Invisalign braces are an innovative orthodontic alternative to traditional metal braces that can align crooked teeth, sometimes in only a few months, depending on the severity of the alignment issues.
Because Invisalign braces are removable clear aligners, they save the embarrassment of unsightly metal braces as they are virtually invisible.
They’re also removable, providing greater access to teeth (for flossing) and overall better oral hygiene than is available with traditional metal braces.
Meet with one of our highly-qualified orthodontists who perform an exam and advise you whether you need Invisalign, traditional metal braces, or other dental care.
A mold is taken of your mouth along with a series of 3-D images. Then we lay out a detailed treatment plan and timeline including the exact mapping and progression of your teeth straightening process
We manufacture a clear plastic aligner from the molds and instruct you about its usage. You’ll wear them most of the time except for removing them for brushing. Because they are made from a clear composite, most people won’t know you are wearing them.
Your teeth begin to shift and you’ll switch to a new set as frequently as one week, with check-up appointments every six weeks or so.
When your treatment is complete, you’ll be happy to display your new beautiful smile. We recommend an Invisalign retainer to keep your teeth aligned.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign is a fine-tuned process for planning and anticipating teeth movement initiated by wearing progressive sets of aligners.
Aligners are fitted with Invisalign attachments, which are small composite dots (the color of your teeth) that grip and facilitate movement.
The teeth shifting is performed incrementally and frequently, so it tends to be less uncomfortable than tightening traditional metal braces.
How many aligner trays are required is gauged by calculations related to the degree of crookedness of your teeth.
The Orthodontists At Our Practice
Dr. Soleimani is a highly accomplished dentist who earned his doctoral degree in dental surgery from the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry.
Following his doctoral studies, Dr. Soleimani further honed his skills through a two-year residency in advanced multidisciplinary training, covering cosmetic to surgical dentistry. This training took place at the VA/UCLA Hospital in Los Angeles, California, and the Brooklyn Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. His commitment to ongoing education and advanced training reflects his dedication to providing the highest standard of patient care.
Dr. Pedram Soleimani, D.D.S.
Dr. Well is a highly accomplished orthodontist who received a four-year Senatorial scholarship during his undergraduate studies and attained early admission to the University of Maryland Dental School.
Following this, Dr. Well pursued his orthodontic residency at the University of Colorado, where he also earned a Master of Science in Dentistry. His commitment to continuous professional development is evident in his close relationship with UCLA Dental School, where he actively teaches dental students and collaborates with residents and faculty members engaged in cutting-edge orthodontic research.
Dr. Well, D.D.S.
How long does it take Invisalign to straighten teeth?
The length you have to wear aligners can be as little as a few months for teeth that are not severely misaligned to a year or longer for more severe misalignments. Overall, they work faster than traditional metal braces, however. Know that Invisalign may not work for really severe underbites, crossbites, or overbites.
However, it is highly effective for less severe cases of those conditions—plus teeth gaps and crowding. Our qualified orthodontists can provide an exam and advise you on what orthodontic treatment plan is right for your particular problems.
Invisalign vs. traditional braces
If you’re wondering about the benefits of Invisalign versus traditional metal braces, know that both are effective in straightening teeth, but which ones are best for you will depend on your particular dental issues.
Severe overbites and underbites, as already mentioned, may require metal brackets (in traditional braces) to properly align your teeth. Metal braces take much longer as adjustments to the braces are made less frequently. Invisalign is a more rapid teeth straightening process. Some benefits to Invisalign orthodontic treatment include:
- They’re invisible so people won’t know you’re wearing them.
- They’re removable for better oral hygiene, both in brushing and flossing.
- They are nearly painless compared to metal braces because you switch to a new set of aligners more frequently than you’d have metal braces adjusted. It’s a more gentle process.
- You will have fewer trips to the dentist because, to a greater degree, you’re managing your own updates with upgraded aligner trays.
- Your treatment time is often reduced as Invisalign adjusts your incremental tooth movement more frequently.
- You’re less apt to get food trapped in your braces, sparing you some embarrassment.
- Invisalign braces are trimmed to your gum line and therefore more comfortable to wear and less apt to hurt or wound your mouth.
- You can live your life normally and smile freely, as aligners are nearly invisible.
Who can get Invisalign braces?
There are no legal age restrictions on getting braces and treatment can begin as early as age 6-10.
Starting orthodontic treatment early encourages early jaw and bite development and can prevent dental misalignments up the road. Invisalign braces are for people of any age, including older adults, however, Invisalign for adults requires they meet some bone density requirements. That said, people as old as 80 have improved their smiles with Invisalign orthodontic treatment.
Oral Health and Orthodontia
Your teeth need to be in good condition before receiving any orthodontic treatment. That means any cavities or gum disease should be addressed by a dentist before scheduling your fitting for Invisalign or traditional braces. We can recommend a dental office in Santa Clarita.
The Orthodontic Center of Santa Clarita is ready to help you get the perfect smile you always wanted. Whether you have overbite, underbite, crossbite, or other dental alignment issues, we create a corrective orthodontic treatment plan that’s right for you.
To see if Invisalign is the right process for you,
contact us via our phone number (661-257-5858) or our website for a complimentary orthodontic consultation.
After completing Invisalign treatment or any orthodontic treatment, wearing a retainer is generally recommended to maintain the alignment of your teeth. While you may not need to wear it 24/7 indefinitely, a period of full-time wear (usually a few months) followed by ongoing nighttime wear is often advised. Teeth have a tendency to shift back to their original positions over time, and wearing a retainer helps prevent this. The duration of retainer wear varies from person to person, and your orthodontist will provide specific recommendations based on your case.
Whether Invisalign or traditional braces are better depends on individual preferences, orthodontic needs, and the severity of the issues being corrected. Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners that are nearly invisible, providing a more discreet option. They can also be removed for eating and cleaning. On the other hand, braces are fixed appliances that may be more effective for complex cases. Both options have their pros and cons, so it’s best to consult with an orthodontist to determine which treatment is more suitable for your situation.
The lifespan of a retainer varies depending on the type of retainer and how well it’s cared for. There are typically two types of retainers: removable and fixed. Removable retainers, such as those provided after Invisalign, may last for several years if they are well-maintained. However, they can become worn or damaged over time and might need to be replaced. Fixed retainers, which are bonded to the back of your teeth, can last longer, often several years or more. Regular check-ups with your orthodontist will help monitor the condition of your retainer.
Teeth can start to shift relatively soon after stopping retainer use. Some people might experience noticeable movement within a few weeks, while others might take longer. It’s important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions regarding retainer wear to maintain the results achieved from orthodontic treatment. If you do go without your retainer for an extended period, there’s a higher likelihood of teeth shifting back toward their original positions.
Invisalign has been shown to have a high success rate in treating a wide range of orthodontic issues. The success of Invisalign treatment depends on factors such as the complexity of the case, patient compliance (wearing the aligners as instructed), and the skill of the treating orthodontist. Generally, Invisalign has been effective in achieving desired tooth movements and alignments for many patients. The success rate is typically comparable to traditional braces for cases that are suitable for Invisalign treatment.
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Whether you need general dentistry services or you have more complex dental needs, our expert dental team serves patients of all ages, and we accept most dental insurance.
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