Invisalign 101

Invisalign 101 at  Los Angeles

One of the great things about clear braces is how straightforward and simple they are. Though the treatment itself is sophisticated and innovative, the rules of wear are easy to remember and follow. Invisalign 101 is  your “class” on learning how to discreetly get an aligned smile from Downtown Dental, the experienced dental team and certified Invisalign providers in Los Angeles, CA.

Invisalign 101: How the Treatment Works

Invisalign is customized to each patient, but the way the treatment works and the rules that must be followed are the same for everyone. Here is what to expect:

  • Daily: Invisalign must be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day to be effective. Trays are only removed for meals, snacks, and cleanings, ideally for no more than four hours total every day.
  • Weekly: Every set of trays is worn for about two weeks before being switched out for the next set of aligners. This allows different teeth to be targeted at different times so they can be consistently and gently moved into alignment.
  • Every 6 to 8 weeks: You will visit your Los Angeles Invisalign provider every six to eight weeks so the progress of your treatment can be checked and so you can collect your next sets of aligners.
  • One year: Most Invisalign treatment takes about one year to complete. There are some cases that require less time and others that need more time. Treatment time depends on what kind of misalignment is being corrected, how severe the problem is, and how well the patient complies with wearing the aligners.

Some of the Many Benefits of Invisalign

Every patient is interested in Invisalign for their own personal reasons. When it comes to Invisalign 101, the most common elements that draw people to this cosmetic dentistry treatment include:

  • Discretion: Braces that aren’t noticeable? At all? That’s Invisalign. You can live, work, and play without anyone knowing you have aligners in your mouth thanks to their super-thin, clear design.
  • Freedom: Even though Invisalign must be in your mouth for the bulk of every day, you still maintain the freedom to remove the trays whenever you want. Plus, there are no food restrictions like traditional braces wearers have.
  • Versatility: Adults and teens alike can be good candidates for Invisalign. The treatment works the same way for both age groups, though adolescents will also have wear indicators and tooth eruption tabs to make room for developing adult teeth. No matter who has these trays, they enjoy their normal life without any major interruptions.
  • Ease of use: Invisalign doesn’t require much heavy lifting. Daily wear makes up the bulk of your responsibility as a patient, the rest of the time the trays should be stored in their case while you eat. Cleaning too is simple, requiring only normal brushing and flossing and a small bit of extra time to clean the aligners.
  • Comfort: The brackets and wires of conventional braces can often be painful, digging into the wearer’s soft tissues. Invisalign trays are smooth and comfortable. They fit snugly in place and will not snag the cheeks or lips.

Are You a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

The only way to know if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign is to schedule a consultation with your Los Angeles Invisalign provider at Downtown Dental. Undergoing a dental exam and having digital images taken will let your cosmetic dentist known whether this treatment is appropriate to repair the misaligned, crooked, or gapped teeth you’re living with.

Contact our dental office today to schedule your consultation. Find out if Invisalign is right for you.

  • Dr. Don Mungcal

    Dr. Don Mungcal

As the cornerstone and founder of Downtown Dental, Dr. Don Mungcal is a proactive and exceptionally talented dentist who is determined to contribute to the health and wellbeing of his community by attending to their dental care needs.

With over 28 years of experience and service, Dr. Mungcal makes it his responsibility to be the best version of himself by being his patients’ go-to point for any and all dental concerns. In addition to being meticulous in his work ethic, he is also an individual who understands development and change. He updates and informs himself constantly through various continuous educational programs that he undertakes. He also invests in the latest state-of-the-art technology to provide world-class dental services.

Dr. Mungcal graduated from UCLA and the University of the Pacific Dental School and is presently a member of several acclaimed medical associations, including the California Dental Society.

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Oral Cancer Screening Video

Oral Cancer Screening Video
Every patient at Downtown Dental undergoes a thorough check for oral cancer and other dental health issues. This video shows how it’s done.
Here at downtown Dental, we take oral health and cancer screenings very serious. This month is November and it’s the month of oral health cancer awareness and screenings. Every patient we examined thoroughly, we look and we check their lips, tongue and we check for any abnormalities or bumps. At home you should also check to make sure that everything looks okayLeava is going to demonstrate what in oral health cancer screening is and what we examine. So, we first start off by checking all the lips. We make sure that the lips look healthy and that we palpate them, which is touching them and making sure that there’s nothing anormal. Then we go into the mucosa and check the cheeks. We’re going to look and check the hard palate as well as the soft palate. This might tickle a little. We checked the posterior of the tongue. Do you, Viola, go ahead and say, aaaaaa. We check the lateral sides of the tongue. Go ahead and sit your tongue showed up great. And we also check the floor of the mouth. Get the tongue to the roof of your mouth. Good all clear. Oral cancer is especially important to check the patients who are smokers, alcohol drinkers and we thank you for watching the video.

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