Invisalign Specialist
Invisalign® invisible braces have revolutionized orthodontics. Committed to offering his patients the best choices in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Dani Benyaminy, located in the Century City/Westwood area of Los Angeles, is an experienced provider of Invisalign®.

Invisalign® Q & A

by Dani Benyaminy, DDS

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a game-changing orthodontic system that utilizes a series of invisible, plastic aligner trays to straighten teeth. It is an effective alternative to traditional metal braces in treating several types of alignment issues.

What problems can Invisalign® correct?

Invisalign® can correct mild or moderate crowding, and minor spacing issues. It cannot correct some of the more severe bite problems that metal braces can. Dr. Dani has the expertise to evaluate whether a patient is a good candidate for Invisalign®. That said, Invisalign® can fix a wide range of issues. These include: gaps, overbites, under bites, open bites, cross bites, protruding teeth and crowded teeth.

How does Invisalign® work?

The firsts step is taking photographs, x-rays and 3D scans of the patient’s teeth. Committed to providing patients with the best and latest technology, Dr. Dani uses the new iTero Intraoral Element Scanner that allows scans of a patient’s gums and teeth to be easily and more accurately taken, and then immediately transmitted electronically to the Invisalign® lab.  Dr. Dani designs a detailed prescription that maps out a step-by-step treatment plan on how the teeth will be moved into place. From this plan, the Invisalign lab makes a series of transparent aligners that gradually reposition the teeth. Aligners are made out of a smooth plastic material and are virtually invisible. It is difficult to tell when someone is wearing Invisalign. Patients usually receive a new set of aligners every 2-3 weeks. Each aligner set is designed to move teeth a fraction of a millimeter. The complexity of each case determines how long the process takes. The average length of treatment is about one year.

What are the benefits of Invisalign® over traditional metal braces?

Invisalign® offers numerous benefits. Among these:

  • They are more aesthetically appealing.
  • They allow for better dental hygiene. Because Invisalign® trays are removable, teeth can still be thoroughly brushed and flossed. With traditional metal braces, food often gets trapped in the brackets or spots in the teeth where they cannot be removed. Flossing is also not possible with traditional metal braces.
  • There are no food restrictions. With traditional metal braces, patients are not permitted to eat many hard and sticky, favorite foods, like nuts, popcorn and candy.
  • Unlike metal braces, most patients do not experience any pain. In fact, Invisalign trays fit so well that patients often forget that they are wearing them.
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