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Invisalign Treatment – Culver City Dentist United Dental Care, CA

Do you want to straighten your teeth but don’t want the metal wires and brackets of traditional braces? Invisalign clear braces might be the one you are looking for.

Having this kind of treatment requires the best guidance from an experienced orthodontist. Save your time looking for one. Get the best service and advice from our expert at Culver City Dentist United Dental Care.



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Invisalign clear braces are a growing trend in restorative dentistry due to their medical and aesthetic benefits. Who would not want a revolutionary yet extremely simple treatment?





What are Invisalign Braces?

Invisalign braces are orthodontic tools that straighten your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign braces are made of clear, removable, and BPA-free plastic.

They are customized and molded precisely by your orthodontist to correct your teeth gently. With clear braces, patients can avoid having broken brackets or metal wires on their braces, thus, reducing unexpected visits to their orthodontist.

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Who should get an Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign treatment is applicable for children, teens, and adults. There are, however, severe cases that Invisalign treatment cannot fix. (e.g., severely angled and rotated teeth or closing in large spaces). In such cases. Consulting our orthodontist will help you determine the dental restoration option for you.

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How does the Invisalign treatment process work?

The Invisalign treatment process varies depending on your orthodontic problem. Here is how we at the Culver City Dentist United Dental Care conduct the process:

1. Consultation
We conduct a thorough examination to assess if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment. This stage includes taking x-rays and dental photographs to address your orthodontic problem accordingly.

2. Preparatory work
After your dental examination, we might make some interproximal reduction (mechanically removing enamel from between the teeth) to create space between teeth so we can align them properly.

We will also scan your mouth to create a 3D replica of your teeth and gums that will help us plan the course of the treatment. Your records will then serve as a guide for our laboratory technicians as they start making your aligners.

3. Wearing of the braces
After the preparatory work and quality assurance, you will receive your Invisalign braces. At first, it may feel strange, but not painful at all. If necessary, we will make changes and attach composite patches to hold your braces in place and ensure optimal results.

You must change your clear braces every two weeks and visit your orthodontist. In our case, our dentist might recommend extending the duration of your consultation and brace replacement if your teeth are not moving in the desired position.

4. Changing of Braces
You must change your clear braces every two weeks and visit your orthodontist. In our case, our dentist might recommend extending the duration of your consultation and brace replacement if your teeth are not moving in the desired position.

5. Braces Removal and Wearing of Retainers
We will remove your clear braces and their patches once we reach your desired results. When that moment comes, we recommend using retainers to maintain your teeth’s optimal condition. Retainers are usually transparent, like your Invisalign braces. You should wear retainers daily until you can have them only at night.

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Types of dental issues Invisalign treatment can correct

Although an Invisalign treatment is proven to fix common dental alignment issues, it has its limitations. So, what can Invisalign treat?

1. Crooked or misaligned teeth
It is a very common orthodontic problem. This issue may be caused by genetics, poor oral hygiene, thumb sucking, malnutrition, or trauma. On average, Invisalign may take twelve to eighteen months to align crooked teeth.

In severe cases, however, Invisalign is not an advisable treatment.

2. Overbite and Underbite
Overbite is when your upper teeth close too far from your lower teeth, while underbite is when your lower teeth protrude past the upper teeth. They may be different, but they cause chewing and speaking problems. These issues can also wear down your teeth faster than usual.

Invisalign can take six months to three years to fix an overbite, depending on its complexity and the patient's compliance. On the other hand, underbites may take three to twelve months to be resolved.

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3. Crossbite and Open bite
Crossbite is when your teeth don't line up correctly when you close your mouth. It can be posterior crossbite or anterior crossbite. Posterior crossbite is when your upper back teeth sit inside your bottom teeth, while anterior crossbite happens when one or some of your upper front teeth sit inside your lower front teeth. It may take four months to three years to fix it using Invisalign.

Open bite happens when your teeth do not meet when you close your mouth, leaving a gap between your upper and lower teeth. It may take three months to three years for Invisalign to fix it.

4. Diastema
Diastema is the noticeable gap between your teeth. It can occur in a part of your mouth, but it commonly appears between your two upper front teeth. A common reason for this is the tooth size to jaw discrepancy. Either your teeth are too small or too big for your jaw. It takes three to eighteen months for Invisalign to resolve this problem.

5. Crowded teeth
This happens when your jaw does not have enough room for your teeth. This causes teeth to overlap and twist, known as crowding. In some cases, Invisalign might be unable to fix this issue, depending on its severity. On average, Invisalign usually takes 6 to 12 months to resolve teeth crowding.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can't find the information you're looking for? We've shared some of our most frequently asked questions to help you out!

Invisalign can cost $1800 to $9500 on average. The price varies depending on the severity of the orthodontic issues and the patient’s age. 

If you have questions about dental insurance coverage, Culver City Dentist United Dental Care works with different insurance companies that can help you with your treatment. 

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Invisalign, like other braces, can be slightly uncomfortable at first. If you feel pain while wearing your Invisalign braces, inform your restorative dentists so that they can make some adjustments to prevent other possible issues.

No, you cannot eat while wearing your Invisalign braces. You need to remove them first and put them in a secure container. They may be made of strong material but eating while still wearing them can damage your aligner and your oral health. When it comes to drinking, you can only drink water when wearing your aligners. Other beverages, such as coffee, soda, wine, etc., can stain and damage them. It is advisable to remove them before drinking.

It is advisable to wear your Invisalign braces for more than 22 hours to achieve their maximum result. 

Removing your Invisalign aligners for more than 2 hours per day may impact your progress. So, we advise you to wear them based on our recommended daily hours.

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Invisalign treatment is always worth it if you have proper guidance from a trusted orthodontist.
If you plan to get your crooked teeth treated using Invisalign, Culver City Dentist United Dental Care is always here to assist you.

We join the advocacy of promoting a conservative approach to dental treatment while not discounting the overall health importance of extracting a potentially dangerous tooth.
Culver City Dentist United Dental Care focuses on preventive dental health care, as our experts provide our clients with the best oral health advice to avoid an extraction.
If you are still undecided on what treatment to get? Don’t worry! Our dentist will offer you the best options to serve your current needs and interests.
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