(818) 980-5300 5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA   91607
More Adults Are Straightening Their Smiles

More Adults Are Straightening Their Smiles

It’s a common misconception that it’s harder for adults to undergo orthodontic treatment as children and teens do. Orthodontics can be successful at any age! We are proud to say that our practice, Mehdi Fotovat, DDS, offers many treatment options with the needs of adults in mind.

What treatment options are available to adults?

There are more aesthetically-pleasing yet effective choices available today than ever before. We offer state-of-the-art treatment options such as Invisalign, the virtually invisible straightening system, and Clear In-Ovation braces, brackets that use high translucency and rhodium-coated clip technology, making the braces appear less visible. We also specialize in traditional metal braces. Today, this style of bracket is also available in a“tooth colored” material.

What are the benefits of adult orthodontic treatment?

1. A confident smile: There is nothing like wanting to show off your smile. Misaligned teeth cause many adults to feel self conscious about their smile
2. Healthier gums: Food is more likely to get trapped and cause plaque buildup, which is harder to brush and appropriately floss, increasing the chances of gum disease. Further, crowded teeth can cause redness and swelling of the gums.
3. Stronger teeth: First, teeth are constantly put under pressure and crooked teeth can undergo more wear and tear than a straight bite. Second, a misaligned bite can mean uneven force on your jaw causing damage and/or pain. Last, trapped food in misaligned teeth can cause the tooth decay.
4. Overall Improvement of health: A misaligned bite can make it more difficult to fully chew food, causing gastrointestinal problems. In addition, inflammation of the gums has been linked to heart disease and diabetes.

At our practice we know that your time is valuable. Many adults think that they don’t have time in their busy life to undergo treatment. We respect that and will work with you to design a treatment plan that is quick, comfortable, and fits into your schedule.

Have you hesitated to take the first step towards achieving the straight smile that you’ve always dreamt of? The answer is clear. Scheduling a complimentary consultation is the first step towards a beautiful, healthy, attractive smile. Call us at: 818-980-5300 or request an appointment here.

We look forward to meeting you!

Why Adults Should Choose Invisalign to Straighten Teeth

Let’s face it. When you talk about straightening teeth, images of middle school kids with mouths full of metal and colored bands come into your mind. As an adult, those images might give you nightmares if you imagine it for yourself. But what if you have crooked teeth or problematic bite issues? What are your teeth-straightening choices that won’t embarrass you? Invisalign is the answer and is often the right choice for adults seeking to straighten their teeth.

Invisalign is a system by which a series of clear plastic trays, or aligners, are worn for a minimum of 22 hours each day, gradually straightening your teeth without metal brackets or wires. As each tray completes its alignment, another tray is applied to continue your smile transformation.

The clear plastic aligners allow for discrete use for adults, especially in professional or interpersonal situations. It enables the wearer to function professionally without losing any kind of credibility because of negative perceptions of metal braces. You’ll eat with confidence on dates or at business dinners because the aligners are removed for eating meals. After rinsing your mouth with water, simply pop the aligner back in and allow your smile to straighten.

You’ll also take out the aligners each time you brush your teeth. This enables you to thoroughly clean your mouth and teeth and makes flossing a snap. Flossing with traditional braces takes a long time and can be difficult, even for adults. Choosing Invisalign as an adult allows you to have a healthier mouth and therefore fresher breath.

These and other benefits are possible with Invisalign. Visit Sherman Oaks orthodontist Dr. Fotovat to begin learning about all the advantages that Invisalign can offer you as an adult looking to have straighter teeth.

Invisalign for Adults and Teens

A revolutionary new method is available for helping you achieve the beautiful straight smile you’ve always wanted. Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligning trays to gradually shift your teeth into better position. This invisible approach is appealing to both adults and teens.

The strongest selling point for both age groups is the fact that others don’t notice that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. You wear a set of clear plastic aligners for about two weeks, which you can remove any time you’d like. However, it’s important to wear them for the timeframe recommended by your orthodontist to get the ideal results in the quickest timeframe. Every couple of weeks, you will change aligners to the next in the series provided. This straightens your teeth gently and gradually without the discomfort or inconvenience associated with traditional braces.

