Invisalign is a convenient, subtle, and effective way to straighten crooked teeth or a misaligned bite.
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What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic system that includes tight, custom-made clear aligners that are worn over the teeth. The trays are made out of flexible plastic material that is practically invisible, hence the name!
Invisalign is becoming increasingly popular because of its convenience and minimal impact on everyday life. The trays are removable so there are no food or drink restrictions, and they can be cleaned by simply rinsing them with warm water or a standard cleaning kit. Their comfortability and convenience are just a couple of reasons why Invisalign is one of the top smile enhancing treatment options.
How it Works
Invisalign effectively improves smiles by gradually shifting tooth position over a certain period of time. A series of clear aligners are made by our dentists to help straighten your teeth or to correct your bite. Each version of the aligners is slightly different, gently forcing teeth movement with slight adjustments of each different tray.
Patients will get a new aligner every few weeks to continue making those small adjustments that will lead to a more beautiful smile. Treatment generally takes between 10 and 24 months, but the time required depends on how much the bite is off or how crooked the teeth are. Aligners are made of clear plastic or acrylic and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. Because the aligners are clear, they are nearly invisible.
We are proud to offer Invisalign custom treatments in Encino, California!
Before & After Photos
Dental Concerns Treated
If the jaw does not grow properly, it can cause spacing between teeth. Also, missing teeth can cause shifting of the surrounding teeth which can create gaps as a result of the open space. Gaps in between teeth can in turn cause harm to the gums since they lack the normal protection of teeth.
A cross bite occurs when the lower and upper jaw is not aligned. This, in turn, causes some lower teeth to protrude in front of upper teeth. A cross bite can lead to tooth decay and corrosion because of the friction placed on the teeth. People with cross bites are also at a higher risk of gum disease.
Crowded teeth is a condition where teeth do not have enough horizontal room to fit nicely side by side. This is usually caused by a small jaw. As a result, teeth begin to overlap which can cause plaque buildup, tooth decay, and gum disease.
An overbite, as it sounds, is when the upper teeth cover the lower teeth more than usual. This can be caused by genetics, overdevelopment of the jawbone, or poor oral hygiene. Not treating an overbite can create joint issues.
In opposition to the aforementioned condition, an underbite is when the lower teeth protrude in front of the upper teeth because of poor lower jaw development. This may also be caused by missing teeth. Not treating an underbite can result in joint issues and tooth decay.
Open bite is a condition where the upper and lower teeth do not make proper contact. This can be a result of an abnormal jaw structure, or a child sucking their thumb. An open bite makes chewing difficult, but it can also cause a speech impediment or joint issues.
Invisalign vs Braces
Invisalign is a great choice for adults and teens who have bite or teeth imperfections they wish to discreetly fix. Braces address to same dental concerns, but they use metal brackets adhered to each tooth connected with wires. While braces effectively adjust teeth and bite position, they can be painful. This is because, in order to adjust the positioning, the wires have to be tightened. This can result in great discomfort during that orthodontic session and for days following. Invisalign adjusts bite and tooth position gradually with different sized trays so there is no discomfort.
Maintenance of braces is harder when compared to Invisalign. Since braces are not removable, food can easily get stuck in the brackets or between the wires. Because of this, there are many food restrictions when wearing braces.
Braces require constant brushing. Invisalign trays are removable, so they can be taken out of the mouth when eating. There are also no food restrictions because of its removability. And when it comes to cleaning the trays, they can simply be rinsed with warm water.
Additionally, many people prefer Invisalign because, as the name implies, the trays are basically invisible. This is a very desirable aspect for people who do not want to spend years of their adult life wearing visible braces. In order to see which smile enhancing treatment would suit you better, request a consultation with Drs. Alan or Yonathan Howard today.
Do I Need Invisalign?
Invisalign works best for teeth straightening in adults and teens. Straightening a child’s teeth is more complicated because their mouths are still growing and developing. Invisalign can correct mild to moderate crowding and misalignment. Minor spacing or bite issues can also be treated using Invisalign. Patients who have more severe crowding or spacing issues, or severe underbites or overbites, may require more complex treatment. Additionally, men and women who have had braces before but are experiencing teeth shifting can qualify as an Invisalign candidate. This usually occurs when patients do not continuously wear their post-braces retainers.
Most men and women can qualify as a candidate, but there are a couple contraindications. Those with dental bridges do not qualify because Invisalign works by moving individual teeth separately, which cannot happen with a bridge. Also, those not dedicated to wearing the aligner trays for 20 -22 hours a day may not qualify because this will negatively affect the process.
Please call The Dental Office of Encino today with any questions or to set up a consultation with Drs. Howard and Howard.
The initial consultation visit is when Drs. Alan Howard or Yonathan Howard will perform an examination and conclude whether or not the patient is a suitable candidate. If they are, then x-rays, photos, and impressions will be taken to help create an individualized treatment plan. This combination will allow the dentist to form a 3D image which the aligner trays will be based on. Most patients will receive their first 3 sets on their first treatment visit.
When wearing the aligner trays, the teeth will gradually shift into the desired placement. The dentist tells patients how long to wear the trays and how often to switch them at the consultation.
There is no single answer for this since Invisalign treatments are highly customizable. However, patients generally change their trays every couple weeks until the desired smile is reached.
It is normal for some teeth to feel a little loose during the treatment period. This is because teeth are anchored to the jawbone with their roots, and when the tooth is being manipulated, so is the root. This is normal and should not be anywhere close to the looseness of a child’s tooth.
Caring for the Trays
Invisalign aligner trays are easy to take care of, but their care is important for treatment effectiveness.
While there are no food restrictions, patients must remove their aligners before eating. And while drinking with the aligners is not recommended, it is not detrimental. Patients just need to make sure to wash the trays very well afterward. The aligner trays must be removed when patients smoke, and it is recommended that they brush their teeth before putting them back in after smoking. Lastly, maintaining general cleanliness of the trays is necessary to keep their translucent appearance. This can be done with warm water or a special rinse. Feel free to ask the dentist for recommendations.
Invisalign results gradually appear over the course of a year, which is typically how long Invisalign treatments take. Improvement starts to appear in about 6 weeks after the first aligner set is completed. At this point, patients come in for a check-up and new aligner trays. Progress can be seen every time a new aligner tray is worn.
The cost of Invisalign varies based on the number of replacement trays you will require. To get an accurate quote, please contact our Southern California location today and a member of our staff will gladly assist you.
Your consultation is the time the dentist will perform an examination to determine if you are a good candidate. This is also when the necessary steps are taken to create the custom Invisalign trays if the dentist confirms your candidacy. This includes x-rays, photographs, and impressions. Please disclose any prior dental work because this will have an impact on your customized treatment plan.
If you have any questions about the process, feel free to ask them at this time. We encourage questions because we want to make sure you are fully informed about the Invisalign treatment process. If Invisalign is something that interests you, contact our Encino office today to request a consultation with one of our expert dentists.