Only 35% of adults have well-aligned teeth. In fact,15% of those over the age of 18 have teeth that impact them socially and functionally. If you're one of those people, you can still get your teeth fixed at Granada Hills Dental Group. Dr. Kamran Rafie and Dr. Shadi Khoshbin of Granada Hills, California can use Invisalign® to straighten crooked teeth and improve your smile. Call or make an appointment online today.
Invisalign Q & A
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What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a process that helps straighten teeth without the use of traditional, unsightly metal braces, wires, and rubber bands. Instead, your teeth move to where they belong thanks to a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners.
Invisalign received FDA approval in 1998 and sold its one-millionth pair in 2011.
When planned and implemented correctly, Invisalign results are similar to those achieved through the use of traditional fixed appliances. The system allows those who may have initially balked at braces to give teeth straightening a second thought.
How does Invisalign work?
When you see either Dr. Rafie or Dr. Khoshbin to begin the Invisalign process, the staff takes dental impressions, X-rays, and photographs of your teeth. They send this information to a lab where the technicians use a CT scan to create a three-dimensional model of your mouth.
The Invisalign specialists manipulate the newly created digital model, moving each tooth to its final position as prescribed by the professionals at Granada Hills Dental Group.
Every movement of each tooth shifts in a sequential progression thanks to the sets of unique aligners you receive throughout the treatment process. Dr. Rafie and Khoshbin recommend wearing each set of Invisalign aligners for one to three weeks.
You should keep your aligners in for as close to 24 hours a day as possible, but take them out when eating, brushing, or flossing. It's especially important that you remove the aligners when drinking liquids that stain, including coffee and tea.
Why choose Invisalign over traditional braces?
Invisalign is a more aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces. Moreover, studies show that it reduces plaque accumulation, tissue inflammation, and gingival recession normally associated with this type of procedure. Invisalign even reduces pain and is less noticeable than its metal counterparts.
In addition to improved periodontal health, Invisalign also reduces tooth loss associated with root resorption wherein you lose the hard tissue from your teeth, including:
- Dentin: Part of your tooth beneath enamel and cementum
- Cementum: Hard connective tissue covering the roots of your teeth
- Bone: Connects your teeth to your jaw
Call or make an appointment online today with Drs.Kamran Rafie and Shadi Khoshbin of the Granada Hills Dental Group in Granada Hills, California, to begin Invisalign treatment to straighten your crooked teeth and improve your smile.