Each year, millions of Americans get braces, and thousands of school pictures will feature a child or teen with a shiny silver smile. If you did not get braces as a child, however, you may be too embarrassed to get them now, because older teens and adults are typically not seen with metal braces. Fortunately, there is a solution. Beverly Hills dentist, Parsa Zadeh DDS, can fit you for Invisalign aligners.
Invisalign aligners are clear, plastic trays that fit over your teeth. Like the traditional metal braces, they slowly guide your teeth into place. When your teeth have moved to their full extent for that aligner, Dr. Zadeh will order a new aligner that moves your teeth a little more. This process will continue until your teeth are fully corrected.
Advantages of the Invisalign System
The Invisalign aligners have several distinct advantages over metal braces. Perhaps the largest advantage is that they are transparent, which makes them much less noticeable than metal braces. A casual observer is unlikely to notice the aligners at all. In addition, patients prefer the aligners over braces because they are removable. You can take them out to eat, to clean your teeth, or even if you are playing a high impact sport. The fact that the aligners are removable makes oral care much easier. You will not need flossing devices or special toothbrushes. In addition, you can eat all of your favorite foods, including barbecue ribs and corn on the cob, without worrying about food particles getting stuck in the braces.
Invisalign aligners are a breakthrough for many patients, but they aren’t for everyone. Pre-teens and younger children may be prone to misplacing or breaking the aligners, since they can be removed. In addition, some patients who are in need of extensive correction may require traditional metal braces, because the braces are often more effective in moving severely misplaced teeth.
Alternatives to Invisalign
In addition to Invisalign treatments, Dr. Zadeh can use removable retainers that can be worn only at night for correction of minor misalignment of teeth. Dr. Zadeh can help you decide if the aligners are right for you. He has years of experience with these aligners as well as metal braces and other cosmetic dental procedures. Call his office today at 310-273-9919 to make an appointment for a consultation.