When it comes to getting straighter teeth, braces are no longer your only option. Thanks to advances in dental technology, Invisalign® clear aligners can give you the smile you’ve always wanted discreetly and without pain. Sanaz Khoubnazar, DMD, at The Artistic Center for Dentistry in Santa Monica, California, is an experienced cosmetic and general dentist and offers Invisalign to help you get a more perfect smile. To see if Invisalign can help you, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.
Invisalign is an innovative approach to orthodontic care that uses a series of clear plastic aligners custom-designed to fit your mouth. Over time, these aligners move your teeth into proper alignment just like metal braces, but without the discomfort and inconvenience associated with traditional braces.
Invisalign starts with an impression of your mouth using a special putty that preserves the position of your teeth. The impression is scanned by a computer and special software determines the series of shifts and movements your teeth need to make over time in order to achieve proper alignment. Based on that data, a series of aligners are created that you wear in sequence to move your teeth gently into their new positions.
In most cases, Invisalign aligners are changed about every two weeks as you go through treatment. Dr. Khoubnazar determines how often you’ll change your aligners based on your oral health needs and ultimate aesthetic goals.
While the length of time it takes to get your new smile varies, you can expect your Invisalign treatment to take about 12-18 months to move your teeth into proper position. Dr. Khoubnazar can determine the length of your treatment during your evaluation so you know what to expect.
No, your aligners are made specifically for your mouth, which is unique from anyone else's.
Invisalign offers several important benefits compared to metal braces. For instance, Invisalign aligners can be removed when you eat and care for your teeth, making it much easier to brush and floss, and they can also be removed for social occasions when necessary. However, it’s important to wear your aligners 20-22 hours a day.
The smooth surfaces of Invisalign aligners lack the sharp wires of traditional braces, eliminating potential sore spots. Plus, even when in place, their clear design makes them virtually invisible.
To learn more about Invisalign and how it can give you a straighter smile without pain and in less time than braces, call The Artistic Center for Dentistry or book an appointment online today.