Perhaps you’ve heard of alternatives to traditional metal braces and wondered about the differences and the purposes for which they are used. Dr. Don Mungcal has chosen to offer the Invisalign clear tooth alignment system in his Los Angeles dental practice. This is what some call clear braces, perhaps invisible braces, or clear alignment system.
Invisalign is not the appropriate treatment for every case. The system is designed to be used for patients who need mild to moderate changes to the alignment of teeth. It consists of multiple trays which are custom-made for an individual, and swapped out at two-week intervals in order to effect improvement in the alignment of the teeth. A tray may be nearly undetectable visually, and is a very comfortable choice for teens and adults seeking conservative improvements. This system is desirable, as well, because follow-up visits are simple and less frequent, and Invisalign is available from the dentist, requiring no outside referral.
Patients who choose Invisalign will enjoy whatever foods they desire by simply removing the tray when eating or drinking. This also allows the patient to maintain better oral hygiene, as thorough care is easier without interference from brackets and wires. Most patients are pleased with the aesthetics of Invisalign, which doesn’t detract from their appearance during treatment. It is virtually invisible to people with whom the patient is in contact.
Patients are encouraged to understand their treatment plan and to follow it to obtain the most satisfactory results. A patient should be willing to commit to wearing their treatment trays at least 20 hours per day, only removing the aligners when eating, performing oral care, or briefly for special occasions.
If you have questions about Invisalign or want to investigate the system further, call Downtown Dental to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you make the decision that is best for your needs and to fit your lifestyle. We will provide trustworthy and compassionate care that we believe will make you want to return to us for all your dental care needs.
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