Invisalign® Specialist in Los Angeles
Invisalign® Dentist in Los Angeles
What Are the Benefits of our Custom made Clear Aligners and Invisalign®?
Beautiful pearly whites don’t look quite as attractive when the teeth don’t line up nice and straight. Crooked teeth can be annoying and discouraging, but you have options for straightening them. Have you tried traditional braces before but disliked the look? Are you unhappy with your smile but feel braces may be more than you need? While traditional braces are still recommended for complex issues and bite correction, Invisalign® is an effective way for adults to straighten their teeth without the inconveniences of traditional braces.
No Metal in the Mouth
Our Custom made aligners and Invisalign® aligners are made out of medical-grade thermoplastic polymers. They are flexible, so they feel better in your mouth more than traditional braces. With our custom-made clear aligners or Invisalign®, there are no metal wires to poke you in the cheek and no metal brackets to irritate your lips. Soreness from adjustments is also reduced because the change is more gradual than with traditional braces. In all, our custom made aligners and Invisalign® is a more comfortable option.
A Shorter Timeframe for Treatment
Custom made clear aligners or Invisalign® treatment takes an average of 12 to 18 months. However, if you were to choose traditional braces, your treatment could last anywhere from 18 to 36 months. This variance is due to differences in the conditions being treated. Not only is your treatment duration shorter, but with Invisalign® aligners, most people won’t even notice you have them on.
You Can Visualize Your Results
When you begin your custom made clear aligners or Invisalign® treatment, Dr. Jacobson will perform a 3D mapping procedure of your teeth. His office is one of the best-equipped centers in the country and utilizes a proprietary digital laboratory and 3D software to provide excellent results. From there, a correction strategy for your treatment plan will be developed. You will see a live time-lapse of your teeth being corrected at each stage of the treatment to let you envision the end result of your custom made clear aligners or Invisalign® treatment. Your aligners are created once the treatment plan is finalized, and you will be able to begin treatment within one week!
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign® treatment options, please call our office to set up your consultation with Dr. Jacobson. We can be reached at (310) 454-0317.
What to Expect During Your Invisalign® Consultation
Invisalign® uses a unique mapping technique to make the process as painless and possible. One of our doctors will take a 3D image of the patient’s teeth, which is then used to create a correction strategy. Once the imaging has been processed, a live timelapse will be available to demonstrate the progress of the smile at different stages of the treatment. After the strategy has been finalized, trays are then created from the images and provided to the patient to begin their treatment within a week; however, the process can be expedited to receive trays the same day as the initial appointment.
Benefits of Using Invisalign®
Traditional braces place a lot of restrictions on a patient’s lifestyle and create a surplus of maintenance obligations. Invisalign® foregoes these inconveniences, providing an effective treatment that allows the patient to resume their life per usual. Patients can continue to eat all their favorite foods, engage in all their favorite activities, and brush and floss without any hassle. Additionally, no metal wires or hardware means there are significantly fewer emergency visits during treatment.
Pain Expectations and Maintenance Requirements
Compared to traditional braces, pain levels during Invisalign® treatment are minimal, but it is normal to feel additional pressure or discomfort during the first few days of using a new set of aligners. Each set will typically last anywhere between one and two weeks depending on the patient’s treatment plan.
It is important to remember to take out the aligners when eating or drinking, and patients must brush their teeth before putting the hardware back in place. Additionally, patients will also need to gently brush and rinse the aligners each night to ensure they stay clean. It is typical to attend check-up appointments every six to eight weeks.
How long does Invisalign® treatment usually take to complete?
A typical Invisalign® treatment usually ranges between 12 and 18 months.
How many hours per day should I be wearing my aligners?
For best results, it is highly recommended that aligners are worn 20 to 22 hours per day. Patients should feel free to take them off during regular meals or at important events like interviews or weddings.
What are the aligners made of?
Invisalign® aligners are made of flexible plastic to perfectly fit every individual smile and tooth structure.
Will anyone be able to tell when I am wearing aligners?
Invisalign® aligners are virtually unnoticeable, so most people will not be able to see that you are wearing them.