Los Angeles, CA area dentist answers, how does treatment with Invisalign work?


Dr. Don Mungcal, at Downtown Dental
At Downtown Dental, Dr. Don Mungcal and his team of professionals provide a variety of solutions for enhancing the smile. When patients in Los Angeles are struggling with imperfect alignment of the teeth, they may feel as though their only solution is conventional braces. Luckily, with continued dental advancements, patients now have other orthodontic alternatives available to them, including Invisalign treatment. Many patients want to know, how does Invisalign work?

Invisalign explained

What is Invisalign? How does it improve the alignment of the smile? Is it right for me? Many individuals who have an imperfectly aligned smile may want to find out more about alternatives such as Invisalign. Invisalign is a solution that was developed to provide patients a way to realign the smile without the need for metal brackets and wires. Instead of moving teeth in the more traditional way, Invisalign does so with the use of aligner trays. These trays snap over the dental arch and provide gentle movement. The primary benefit of Invisalign is the ability to straighten the teeth in a discreet manner. Invisalign trays are fabricated with clear, medical-grade plastics that are practically impossible to distinguish from the natural teeth when patients are wearing them. This allows patients to improve their smile without feeling embarrassed at how it looks during treatment.

The trays

The clear trays are the key to realignment of the smile. These trays are easy for patients to place and remove. Patients receive an entire series of trays. Each tray is worn in order, for two weeks at a time. Once the two weeks is over, patients use the next tray. By the time the final tray is used, the teeth are repositioned into their proper locations. The final tray is sometimes used as a retainer that patients can wear at night to maintain the alignment of their teeth when treatment is completed.

Call our office more information
New Patients: (213) 863-9464 | Existing Patients: (213) 620-5777

How are the trays made?

Trays are fabricated once patients undergo a series of digitized impressions which are sent to the Invisalign laboratories to create the entire series at once. The digitized impressions are altered to create the final appearance of the smile, and they gradually achieve the results over the course of treatment. This is all done with computerized systems to create the smile of your dreams!

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign treatment is highly desirable for many reasons. It is:

  • Comparable in cost to traditional braces
  • A fast way to reposition the teeth
  • Great for patients with mild to moderate misalignment
  • A discreet method of enhancing the smile
  • Smooth and comfortable to wear
  • Easy to remove for brushing and flossing

Is Invisalign better than braces?

For many of our patients, Invisalign is a wonderful alternative to traditional orthodontia. We encourage patients to consider this treatment because of its many benefits, and we welcome patients who are interested in moving forward with this or other orthodontic solutions. Invisalign is gaining in popularity as patients realize how simple it is to undergo and how discreet it can be. We welcome patients to schedule consultation appointments with our team to find out if this treatment would be right for them.

What if I am not a candidate for Invisalign?

At Downtown Dental, Dr. Don Mungcal and his team of professionals provide a variety of solutions for enhancing the smile
Not everyone is a proper candidate for treatments such as Invisalign. When this happens, our team of professionals may still encourage patients to visit a traditional orthodontist to determine if conventional braces are an option for treatment. Depending on the issue at hand, we may have some solutions. For example, patients looking to close a gap between their front teeth can use porcelain veneers or composite resin bonding to address the same issue.

Schedule an appointment today at Downtown Dental

Are you ready to discuss orthodontic treatment with a dentist in downtown Los Angeles? Are you looking for a solution that is aesthetic and effective without the need for metal brackets and wires? Are you interested in working with a dentist who has many years of experience in providing orthodontic alternatives for patients? If this sounds like you, we encourage you to contact Dr. Don Mungcal and his team to discuss the advantages of Invisalign treatment! The practice is conveniently located at 255 South Grand Avenue, Suite 204 and can be reached by phone at (213) 863-9464.

Contact Us

Name *
Email *
Phone *
Message *


"I am a legit Patient at this practice. The Doctor is amazing - educated, skilled and patient. Allison, my Dental Hygienist, is really friendly, knowledgeable and proactive about her patients' oral health. In my experience, the office staff at Downtown Dental is always professional, friendly, and thoughtful about my time. Plus, they offer reasonable financing! If you're honest about your budget (for people like me who don't have dental insurance), they can often work with you to stay within budget. I also learned that they use the best equipment in their field and staff gets training often on new dental techniques. If you are someone who works, resides or likes to visit Downtown - this is an especially excellent place to see the dentist periodically.

