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Los Angeles Invisalign and Other Orthodontist FAQs

Top Four Questions

  1. How much does Invisalign cost?
  2. Does Invisalign really work?
  3. Does insurance cover Invisalign?
  4. Where can I see pictures of actual finished Invisalign cases?

General Questions

  1. What is Invisalign?
  2. Does Invisalign really work?
  3. How does Invisalign work?
  4. What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
  5. What are aligners made of?
  6. What do aligners look like?
  7. Is this a new way to straighten teeth?
  8. How old is the company?
  9. How old is this technology?
  10. How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?
  11. Do doctors need special training in order to use Invisalign?
  12. How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?
  13. Has the FDA approved Invisalign?

Getting Started

  1. Can I go to any orthodontist or dentist to be treated with Invisalign?
  2. Is Invisalign available outside the United States?

Case Selection

  1. What is the minimum age of a patient that a doctor can treat with Invisalign?
  2. I am currently wearing braces – can I make the switch to Invisalign?
  3. Have there been cases where a patient was treated for a case that is a little more severe than moderate crowding?
  4. Are there certain dental conditions that automatically exclude you from being an eligible patient?
  5. Are crowns a factor in Invisalign treatment?
  6. Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment?
  7. Can Invisalign close gaps (space closure)?
  8. Are bridges a factor in Invisalign treatment?

During Treatment

  1. Will treatment be painful?
  2. Will wearing Invisalign Aligners affect my speech?
  3. Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?
  4. Will smoking stain the aligners?
  5. Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?
  6. What’s the best way to clean my aligners?
  7. How often must I wear my aligners?
  8. Can patients use aligners for bleaching teeth while active tooth movement is occurring?
  9. How often must I see the orthodontist/dentist?
  10. What happens after treatment to prevent my teeth from moving again?

Top Four Questions

Q: How much does Invisalign cost?

A: As with other types of orthodontic treatment, the cost of Invisalign is dependent on the complexity of your case. The cost generally is more expensive than traditional braces, due to lab costs.
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Q: Does Invisalign really work?

A: Yes. In both clinical research and orthodontic and dental practices nationwide, Invisalign has proved to be an effective teeth straightener.
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Q: Does insurance cover Invisalign?

A: You’ll need to review your coverage as medical benefits differ significantly from policy to policy. Usually, Invisalign is covered to the same extent as conventional braces if you have orthodontic coverage.
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Q: Where can I see pictures of actual finished Invisalign cases?

A: Click here to see what just a few of the many thrilled patients are saying about Invisalign and to see their before and after pictures.
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General Questions

Q: What is Invisalign?

A: Invisalign is the invisible new way to straighten teeth without braces. Instead of metals or wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth.
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Q: Does Invisalign really work?

A: Yes. In both clinical research and orthodontic and dental practices nationwide, Invisalign has been proven effective at straightening teeth.
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Q: How does Invisalign work?

A: Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan, from start to finish. These images are used to create a series of custom-made, clear aligners that will move your teeth based on your orthodontist’s treatment plan from their initial position to the final desired position. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks, as it gradually moves your teeth. Each successive aligner will move your teeth closer and closer into the desired position.
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Q: What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?

A: There are four primary benefits of Invisalign.

  • Invisalign is nearly invisible – No one will know you’re straightening your teeth.
  • Invisalign is removable – You can eat and drink what you desire. It’s also easier to maintain good oral hygiene.
  • Invisalign is comfortable – There are no metal brackets or wires to cause mouth irritation. This also means you spend less time in the doctor’s chair getting adjustments.
  • Invisalign allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan before you start – so you can see how your straight teeth will look when treatment is complete.

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Q: What are aligners made of?

A: Aligners are made of clear, strong, medical-grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.
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Q: What do aligners look like?

A: Aligners are nearly invisible. They look similar to clear tooth-whitening trays, although they’re custom-made for a better fit. Some orthodontists and dentists have referred to them as “contact lenses for teeth.”
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Q: Is this a new method for straightening teeth?

A: Orthodontists and dentists have used removable appliances for many years when limited movement is required. With the application of computer technology, Invisalign can now treat a broader range of problems with greater precision.
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Q: How old is the company?

A: Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign, was founded in 1997.
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Q: How old is this technology?

A: In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kesling envisioned that modern technology one day would enable the use of a series of tooth-positioners to produce the kinds of movements required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Align Technology has made this vision a reality. Using advanced computer technology, Align generates Invisalign “aligners.” Each aligner is worn sequentially by the patient to move teeth in both the upper and lower arches.
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Q: How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?

