Santa Monica Invisalign Dentist Answers Commonly Asked Questions About This Orthodontic Option

Written by Dr. Follette on Apr 18, 2017

It used to be that people who wanted to improve their smiles using orthodontic treatment had to deal with metal braces. Now, however our Santa Monica cosmetic dentists can help you perfect your dental alignment with discreet, comfortable Invisalign aligners. If you want to learn more about how Invisalign works, keep reading this short Q & A!

Q: How long does Invisalign treatment take?

A: The amount of time that it takes to improve your smile with Invisalign will depend on a number of factors including what type of misalignment you’re dealing with, any bite issues you may have, and any other existing oral health issues that need to be addressed. However, in general, Invisalign take about a year to 18 months to complete. Our dental team can give you a better idea of how long your treatment process would take when you come in for a consultation.

Q: How does Invisalign apply enough pressure to move my teeth?

A: Traditional braces move teeth with metal brackets and wires; the brackets are actually bonded to the patient’s natural teeth. When your dentist tightens the wires that connect these brackets, your teeth move accordingly. Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, move teeth with clear plastic aligners. You’ll actually only wear each aligner for two to three weeks; these aligners are designed to be used sequentially, so that the results compound over time. Invisalign aligners cover the fronts and backs of your teeth, so your entire smile is exposed to consistent pressure.

Q: How do I care for my smile during Invisalign treatment?

A: One appealing feature of Invisalign is that the aligners are completely removable. Consequently, you will take your aligners out to clean your smile—brushing, flossing, and using mouth rinse—as you normally do! You don’t have to worry about getting food particles and gunk stuck in metal brackets and wires.

As always our Santa Monica Invisalign dentists are here to give you all of the information you need about your cosmetic dentistry options, including Invisalign. Give us a call to get started!