What Are Invisalign® Aligners?

Invisalign® is an orthodontic tool that is employed by dentists to address a person’s issues of misaligned or overcrowded teeth without having to use conventional braces. If you’re interested in trying out braces that won’t attract attention, we offer Invisalign® for Beverly Hills patients at the Dental Sedation Center.

The Invisalign® system is not like these traditional braces because the aligners are fabricated from clear, BPA-free plastic, which has been approved for medical use. They are practically invisible when worn. Because of this, many people refer to them as “invisible braces.”

The Invisalign® aligners are created for each person using impressions, x-rays, and 3D imaging to get the exact specifications for their teeth and gums. This information is then sent to the dental laboratory where the aligners are designed.


How Do the Aligners Work?

Normally, the dentist will start by designing a treatment plan and requesting a set of aligners for the patient. The exact time frame for treatment and the number of aligners used will depend on the severity of the person’s orthodontic problems.

The aligners will be worn throughout the whole process and should be removed solely to brush and floss teeth, change out the set, or when eating certain foods.

Usually, the aligner set is exchanged for a new one every two weeks and must be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours a day to be effective and to provide the best possible results. The aligners are designed to be comfortable and to avoid irritating the cheeks and gums as traditional braces can.

Every six to eight weeks after the patient starts wearing their aligners, they will need to come in for a checkup. During this appointment in Beverly Hills, we will check to make sure that their progress is going as expected. They will also be able to pick up their next batch of aligners at this time.

The treatment program usually lasts roughly 12 months. However, this will vary based on the person’s particular issues.

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Which Types of Dental Issues Can Invisalign® Correct?

The Invisalign® System can be used to address a number of dental issues and can help achieve straighter teeth for a more attractive appearance. The following are some of the many dental problems that can be corrected with Invisalign®.

  • Gaps Between Teeth: These can increase the potential of gum disease, gum tenderness, and dental hygiene issues.
  • Crowded Teeth: These can lead to difficulties in maintaining proper dental hygiene, leading to gum disease and tooth decay.
  • Open Bite: This can create issues with properly chewing food.
  • Underbite: This can cause issues with chewing, can wear down teeth, and can create speech impediments.
  • Overbite: This can lead to jaw pain and can wear down teeth.
  • Crossbite: This can cause gum problems, tooth chipping, and bone damage. It can also wear down teeth.
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What Types of Advantages Does the Invisalign® System Offer?

Metal braces, the most frequently used orthodontic device, cannot be removed during the treatment process. The Invisalign® aligners, on the other hand, can be removed whenever the person needs them, such as when eating or brushing their teeth. This makes wearing them much more convenient.

Invisalign® aligners in Beverly Hills are also ideal for a patient who does not want to feel self-conscious during treatment, which can occur with metal devices because they are transparent. Traditional braces have a social stigma that often results in teasing, and with Invisalign®, this can be avoided.

Hygiene routines are easier as well since the aligners can be taken out so the person doesn’t have to clean around brackets and wires.

Frequently Asked Questions

To help our patients make informed decisions about their oral health, here are some quick answers to common questions at The Dental Sedation Center.

Is Invisalign® Treatment Appropriate for All Age Groups?

Invisalign is a versatile orthodontic treatment suitable for a wide range of age groups. It can be effective for teenagers, adults, and even some older individuals, depending on their specific orthodontic needs. Dr. Patric Cohen will assess the patient’s unique case to determine if Invisalign is the right choice.

Can I Remove My Invisalign Aligners When I Eat or Drink?

Yes, Invisalign aligners can and should be removed when eating or drinking anything other than plain water. This allows patients to enjoy their meals without any dietary restrictions and minimizes the risk of staining the aligners. Afterward, it's important for patients to brush their teeth before reinserting the aligners to maintain good oral hygiene.

Is There a Payment Plan Available for Invisalign Treatments?

Many Invisalign providers offer flexible payment plans to accommodate various financial situations. It's advisable for patients to discuss payment options with their chosen provider during their initial consultation to find a plan that suits their budget.

Is Invisalign Covered by Insurance?

Invisalign coverage in insurance plans varies. For example, some dental insurance policies may offer partial coverage, especially if the treatment is deemed medically necessary. It's recommended that patients check with their insurance provider and The Dental Sedation Center office to determine their coverage and explore available payment options.

Can I Have Other Dental Procedures Done While on Invisalign?

In general, routine dental procedures such as cleanings and fillings can be performed while patients are undergoing Invisalign treatment. However, it's essential to inform Dr. Cohen to ensure they can coordinate patient care effectively.

Do I Need to Wear Retainers After Completing the Invisalign Treatment?

Yes, retainers are typically required to maintain the results of Invisalign treatment. Dr. Cohen will guide patients on the specific retainer plan that suits their needs. Adhering to this plan will help prevent teeth from shifting back to their previous positions.

Can Invisalign Treat Severe Orthodontic Issues?

Invisalign has advanced significantly and can effectively address a wide range of orthodontic issues, including some severe cases. However, the suitability of Invisalign for patient-specific conditions will be determined by Dr. Cohen after a thorough evaluation.

Does Wearing Invisalign Aligners Affect Speech?

While some individuals may experience minor speech adjustments when first wearing Invisalign aligners, most people quickly adapt and find any speech changes minimal. Over time, patients will become more comfortable speaking with the aligners, and any initial issues tend to diminish.

Are There Any Restrictions on Certain Foods With Invisalign?

One of the advantages of Invisalign is that the aligners can be removed while eating, which means there are no dietary restrictions to worry about.. Invisalign patients can enjoy all their favorite foods without the limitations imposed by traditional braces.

Can I Drink Hot or Cold Beverages with Invisalign Aligners?

It is advisable to remove Invisalign aligners before consuming hot or cold beverages to avoid potential damage to the aligners. Once finished, patients are advised to rinse or gargle before reinserting the aligners.

How Do I Take Care of My Invisalign Aligners?

Proper maintenance of Invisalign aligners is essential for the success of a treatment. Clean the aligners daily with a soft toothbrush, mild soap, or specialized cleaning crystals. Avoid using hot water or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the aligners' material.

Is Invisalign® Right for Me?

Good candidates for this treatment option are patients who are dedicated to achieving effective results. These candidates are committed to following directions diligently and maintaining proper care during the course of treatment.

The best candidates for Invisalign® in Beverly Hills are adults and teenagers whose teeth have stopped growing. Children whose teeth are still growing may not be ideal candidates.

Various types of severe dental issues are too severe for Invisalign® and may instead require the use of traditional metal braces or orthodontic techniques like shifting the jaw. Patients experiencing these types of issues are not ideal Invisalign® candidates.

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Invisalign® Cost in Beverly Hills

We accept health insurance from a wide variety of providers to help cover Invisalign® costs. Generally, the price of Invisalign® is comparable to the price of traditional braces.

Find Out More About Invisalign®

At The Dental Sedation Center, Dr. Patric Cohen provides Invisalign® for Beverly Hills patients and is available for consultations. During these consultations, you will be able to look at before and after photos and can ask any questions you may have. To schedule your consultation for subtle and effective dental correction, contact our office today.

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