An orthodontic system, Invisalign® is made up of custom created clear aligners that are meant to be worn over your teeth. Invisalign® aligners are a conservative alternative to traditional metal braces, and they can work well for issues such as:
- Minor spacing issues
- Minor bite issues
- Mild to moderate crowding
- Mild to moderate misalignment
However, it is important to remember that patients with more severe dental issues may require more involved treatment. We can help you determine if Invisalign® is a good fit for you.
How does it work?
Your Invisalign® aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth with biocompatible materials. You receive more than one set—they are designed to slightly change every couple of weeks so that they can gradually straighten out your teeth. Each set of aligners is custom fitted to your mouth and your cosmetic dental needs. The aligners are made from clear acrylic or plastic. Many patients prefer Invisalign® over traditional metal braces because it is nearly impossible to tell when you are wearing them.
Overall, the treatment with Invisalign® takes anywhere from 10 to 24 months, depending on each patient’s needs for correction.
How do I care for Invisalign®?
You can care for your Invisalign® with ease. Simply clean them with your toothbrush and a warm water rinse. You will need to remove the aligners when you eat and when you brush your teeth. This is just one of the benefits of using Invisalign® instead of traditional metal braces, which can be tricky to clean and place restrictions on what you can eat while wearing them.
We can give you more tips for cleaning your Invisalign® aligners and taking care of them while you are undergoing the treatment.
Contact our dental office today to find out how our dentist in Encino can help you achieve a smile you are proud to have with a minimally invasive method.