Dr. Mirani, cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, recommends Invisalign aligners for many adult patients who strive for straighter teeth and a perfect smile without wearing conventional metal braces.
Why use the Invisalign teeth straightening system?
Dr. Mirani is a proponent of the Invisalign system because it is only slightly invasive, yet highly effective for tooth straitening. Invisalign fits well with Dr. Mirani’s philosophy of dental practice: to offer the latest cutting edge technology in order to create a successful, calm, and low stress dental experience. Invisalign goes beyond the boundaries of traditional adult orthodontic procedures because the patient wears a series of clear polymer aligners to gradually realign crooked teeth instead of unsightly wires, bands and brackets.
Most of the patient’s friends, family and co-workers will be unaware the re-alignment process is underway. More importantly, the Invisalign system usually only takes 6 – 12 months for completion compared to “old school” technologies which may last several years. The Invisalign system also enjoys a faster response time with adults compared to adolescents because the dental practitioner does not have to focus on the dynamics of anticipating the growth of a developing jaw line.
Why are straight teeth important?
Inviting smiles are not only important for promoting self confidence but are vital for maintaining healthy teeth and gums throughout your entire life. An improper bite invites uneven tooth wear, poor jaw alignment and bad breath. The combined effect of these maladies can potentially results in unwarranted dental procedures, unnecessary head and neck pain (TMJ), poor gum health and early tooth loss.
How does the Invisalign system work?
The Invisalign teeth straitening system is a relatively simple and painless process. After an initial examination, x-rays and digital photos of your mouth will be taken. Dr. Mirani and her staff will then take impressions of your teeth. The impressions are turned into molds and sent off to the Invisalign labs where the clear plastic aligners are made. This initial visit usually takes 1 ½ hours. In about 2 weeks, you will return and Dr. Mirani will make sure the “clear braces” fit your teeth properly. The staff will also clearly explain how to take care of the braces so they maintain their effectiveness.
For the next two weeks you will wear the clear braces 24 hours a day, except when you are eating or brushing your teeth. During this time your teeth will gradually start to re-align. You will then return to the office, receive a new set of Invisalign aligners and the process will start all over again. The Invisalign system uses web based technology and while in Dr. Mirani’s office you will be able to see, through digital imagery, the end result of the natural progression of your teeth straightening.
How can I create more dramatic cosmetic results using Invisalign Aligners?
In certain situations, the patient may be able to combine the Invisalign system with porcelain veneers to eliminate other flaws such as poorly shaped, chipped or discolored teeth. A porcelain veneer is a thin glass-like shell of porcelain that fits over the existing tooth to improve its aesthetics or protect its surface. The combination of these two dental procedures helps improve the look of the tooth as well as realign its placement in the mouth.
How do I know if Invisalign is right for me?
Call Dr. Mirani’s office today at (310) 858-5933 or email us to schedule your appointment and learn more about Invisalign aligners.