Invisalign, the clear alternative to braces that patients love in Manhattan Beach CA, explained
You don’t have to wait two years or longer to fix the crooked or crowded teeth that make you feel less than confident about the look of your smile. As a convenient, comfortable, and cosmetic alternative to “metal mouth,” Invisalign clear “braces” in Manhattan Beach CA at Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions straighten patients’ teeth, on average, in around 12 months – roughly half the time of traditional fixed orthodontic appliances. Throughout the process, you can see the improvement in the position of your teeth and the appearance of your smile. Since the appliances that do the straightening are made from a smooth, transparent, BPA-free plastic, gradually improved teeth peek through. What you and others don’t see is a mouth full of silver wires and brackets. The ability to notice improvements throughout treatment is a powerful motivator; you’ll want to keep up with the habits necessary to assure straightening progresses on schedule. Plus, with Invisalign technology, you can “see” your final, aligned smile even before you wear the first tray in the series of trays required to straighten your teeth. Compliance is easy, due to how the aligners are designed.
More on just how Invisalign works
Invisalign trays look similar to a dental mouthguard or nightguard, custom-made to protect your mouth from damage caused by sports injuries and teeth-grinding. Unlike these and other oral appliances, Invisalign aligners use low forces to gently guide your teeth into the appropriate positions. They slip over your teeth and may be removed whenever you eat food or drink beverages that aren’t water. It’s also a convenient feature because you can continue to brush and floss your teeth as you always have – without brackets and wires getting in the way. Conventional fixed braces use a system of wires threaded through brackets to apply pressure to misaligned teeth. Braces can only be adjusted by your dentist. Since braces are fixed, you can’t remove them for no-hassle eating or effective brushing and flossing, which makes your teeth more susceptible to problems like gum disease and tooth decay.
Many of the patients who visit Dr. Don Mungcal for treatment, love just how easy and stress-free it is to straighten their teeth. They hear time and time again how much people appreciate:
- The transparent nature of aligner trays – Since the aligners are made from a see-through plastic, people would have to get very close to you to see them, unlike conventional braces that are hard to miss.
- Easy compliance and care – Really, the most important thing to remember is that each aligner tray is part of a series of trays customized for you and that every tray must be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours daily for around two weeks. Failure to wear each aligner as directed every day, and failure to move on to the next tray in the series as directed by your dentist, can delay treatment. It will take longer for you to straighten effectively and get the results that were shown to you at the start of treatment, courtesy of Invisalign’s virtual simulation. Upkeep is simple; rinse them every night and brush them to assure they stay fresh and clean.
- Being able to see the results before straightening begins – Invisalign uses sophisticated digital software to create a 3-dimensional model of your mouth. This model guides the treatment process but also allows you to see just how your teeth will be straightened at every phase.
- Comfort, at every stage – Since Invisalign uses digital treatment planning, you don’t contend with the sticky goo that is typically used to create dental impressions. This is particularly great for those patients who have a bad gag reflex. During treatment, the aligners are easy to wear because they slip so well over your teeth and are smooth; no uncomfortable wires that poke at the inside of your mouth (and are prone to breakage)!
Schedule a consultation at Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions in Manhattan Beach, CA to learn more about Invisalign. The number is310-340-6663
Dental visits are super-easy and convenient. You only visit Dr. Mungcal around every six weeks. So, you can get the next set of aligners in your treatment series, and your dentist can make sure treatment is coming along as it should.
Invisalign may be in your future
The Invisalign system was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1998. Technologies seemingly change at least every couple of months, let alone a couple of decades. Invisalign is no different. More people than ever before have been able to get or restore an attractive smile, full of nicely aligned teeth. Today, Invisalign is appropriate for modest cosmetic cases and complex bite-related problems alike. Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions won’t know for sure if the system is right for you until after an exam is completed. Call 310-340-6663 to schedule yours today.