The traditional approach to orthodontic problems, such as crooked and misaligned teeth, is wearing metallic braces. While metallic braces can certainly restore optimal dental alignment, they’re also uncomfortable and unattractive. If you want to straighten your smile without unsightly metallic braces, you might want to consider the Invisalign® treatment. Dr. Anjali Rajpal is the #1 Invisalign® general practitioner in 90210 — you may schedule a consultation to determine if you’re a candidate for Invisalign® in Beverly Hills.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is the world’s leading brand of clear aligners. Invisalign® aligners are clear thermoplastic aligners that apply pressure on your teeth to move them into optimal alignment. Each aligner moves your teeth in extremely small increments until you have completely straight and even teeth. Invisalign® aligners are completely transparent, so they’re almost invisible to the naked eye. You can take them off while eating, which allows you to eat whatever you want without worrying about unattractive stains.
Invisalign® vs. Traditional Braces
Invisalign® is more comfortable, convenient, and attractive than traditional braces. The primary advantage of Invisalign® is that the aligners are completely transparent, so you don’t need to have unsightly metallic wires on your teeth. Invisalign® aligners are also more convenient than traditional braces — you can take them off while eating or brushing, allowing you to eat whatever you want and maintain optimal oral hygiene. Furthermore, unlike metallic braces, Invisalign® aligners don’t irritate your gum tissues, making them more comfortable.
Benefits of Invisalign®:
- Completely transparent aligners — no unsightly metallic wires
- Improve overall smile and alignment
- Takes self-consciousness out of orthodontic treatments
- Improve overall oral health and minimize the risk of gum disease
- Eat whatever you want during the Invisalign® treatment
- Maintain optimal oral hygiene during Invisalign® treatment
- Notice significant results within a few weeks
- No irritation of the gums or other harsh side effects
How Many Invisalign® Aligners Will I Need?
The number of Invisalign® aligners you need will depend on your unique goals and condition. The average patient needs 20 to 30 Invisalign® aligners, but extreme cases may also necessitate 50+ Invisalign® aligners over the entire treatment. Your dentist will inform you about the number of Invisalign® aligners you need after your initial consultation.
What is the Duration of Invisalign® Treatment?
Invisalign® treatments usually last for 6 to 18 months, depending on the number of aligners you need and your unique condition. However, patients with severe orthodontic problems may also need Invisalign® treatment for 24 months or more. Your dentist will provide a timeline for your Invisalign® treatment after the consultation and treatment planning.
Is Invisalign suitable for everyone?
Although Invisalign is an excellent option for those who prefer an alternative to traditional braces, it’s not the best fit for everyone. Typically, Invisalign works well for those who have mild to moderate crowding, spacing, or bite problems. If the issue is more severe, then traditional braces might be a better option. Additionally, some dental problems may not be suitable for Invisalign.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The length of Invisalign treatment depends on how complex your orthodontic issue is. Sometimes, it can take just a few months to fix, while other times it may take up to two years. On average though, most people complete their treatment in around 12-18 months.
How often do I need to wear my Invisalign aligners?
To get the best results from your Invisalign treatment, it’s recommended to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours daily. You can take them out when eating, brushing, and flossing, but it’s important to put them back in as soon as possible.
Do I need to wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment?
Yes, it is recommended to wear a retainer after Invisalign treatment to prevent teeth from shifting back into their original position.
Can I eat and drink normally while wearing Invisalign aligners?
It’s a good idea to take out your Invisalign aligners while eating and drinking anything besides water. This is because food and drinks can get stuck between the aligners and your teeth, which could cause hygiene problems and even damage the aligners.
How often do I need to visit my Invisalign provider during treatment?
Throughout your Invisalign treatment, your orthodontist will closely monitor your progress and make any adjustments to your treatment plan as needed. You’ll have regular appointments – typically every 6-8 weeks – to check in and see how you’re doing. It’s an important part of the process to make sure everything is going smoothly.
What are the potential side effects of Invisalign?
Just like with any orthodontic treatment, it’s possible to experience some temporary discomfort, soreness, or pressure when you first start using Invisalign aligners or switch to a new set. You might also notice a slight lisp or have a bit of trouble speaking clearly initially.
How does the cost of Invisalign compare to traditional braces?
Invisalign costs vary depending on the complexity of the case and the duration of treatment. While Invisalign is typically more expensive than traditional braces, the total cost can be influenced by insurance coverage and flexible payment options.
Schedule a Consultation
Beverly Hills Dental Arts is a premier dental practice led by a Gold Plus provider for Invisalign® — Dr. Anjali Rajpal. Our dental practice specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and we use cutting-edge scientific techniques and artistic insights to help you achieve the perfect smile. Dr. Rajpal carefully examines your teeth, discusses your goals, and curates a personalized Invisalign® treatment plan to fix your smile. Please schedule a consultation to explore your treatment options for Invisalign® in Beverly Hills.
465 N. Roxbury Dr, Suite 701
Beverly Hills CA 90210