alignment trays to bring your teeth gradually closer into alignment. The trays apply a controlled force that slowly shifts the teeth until they are eventually straight and aligned.

How can Invisalign® improve my smile?

Invisalign® straightens crooked and overcrowded teeth, closes gaps, corrects bite abnormalities, and creates an even, straight smile. It does so with a nearly invisible treatment process over time.

How is Invisalign® better than braces?

Invisalign® trays are more aesthetically appealing than braces because they are virtually invisible. They are also removable, which makes eating and dental hygiene much easier and less restricting compared to braces. The trays are comfortable and smooth, unlike braces that have metal wires and brackets that can irritate your mouth. This treatment also requires less time in the dentist’s chair for adjustments and fewer office visits.

Does Invisalign® hurt?

Invisalign® trays cause only minor discomfort that is to be expected with moving teeth. This discomfort is more of a feeling of pressure than pain and can typically be felt during the first few days of each new set of trays.

What age do I have to be to get Invisalign®?

Invisalign® can be used when all baby teeth have been lost. Patients must also be disciplined enough to wear the trays for 20 to 22 hours per day. Depending on physical and emotional maturity, Invisalign® candidates could be as young as 12 or 13.

What can I eat with Invisalign®?

Since you remove the trays for eating, you can eat anything you like with Invisalign®. Always remove the trays when eating meals or snacks.

What can I drink with Invisalign®?

You can drink anything you like with Invisalign®. Be sure to clean your teeth and aligners soon after consuming sugary drinks so as not to trap sugar between them and damage your teeth.

Woman Putting Invisalign® In Her MouthWhat is Invisalign® made of?

Invisalign® trays are made of a clear thermoplastic material that is BPA-free.

Are Invisalign® trays noticeable?

Invisalign® trays are clear and custom-made for you, which means they are molded to fit precisely over your teeth. As such, they are virtually invisible.

Is Invisalign® good for your teeth?

Invisalign® allows you to achieve straight teeth and maintain optimal oral hygiene through the treatment process. Having straight teeth promotes better dental hygiene, helps prevent tooth decay and plaque buildup, and improves speech and eating function.

Does Invisalign® improve dental health?

During treatment, patients can easily maintain oral hygiene habits for their dental health. By straightening the teeth, Invisalign® promotes better dental health because straight teeth make oral hygiene easier and guard against bacterial buildup and abnormal wear on tooth enamel.

How long does it take to see results with Invisalign®?

One of the major advantages of Invisalign® is that you will see results throughout the treatment process. You may even see initial results by the time you switch to your second set of alignment trays.

How long is treatment with Invisalign®?

Invisalign® treatment takes an average of 12 months for adults. This length can vary more significantly for teens.

How does Invisalign® move teeth?

Invisalign® aligner trays are fitted directly to your teeth and apply a controlled force that causes certain teeth to shift. Your treatment trays are mapped out specifically for your teeth, and you switch to a new set every two weeks or so. Each new set is slightly different from the previous set and pulls your teeth gradually closer into position.

How do I take care of my Invisalign® trays?

A special Invisalign® cleaning system can be used to clean the trays. Brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water can also suffice. Brush your teeth after every meal to prevent food residue from staining your trays. Avoid putting the trays in hot water because it can warp the plastic. If your trays warp or crack, contact your dental practitioner right away to get new trays.

How often do I have to wear Invisalign®?

Invisalign® trays must be worn 20 to 22 hours per day.

Who should not use Invisalign®?

Patients with baby teeth are not good candidates for Invisalign®. Those with severe issues such as large overbites may need more advanced orthodontic procedures. If you are interested in Invisalign®, your best option is to schedule a consultation to determine if this treatment is right for you.

How often do I change my Invisalign® trays?

Your dental practitioner will tell you how often you should exchange your trays. On average, you should switch out your Invisalign® trays approximately every two weeks.

What happens after treatment is completed?

After Invisalign® treatment, you may need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original position. Your dentist will determine whether you need a retainer and how often you should wear it.

What if I’ve already had braces?

If you have already had braces and your teeth are still properly aligned, you do not need Invisalign®. If your teeth have shifted since you had braces, Invisalign® can re-straighten your teeth.

How long do Invisalign® results last?

The results of Invisalign® can last indefinitely. With proper use of a retainer, daily oral hygiene, and regular dental visits, you can maintain a straight, beautiful, and healthy smile long term.

 

For more information about Invisalign®, request your complimentary consultation with our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands. Call 310.273.0111 or complete our online contact form today.

