Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that straighten teeth without metal wires and brackets. The aligners are removable, so you can take them off before brushing, flossing, and eating whatever foods you like. Each aligner is custom-made for your mouth and teeth at Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will slowly shift into place until they have straightened to the final position our orthodontist has prescribed. Throughout the treatment period, you must visit our office once every six weeks to ensure your treatment is going as planned and you are on track to complete the prescribed number of aligners in the set time frame.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Traditional braces can trap food between brackets and wires, causing discomfort or plaque buildup on teeth. On the other hand, Invisalign allows patients to eat and drink what they want, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing are also much easier to perform without metal brackets and wires to work around. In addition, the aligners are clear and almost invisible when worn, making them less noticeable than metal braces.
The smooth plastic design means no sharp edges can irritate cheeks and gums as traditional metal braces can. Also, Invisalign may be especially appealing to adult patients who do not want to wear noticeable metal braces. The lack of metal also means fewer emergency visits are needed to fix broken wires or brackets.
Invisalign aligners are removable, making eating and cleaning your teeth much more accessible than braces. Because Invisalign is transparent, they are much less noticeable than braces. You can straighten your teeth without feeling self-conscious about wearing braces. Many people wear their clear aligner trays for photos or important meetings at work, too.
The Procedure for Invisalign
Following the treatment plan, a series of custom-made aligners will be created specifically for you. These aligners are made from clear, BPA-free plastic and are virtually invisible when worn.
Once your aligners are ready, you will return to our dentist for your first set. Our dentist will ensure the aligners fit properly and provide instructions on wearing and caring for them. Depending on your treatment plan, you will wear each set of aligners for about one to two weeks. The aligners should be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours daily, removing them only for eating, brushing, and flossing. You will have regular checkup appointments with our dentist or orthodontist throughout the treatment. These appointments are typically scheduled every six to eight weeks to monitor your progress and provide you with new aligners.
As you progress through the aligners, your teeth gradually shift into their desired positions. Each new set of aligners will slightly adjust the position of your teeth. The total number of aligners and the duration of treatment will vary depending on your specific case.
Choosing Invisalign has many benefits over traditional wire braces, including appearance, comfort, and convenience. To learn more about Invisalign, visit the Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at 11645 Wilshire Blvd Ste. 790, Los Angeles, CA 90025, or call (310) 312-0505.