(818) 980-5300 5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA   91607
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Emergency Care At Fotovat, DDS

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Occasionally, some patients will experience an injury to the mouth during their orthodontic treatment.  The result? Appliances might be broken or bent during your orthodontic care. If there are any disturbances, such as loose bands, loose brackets, broken or poking wires, please call our office at 818-980-5300 for an appointment during patient hours and we will bring you in as soon as possible.

In the meantime, here are some helpful hints to remedy some of the problems you may encounter until our office can see you.

  • If a tie wire is irritating your mouth, cover it with beeswax or tuck it under the arch wire with a blunt object like a pencil eraser or Q-tip.
  • A loose band or bracket can generally be left in place until seen in our office. Call 818-980-5300 during patient hours, when you notice a loose band or bracket. We will schedule you to reattach the loose appliance, if indicated.
  • A broken or poking archwire can often be bent in with a pencil erasure or cut with nail clippers. Call our office, during patient hours, if you do not feel the problem has been resolved properly.

Scheduling a complimentary consultation with Fotovat DDS is the first step towards a beautiful, healthy, attractive smile. Call us at: 818-980-5300 or request an appointment here.

 

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Invisalign vs. Braces: Which to Choose?

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When it comes to straightening smiles, it’s very common that traditional braces are what might first come to mind. At the same time, many people are hearing more about Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, both from the company itself and from professional providers like orthodontists. Choosing the treatment option that’s best for you or your child is very important because each patient is unique. In this blog post, I will discuss my perspective as well as the merits and drawbacks of each treatment.

Let’s start with Traditional Braces

In the past, traditional braces have been the only option to correct issues like crowding, spacing, overbite or underbite. Brackets cemented to the face of the tooth hold a wire that runs lengthwise to apply pressure, moving teeth into place with self ligating brackets (no ties needed!). A patient sees slight changes over time as the orthodontist makes adjustments every eight weeks.

Here are some benefits of traditional braces..

  • Tried and true technology

  • Orthodontic visits are every eight weeks

  • Compliance is virtually guaranteed as there are no decisions about whether to wear or not to wear them

Possible drawbacks of Traditional Braces..

  • Metal (or even ceramic) brackets and wires are visible

  • Broken brackets that cause “emergency appointments”

  • Oral hygiene can become a bit more challenging

Invisalign/Invisalign Teen

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are clear BPA-free plastic appliances that offer patients an alternative to traditional metal, or even ceramic braces. Dr. Fotovat takes a digital scan of the teeth, creating a 3D image that’s used to produce a series of trays (aligners) made from a clear material worn by the patient almost all day. The aligners should only be taken out to eat and to brush/floss your teeth. Each aligner is configured to adjust the teeth according to a predetermined treatment plan mapped out by the orthodontist.

Here are some benefits of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen..

  • The aligners are virtually invisible for aesthetic appeal. Most people don’t even notice them.

  • Easier to maintain

  • Most patients are candidates

Possible drawbacks of Invisalign/Invisalign Teen..

  • Compliance can sometimes be a challenge

  • Lost aligners can delay total treatment time

So what’s right for you?

The decision to opt for Invisalign/Invisalign Teen over braces can be a difficult one. There are various factors to consider for both the patient and orthodontist as to which option will work best for them individually. Invisalign allows for more freedom and is virtually invisible compared to braces, but compliance is key regarding successful results. Further, Invisalign may not be the best option for everyone.

Before making your decision, remember there are trade-offs with each treatment. Dr. Fotovat can help you determine the most effective option to help you achieve your ideal smile!

Scheduling a complimentary consultation with Fotovat DDS is the first step towards a beautiful, healthy, attractive smile. Call us at: 818-980-5300 or request an appointment here.

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Teen Invisalign: The Clear Alternative To Braces

Dr. Fotovat is located in Valley Village, CA. He is an Invisalign Elite Provider of Invisalign & Invisalign Teen in the Los Angeles area, offering clear aligners as a treatment option for their patients. Consider Invisalign to provide you or your teen with the sensational smile and straight teeth they’ve always wanted as alternative to braces – it’s just as effective and provides the same amazing results!

How does Invisalign work?

During your consultation, Dr. Fotovat will determine the exact movements necessary to move your teeth into the correct position and a series of custom-made aligners will be created for you and only you. For optimal results, patients wear the aligners 22 hours a day. As your teen replaces each Invisalign aligner with the next in the series, the teeth will gradually and gently shift-little by little, until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Fotovat has prescribed.

What are the benefits?

Clear: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No closed-lipped selfies here!

Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are very comfortable made out of smooth, clear, sleek plastic.

Removable: Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing your teen to eat and drink whatever they’d like while in treatment- there are no food restrictions! Plus, since the aligners are removable, dental care is easy. Brushing and flossing are no problem.

Convenient: Fewer visits to the orthodontist, meaning fewer interruptions of your busy schedule. You and your teen will visit Dr. Fotovat about once every 2-3 months to ensure that your treatment progress is on track.

Scheduling a complimentary consultation with Dr. Fotovat is the first step towards a beautiful, healthy, attractive smile. To determine if Invisalign Teen is the right choice for you, call us at: 818-980-5300.

Mehdi Fotovat, D.D.S.

ORTHODONTIC SPECIALIST

5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.

Valley Village, CA 91607

(818) 980-5300

Our practice is conveniently located on Laurel Canyon Blvd. between Burbank Blvd. and Chandler Blvd. in Valley Village. Free parking is available behind the building.

Our Hours

Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed for lunch 12-1:20)

Wednesday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm (closed for lunch 12-1:30)

Thursday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Friday: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm (closed for lunch 12-12:30)