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The Benefits of Invisalign®

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Dr. John M. Chaves, DDS

How Can Invisalign Benefit You?

As an alternative to metal braces, Invisalign treatment helps patients straighten their smiles without the hassles of uncomfortable brackets and wires. Our dentist in Woodland Hills has created a guide to help you discover the benefits of Invisalign while also discussing some of the treatment’s drawbacks, so you have the information you need before committing to treatment.

Are you ready to see if Invisalign treatment can help straighten your teeth and improve your dental health? Contact our dental office in Woodland Hills today by calling 818-491-7294.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an advanced clear aligner system that uses custom-made, transparent trays to shift teeth into their desired positions gradually. The Invisalign trays are made of smooth, comfortable plastic and are virtually invisible when worn. They’re removable, which means you can eat, brush, and floss as usual.

The clear aligners can correct various orthodontic issues, such as crooked teeth, gapped teeth, crowded teeth, and more.

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Invisalign Benefits

Discreet Smile Transformation

One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is its almost invisible appearance. The Invisalign clear aligners are made of transparent plastic, which makes them nearly invisible when worn. This is a significant advantage for teenagers and adults who may feel self-conscious about having metal braces.

Predictable Treatment Planning

Invisalign treatment involves advanced 3D computer-imaging technology that allows you to predetermine your treatment plan and know in advance what your smile will look like at the end of the treatment. At your Invisalign consultation, your treatment will be mapped out and adjustments can be made throughout.

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Invisalign clear aligners are made of smooth, comfortable plastic that doesn’t irritate the inside of your mouth. Unlike traditional braces, there aren’t wires or brackets to poke or prod you. This means you can wear them all day without any discomfort.

Dietary Freedom Without Restrictions

Traditional braces often come with a long list of forbidden foods; anything sticky, chewy, or hard can damage the brackets and wires. Invisalign, however, allows you to enjoy all your favorite foods without limitations. Simply remove the aligners before eating and put them back in afterward, keeping your treatment on track without sacrificing your dietary preferences.

Fewer Visits to Your Dentist

Invisalign often requires fewer follow-up visits to the orthodontist’s office for adjustments, as you change to a new set of aligners every two weeks at home. Your Invisalign provider will provide these sets in advance.

Removable Invisalign Aligners

The aligners are removable, which makes eating and oral hygiene much easier than traditional metal braces. You’ll take them out when you eat, brush your teeth, or floss, then put them back in when you’re done. This means you can maintain your normal oral hygiene routine without any extra effort.


Invisalign is just as effective as traditional metal braces when it comes to correcting misaligned teeth. Invisalign treatment is more effective in some cases, as the aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth and apply consistent pressure. They can correct various dental problems, including gaps, overcrowding, underbites, and more.

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Downsides of Invisalign

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Invisalign treatment can be expensive, often ranging from $3,500 to $8,000. Dental insurance coverage for clear aligners can vary, so you may be responsible for a significant portion of the cost.

Discipline and Compliance

Unlike traditional braces that are permanently fixed to your teeth, Invisalign aligners require a high level of discipline and compliance. You need to wear the aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours per day and change them regularly according to your orthodontist’s instructions. Skipping wear time or not following the recommended schedule can significantly impact the effectiveness of the treatment for straightening teeth.

Not Suitable for Everyone

Invisalign isn’t suitable for everyone. If you have severely misaligned teeth or a complex bite issue, traditional braces may be a better option. Our Woodland Hills dental professionals can assess your case and recommend the best orthodontic treatment for you.

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Invisalign aligners require some maintenance to keep them clean and free from bacteria. You’ll need to clean them daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and rinse them with warm water. You’ll also need to avoid eating or drinking anything other than water while wearing them, as food particles can get trapped and cause bacteria buildup.

Can Affect Speech

Some people may experience a slight lisp, particularly when they first start wearing the aligner trays. This typically goes away as you get used to wearing them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Invisalign is suitable for teenagers with permanent teeth. It’s a popular option for teens who have healthy teeth but want a more discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign Teen comes with blue compliance indicators, making it easier for parents and orthodontists to track usage.

It’s not recommended to switch to a new set of aligners at night. Always change to a new set in the morning, as your Invisalign provider needs to ensure the aligners fit correctly and can address any issues that may arise during the daytime.

It’s not recommended to drink alcoholic beverages while wearing your aligners, as alcohol can stain and warp them. Always remove your aligners before consuming any alcoholic drinks.

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Start Your Dental Treatment with Dr. Chaves Today!

To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign and to get started with the treatment process, contact our Woodland Hills, CA, dental office today at 818-491-7294. We look forward to providing you with options other than traditional braces. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your dental goals and we can't wait to help you transform your smile with Invisalign in Woodland Hills.

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