Invisalign® Clear Dental Aligners
Metal braces are known for having a clanky appearance, causing discomfort, and making it hard to clean your teeth.
If you have always wanted straighter teeth but cringe at the idea of getting braces, Invisalign® could be the perfect orthodontic solution. Invisalign® is the original clear aligner alternative to traditional braces and can effectively straighten most smiles.
Dr. Kevin Sands has used Invisalign® successfully for countless patients, and you may be surprised when you learn how much this advanced dental treatment can accomplish. With Invisalign®, if you are a mature teen or adult, you can probably achieve a perfectly straight, attractive smile without the unsightly appearance and discomfort of metal braces.
What Conditions Can Invisalign® Treat?
Gapped teeth affect the appearance of your smile. They can also trap food particles between them, contributing to poor dental and periodontal health.
Invisalign® is used to properly align teeth and eliminate any gaps between them.
Overcrowding is when the teeth are positioned too close together. This crowding often causes them to become twisted and extend in unusual angles or be situated in front of or behind nearby teeth.
Invisalign® repositions teeth to correct their alignment and provide a more attractive, natural-looking smile.
Invisalign® can fix overbites by moving the upper teeth back and realigning the midline of the teeth.
Underbites are often caused by an overdeveloped lower jaw or an underdeveloped upper jaw.
Invisalign® can correct an underbite by moving the lower teeth backward to properly align the two arches of teeth.
This condition creates an open space between the rows of teeth.
Invisalign® realigns the teeth and fixes the bite so that the upper and lower teeth can line up correctly and make contact.
This condition occurs when there is a discrepancy in the width of the upper and lower jaw.
Invisalign® can reposition teeth so that the bite is normal in alignment and appearance.
Because of their appearance, most orthodontic patients are only willing to tolerate braces because they want the attractive smile this treatment can help them achieve.
Invisalign®, on the other hand, is virtually undetectable. Most patients who choose this alternative can enjoy a discreet teeth-straightening method for a smile that looks increasingly more inviting over the course of treatment.
MAINTAIN ORAL HEALTH
Braces make oral hygiene habits more difficult to maintain. Even with vigilant effort, flossing and brushing are much more challenging and can fail to adequately remove food particles from between the teeth and wires. Invisalign® allows you to brush and floss normally so that you can maintain the best oral health throughout your treatment.
Braces involve sharp metal pieces that irritate your cheeks and gums, causing discomfort and pain. Invisalign® is made of a smooth, comfortable plastic that greatly improves patient comfort while realigning and repositioning the teeth.
NO DIETARY RESTRICTIONS
With braces, foods such as nuts, popcorn, and sticky or hard candy must be avoided. Other foods, such as lettuce or seeds, can easily get stuck in the braces. The Invisalign® trays are removed when eating, meaning you can eat whatever foods you desire.
A MORE FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE
While most patients with braces typically need to visit their orthodontist once per month, patients with Invisalign® only need office visits every four to six weeks. This makes Invisalign® a more flexible treatment so that you can continue to manage your many appointments.
Treatment With Invisalign® Dental Aligners in Beverly Hills
THE TREATMENT PROCESS
Invisalign® treatment can be broken down into the following steps:
- Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for Invisalign®, then X-rays, pictures, and impressions will be taken of your teeth to create 3D digital images. Using these images, Dr. Sands will devise a precise treatment plan for you.
- Custom-made, clear Invisalign® trays are given to you to wear for at least 20 to 22 hours every day. You should only remove them to eat, brush, or floss. Invisalign® will gradually and gently cause your teeth to shift and straighten.
- Every few weeks, you will switch to a new set of alignment trays to advance your Invisalign® treatment. Checkups every four to six weeks allow Dr. Sands to monitor your progress.
- Once treatment is complete and your beautiful smile has been revealed, retainers may be devised to ensure that your smile retains its newly improved appearance.
Invisalign® treatment for most adults takes approximately one year, though every case is unique. Invisalign® for adolescents is comparable to the length of time required for braces.
Invisalign® is an investment into your future and can give you an attractive, straight smile and better dental health throughout your lifetime. The total financial cost will be determined during your personal consultation. In some instances, your dental insurance company may pay for Invisalign®.
To maintain your smile after treatment with Invisalign®, be sure to:
- Wear your retainer as instructed
- Brush and floss regularly
- Continue visiting the dentist for regular treatments
- Avoid harmful habits such as biting your nails or
- using your teeth as tools
When to Consider Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign® is best for teenagers and adults who can comply with the instructions and successfully wear aligners for the required 22 hours per day. Younger children are more likely to remove their aligners and misplace them.
Invisalign® makes an excellent graduation gift, with more parents and relatives offering this advanced orthodontic treatment to their loved ones all the time.
During an Engagement to Be Married
Invisalign® can straighten teeth in as little as six months in mild cases of misalignment and often within a year and a half for more serious orthodontic issues.
If you want to improve your smile before your big day, consider receiving treatment with Invisalign®.
Before undergoing a Smile Makeover
A complete smile makeover often begins with Invisalign®. If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, straightening them is the first step and should be completed before undergoing the following treatments:
You can even use your last set of Invisalign® aligners with a professional teeth whitening gel, like Zoom!, for a smile that is straight, bright, and beautiful.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE INVISALIGN® TRAYS MADE OF?
Invisalign® trays are made of a clear, thermoplastic material that is BPA-free. This material is molded to your teeth for a custom fit and effectively shifts teeth into their ideal position over a relatively short amount of time.
WHEN CAN I REMOVE MY INVISALIGN® TRAYS?
For the best results, you should only remove your Invisalign® trays to eat, floss, or brush your teeth. Most patients can expect to wear their aligners for about 22 hours daily.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY INVISALIGN® TRAYS?
The Invisalign® trays can be cleaned by rinsing them with water. Specialized cleaning solutions can also be used if needed or desired.
IS INVISALIGN® AS EFFECTIVE AS BRACES?
Like braces, Invisalign can straighten teeth and effectively treat overcrowding, gapped teeth, an overbite, an underbite, a crossbite, and an open bite. Patients who qualify for Invisalign® can expect permanently straightened teeth and a more attractive smile after treatment. A retainer may be prescribed, but you can use your last set of aligner trays to maintain results.
Invisalign® patients report high satisfaction and greater self-confidence about their appearance and smiles.
“I was blown away by the amazing service I received at your office!! The great service started with the first phone call when all I needed was information. The day of my appointment I was greeted like family and was made to feel comfortable right away. EVERYONE was amazing! The receptionists, the hygenist, and the orthondist and assistant. Your staff is a SUPER example of what customer service should be…I’d like to bottle it up and bring it with me everywhere!!”