The Top 3 Oral Health Problems and How To Prevent Them

A recent survey by The Health Policy Institute, a research division of the American Dental Association, found that the top three oral health problems facing Americans today are dry mouth, difficulty biting and chewing, and pain.

girl-holding-cheek-expressing-tooth-painDry Mouth

Of the 15,000 survey respondents across all states, the top issue was dry mouth (also called xerostomia), with 33 percent experiencing it either occasionally or very often. Dry mouth can be a side effect of certain medications and some diseases. On occasion, dry mouth is not a concern, but chronic dry mouth can lead to tooth decay.

Drinking more water is the first simple solution to the problem, but if that does not help, talk to your doctor about alternatives for your medications or a possible explanation for your chronic dry mouth.

Difficulty Biting and Chewing

The next most common oral health problem was difficulty biting and chewing, experienced by 31 percent of those surveyed. Interestingly, this problem was more common among younger people and those with lower incomes. It can be caused by any number of dental issues, including crooked, cracked, loose, or decayed teeth.

Prevention involves regular dental hygiene practices, such as brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and keeping your bi-annual dental cleaning appointments. Some people still experience these issues even when they take preventative measures. Dr. Sands can correct the damage with a number of treatments, including Invisalign®, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding.

Pain

The third biggest oral-health problem was pain in general, experienced by 29 percent of respondents. Since any pain in the mouth can have many causes and solutions, it is best to always consult your dentist for prevention advice and treatment. Ignoring the pain or masking it with pain medication will not solve the underlying problem and could make it worse. It is always best to visit your dentist as soon as possible if you are experience tooth pain.

Dr. Sands can help prevent and correct any of the above problems. Don’t delay your treatment; schedule your appointment today by calling (310) 273-0111, or fill out our online contact form for more information.

The Kevin Sands Dentistry Difference

Dr. Kevin Sands A bright, beautiful, and healthy smile is often the goal when a person makes a trip to the dentist. It is no surprise that the teeth, as the center of the face, can affect the overall facial profile.

An attractive smile is what everyone wants to achieve, so why not get it done in style? At the office of Dr. Kevin Sands, every patient can expect VIP treatment. We offer cutting-edge dental equipment in a relaxing and comfortable environment. You can have all of your dental needs addressed with Dr. Sands’ one-of-a-kind service.

The “Rolls Royce” of Dentistry

Known as the “premier dentist to the stars,” Dr. Sands is a groundbreaking dental artist; he creates beautiful smiles on famous faces in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. For more than 15 years, he has provided patients with picture-perfect smiles. As one of the most sought-after dentists in the world, Kevin Sands has had patients travel from all over the globe to experience the Kevin Sands dentistry difference.

State-of-the-Art Equipment and Waiting Rooms

At the dental office of Dr. Sands, patients can expect comfort and style, making their experience like no other. With state-of-the-art massaging dental chairs, digital imaging equipment, and flat screen televisions in every room, patients can receive overall dental care in a professional and relaxing environment.

Our waiting rooms were made to provide patients with a relaxing experience. The walls, decor, and custom-made couches are designed to create a calming atmosphere for patients.

If you’re ready to walk down our red carpet, you can have all of your dental needs addressed at what we like to call “The Spa of Dentistry.”

Patients can take advantage of all of the services Dr. Sands offers, including:

Dr. Sands and his highly skilled staff can create a custom dental plan that will make you want to smile. He offers overall dental care, including cosmetic dentistry, and employs a number of techniques to help patients receive results that are not only beautiful but also reflect who they are.

Have all of your dentistry needs met in style! If you are ready to experience the Kevin Sands difference, contact our office to schedule an appointment. You can schedule a consultation by calling (310) 273-0111 or by filling out our online contact form.

Oral Health for Overall Health

If you’re like most people, you probably think that brushing and flossing are just for keeping those pearly whites healthy and beautiful. However, did you know that your oral health can affect the health of the rest of your body? Your mouth is an entryway into your body, so problems in your mouth can easily allow bacteria and other harmful germs to travel into your body and cause problems. So, while good oral hygiene can help keep your body healthy, not taking care of your teeth can have negative effects on your body.

Oral problems commonly lead to problems associated with the following body systems:

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  • Brain
  • Bones
  • Blood pressure

Gum Disease and Body Diseases

Bacterial growth in your mouth as a result of poor oral hygiene usually leads to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), which often leads to gum disease as the bacteria in plaque builds up. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease (periodontitis), is a chronic inflammatory condition that can have detrimental effects on the body. Gingivitis and gum disease allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and lead to inflammation and diseases in the body. Gum disease is associated with multiple body issues and diseases, including heart disease, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, premature birth, and diabetes. Diabetes also has a reciprocal relationship with gum disease; treatment of diabetes improves the condition of the mouth, and treatment of gum disease reduces the need for insulin.

