If you’ve put off orthodontic treatment because of traditional metal braces, consider Invisalign®. This advanced teeth-straightening method is free of brackets, wires, and rubber bands and provides stunning results. In Los Angeles, California, expert general and cosmetic dentist, Silva A. Arejian, DDS, proudly offers Invisalign to teens and adults. To see if you’re a candidate, make an appointment by calling the Downtown office or booking online today.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment system that uses clear, nearly invisible mouthpieces to gradually straighten and align your teeth. The mouthpieces feature SmartTrack®, an FDA-approved thermoplastic that’s free of BPA, BPS, latex, and gluten, making treatment ideal for everyone, particularly those with allergies.
Because there are no wires or brackets, you don’t have to worry about cuts to your gums, inner cheeks, or tongue. Since they’re invisible, you can also wear them to work, school, or other public gatherings. You take Invisalign aligners out when you’re eating, meaning there aren’t any food restrictions either.
Dr. Arejian usually recommends Invisalign to address mild and moderate orthodontic issues, including:
Depending on your aesthetic goals for treatment, Dr. Arejian might also recommend attachments or ridges to assist your aligners. An attachment is a clear bump made of an enamel colored composite attached to your teeth. Ridges work in a similar way, but they feature an indentation instead of a bump. Both ridges and bumps help move your teeth into the proper position.
Invisalign treatment begins with an in-office consultation. During this appointment, Dr. Arejian conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and asks you about your goals for treatment.
Next, Dr. Arejian takes digital impressions of your teeth and uploads them to a computer program. The program allows Dr. Arejian to create a custom care plan, mapping out the step-by-step movements of your smile.
After approving your custom orthodontic plan, Dr. Arejian sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that manufactures your first set of aligners. You return to the practice every 2-3 weeks to change into a new pair.
Dr. Arejian offers flexible hours and prioritizes Invisalign appointments. This ensures you move rapidly through the process and achieve the smile of your dreams as quickly as possible.
The length of Invisalign treatment varies from person to person and depends on your aesthetic goals and the orthodontic issues treated. Most people achieve their desired results in 12-18 months, but it can take longer. In order to speed up the process, follow Dr. Arejian’s instructions, and wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day.
After completing Invisalign treatment, you need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving out of place.
You clean Invisalign aligners by rinsing them off with cool tap water throughout the day. You should also brush them with toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush in the evening before going to bed. For more thorough cleanings, ask Dr. Arejian about the Invisalign Cleaning System.
If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, request an appointment with Silva A. Arejian, DDS, by calling her office or booking online today.