Dental crowns are restorations that cover the visible part of the tooth. They are needed when a tooth has suffered serious damage or been badly decayed. Our Invisalign specialist in Los Angeles may recommend Invisalign if you have dental crowns and need orthodontic treatment. Because Invisalign straightens teeth without the need for bonded brackets, it can straighten your crowned teeth with minimal risk of damage to your teeth. In some cases, patients may need small bonded buttons attached to their teeth to fine tune their results, but this puts only slight pressure on their teeth.
You might be a candidate for Invisalign if you have:
- Healthy teeth and gums
- Slightly to moderately misaligned or improperly spaced teeth
- Properly and securely crowned teeth
During Invisalign, the roots of your teeth will move through the jawbone as they shift into their new positions. Each aligner tray moves your teeth a little closer to your final smile. The clear trays are almost invisible when you wear them, and they are easy to remove when you eat, drink, brush and floss. Call our dental office today to find out more about how Invisalign can transform your smile or to schedule your appointment.
Experts advise parents to take their children to see an orthodontist by the age of seven. At this age, they can adequately see how the teeth and jaws are developing, and possibly even whether orthodontics will be needed at some point. If so, most patients of our cosmetic dentist in Agoura Hills receive treatment during the early teenage years. Invisalign offers a special teen treatment just for these patients. Here is why.
The early teen years are the best for restructuring and straightening the teeth and jaw for two reasons. First, all of the adult teeth have fully grown in by this point. So any movements by the appliances will be permanent ones. Secondly, though the jaw is fully developed, as well, it is still malleable and can be guided easier. Invisalign Teen is specifically designed for these situations.
Another great example is the incoming wisdom teeth. The aligners used for teen patients are expandable, and can accommodate any growing teeth that may come in during treatment. This means that no new aligners will be needed, as the original ones will work just fine.
Invisalign Teen treatment also offers dots on the aligners to indicate use, and up to six replacement aligners. Talk to our Invisalign Teen dentist for more information today.
Invisalign offers three different types of treatment. One type is Invisalign Express, which is used for patients with only a few mild orthodontic issues that need to be addressed. Our LA orthodontist will recommend Invisalign Express if your smile requires two millimeters or less of midline correction and spacing or crowding per arch, as well as minimal dental expansion and tooth rotation.
Many are curious about exactly how long Invisalign Express takes. It is important to remember that no two smiles are the same, meaning that everyone will have different treatment experiences and costs. Your treatment may take a few less or a few more aligners than normal, depending on your orthodontic progression. It is also important to remember to wear the aligners for at least twenty-two hours a day. Any less than this, and treatment may be prolonged.
Typical treatment time spans about six months, utilizing ten to twenty aligners. You might decide to undergo this option before a wedding, graduation, or school reunion. You can find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign Express at a consultation appointment with our Invisalign Express dentist.
Invisalign offers a few different types of treatments in order to accommodate as many types of patients as possible. Invisalign Full is beneficial to most patients with basic orthodontic flaws, and Invisalign Teen is meant for younger patients. You might be a candidate for a third option, Invisalign Express.
Invisalign Express is used for patients with only a few minimal orthodontic issues. A consultation with our San Francisco dentist can inform you whether or not you are a good candidate for this option. The qualifications typically include the need for:
- Less than two millimeters of midline correction required
- Less than two millimeters of spacing correction needed
- Less than 1.5 millimeters of dental expansion per arch
- Minimal rotation required of the incisors, cuspids, and bicuspids
Invisalign Express patients typically see results within six months, using about ten aligners. This is a fraction of the time treatment takes with Full, which usually requires twenty to thirty aligners over the course of twelve to eighteen months. Our dentist can give you an educated estimate of how many aligners it will take to perfect your smile. Patients are required to wear their aligners for at least twenty hours a day. Failure to do so can lead to a prolonged treatment process.
Patients are sometimes surprised to learn that there is one last step after Invisalign treatment is over. But don’t worry – the last part is not nearly as involving as wearing your aligners for all those months. After you are finished with your main orthodontic treatment you will need to wear a retainer.
Invisalign retainers are very similar to regular aligners. They look and fit around the teeth in the exact same way. The main difference between the two is that retainers do not attempt to shift the teeth, but are designed to keep them in place.
Trusting the teeth will stay in their new spaces after orthodontic treatment is dangerous. The teeth actually tend to shift back into their old, unhealthy spots. An Invisalign Retainer helps to keep them where they should be, so as to not negate all of the hard work you and your smile have done.
Our dentist may recommend you wear your retainer as much as you did your aligners, or only at night. If you are instructed to wear them for at least twenty hours a day, we may later lessen that time after the teeth have had time to adjust. We recommend retainers for patients of Invisalign Express, Full, and Teen.
The early teenage years are the best time for orthodontic treatment. This is because all of the permanent teeth are now completely grown in, but the jaw is not fully developed, and is therefore still easy to manipulate. Teens today often have two options available to them to straighten the teeth and correct the bite – braces and Invisalign Teen. As the latter offers many benefits, most choose it over braces.
Invisalign Teen vs. braces
Invisalign Teen offers all of the advantages that Full treatment does. The aligners are invisible, removable, and comfortable. These features make it easier for patients to eat, clean the teeth, and live their everyday life as normal. This is very different than braces, which are highly noticeable, not removable, and can irritate the soft tissues in the mouth.
On top of all of these benefits, Teen treatment offers advantages specifically designed for younger patients. The aligners come with blue indicator dots, which disappear with use. This informs the patients, patient’s parents, and our expert in orthodontics in Rocklin whether they are being worn enough each day. They are also equipped with expanders, to accommodate growing jaws and developing wisdom teeth. Furthermore, Invisalign offers up to six replacement aligners in case any go missing or become damaged. All of these features are not available with braces.
While many are familiar with traditional metal braces are how they work, not everyone is as knowledgeable about Invisalign. If you are an orthodontic patient of our Agoura Hills cosmetic dentist, and are currently deciding between which type of treatment to get, knowing more about the Invisalign experience might help you make up your mind.
At your first appointment, our dentist will take impressions of your arches. These impressions will be sent to a lab, which will use them to create your custom aligners. They work by applying pressure in order to slowly shift them into the correct, healthier spaces. The first set of aligners will be very similar to where your teeth are now, but each one will push them a bit more, until the final result.
Unlike braces, which remain on the teeth until the end of treatment, Invisalign aligners can be removed easily by the patient. They should be taken off to eat, drink liquids other than water, and clean the teeth. Patients are in charge of making sure they are worn for at least twenty hours a day. There will be fewer appointments to attend, as there are no wires to tighten, but you will need to see our dentist every four to six weeks so they can track your progress.
If you have more questions about the Invisalign experience, schedule an appointment with us today.