First impressions last, especially when it comes to having a great smile! The traditional path to a straight smile requires metal wiring and limitations on your diet and activity. Luckily there is a clear alternative to the traditional wire braces!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an innovative way to invisibly align your teeth. No matter if it is for teenagers going to school or adults heading to work, Invisalign is an easy and comfortable way to straighten teeth. Unlike the traditional braces which are made of irritating metals and wires, Invisalign is made from clear liners which you can wear comfortably. You can be confident knowing you are transforming your smile without the embarrassment of metal wires.
The Invisalign aligners are custom made for your teeth and are very simple to use. They can be easily removed for eating, brushing, and flossing your teeth. Invisalign can treat various forms of dental conditions, including crowding, cross bites, protrusion, and uneven spacing. The best part about Invisalign is that they are completely transparent and no one will know you are wearing them.
If you or your loved ones are in need of orthodontic treatment, Dr. Neda Naim at Brentwood Dentistry will be happy to offer you a consultation to determine if Invisalign is an option for you. With over 10 years of Invisalign dentistry experience, Dr. Naim is the expert in restorative and cosmetic dentistry in Los Angeles.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign transforms your smile by progressively straightening teeth over several stages. The highly engineered Invisalign aligners are made specifically for your teeth and will gently push your teeth towards the desired position. Every set of aligners are specifically shaped for each treatment stage. Depending on your specific teeth arrangement and Invisalign schedule, you will need to switch aligners every several weeks.
On average, each set of aligners will be used for two weeks and your teeth will be slightly adjusted within this timeframe from the pressure applied by the aligners. Afterwards, a new set will be provided, which will be shaped according to the next stage of the treatment. This process will continue for about twelve to eighteen months until your teeth are completely straightened.
The whole process is very simple and painless. In fact, you will quickly get used to wearing the aligners without much hassle throughout the treatment. And at the end, you will have a beautiful and sparkling smile!
The Benefits of Invisalign
- Invisalign aligners are made of clear material which means they are transparent and will not cover your teeth like conventional metal braces. They are virtually invisible.
- The aligners are also very easy to use. They can be taken off from the teeth when necessary such as when eating, brushing, or flossing making dental hygiene simple.
- Invisalign aligners are comfortable and painless. They do not poke at you like traditional metal wire braces.
- The technology behind Invisalign allows your teeth to become straightened quickly and effectively without straining the mouth.
- The lack of metal frames and wires prevent any food particles from collecting on your teeth. This in turn helps your teeth stay clean and free of diseases and other dental conditions.
3D Custom Technology
Firstly, your dentist or orthodontist will carefully examine your teeth and plan how your teeth will gradually become straightened over a course of time. This step usually involves taking X-rays as well as impressions of your teeth. These reports are then sent to Invisalign.
At Invisalign, your X-rays and dental impressions are scanned using state-of-the-art technology and a digital 3D model of your teeth is then developed. Once the digital imaging is complete, the next step is to develop a 3D simulation which portrays how each of your teeth will slowly move into the desired positions. All of this information is sent to your doctor for review and to make any final adjustments, if necessary.
Once the doctor approves of the design, the 3D model is sent to the manufacturers who will use this data to design unique aligners just for your teeth. The aligners are made using liquid resin and advanced laser technology with extreme precision. Once finished, they are cleaned and shipped to your doctor. Finally, next time you visit your doctor, your new Invisalign aligners will be waiting for you!
Basic Invisalign Care
Even though they are simple to use, the Invisalign aligners do need to be taken care of. Firstly, make sure to remove them when you are eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing your teeth. Moreover, you should also clean them using a toothbrush and toothpaste under cool water. Please, try to avoid using warm water as it is not suitable for the material from which the aligners are made from.
When you remove your aligners, make sure to place them in their appropriate cases that are provided to you for easy access. If you lose your aligners, please give us a call and we will be able to replace them.
Dr. Naim has over 10 years experience in Invisalign technology. She is certified in advanced phase II invisalign therapy, and incorporates her cosmetic and restorative skills to create results few can achieve.
Dr. Neda Naim combines her eye for aesthetic perfection with a knowledge of cosmetic and restorative dentistry and close attention to detail to produce the finest possible Invisalign and mixed Invisalign/Restorative treatment plans.