Straight teeth are one of the keys to a confident smile; gapped or crooked teeth can often lead to low self-esteem or embarrassment. Looking your absolute best is something Dr. Hanookai understands at Los Angeles dental office Southland Dental Care. As an alternative to painful, bulky, and unsightly metal braces, Dr. Hanookai offers Invisalign to correct a misaligned smile.
The importance of having a perfectly straight smile is not merely for aesthetic purposes. Teeth that are crooked or gapped create crevices with which food and bacteria can become trapped, making it more prone to periodontal disease and tooth decay. Having straight teeth closes up these nooks between the teeth and gums, reducing the chance of teeth degeneration and infection. Straight teeth are not only aesthetically pleasing, but can help prevent future tooth decay and gum disease.
Invisalign is a series of clear, removable custom teeth molds used to correct and straighten your teeth. Invisalign has become increasingly popular in correcting a crooked smile for those who wish to avoid the hassle of using traditional metal braces.
Dr. Hanookai will first take a mold of your teeth to determine the shape of your Invisalign teeth aligners. Then, several molds are made to represent subsequent phases in teeth realignment process. You wear the molds in order and switch out the molds every two weeks, slowly pushing your teeth toward the desired outcome, until your teeth can fit into the mold naturally.
What makes Invisalign so popular among our patients is that the molds are clear and inconspicuous, eliminating the unsightly appearance of traditional metal braces. Invisalign molds are much more comfortable to wear than braces, and takes only about a year to transform your smile – a fraction of the time it takes for metal braces. Furthermore, you can remove them at any time, so you can eat, drink, and perform daily maintenance such as brushing and flossing.
If you or your general dentist decide that Invisalign is the right procedure for you, contact Dr. Hanookai at Southland Dental Care. We are determined to straighten your smile and give you the results you’ve always wanted. For general Invisalign questions, or if you would like to learn about gum contouring, dental implants, or porcelain veneers, give Dr. Hanookai a call today at(818) 334-4905.