Traditional braces are an age-old orthodontic treatment pivotal in correcting crooked teeth, crowded teeth, and misaligned bites. Unfortunately, most people find metal braces uncomfortable But if you are nervous about traditional braces, at Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, we provide Invisalign treatment to straighten your smile using clear custom trays instead of wires and brackets.
But is Invisalign treatment perfect for everyone? We are glad you asked. Dr. Mungcal and our associate doctors have helped countless patients start treatment with clear braces/clear aligners!
Am I a candidate for Invisalign treatment?
Before answering the question, let’s look at how Invisalign works. Invisalign treatment uses clear plastic trays that reposition your teeth gently and discreetly. Using digital images of your teeth, Invisalign (the company itself) designs a series of custom-made braces to align your teeth. Every two weeks, you change your trays and this is how your teeth continue to shift towards your new smile!
Patients with specific orthodontic issues
You will be surprised that Invisalign treatment can fix so many orthodontic challenges, just like traditional braces. Below are the common issues treatable by minimally visible clear braces.
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Snaggle teeth
- Underbite (upper teeth bite BEHIND the lower teeth)
- Crossbite (when the upper and lower teeth bite askew)
- Overbite (upper teeth bite way in front of the lower teeth)
- Minor gaps between teeth
While Invisalign for teeth can fix the above dental issues, we recommend other orthodontic procedures if the problems are severe.
Adults and teens
We recommend clear braces for older teens and adults because their teeth and jaws have stopped growing. Besides, children could be undedicated to Invisalign treatment, impeding the success rate of the treatment.
Persons with good oral health
If you have active gum disease, we require gum treatment first before commencing with Invisalign treatment. Gum disease usually means reduced bone density which means your teeth will not move properly.
Schedule a consultation with an Invisalign dentist
Would you like to find out if you are a perfect candidate for Invisalign treatment? Please dial 213-863-9464 to schedule a consultation with Downtown Dental of Los Angeles, CA.
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Dr. Don Mungcal
Dr. Tara Mavadat
Dr. Ivan Chan
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.
graduated from UCLA
and the University of the Pacific Dental
and is presently a member of several acclaimed medical associations, including the California Dental Society
Dr. Tara Mavadat
was always passionate about
dentistry and is committed to helping patients achieve excellent oral health and beautiful smiles that last
long. Having earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of
Dentistry, she focuses on comprehensive general dentistry with an emphasis on preventive dentistry. Her primary
goals are to provide comfort and quality as well as exceptional esthetic outcomes to every patient.
Dr. Ivan Chan
is enthusiastic about dentistry
and his patients' oral health and is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care. He is a highly
skilled dentist who received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. He earned
his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry.
Dr. Chan has extensive training in general dentistry. He focuses on creating lasting smiles while attempting to
prevent gum disease and cavities. He looks forward to assisting you with all your needs while assuring you that
your trust is always in good hands, regardless of your needs!