Invisalign® for All Ages in Culver City
Orthodontic treatment is usually performed during the teen years, after the teeth have fully erupted but before they are too firmly fixed in place. While traditional braces are effective for treating misalignment issues, they can be uncomfortable and unattractive. They can also be inconvenient, as adjustments will have to be made to eating habits to prevent certain foods from causing damage to the braces or staining the teeth. Fortunately, an alternative is available with Invisalign®️. This system of clear aligners is provided at Toothopia to give teens in Culver City a straighter, more attractive smile.
How does Invisalign®️ work?
The Invisalign®️ treatment consists of a system of custom-fit clear aligners that apply a gentle but steady pressure on the teeth to change their position along the gumline and overall alignment. Invisalign®️ can be used to move teeth horizontally, vertically, and even rotate them if needed.
Treatment starts with a consultation with a certified Invisalign®️ provider, such as at Toothopia. Your doctor will examine your teeth and determine whether the Invisalign®️ system is the most beneficial orthodontic treatment for you. You will then have a personalized treatment plan created. Using a fast, precise digital scan (not any messy putty as with other treatments that use impressions), your doctor will create an accurate 3D image of your teeth and fine-tune the shift of every tooth. This plan can even give you a preview of your new smile. The digital scans taken of your teeth will then be used to create the custom-fit aligners.
When you pick up your first aligners from your dentist at Toothopia, your doctor will ensure that the aligners fit well, let you know what to expect next, and answer any questions you may have.
To complete the treatment, you will be required to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours every day. It is recommended that you take them out only to clean them and brush and floss your teeth. The aligners for teens have blue compliance indicators to assure parents that they are being worn for the required amount of time. The benefit of Invisalign®️ aligners is that they do not interrupt your life – you will be able to continue eating your favorite foods and participating in all your regular activities, including sporting events. A new set of aligners will be changed out every one or two weeks, according to the treatment plan, and you will need to visit your dentist for check-ups every six to eight weeks.
For more information on using Invisalign®️ for teens, contact Toothopia in Culver City.