A: Currently, doctors are treating more than 135,000 patients. The number grows daily.
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Q: Do doctors need special training to use Invisalign?

A: While Invisalign can be used with virtually any treatment philosophy, specific training is required. All orthodontists and dentists interested in using Invisalign must attend a workshop, before cases will be accepted from their office. Dr. Nikaeen is proud to be a premier provider of Invisalign who has treated over 100s of cases.
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Q: How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?

A: Like brackets and archwires, Invisalign Aligners move teeth by using appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign not only controls the force, but also controls the timing at which the force is applied. Only certain teeth are allowed to move at each stage, as determined by the orthodontic treatment plan. This results in an efficient force-delivery system.
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Q: Has the FDA approved Invisalign?

A: Yes, the FDA reviewed Invisalign’s application and, in August 1998, determined Invisalign is exempt from 510(k) pre-market notification.
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Getting Started

Q: Can I go to any orthodontist or dentist to be treated with Invisalign?

A: Specific training is needed to use Invisalign. As a result, orthodontists are required to become Invisalign-certified before they can begin treating patients.
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Q: Is Invisalign available outside the United States?

A: At this time, Invisalign is marketed in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe.
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Case Selection

Q: What is the minimum qualification age to use Invisalign?

A: Doctors can use Invisalign to treat a vast majority of patients with fully-erupted molars.
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Q: I am currently wearing braces – can I make the switch to Invisalign?

A: Dentists presently are treating patients with some form of combination of braces and Invisalign. Dr. Nikaeen can help determine the best treatment for you.
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Q: Have there been cases where a patient was treated for a case that is a little more severe than moderate crowding?

A: Yes, there are clinical studies citing the treatment of complex cases using Invisalign.
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Q: Are there certain dental conditions that automatically exclude you from being an eligible patient?

A: Dr. Nikaeen can help determine which treatment is best for you.
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Q: Are crowns a factor in Invisalign treatment?

A: Crowns usually aren’t a factor in Invisalign treatment. However, small composites called attachments sometimes are bonded onto teeth to help achieve certain movements. In these cases, Dr. Nikaeen must carefully evaluate the location of any crowns you may have.
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Q: Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment?

A: TMJ refers to the temporomandibular (or jaw) joint. You may have one or more jaw-joint problems that could be aggravated by appliances and treatments like Invisalign. Dr. Nikaeen can help determine if TMJ would affect your treatment.
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Q: Can Invisalign close gaps between teeth?

A: Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with the Invisalign System.
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Q: Are bridges a factor in Invisalign treatment?

A: Because bridges firmly link two or more teeth together, they can create significant resistance to tooth movement. Dr. Nikaeen can help determine whether bridges will be a factor in your treatment.
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During Treatment

Q: Will treatment be painful?

A: Most people experience a few days of minor discomfort with each new stage of treatment. Typically described as a feeling of pressure, this discomfort is normal. In fact, it’s a sign Invisalign is working. This discomfort typically goes away a couple of days after you initially insert a new Aligner.
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Q: Will wearing Invisalign Aligners affect my speech?

A: As with all orthodontic treatments, you may experience a slight lisp or speech impediment for a couple days after initiation of treatment. As your tongue gets used to having Aligners in your mouth, these problems should disappear.
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Q: Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?

A: Unlike traditional wires and brackets, you can eat whatever you desire because aligners can be removed. Thus, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor. Remember to brush your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your Aligners.
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Q: Will smoking stain my aligners?

A: We discourage smoking while wearing aligners because they can become discolored.
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Q: Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?

A: As with most other types of braces, gum will stick to your aligners. It’s best to remove your Aligners for all meals and snacks.
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Q: What’s the best way to clean my aligners?

A: Simply brush and rinse your aligners in lukewarm water to keep them clean.
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Q: How often must I wear my aligners?

A: Aligners should be worn all day, except when eating, brushing and flossing.
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Q: Can patients use aligners for bleaching teeth during treatment?

A: While we are aware that some patients are using aligners for bleaching, Align Technology has not examined the compatibility of currently available bleaching products with our aligners. Nor have clinical studies demonstrated efficacy. Talk with Dr. Nikaeen for more information on whitening teeth.
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Q: How often must I see the orthodontist?

A: Dr. Nikaeen will schedule regular appointments — usually about once every six weeks — to ensure your treatment is progressing as planned.
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Q: What happens after treatment to prevent my teeth from moving again?

A: This depends on the outcome of the treatment. Some patients might need a positioner, or conventional retainer. Other patients might need a clear plastic retainer, similar to the ones Invisalign makes. Every patient is different and outcomes vary.
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