The Invisalign® clear aligner system is a series of custom-made, computer-generated clear trays that progressively move your teeth and bite into alignment. Invisalign gives patients of all ages the opportunity to achieve the smile of their dreams in a discrete, more hygienic manner with enhanced comfort.
As you change aligners every one to two weeks, each set is specifically designed to make gradual changes towards the goal of straighter, more properly positioned teeth. Invisalign patients are seen in our Los Angeles or Orange County offices approximately every 12 weeks. Your satisfaction is our number one goal, and each appointment allows us to follow your progression and make any necessary adjustments.
How does Invisalign work?
While straightening the patient's teeth, the patient will be wearing a series of aligners. The aligners are a high-tech solution that we create with the use of computer imaging software to predict how the teeth will move.
Each aligner only moves the teeth slightly, so the next one in the series has to build upon what the last one did, and so on. This makes it important to wear the aligners in order. Each time that a patient puts one on, it will feel tight, making the teeth slightly sore. After a while, it will start to feel loose, meaning that it is time to wear the next one in the series. Once a patient goes through all of the aligners, the teeth will most likely be perfectly straight.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Wearing traditional metal braces is a way to properly align the teeth. However, conventional braces are less than attractive, decidedly uncomfortable, and can be painful to wear. Adults can be especially embarrassed to wear them. Invisalign clear aligners are a great alternative.
Here are five reasons why one might wish to choose Invisalign over conventional metal braces:
Invisalign Clear Aligners Look Better
Metal braces can cause the appearance of the mouth to be unattractive, as though it is filled with awkward chunks of unsightly metal. They are noticeable, especially on an adult, and can get food caught in them without the wearer even being aware of it. Invisalign clear aligners are barely noticeable. They look very much as though the person wearing them is not wearing braces at all. They are decidedly more attractive than metal braces.
Invisalign Clear Aligners are Removable
If, for any reason, the wearer of teeth aligners wishes to remove them for brief periods of time (to eat or drink), he or she may easily do so.
Invisalign Clear Aligners Reduce Damage to Teeth and Gums
Conventional metal braces contain wire and protruding bits of metal that can puncture and scratch the insides of the mouth and gums. Clear aligners are smooth and comfortable. They do not include any sharp edges or protruding edges or bits. Conventional metal braces can affect demineralization and decaying teeth. They use a great deal of force to straighten the teeth. These problems do not exist with clear aligners. Overall, clear aligners reduce the damage normally caused by wearing braces, including gum disease and cavities.
4. Duration of Treatment
Invisalign Clear Aligners Straighten Teeth Faster
Someone who wears metal braces might expect the treatment to take as long as five years. Invisalign can take from only one year, to a year and a half to work its magic and straighten your teeth.
5. Knowing What to Expect
There are No Surprises with Invisalign Clear Aligners
In considering Invisalign, dental patients undergo treatment planning that is fully computerized. Therefore, they know exactly what to expect and how long they will need the braces before they begin wearing them. Metal braces can be a trial-and-error situation that gives no clear idea of what is to come.
Overall, Invisalign offers distinct advantages over conventional metal braces. It costs slightly more, but in the end, is well worth the price. They are more comfortable than metal braces, pose fewer risks to teeth and gums, and provide beautiful smiles much faster.
How long does Invisalign take?
And now, the answer to what you really wanted to know: How long does Invisalign take? The length of Invisalign treatment varies from patient to patient and depends upon several different factors, including the severity of your case and how often you wear your aligners. We strongly recommend that you only take your aligners out to eat, brush and floss, which means you should be wearing your aligners for about 22 hours per day and changing to a new set each week.
If you stick to this plan, we estimate that most Invisalign cases take an average of 12-24 months. By sticking to your Invisalign treatment plan, you will see gradual progress each week.
Is Invisalign right for you?
A malocclusion is created when the top and bottom teeth do not meet properly. Invisalign is a series of dental aligners that work to gently shift teeth to create the correct bite. Although Invisalign clear aligners may not be suitable to correct every malocclusion, a visit with Dr. Mirtorabi or one of our Los Angeles or Orange County orthodontists will determine if you are a candidate.
Read and answer the following six questions to determine if Invisalign may be right for you.
1. Do you want treatment that is virtually invisible?
2. Would you like to eat what you want during the course of your treatment?
3. Do you want to spend less time in braces?
4. Do fewer office visits sound good to you?
5. Would you like treatment without painful brackets or wires?
6. Are you interested in advanced orthodontic treatment?
If your answer has more “Yes” then it’s likely that Invisalign is right for you! A complimentary consultation with Dr. Mirtorabi can determine if Invisalign is an option.
Ensuring Treatment Success
Invisalign clear aligners are convenient, discreet, and removable by the wearer, however they must be worn conscientiously to be effective, and staying committed will guarantee a successful treatment outcome.
When it comes to Invisalign treatment, it is highly important to make sure you properly take care of your smile, including flossing. Any debris left behind when you put in your aligners can actually cause decay, foul odors, and even damage to your aligners
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