Metal brackets and wires are not the only option for addressing misalignment. To help our Woodland Hills, CA, patients with misalignment, we may prescribe a series of custom and comfortable aligners made from a clear acrylic material. How do we correct smiles with our custom aligners, and what long-term benefits will Invisalign® offer?
The Invisalign® System
Invisalign® involves correcting misalignment without the use of metal braces. Instead, patients wear a set of aligners for a short amount of time before moving on to the next set, correcting the alignment of their smiles in about a year to 18 months. Our team will perform a thorough examination to assess the cause and extent of your misalignment. We will then see if this is the best choice for your smile. If so, we will create the aligners based on detailed digital impressions we take of your teeth. Each set will be custom-made specifically for your smile.
Wearing Your Clear Braces
Treatment means wearing a set for 20 to 23 hours a day, moving on to the next set about once every two weeks. If worn properly, your teeth will be repositioned and you will enjoy optimal alignment in the original timeframe you discussed with your dentist. However, you still have the option to remove them occasionally. For example, you can take them out before you sit down and eat, which means no more worries about food becoming stuck in orthodontics, and no need to avoid certain foods during treatment. Being removable also means a much easier time brushing and flossing your teeth, improving oral health throughout the treatment process. If you continue to wear them as prescribed, you can also take them for the occasional date, graduation, or other special events.
Long-Term Benefits of Correcting Misalignment
Having a more even smile means brushing and flossing is easier and more productive, which reduces the overall risk of tooth decay, dental infection, gingivitis, and gum disease, helping you preserve your natural teeth. You also don’t have as much pressure on the jaw joints, limiting the chances of TMJ disorder and bruxism, and with it the painful symptoms, such as headaches, jaw pain, or even damaged teeth. Finally, you may feel more confident in your appearance and your smile, which boosts your overall quality of life. If you have any questions about Invisalign®, then contact our team today.
Woodland Hills Dental Provides Cosmetic Orthodontics
We have a cosmetic solution to misalignment with the Invisalign® system. Schedule a consultation to discuss our clear plastic aligners by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA, today at (818) 347-5124. We also proudly work with patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Encino, and all other surrounding areas.