Invisalign Provider in Whittier CA

One of the primary concerns that often prevents people from seeking orthodontic care with traditional metal braces is the aesthetic impact of the treatment. At Advanced Dental Center, we offer the alternative of Invisalign® clear aligners as an inconspicuous way to straighten your smile. With this nearly invisible aligning system, Dr. James Aziz can provide a convenient, customized treatment option to produce meaningful orthodontic results for patients in Whittier and surrounding communities.

What Does Invisalign® Treat?

Dr. Aziz recommends this clear aligner system in many of the same situations where traditional braces would be used. However, as a metal-free and removable option, Invisalign® trays address mild orthodontic problems while offering patients improved visual appeal and convenience.

Common issues that can be corrected with Invisalign® include:

  • Gaps between teeth - Unwanted spaces may occur in your smile due to teeth that are missing or have moved as part of relapse following previous orthodontic treatment.
  • Overcrowding – Identifiable by teeth that appear rotated, overcrowding can make practicing effective at-home oral care difficult, increasing the likelihood of gum disease.
  • Crossbite – Uneven wear can result when the bite of one or multiple upper teeth is situated inside the lower teeth. Over time, this may lead to bone erosion and gum disease.
  • Overbite – This problem occurs when the upper teeth project further than, or completely cover, the lower teeth. This can contribute to discomfort in the jaw and TMJ disorders.
  • Underbite – Similar to an overbite, but involving the projection of the lower teeth beyond the upper teeth, sometimes completely covering them, this issue poses the same risks to jaw health.


What to Expect with Invisalign®

At your initial consultation visit, our Whittier dentist will work with you to develop a treatment plan, customized to ensure your aligner trays are suitable for both your comfort and your long-term oral health goals. For the accurate design and creation of your unique set of aligners, three-dimensional images will be taken of your entire jaw and sent out to a trusted dental laboratory. These images can also be used to showcase the progression of the treatment so you can see the final result. As part of the adaptive nature of the Invisalign® system, Dr. Aziz will review the progress achieved every two weeks and provide new trays to fit your changing dentition. Once the treatment plan and images are established, the dentist will send them out to create your custom set of trays. Based on your individual situation, as many as 29 or as few as 20 sets of clear aligners may be made per arch.

While the ability to remove Invisalign® trays allows patients to enjoy the ability to undergo orthodontic treatment without dietary restrictions, wearing your aligners consistently is key to receive optimal results. We recommend patients wear their aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Food particles trapped between the tray and your teeth can cause tooth decay, which is why we recommend that our patients remove their Invisalign® trays before eating or drinking. Maintaining proper oral as well as appliance hygiene is also important to improve the benefits of treatment and reduce the risk of bacterial build-up.

Invisalign® vs. Traditional Braces and Veneers

Traditional dental braces, Invisalign® aligning trays, and dental veneers are three different ways to perfect the alignment of the teeth.  There are many different considerations to make when deciding which treatment will be best, and each of these options works better in certain situations.

Invisalign® differs from traditional braces in that the aligning trays are fully removable.  This means that more discipline and commitment is required from the patient.  This is not usually a problem since the trays are comfortable and nearly invisible.  Almost identical results can be obtained by using either treatment.

Invisalign® is preferable to veneers in many cases because unlike veneers, Invisalign® actually straightens the teeth. Veneers are thin covers that the dentist permanently affixes to the teeth.  Teeth must be etched beforehand, meaning that to remove dental veneers, an alternative covering must be constructed.  In addition to being somewhat expensive, veneers can break and often last for less than 20 years.

What are some considerations when wearing Invisalign® trays?

Life with Invisalign® aligning trays may take several weeks to get used to.  The trays should be worn constantly, except when eating and drinking.  It is important to remove the trays when consuming food or drink because food can become trapped between the tray and the teeth, causing tooth decay.

Usually, new trays are necessary every two weeks, and progress between appointments can be seen with the naked eye. There is no doubt that Invisalign® aligning trays have revolutionized orthodontics.  Invisalign® is renowned for being both comfortable and effective.

For more information on the benefits of attaining straighter teeth through this clear aligner system in the communities of Whittier, La Habra, La Mirada, Hacienda Heights, Pico Rivera, and Santa Fe Springs, call our practice today to schedule an appointment.



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