Good Oral Hygiene Practices

To prevent poor oral health and the negative effects it can have on the body, it is important to practice good oral hygiene. You should brush twice daily and floss at least once a day, preferably before bedtime, in addition to visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. There are also many benefits of chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating and drinking.

If you’re having an issue with your teeth, Dr. Kevin Sands offers a variety of services to help you maintain or improve your oral health, including porcelain veneers, Invisalign®, Zoom!® teeth whitening, dental implants, sedation dentistry, and dental bonding.

If you would like to improve the appearance and health of your teeth, Dr. Kevin Sands can help. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands, please call (310) 273-0111 today. You may also fill out our online contact form for more information.

Our Most Popular Cosmetic Treatments

Popular Cosmetic Dental Procedures in Beverly Hills, CA

Popular Cosmetic Dental Treatments in Beverly Hills, CAA great smile is one of the best ways to show off physical attractiveness to others. However, a variety factors such as crooked or missing teeth or tooth discoloration could be preventing you from putting your best smile forward. Fortunately, our Beverly Hills practice offers a wide range of cosmetic dental procedures that will noticeably improve your smile and your self-confidence.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is the most desired dental treatment around, and for good reason. With our state-of-the-art Zoom!® whitening system, your teeth can get up to eight shades whiter in just one visit. The procedure generally takes less than an hour to perform and involves applying a bleaching solution and a specialized light to your teeth.

Dental Bonding

Even if you already have a decent smile, you may have one or more teeth that are slightly crooked or chipped. Dental bonding effectively treats these problems by applying a clay-like material to the tooth and hardening it with a specialized light to provide permanent results.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are very popular among people with heavy tooth discoloration or staining. Using a porcelain composite that looks identical to the size and shape of your real tooth, veneers produce beautiful, natural-looking results.

Invisalign®

Hailed as the modern alternative to braces, you no longer need to wear metal wires and rubber bands on your teeth. Invisalign® improves your smile through a series of nearly invisible plastic trays that are customized to fit the contours of your teeth.

As a highly respected cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin B. Sands D. D. S. strives to provide each and every one of his patients with the best results possible. As a dentist for some of Hollywood’s most elite celebrities, Dr. Sands looks forward to seeing you soon!

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Sands, call our Beverly Hills practice at (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form today.

Turn Back Time With a Total Smile Makeover

Happy young woman holding a large clock over her headA good smile is one of the most important aspects of projecting an attractive appearance. While some are satisfied with the current condition of their teeth, others are not. With cosmetic dentistry, problems like discolored, crooked, or even missing teeth can be corrected. At his Beverly Hills practice, Dr. Kevin Sands offers patients of all ages a wide variety of treatments and procedures to help them achieve a natural-looking smile that is unique to them.

Veneers

What if we told you that you could have perfect teeth and a fantastic smile in less than two weeks? Porcelain veneers can achieve this. Through a simple process of bonding perfectly shaped porcelain directly to your teeth, a perfect smile is just a consultation away.

Implants

For patients who are looking for an alternative to dentures, dental implants are extremely effective. Made of strong titanium, these implants are fused with the jawbone and capped off to provide permanent teeth replacement.

Whitening

Teeth whitening has become all the rage over the last few years, and with the dramatic improvement that noticeably whiter teeth can provide to a person’s appearance, it’s easy to see why. At his state-of-the-art office, Dr. Kevin Sands offers the most powerful whitening treatment, Zoom!®. In a one-hour office visit, patients can obtain a smile that is up to eight shades whiter than before.

Invisalign®

While braces remain a popular option for many people, Invisalign® offers patients a more desirable alternative for straightening their teeth. By wearing molded clear trays that are barely detectable to the human eye, Invisalign® permanently straightens the teeth over time.

As a highly experienced cosmetic dentist to the stars, Dr. Sands knows the beauty of a genuine smile. He can help restore lost teeth, straighten crooked teeth, whiten teeth, and correct any other aesthetic or oral health concerns you may have. In case you need one more reason to smile, please schedule an appointment by calling (310) 273-0111 or filling out our online contact form today.

Invisalign®: The Clear Choice

An attractive business man and woman team at office buildingSince metal braces are distinctly more popular among teenagers, many adults view Invisalign® as the clear choice for correcting their crooked or crowded teeth. Invisalign® patients can go about their regular activities as they speak, smile, and laugh without anyone noticing they are straightening their teeth at the same time.

How does Invisalign work?

Gradually, over several months, a series of clear trays customized to fit your teeth will gently shift them into the proper alignment. You must wear the trays 22 hours per day, removing them only to clean them or to eat. The length of treatment with Invisalign® varies among patients, but most adults will see final results after one year, and teenagers see results within one to two years. Throughout the process, Invisalign® patients will not have to deal with the extra maintenance, diet restrictions, or uncomfortable mouthful of metal associated with braces.

