Get the straight teeth you have always wanted with Invisalign treatment in Los Angeles, CA
Crooked teeth can not only affect your confidence, but also cause problems with your bite, receding gums, tooth sensitivity, or uneven wear patterns on your teeth. Fortunately, with Invisalign treatment, straightening your teeth has never been easier or more comfortable. Whether you want to straighten your teeth for cosmetic reasons, oral health reasons, or both, Dr. Mamta Dalwani and the experienced team at the Center for Holistic Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA can work with you to determine if Invisalign is the right choice for you and provide the high quality care you deserve throughout the treatment process.
How Invisalign works
Invisalign uses clear tooth aligners that are placed over your teeth, similar to a mouthguard, to shift your teeth into the right place.
The aligners are custom-designed for your individual mouth using digital images of your teeth and the latest software and technology to obtain optimal results. Throughout Invisalign treatment, you are provided with several sets of aligners that are used in a series to progressively shift the placement of your teeth until they are straight and your jaw bites down correctly.
Benefits of Invisalign
The aligners used in Invisalign treatment are thin and clear, so they are nearly impossible for others to see when you are wearing them. Additionally, Invisalign has several other benefits over more traditional orthodontic tooth straightening methods like metal braces or clear braces:
- The aligners are removable, so you will not have any dietary restrictions such as avoiding sticky, chewy, or crunchy foods
- With the removable aligners, you can more effectively and thoroughly clean your teeth by brushing and flossing each day than if there were brackets and wires on your teeth, resulting in fewer cavities or stains than you would potentially get with braces
- The aligners are comfortable in your mouth and do not involve any wires or pointy metal parts that can injure your mouth or cause discomfort
- Invisalign can work faster than traditional braces – most people wear braces for an average of 3 years, while Invisalign treatment typically takes 12 to 18 months
- A computerized system is used to plan your Invisalign treatment, so you can see what your end results will be before your treatment even begins
What to expect during the Invisalign treatment process
The first step in straightening your teeth with Invisalign is a consultation with a highly qualified dentist experienced in Invisalign treatment like Dr. Mamta Dalwani. The dentist will discuss your goals and examine your overall oral health, the position of your current teeth, and your bite to determine whether Invisalign is the best option for your needs.
The dentist will also discuss the cost of Invisalign treatment, which is typically about the same as the cost of traditional braces. The cost varies depending on your current teeth and how many sets of aligners will be needed to achieve the desired results. Your insurance company may cover some of the cost of the treatment like they would for other orthodontic treatments.
The next step is to take digital impressions of your mouth using precise 3D imaging technology. These images are then used to digitally create your aligners. A series of aligners will be created that you switch out to progressively straighten your teeth over time.
When the aligners are ready, the dentist will give them to you and make sure that they fit well. The dentist will also provide you instructions on everything you need to know about how to use and care for the aligners and your mouth during your treatment. This includes how many hours to wear them per day, cleaning the aligners, when to move to the next set of aligners and any other questions you may have.
During the treatment process, you will need to see the dentist every six to eight weeks to make sure that your teeth are straightening as expected and provide you with the next sets of aligners as needed. When you first put on a new set of aligners, you may feel some tightness or discomfort for the first few days as your teeth begin to adjust to the new aligners. This is a good sign that your Invisalign treatment is working and the discomfort usually passes after a few days.