If your teeth need to be realigned, but you don’t wish to wear braces—either because they are uncomfortable or embarrassing—then we at Santa Monica Family Dentistry have just what you need. The answer is Invisalign. Made of clear plastic, Invisalign aligners are practically invisible to the naked eye, and they’re easily removable on top of that, allowing you to eat whatever you want whenever you want. All you have to do is remove the aligner beforehand and put it back afterward.

How It Works

If Invisalign turns out to be right for you, we’ll begin by making a special treatment plan specifically to suit the exact needs of your mouth. Next, we’ll make a mold of your teeth and make sure your aligners will fit perfectly when they’re finished. During the treatment process, you’ll switch to a new aligner every two weeks. Each individual aligner adjusts your teeth slightly, moving them slowly into the desired position while preparing your teeth for the next aligner. For the duration of your treatment, you’ll switch to a new aligner every two weeks. Each aligner will adjust your teeth slightly, slowly moving them into the desired position and preparing them for the next aligner. When you stop by our offices, we’ll give you 2-3 aligners at a time. Because of this you’ll only have to stop by every 4-6 weeks to pick up your new aligners. While you’re here, we’ll give you a checkup to make sure everything is going smoothly.

The Advantages of Invisalign

As the name implies, Invisalign is nearly invisible, so you don’t have to feel embarrassed or awkward because of your braces. The aligners are easily removable, allowing you to clean or replace them whenever you need to. Normal braces don’t let you eat certain foods without causing a lot of problems for your teeth, but with Invisalign, you can eat whatever you like. All you need to do is remove the aligner before eating and put it back in when you’re done. Removable aligners also mean that you can brush and floss normally. As a result, your teeth will be much healthier than they would have been had you worn traditional braces. And since each aligner is only made to last you for a couple weeks, lost or broken aligners can be replaced easily. If we think you’ll need a retainer after the process is finished, your last aligner can serve as a retainer for as long as you need it, giving you an invisible and comfortable retainer.