It is a real advantage that the Invisalign trays are removable. This means that adults and teens alike can eat and drink what you’d like throughout treatment, because there are no diet restrictions as with traditional braces. This also allows you to continue your normal brushing and flossing routine, and there are no worries about food becoming stuck in any cumbersome wires and brackets.

Invisalign does not require as many checkup appointments as traditional braces either. Most orthodontists advise you to come in to monitor progress only once every six weeks or so, and total treatment time with Invisalign averages from 9 to 15 months. State-of-the-art 3D computer imaging allows you and your orthodontist to see your progress during treatment, so you’ll be able to watch your teeth move and see how much farther you have to go.

Both teens and adults appreciate the way that Invisalign fits easily into a busy lifestyle. They don’t hamper your ability to participate in sports, play musical instruments, smile for special occasion photos, and other important things that come up in life. Invisalign offers a comfortable, effective, and practical way to transform your smile.

The Unique Treatment of Invisalign

Unlike traditional methods of improving your smile, Invisalign offers a unique way to change your look without many of the hassles typically associated with braces. It is a great solution for getting rid of crooked, uneven, or misaligned teeth through a completely modern approach to orthodontics.

Invisalign makes your orthodontic treatment easy. Made up of clear plastic aligners, you simply wear the nearly invisible customized trays over your teeth to move them into better position. You wear each set of aligners for the timeframe indicated by your dentist, so that your teeth gradually shift. When that tray has achieved its goal, you switch to the next tray in the series to continue treatment until your teeth are in the ideal position. Length of treatment depends on each case, but often it is quicker than traditional braces.

Computer imaging software is used to predict what your teeth should look like at the end of treatment. The software takes your current dental situation and maps the path to a final outcome. This allows your dentist to create the series of aligners that will progress your treatment to the desired end result. It also allows you to actually see the goal for your smile.

Invisalign is offered by dentists trained in this unique approach to orthodontics. The treatment program is specific to each patient and a customized solution will be developed for your needs based on the dentist’s professional skills and experience.

There are benefits that Invisalign offers unlike other orthodontic methods. Here are some top advantages:

  • Clear plastic makes them almost invisible in your mouth during treatment.
  • Removable trays allow easy cleaning of the trays as well as your teeth and gums.
  • Wireless and metal-free, the aligners fit comfortably and do not affect your speech or diet.
  • Gradual changes brought on by the series of trays avoids the pain that accompanies having traditional braces tightened.
  • Computerized imaging allows you to see the forecasted outcome of your treatment.


Dr. Fotovat offers Invisalign to patients from the Sherman Oaks CA area.


Invisalign: A Modern Way to Improve your Smile

One of the newest ways to spruce up your look is to correct your teeth with Invisalign. This is an orthodontic solution that allows your teeth to be straightened without having to wear unsightly or embarrassing traditional braces. Invisalign allows you to improve your smile without affecting your eating habits, oral care routine, or self-esteem throughout the treatment process.

A series of customized plastic aligners are created to wear over your teeth to gradually move them into better position. You are able to see your treatment plan on a computer before treatment even begins, and your dentist monitors progress during checkups to make sure things are changing as desired. The clear aligners with Invisalign are popular because they are nearly invisible, can be removed for cleaning and eating, and are comfortable without causing irritation.

Invisalign corrects various dental issues, including crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, underbites, or crossbites. Dentists often advise wearing retainers after treatment to ensure that teeth remain in their new position.

Once you select a dentist for your Invisalign treatment, an examination and discussion of goals will determine if this type of orthodontics is right for you. If you are a good candidate, a mold will be made of your teeth as well as a three dimensional image to help your dentist determine your treatment plan.

Invisalign aligners are easily cleaned when removed from your mouth with gentle brushing and rinsing. You can perform your normal oral hygiene routine before returning the aligners to your mouth.


Dr. Fotovat is an orthodontist offering Invisilign to patients in the in Sherman Oaks area.  Schedule your consultation today.

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)