Many people feel more confident with straighter teeth, and braces are often used to achieve this goal. Traditional metal braces can require a lengthy time commitment and may be considered unsightly, especially by adults. Invisalign is an effective, discreet option to straighten teeth and improve your smile.
At BioDental in Encino, we are proud to offer Invisalign, and we will be happy to discuss whether it is the right cosmetic option for you. To become an accredited Invisalign provider, Dr. Matian attended specialized instruction sessions detailing the unique properties of this revolutionary system. With this advanced training, he can assess the potential success of using the Invisalign system versus metal braces, or a combination of both methods. Dr. Matian provides among the best Invisalign Encino has available by staying current with any new developments in this revolutionary method.
Invisalign trays work just like standard braces, while remaining mostly out of sight. They are made of durable plastic, rather than metal, and may cause less pain during the correction process. If you are seeking a subtle method to straighten your teeth, you will find Invisalign to be a great solution.
How does Invisalign straighten teeth?
The procedure works by wearing customized aligners for a period of several weeks and then switching to a new set. After each switch, your teeth will be straighter. The aligners are worn constantly, but may be removed for eating and to brush and floss the teeth. In order to get the expected results, the aligners must be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day but since they are customized, most patients find they don’t notice them as they go about their daily activities.
How long does treatment take?
The entire process can take as little as a few months to a year, while traditional braces may require several years. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is practically invisible to those around you, which is one of the reasons why it is so popular. Adults usually complete the process on an average of 12 months period. Teens need to be assessed more carefully since they are still developing. If Invisalign is right, the time involved is less of an issue since aesthetically, the presence of metal braces is not an issue.
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign does have some limitations. Teeth that are shaped or arranged a certain way may not work well with this method and may require the use of standard braces. This can include the type of bite, how even the teeth are in height, or if the teeth have rotated.
Patients who cannot remember to wear their aligners, or who may be too young to comply may not be good candidates. Since Invisalign braces may be removed during meals for comfort, this can cause a patient to stray from a treatment program by forgetting to put the aligners back in. The straightening plan will take longer if this occurs, so it is very important for the patient to be committed.
Is the treatment painful?
Moving the position of the teeth does create a degree of discomfort whether using metal braces or other alignment systems. Using the gentle Invisalign method, patients sometimes feel pressure for a few days after moving to a new aligner. While this may be uncomfortable, this means the teeth are moving into alignment.
How often will I need to see Dr. Matian while under treatment?
Patients need to schedule their check-ups about every six weeks to ensure the treatment is working as planned. Since there are no metal brackets or wires to adjust, office visits are short allowing patients to see Dr. Matian over their lunch hour. It is important to maintain a regular schedule of visits to ensure your expected result. Dr. Matian’s standard of care is to provide outstanding Invisalign service for his Los Angeles patients.
Will I need to give up certain foods?
Since the aligners must be removed during meals, there are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink. It is important to practice good dental hygiene while undergoing Invisalign treatment to prevent food residue from becoming trapped inside the aligners and against your teeth. A good rule to follow is to clean your teeth immediately following meals.
Can I smoke or drink alcohol while wearing the aligners?
It is recommended that smoking be done while the aligners are not being worn as the smoke may cloud the finish. Alcohol can be consumed while wearing the aligners as long as the teeth and the aligner are thoroughly cleaned to avoid trapping the sugars contained in alcohol against the teeth. This rule applies for other sugary beverages such as soda and sports drinks.
How do I clean the aligners?
There is a cleaning system available from the manufacturer which is specifically designed to keep your aligners clean and fresh. They can also be cleaned by brushing them and rinsing in lukewarm, not hot, water. Even if they fall somewhere unhygienic, never disinfect them with hot water as they may warp.
Dr. Shawn Matian and the professional staff at BioDental in Encino can outline the Invisalign method, how much it costs and whether it is the correct choice for you. We consistently help patients from all over Los Angeles get the smiles they want using Invisalign. Contact our office in Encino today to find out more.