Cost

The cost of Invisalign® is usually comparable to the cost of metal braces unless significant correction is needed. Significant correction could include improving a severe overbite, rotating a tooth, or moving the teeth vertically. In some cases, metal braces are a better option. After assessing your teeth, Dr. Sands will determine the treatment that will best meet your needs and inform you of the estimated cost.

Comfort

The thin Invisalign® trays fit smoothly and comfortably over the teeth. There is no risk of gum irritation or mouth sores that can often result from metal wires or brackets.

Convenience

Since Invisalign® is completely removable and not worn while you eat, there are no diet restrictions. With braces, you should be prepared to avoid eating popcorn, chips, apples, corn on the cob, chewy candy, and many other favorite foods and snacks.

If you are interested in Invisalign®, please schedule a consultation to see if this treatment is right for you. Please call Dr. Kevin Sands’ Beverly Hills practice at (310) 27-0111 or fill out our online contact form to learn more.

How Invisalign Can Improve Your Speech

woman with straight teeth smilingDid you know having straight teeth can improve your speech? Many people have speech impediments that are caused by a hearing impairment or by other circumstances that are not easily treatable.

More often than not, a speech disorder is caused by malocclusion (crooked or misaligned teeth), and can be easily treated with straightening dental procedures such as porcelain veneers, braces, or Invisalign®.

When malocclusion affects a person’s speech, it is usually because of how the tip of the tongue is placed on the teeth when forming the “t,” “d,” and “n” sounds. Sometimes, in an effort to counteract their impediment, the person can overcompensate and instead develop a mild to moderate stutter. A speech impediment like a lisp can be distracting, but stuttering or mispronouncing words can have a devastating effect on a person’s confidence, which is one of the many reasons one should seek treatment.

Invisalign®

If the appearance of braces is a concern, Invisalign® is the ideal option because it straightens the teeth undetectably. A series of custom fit trays are given to the patient in two-week increments to progressively straighten teeth over a period of one to two years. This treatment can correct most cases of malocclusion, such as gaps, overbite, underbite, and crowded teeth. While braces require some diet restrictions, Invisalign® does not require patients to restrict their diet in any way, as the trays are to be removed while eating.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are another option to restore a straight smile and improve speech. Veneers are the best choice for those who want a straight smile within a little amount of time, as final results are seen in only two visits to the dental office. As thin pieces of porcelain that cover the front of the teeth, veneers have the added advantage of disguising many other aesthetic issues a patient may be concerned about, such as cracks, chips, discolorations, or misshapen teeth. Diet restrictions and special precautions are also unnecessary with veneers; however, patients should always practice regular oral hygiene to maintain their healthy, beautiful smile.

Since malocclusion can worsen over time or lead to other problems, such as chips in the teeth, jaw pain, and chronic headaches, it is important to seek correction as soon as possible.

Whatever your concern, Dr. Kevin B. Sands can help determine if malocclusion is the cause. To schedule an appointment and to find out more about these dental procedures, please schedule an appointment by calling (310) 273-0111. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.

Would You Rather Have a Perfect Body or a Perfect Smile?

Woman smiling while doing a push upAccording to new research from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), consumers are more likely to spend money on a younger looking smile than on weight loss help.

These findings make perfect sense for a few reasons:

1. Since the smile is one of the first things people notice about another person, making a small improvement, such as teeth whitening or bonding a chipped tooth, can significantly make someone appear more youthful. Friends may notice that something about you has improved, but they may not be able to determine just what it is.

2. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants literally makes the face appear more youthful. When missing teeth are not replaced, the patient is very likely to experience facial bone loss as time progresses. This can alter the shape of the face, making the jaw appear smaller. Not only do they fill in missing teeth, but dental implants actually prevent bone loss because of the way they are installed.

3. Although we would not discourage healthy weight loss, losing weight can actually make one appear older. When volume is lost, those who have poor skin elasticity will develop more wrinkles, especially on the face. A recent study comparing twins of different weights showed that the thinner twin almost always appeared older than the heavier twin. Spending money on weight loss tools or programs may help you become physically healthier, but they should not be your first choice if looking younger is your goal.

At Dr. Sands’ practice, we agree that maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile is a worthwhile investment. Invisalign® is a particularly great treatment to correct crooked teeth since the straightening trays are virtually undetectable. Porcelain veneers can also correct crooked teeth, as well as broken, cracked, or chipped teeth.

Dr. Sands offers many cosmetic dental procedures that can improve the overall appearance of your smile. If you would like more information about how to take years off your appearance with cosmetic dentistry, please call (310) 273-0111 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.

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