Invisalign is a teeth straightening device that can be an alternative to braces for some patients. Instead of the metal brackets and wires that traditional braces are made of, Invisalign is made of a transparent plastic. There are 2 Invisalign aligners, one for the top row of teeth and one for the bottom row of teeth. The aligners snap snugly over the teeth, as they are custom made for each patient.
Both adolescents and adults can be good candidates for this kind of teeth straightening. Invisalign works best in people who have mild to moderate teeth crowding or bite problems. Invisalign doesn't correct very severe alignment issues. The team at Beverly Hills Specialty Dental Care will be happy to help patients determine whether this treatment is right for them.
The dentist will create impressions of the patient's mouth. These impressions are sent to a lab where the Invisalign retainers are fabricated based on their exact dimensions. The dentist will check the fit of the aligners to make sure that they don't shift while being worn. If any small adjustments are needed, the dentist will make those before the patient begins their Invisalign treatment course.
Invisalign is worn almost full time, with 22 hours a day being the average time that most people wear the aligners. The aligners should be removed to eat and to do regular teeth care like brushing and flossing.
This can vary by person. Each pair of Invisalign aligners is used for 2 weeks, and is then swapped for a new pair of aligners that will continue the alignment process. The shortest treatment course is usually around 9 months, but treatment may take about 18 months in most people.
At Beverly Hills Specialty Dental Care, we accept most PPOs, select HMO plans for root canal treatment, as well as UC Ship. UC Ship is a system wide plan that provides health benefits to all enrolled students. Here is a list of insurances that we take for PPO plans. Please contact our office for a full list or with any insurance questions.
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