Invisalign®

Invisalign® Specialist
With advances in modern technology, Invisalign has been introduced to the market as an aesthetic alternative to traditional braces. In Encino, CA patients rely on Dr. Steven Donia to achieve straight teeth without all the metal.

Invisalign® Q & A

by Steven Donia, DDS

Why Use Invisalign?

Having a straighter smile not only displays your teeth in the best way possible, it also helps in maintaining a better overall well-being. So even if you weren't born with a beautiful smile, you can now have one. A beautiful smile not only gets attention--it radiates confidence!

Straightening teeth also increase overall systemic health. Recent studies have shown that our periodontal (gum) health has been linked to many facets of our overall health. As has been discovered, the dangerous bacteria in the mouth responsible for periodontal disease(disease of gum and bone supporting the teeth) have  also been found to be a contributing factor to cardiovascular disease, which could result in increased laying down of fatty cholesterol , increased blood pressure, increased chance of stroke, or increased chance of heart attack.  If that isn't enough to cause alarm, they have also been linked to premature pregnancies  with low birth weights and increased complications for those who suffer from diabetes.

More recently, studies have shown these same dangerous bacteria can be present in otherwise healthy mouths, but in areas with misaligned teeth.  Generally, misaligned teeth make it easier for more dangerous types of bacteria to accumulate.   Invisalign treatment, by realigning the teeth into their correct relation,  places the contacts between the teeth into an optimal position and greatly reduces the formation of these dangerous bacterial colonies.  This is a fantastic step the patient can take in controlling his/her health, thereby reducing one of the contributing factors to cardiovascular disease.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear aligners that are changed every two weeks. With each aligner, Dr. Donia gradually and safely shifts your teeth into place, producing a smile that you will be proud to show off. Because everything with Invisalign is customized for your mouth, you truly receive a treatment plan that makes for a smile that is truly yours! Best of all? Invisalign does not interfere with your day-to-day life! Invisalign aligners are removable when it's time to eat or brush, so you don't have to spend extra time with flossers or water irrigation tools to keep your mouth in optimum shape. You also won't have to worry about irritating brackets or wires cutting into soft tissue, so no need for dental wax either!

Will Invisalign Work for Me?

Invisalign can be used to treat several issues with teeth alignment:

-Overly crowded teeth: This occurs where there is simply not enough room in the jaw to allow the teeth to fit normally. Left untreated, it can lead to decay and gum disease, and prevent normal function of the teeth.

-Widely spaced teeth: This occurs when the jaw bone has overgrown, or teeth are missing, and remaining teeth begin to shift. Left untreated, it can leave people at risk for developing periodontal diseases.

-Crossbites/Overbites/Underbites: This occurs when the upper and lower parts of the jaw do not meet ideally with each other. This sometimes causes a protrusion of the upper or lower portion of the jaw, affecting the face profile. Left untreated, these bites that are off, don't allow the person to chew or occlude properly. For some, this may be uncomfortable.

Dr. Donia has had extensive experience with Invisalign, making him an elite provider, and has helped many of his patients in creating a straight and beautiful smile. If you think one of the above situations describes your situation, why not take the first step toward enhancing your smile, while possibly improving your own health at the same time?

Can Adults Use Invisalign?

Because Invisalign is a nearly invisible choice for orthodontic treatment, no one will be able to tell you are wearing aligners. Dr. Donia has had several adult patients complete Invisalign who have been able to smile with confidence knowing their treatment is their own little secret. Many actually are so pleased with the process and results and end up spilling the news anyway! Invisalign is for everyone, not just kids.

Comprehensive treatments - a solution worth smiling about

Sometimes Dr. Donia will include Invisalign into a treatment plan for porcelain veneers or other restorative work.

Why would you want to do both Invisalign and Veneers?

Everyone's mouth is different. While some people may benefit from instant orthodontics with veneers, that isn't always the case. Invisalign can treat underlying health issues of the teeth and gums and prepare a solid foundation for more extensive restorative work. An experienced cosmetic dentist like Dr. Donia can give you a proper evaluation to find what will best suit you.

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