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How Invisalign Works Without Braces

beautiful-straight-smileAs an orthodontist, Dr. David Alpan specializes in helping patients obtain straighter, more beautiful, and more functional smiles by correcting teeth misalignment. For many patients, mainly adults, wearing metal brackets and wires isn’t an ideal option, especially if the goal is to increase the patient’s confidence in his smile. To address the dual concerns of crooked teeth and the prospect of wearing braces, your  Beverly Hills orthodontist often recommends Invisalign clear braces. The innovative orthodontic appliances can straighten your teeth with amazing results, and without the need for conspicuous metal components.

What are Invisalign Clear Aligners?

Invisalign clear braces are a revolutionary alternative to traditional braces that consist of a series of clear, form-fitting plastic aligners. Each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks, and then exchanged for the next in the series to continue moving teeth towards their desired positions. With equal focus on effectiveness, discretion, and convenience, Invisalign clear aligners are removable to allow patients easy access to their teeth. You cake the aligners off to eat and brush your teeth with ease, then replace them once you’ve finished. While in place, the clear aligners are virtually undetectable, allowing patients to continue their everyday routines with confidence while undergoing necessary orthodontic treatment.

The Science of Moving Teeth

Moving teeth is a delicate process. Permanent teeth are held securely in place by periodontal ligaments, and if teeth have grown crooked, then their foundations are built to support them that way. Orthodontic treatment is designed to gently force teeth into more desired positions, allowing their supportive periodontal ligaments and jawbone structure to readjust in the process. Traditionally, orthodontic braces were the most effective method of achieving safe, gradual teeth movement. However, Invisalign clear braces are designed to achieve the same results with considerably more discretion. As a patient’s treatment progresses, each aligner moves teeth through a prescribed path of movement. Treatment time is typically the same as with traditional braces, though may seem shorter without the obstructive presence of metal components.

About Dr. Alpan:

With offices in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills,  Alpan Orthodontics has proudly served patients and their families from all surrounding communities since 1999. To schedule your orthodontic consultation, contact our Los Angeles office at 213-513-7559 to find the location nearest to you.