Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of custom-made aligning trays. In her Woodland Hills, CA dental office, Dr. Kathy Daroee regularly changes the trays to fit new tooth configurations, leaving patients with a straighter smile and healthier bite formation. Dr. Kathy also practices General Dentistry as well.
Invisalign® Q & A
What are the advantages to Invisalign®?
Traditional braces have been used for decades to correct alignment problems. Molds are taken of the teeth, metal brackets are affixed to each of the teeth using dental cement, and the brackets are connected with a sturdy metal wire. Braces are not removable, are sometimes painful, and have a strong impact on a person’s appearance but they are effective at realigning the teeth to straighten them.
Dental alignment with Invisalign® is performed through a series of removable trays. Unlike traditional braces, these trays are nearly invisible and are comfortable to wear. They are removed while eating, drinking, and brushing in order to prevent tooth decay. But the biggest advantage to Invisalign over traditional braces is that almost identical results can be achieved without the impact on a patient’s appearance.
What problems can Invisalign® correct?
Invisalign® can correct the same problems traditional metal braces can, but Invisalign® trays can be removed at will and are almost invisible to the naked eye. Invisalign can be used to treat overcrowding, gaps between teeth, crossbite, overbite, and underbite. Each of these conditions can cause difficulty in the oral health of the patient if left untreated, such as tooth decay, gum disease, uneven wear, bone erosion, jaw pain, and TMJ.
How does Invisalign® work?
First, Dr. Daroee will perform an initial consultation to help the patient determine if Invisalign® is right for them. Because the trays are removable, a certain amount of discipline is needed on the part of patients for Invisalign® to be successful. Next, three-dimensional images are taken of the jaw to allow Dr. Daroee to see the jaw from every angle, view the teeth that need to be moved, and project how the teeth will look over the course of treatment. Once the treatment plan is complete, a custom-made set of aligning trays is made for the patient to wear. The patient will then return to Kathy Cosmetic Dentistry on a regular basis to have new aligning trays made to improve their smile over time. While the total number of visits varies in each case, typically 20 to 29 sets of aligning trays are used in a treatment plan. The trays may take several days to get used to and should be worn constantly, except when drinking, eating, or performing an oral care routine.