Invisalign Clear Aligners
Agoura Hills, CA
Did you know that on the average day, 93 million selfies are taken by people all over the world? This is a far cry from the old days, when you had to sit still for an hour or longer just to get one picture taken. No one ever smiled in those days either, because it took forever to get a picture taken, and people just couldn’t smile for that long. Now, things are different. When people take selfies, they can snap a picture instantly, and they want to smile against some amazing backdrop. If you haven’t smiled for a selfie lately, is it because of your teeth? If you aren’t happy with the way that you smile, you need to know that there are solutions for the way that you smile. One of the products Artistic Smiles can offer you is a product that can straighten your teeth and make sure they are properly spaced - all without metal braces.
If you’re looking for that perfect smile, look no further than Invisalign. The world’s most comfortable and convenient way to create a straight, stunning smile, Invisalign is the cosmetic dentistry technology of the future. Let the professionals here at Artistic Smiles show you how to transform your smile.
What is Invisalign?
Most people have heard the name but may not actually know what Invisalign is. Invisalign is the revolutionary new technology that uses a series of clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. We can use Invisalign to help patients who need straighter, more evenly spaced teeth. Invisalign is a system that can work to straighten your teeth without metal brackets or braces. We love this product, especially for adults. That’s because there are a lot of adults who want to get straight teeth, but they don’t want the hassle of monthly appointments to get their braces checked. They also don’t want to run from meeting to meeting when they have a mouthful of metal and brackets.
Invisalign works the same way as metal braces, with some important differences. First, the Invisalign system is made from clear plastic instead of metal. The aligners fit over your teeth, which means there is no installation. You can remove Invisalign products to drink and eat, which means that you don’t have to worry about food getting stuck in your metal braces. Invisalign aligners can also be removed so you can brush and floss your teeth, which means it is easier to practice good oral hygiene. Best of all, because the aligners are clear, they are less noticeable, which means you may be the only one who knows that you have them.
There are three steps to a new smile with Invisalign:
•We use a 3D scan to take a digital image of your teeth. After showing you the computed ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos, we design the best possible treatment plan for you. We make sure to explain the cost and how long the treatment is expected to take and answer any questions you might have.
•We create a series of clear plastic aligners for you. You wear each aligner for a prescribed amount of time before moving to the next in the series. We will check in with you regularly, at least every 90 days, during this period to make sure everything is going well.
•After you have achieved the desired results, we will craft a retainer for you to wear that will keep your smile looking happy and healthy.
How Long Does It Take?
Every case is unique, depending on your unique anatomy and bone structure. Some cases can be treated in as little as six months. Others may require a bit longer. However, you should start seeing results within just a few weeks.
How Does It Work?
The aligners work by using carefully calibrated force to put pressure on your teeth. This causes the periodontal ligament - the connective tissue that adheres your tooth to the bone - to stretch. Inflammation follows as your body attempts to heal, causing the bone to break down on the compressed side, while building up on the stretched side. In this way, your tooth actually moves into the correct place on your jaw, but does so in an incremental, stable way that does not decrease the health or stability of your teeth.
What Are the Advantages of Invisalign Braces?
There are many advantages to Invisalign. You won’t be as self-conscious when you wear them, the way you are with traditional braces. You will be able to eat and drink all of the foods you love and not worry about whether you are damaging wires or brackets. You can eat hard, crunchy foods such as fruits and vegetables, and sticky foods such as caramels without a problem.
Another reason our patients love Invisalign is because there are no wires or brackets to cut or scrape your gums or cheeks. Also, our patients love that the treatment time with Invisalign is much shorter than with traditional braces. On average, the treatment time with Invisalign is up to six months shorter than with traditional braces. This means that you’ll be wearing the aligners for less time, which makes the overall treatment program much cheaper than with traditional braces.
Is Invisalign Right For Me?
Invisalign can treat a wide array of conditions, from gapped or crowded teeth, to underbites, overbites and crossbites. Adults and older teenagers are great candidates for Invisalign because their transparency helps improve self-confidence. However, Invisalign isn’t right for everyone. If your case is severe, you may have to opt for another option, such as traditional metal or clear braces. Children and young teenagers are also poor candidates for Invisalign because their teeth are still growing. The efficacy of Invisalign is dependent on you: the patient. Aligners need to be worn at least 22 hours a day, but they need to be taken out if you are eating or drinking anything other than water. If you are someone who easily misplaces or loses things, or if you do not want to remove your aligners every time you eat or drink, Invisalign may not be for you.
Invisalign is an exciting orthodontic treatment option for people looking to straighten their smile without embarrassing and intrusive braces. Call (818) 930-5647 to talk to our team of professionals at Artistic Smiles to find out more about Invisalign today!
Learn much more about Invisalign by reading our Invisalign FAQ page.