If you’d like a straighter smile without spending a year or longer in metal braces, Invisalign® offers a great alternative. William Ginzburg, DDS, of Sunset Smile Dental in Sunset Plaza, located in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, offers this innovative teeth alignment system. When you’re ready to see how your smile can be transformed, call or click to schedule a visit
Invisalign is a tray-based teeth alignment system that uses a series of clear plastic trays to slowly shift teeth into optimal alignment. It’s an alternative to traditional metal braces and a great way to achieve a more beautiful and healthy smile.
Some of the alignment issues Invisalign can correct include:
There are cases where traditional braces offer a better treatment path. During your initial consultation, your dentist explains whether Invisalign is a good fit for you, and what to expect from treatment.
During your initial visit, an intraoral scanner gathers digital imaging to determine the exact shape, size, and alignment of your teeth. This information is sent to the lab to guide the fabrication of your aligner trays.
Once your trays arrive, you return to the office to learn how to place and remove them properly. You wear your trays around the clock, removing them only while eating or drinking and when you brush and floss your teeth.
Every couple of weeks, you switch to a new set of trays. Periodic visits at Sunset Smile Dental ensure you stay on track with your alignment plan.
Once your dentist determines that Invisalign is the right approach for your alignment needs, there are other matters that deserve close consideration. In order for Invisalign to work, you have to wear your trays as prescribed.
Every time you switch to a new set of trays, you can expect to feel some soreness. This is similar to the sensation people experience when they have a wire replaced with traditional braces. Any discomfort will fade within a day or two, but you must continue wearing the trays in order for your progress to advance.
If compliance might be an issue, traditional metal braces probably offer a better treatment path. Because the components of metal braces are affixed to your teeth, there is little you can do to avoid the pressure that shifts teeth into improved alignment.
When you’re ready to learn more, call the office to schedule a visit, or book online in just a matter of moments.