(818) 980-5300 5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA   91607

Advantages of Invisalign

Nearly two million people worldwide have discovered Invisalign, the latest technology for improving smiles. Treatment involves wearing a series of customized clear plastic aligners to gently shift teeth into better positions. This revolutionary method is appealing to patients because it eliminates some of the aspects that people dislike about traditional orthodontic solutions.

Perhaps the most obvious benefit to Invisalign is that the aligners are invisible. The clear plastic makes the trays almost undetectable in your smile. This gives patients the confidence to smile throughout treatment instead of being embarrassed by a mouth full of metal.

You can remove your Invisalign aligners at any time. Although for best success they should be worn at least 20 hours per day, they should be removed while eating or performing oral hygiene tasks. This means that there are no diet restrictions during treatment, and maintenance is simple because it involves normal brushing and flossing.

Invisalign aligners are comfortable since there are no wires or brackets that might poke or tear your skin. They also are safer than some other orthodontic options when playing sports or other activities. Invisalign aligners gently move teeth so there is typically less pressure or pain during treatment than with traditional braces.

The aligners are customized for every patient to treat your specific issues. Different sets of aligners are provided for adults, adolescents and children, plus different sets are worn during each stage of straightening. This personalized solution means that treatment is very precise, and it is even created and monitored using special computer software to increase the accuracy of treatment. Also, many patients find that the duration of treatment is less for Invisalign. The average treatment time is often about one year, as long as you wear the aligners as recommended.

With all of the advantages that Invisalign offers, it’s easy to understand why it has become such a popular choice in orthodontic treatment. If you’re interested in seeing if Invisalign is right for you, schedule a consultation with a dental professional who is trained and qualified in providing this type of treatment.

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Maintaining Your Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign is a popular treatment for straightening teeth that avoids the hassle and unattractive appearance of traditional metal braces. Using custom fit clear aligner trays that fit over the teeth, Invisalign has an almost invisible appearance. Invisalign aligners are comfortable and are designed to be worn about twenty-two hours per day. The aligner trays should be replaced every two weeks.

Invisalign aligners are worn all day, and should only be removed when eating or for brushing and flossing of your teeth. To ensure the aligner trays work effectively, they should be worn even when sleeping.

Refrain from sugary foods and drinks when you are wearing the aligners to prevent teeth from developing cavities. Avoid chewing gum completely, as it will damage your aligners. Whenever possible, drink through a straw while wearing your aligners.

Your orthodontist should provide you with an official Invisalign cleaning kit. This kit contains a special cleaner that is dissolved in water and used to clear the aligners of debris, plaque, and odors. Every time you brush your teeth you should also brush your aligners. Removing the trays when you eat will also protect them from staining.

It is possible to wear your Invisalign aligners while playing contact sports. However, you may want to consider a mouth guard to offer additional protection to your teeth. Never leave your aligners in a place that is warmer than your mouth, as heat will do permanent damage to them. When not in use, always store your aligners in the case provided by your orthodontist.

With proper care, treatment with Invisalign will result in a beautiful, straight new smile you can enjoy for years to come.

Sherman Oaks Orthodontist

Mehdi Fotovat, D.D.S.


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)