INVISALIGN BEVERLY HILLS & HOLLYWOOD CA
HOW DOES INVISALIGN WORK?
Invisalign uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
Prior to beginning treatment, you can see what your teeth are going to look like and how long it’s going to take you to get there. We use imaging to generate actual before and after photos so you can see how your teeth are going to look in them. We also show the entire process and timeline to get you to your desired end result.
The aligners are made through a combination of expertise and 3-D computer imaging technology. Each set of aligners is worn for about one to two weeks at a time and are only removed to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week. This is natural and to be expected. They will continue to move until they have straightened to the final position prescribed.
Total treatment time averages 9 – 15 months, and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INVISALIGN?
Straightening and repositioning misaligned teeth have more impact than just your beautiful smile. There are significant health advantages to wearing these clear, removable devices. You can reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, too.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), leaving crooked teeth as they are can negatively impact your overall oral health. Crooked teeth increase the chances of developing gum disease, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss and bad breath if left untreated. This is another reason why many patients choose to fix crooked, gapped, and crowded teeth.
Invisalign braces can also correct any abnormal bite functions like open bites and cross bites.
For example, if your upper and lower jaw does not shut correctly or your bite feels off when your teeth touch, Invisalign can move your teeth into the correct positioning. Should this go unmanaged, periodontitis can set it in situations where you have widely spaced or crowded teeth. When your gums can fit firmly around your teeth, it provides a strong barrier against infections of the gum.
A HEALTHIER MOUTH STARTS WITH STRAIGHTER TEETH.
Aside from a more pleasing aesthetic appearance of your teeth, your teeth will now be positioned to last a lifetime. Correcting orthodontic problems really is an investment in your health. With Invisalign, you can prevent the following:
- Bad breath or halitosis
- Jaw dysfunction and TMJD Support
- Gingivitis or gum inflammation
- Sensitive teeth
- Chipping of teeth
- Prevent tooth loss
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY WITH DIGITAL SCANNING.
Aside from the cosmetic benefits of having straighter teeth, another benefit of Invisalign begins before you even get your first aligners.
When you visit Dr. Kalasho for your first appointment, she will perform a 3D digital scanning of each of your teeth. It is painless and non-invasive. She will use a small tool to go over each of your teeth, creating a 3D image of all sides of each tooth. You will no longer need to have impressions taken and trays put in your mouth. Another benefit to digital imaging is it is far less intrusive than a traditional x-ray.
CLEAR ALIGNERS DONE AT THE OFFICE BY A BOARD-CERTIFIED DENTIST VS. MAIL-IN ALIGNERS
Mail-in aligners are certainly more convenient than making an appointment with your dentist, and at times, could ultimately be cheaper, however, at TruGLO, we sincerely believe that mail-order aligners are incredibly dangerous to our patients.
When teeth are moved, they move within your jaw, and no part of your body should be moved without the direct supervision of a doctor. Consumers of many of these mail-in aligner companies never have the opportunity to consult with a licensed professional or even have one supervising their case.
The potential for major issues begins when the mail-in aligner kit arrives, creating the risk of a large margin of error. Consumers are expected to take photos of their smiles with a basic camera app and send the company impressions they take themselves.
Some companies may have you come in for a digital scan, taken by an employee with no dental background and no dentist on-site.
Neither of these options has a dentist examining your teeth before putting you in aligners. This poses the risk of exacerbating cavities and gum disease. This is not what a dentist or orthodontist would do.
A dental professional would examine your X-rays to make sure there is no active decay or periodontal disease prior to any treatment. They would look at the skeletal anatomy of your face, as well as the anatomy of the teeth, in order to determine the mechanism of your unique tooth movement.
You will also notice that mail-in aligners have a lot of consent requirements protecting the company from their customers coming after them for poor results. This is because it happens, a lot. We have had a good number of patients come to us who had to undergo corrective orthodontics in order to fix the damage caused by mail-in aligners. Many of these patients developed overbites, underbites, and crossbites, due to the misalignment of their teeth and poor fittings created by these mail-ins.
Moving teeth is not as simple as it sounds and cannot be simply done by you in your living room or at a brick in mortar scanning mill. Instead, this should be performed by a trained professional that understands head and neck anatomy, and orthodontic movement, and can properly diagnose and treat teeth and gum disease prior to getting aligners.
At TruGLO Modern Dental, we take into account every possible outcome, factor, and scenario. We actively care for our patients and seek to see them confidently succeed in having a better smile. We go the extra mile and customize our treatment plans for each patient to ensure comfort, achieve the desired results that you are looking for, and guarantee a proper treatment each time.
IMPROVE YOUR SELF-CONFIDENCE.
If you have straight teeth, you may be unaware of the effects that crooked teeth have on a person’s self-esteem. Dental issues such as crooked or protruding teeth affecting teenagers and adults often make them feel very unattractive. Notably, in the case of teens, if they lack the right self-confidence going into adulthood, they are much more likely to suffer from negative feelings from their friends and peers.
Studies have shown a strong correlation between one’s feelings of appearance and the likelihood to become depressed. A few years ago, there was a survey conducted of U.S. teens who were unhappy with their teeth and smile. Of the 30 percent of teens who expressed they were most self-conscious about their teeth, nearly 50 percent of teens who used Invisalign showed a significant boost in self-esteem during treatment.
ARE YOU READY TO GET STARTED WITH INVISALIGN?
No matter what your age, misaligned teeth and problems with your bite are not reasons to hide your beautiful smile. Treating your teeth with clear, inconspicuous Invisalign aligners is effective in correcting a myriad of dental health issues and ensuring that your overall oral health is managed and always in pristine condition.
Dr. Kalasho can help you fix an open bite, overbite, underbite, crossbite, teeth that are overcrowded, gapped teeth, and protruding teeth. Invisalign truly is the most advanced clear aligner system available.
Are ready to get started on your journey toward self-confidence and a healthier, more beautiful smile? Please contact TruGLO Modern Dental today at 323.461.9066 to schedule your appointment.