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Invisalign® Clear Braces – Larchmont Village

Stylishly Straightening Smiles with Comfort and Ease

Do you want a straighter smile? In the past, aligning your teeth was a painful, annoying, time consuming, and sometimes embarrassing process. Traditional braces are made with brackets and wires that are not only noticeable and distracting, but they can cut and irritate the inside of your mouth. Thankfully, Dr. Benjamin Geller and Dr. Gloria Garcia-Geller provide Invisalign clear braces to straighten your smile comfortably and discreetly. Read on to see if Invisalign in Larchmont Village and Hancock Park is right for you. 

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign treatment is a completely removeable, comfortable, and aesthetically-pleasing way of aligning your smile. This treatment uses a series of clear plastic aligning trays to gradually shift your teeth into alignment. These clear plastic trays should be worn 20 to 22 hours a day, for about 2 weeks each, depending on instructions from our dentists. The treatment time lasts between 10 and 18 months on average, and you’ll wear a retainer as a finishing touch to ensure your teeth have shifted permanently. The length of your treatment will depend on your teeth’s original position as well as how often you wear your aligners.

Dr. Geller and Dr. Garcia-Geller will carefully take impressions and images of your smile to develop a plan for how your teeth will shift into place. Then, they will create your custom-made set of aligners based on your treatment plan.

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

A main reason why Invisalign treatment has become so popular is its appearance. These clear aligners give you the ability to straighten your teeth in your professional and personal lives without the self-consciousness and embarrassment of metal braces.

Additionally, Invisalign treatment uses completely removeable, smooth, clear-plastic aligning trays. That way, you don’t have to worry about getting the inside of your mouth caught on brackets and wires. Plus, because they’re completely removable, you can eat a wide-range of foods without worrying about damaging your orthodontics.

Finally, Invisalign treatment takes a shorter amount of time than traditional braces, on average. Braces also require once-a-month dental visits for adjustments. With Invisalign treatment, you just need to see your dentist every 6 to 8 weeks to make sure your adjustment is on track.

Who Should Consider Invisalign?

Invisalign treatment is good for patients with mild to moderate misalignment. Typically, we offer Invisalign to adults and older teens because they have the necessary responsibility to wear their aligning trays as instructed. The best way to know if Invisalign is right for you is to contact Dr. Geller and Dr. Garcia-Geller. They will be able to provide a careful examination of your smile to ensure that you’ll be happy with the results that Invisalign provides.

Invisalign FAQs

Woman with questions about Invisalign in Larchmont Village

When it comes to stylishly straightening smiles with comfort and ease, nothing compares to Invisalign. These clear, removable aligners offer a completely different orthodontic treatment than traditional metal braces. We’ll be more than happy to answer all your questions and concerns during your initial consultation, but in the meantime, we invite you to look over the following Invisalign FAQs to learn more. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you don’t see the answers you’re looking for!

Does Wearing Invisalign Aligners Hurt?

Traditional braces are notorious for their metal wires and brackets that scrape painfully against the soft tissues in the mouth. On the other hand, Invisalign aligners are made of a single, smooth piece of biocompatible plastic. This allows them to glide effortlessly past your lips, cheeks, and tongue for a much more comfortable experience.

However, it’s completely normal to experience a slight amount of dental discomfort each time you start a new set of aligners. Not to worry—your soreness should be mild, easily managed, and short-lived. To help manage your symptoms, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers as instructed, apply an ice pack, or start new sets of aligners right before bed.

What Foods Do I Need to Avoid During My Invisalign Treatment?

During an Invisalign treatment, you don’t need to give up any of your favorite foods or drinks! Simply take your aligners out, enjoy your meal, and give your teeth a quick brush before popping them back into place. When you take your aligners out, always store them in their storage case. Leaving them out or wrapping them up in a napkin may seem convenient at the time, but it’s all too easy to lose them or throw them away by accident! They may even become a toy for a curious nearby pet or child.

How Are Invisalign Aligners Cleaned?

You’ll need to clean your aligners at least once a day to keep them from becoming discolored. This will also help prevent bad breath and lower your risk of cavities. To keep your aligners clean, rinse them off every morning and night. Brush them gently with your toothbrush to remove plaque and bacteria buildup, but don’t use toothpaste. Most toothpastes are too abrasive and will scratch your aligners, leaving them dull and weakened. Instead, consider investing in Invisalign cleaning systems or solutions to keep your smile fresh, clean, and sparkling.

Can I Get Invisalign If I’ve Had Metal Braces Before?

Invisalign is typically a great choice for anyone with mild to moderate orthodontic issues. In many cases, we can help patients who have previously completed traditional braces regain their results with Invisalign. However, every case is unique, so we’ll need to see you for a consultation to know if Invisalign is right for you. We’ll carefully inspect your teeth, jaws, and bite to see if Invisalign is the most effective way for you to get the straighter, healthier smile you deserve.

It’s never been easier to correct crooked teeth and bite issues. Call us today to schedule your consultation and start your journey towards a beautiful smile!

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