Downtown Dental is a fantastic Dental practice in the heart of the city. They are located near LA's Cultural hub of museums, concert halls and the like (The Broad, MOCA + more ). But don't let all that (magic) discourage you from making your appointment, because traffic is usually very smooth on Grand and getting in and out of their secure and validated parking lot (in their building) is a breeze. They also have 2 e-car charging stations if that's how you roll. If you work in DTLA, like many, you can even get a lunchtime cleaning!

Sidebar: The office is located inside a gorgeous apartment building, full of high end furnishings, accentuated with stunning street art. You may have even passed by & seen the Subway flags at street level- the dental office is right upstairs. It's worth a try, especially if you want great oral health, love art, culture and the city!"
"Still the best I've ever been to! The entire staff is more than knowledgeable & helpful!

Don't waste your time going to other places, this dentist & his team are your best bet!

They are courteous, flexible, and above all: PROFESSIONAL."
"What an amazing staff and dental team!!

I had four front crowns and 2 root canals done all in about 3 hours! It was pain free! Dr Mungcal was fast and I didn't feel a thing! People compliment my teeth all the time! ...Little do they know they're fake! Very grateful!!! I am in Invisalign now and love how it stopped me from clenching and grinding my teeth! My teeth and gums are healthy because of all the amazing dental work they have done and continue to do!! Oh ...And they offered nitrous which made the whole experience awesome! Go here if you want dental work done right!!"
"Downtown dental made my cavity experience as painless as possible, and the technology they use is so up to date and accurate.

The staff are also very friendly and know the best habits for having a healthy mouth.
So glad I started going here!"
"Absolutely the best dental office! In all reality I used to hate going to the dentist I would cancel my appointments at my old Drs office all the time !! But the Hygienists and the staff in general are so welcoming and make you wanna keep coming back. They are always ready to deliver and Allison did an amazing job on my teeth cleaning thank you for that"
"This review is long overdue. I've been a patient at downtown dental since 2005 and have had nothing but positive experiences. I've had quite a bit of dental work and when I had a cracked crown recently, they scheduled me the next day and replaced it at no charge. They would have scheduled me that day but sadly, I'm no longer a patient as I've moved to NorCal. I felt like they really went out of the way to accommodate me and I appreciate that! Thanks guys!!"
"Great practice, the doctors and assistants are very professional, helpful and pleasant. They make dental appointments almost enjoyable...not something I thought possible!

Katie the hygienist is not only gentle, professional and very professional but also inspiring. She makes you want to have the best gums in Los Angeles.

Thank you guys!"
"The team at Downtown Dental are the best! They have done both an implant and Invisalign for me. They keep me informed about all the steps and always get me in and out quickly! I love that they can do everything right in their own offices too."
"My story is: I chipped a took eating cereal! Who does that!?! (The cereal was crunchy I'll admit). I went to Downtown Dental and Dr. Mungcal evaluated my situation and realized my bite needed to be adjusted. I grind my teeth at night also so the combination of it all was wearing my teeth down. He recommended invisalign to align my bite. I was hesitant because it's pricey but...trust me...it was SO WORTH IT!!! 8 months later, my bite is fixed and aligned and my teeth are straighter which is a bonus! I am only 34 and I want to keep my teeth healthy and strong for a long time! Dr. Mungcal and the entire staff are amazing and took GREAT care of me. You can rest assured you will be taken care of by them!"
"Came to downtown dental with my husband for his first dental implant. He was very nervous on getting this procedure done.. From his experience he said the staff were super friendly made him feel very welcomed..the dentist made his procedure quick and painless my husband didn't even need his medication for the swelling or pain ... Highly recommend... We Will be coming here from now on for our dental needs."

Oral Cancer Screening Video

Get Social with Us

Call Us
New Patients:
Existing Patients :