Invisalign® Adults

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a system of removable clear plastic aligners that are worn in both upper and lower jaws to straighten your teeth. The aligners are not affixed to your teeth and they can be easily removed for eating, speaking, or brushing. At Rolling Hills Dental, we will provide you with a set of clear aligners, which you need to wear for about 2 weeks. The aligners are designed to exert force on your teeth, which makes movement for the correction of teeth underbite, crossbite, and overbite possible. After 2 weeks, your aligners will have served their purpose and they will be replaced with a new set. This way, you will successively wear new sets of aligners every two weeks until your teeth have straightened.  

Invisalign for Adult Palos Verdes CA

Getting Invisalign®

Invisalign® is much simpler than wearing braces because of the contribution of CAD / CAM software and equipment. A brief description of the procedure involved in the fabrication of Invisalign® aligners is given below:


How are Invisalign® Installed?

The following is how Invisalign® is installed, fortunately modern techniques allow for all the steps to be completed in a single visit.

  • Initial Consultation – The consultation has two parts. One of your dentists, Dr. Jeff Goodman, Jerry Bottomley, Norton Donner or Kevin Lin,  will examine you and determine whether Invisalign® will benefit you. You will have the chance to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have, such as price, duration of treatment, and possibility of seeing a simulation of your smile after the treatment.
  • Evaluating your Records – The actual process follows with a discussion about your teeth. The following records are made:
    • Impression and Digitization – We will take an accurate impression of your teeth as they are. This can be done using the impression putty and then digitizing the hardened putty into a computer loaded with special software. A better approach, if facilities are available, is to read off the 3-D optical data directly from your mouth into the computer.
    • Bite registration – We will then make a record of your bite.
    • Digital x-rays – Next we will take digital X-rays which allows your oral surgeon to assess the jaw bone health and the tooth roots positioning. A panoramic x-ray or a full-mouth series, or both, may be taken.
    • Photographs – Invisalign® requires several patient pictures including front and side photos, front and side close-ups of your smile, and close-up pictures of upper and lower dental arches.
    • Treatment simulation – Staff at Invisalign® technology will generate a simulation showing on screen your teeth through the various stages of realignment. This simulation will be sent back to us at Rolling Hills Dental for any amendment advice or a final OK by your dentist. You may also be able to see this simulation and the final position of your smile.
    • Manufacture and delivery – Once your dentist  has okayed the treatment, your aligners will be manufactured using computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). Your aligners will be delivered to you at our office.


The Invisalign® Advantage

The Invisalign® system of teeth alignment was invented by an IT engineer did not care for the excessive number of visits for adjusting the tension in the braces.


Here are the benefits of Invisalign®:

  • Invisibility – Being made of clear, medical grade plastic, the Invisalign® aligners are invisible to the naked eye.
  • Removable – Another advantage  is that you can remove them yourself. Removing the aligners is required for eating and cleaning. When you get your new aligners you can put them on yourself. This saves you the time of frequently visiting the dentist by being able to do it at home.
  • Cleaning – Since the aligners can be removed, they can also be cleaned easily. Therefore, the aligners do not interfere with regular oral health measures such as flossing and brushing.
  • Safety – Conventional braces are made from metallic wires, which may have sharp edges. Invisalign® are made from plastic and have no sharp edges.
  • Reduced Damage to Teeth and Gums –  Metal braces may promote demineralization and gum disease due to difficulty in cleaning. Invisalign® poses no such problems.
  • Duration of Treatment – They usually take a significant lower timeframe to complete the treatment.
  • You Know What to Expect – With Invisalign® you can preview the outcome in a screen simulation.


How to take Care of Invisalign®

Invisalign® orthodontics system will give you a beautiful smile, provided you take care of them. The care for the aligners is very simple – just keep your mouth and the Invisalign® aligners clean.


Here is a list of do’s and don’ts.

  • Do:
    • Clean your Aligners – Regularly remove your aligners and brush them gently. Plaque and dry saliva can breed bacteria. You can soak them in solutions designed for sanitizing the aligners and rinse them clean. You can also wash your aligners in lukewarm water. Never clean them in boiling water, as it can distort their fit and they may not fit in your mouth.
    • Oral Hygiene Maintenance – Brush and floss your teeth every time you want to reinsert your aligners. This will avoid trapping debris that can cause decay and gum disease.
    • Travel Precautions – When travelling, carry your previous set, and the next set with you. Use one of them in case you lose or damage your current aligner.
  • Don’ts:
    • Foods to Avoid – Do not eat or drink (except water) while you are wearing your aligners.
    • Do not Use Toothpaste on Aligners – Do not use toothpaste to clean your aligners. Many toothpastes have abrasives which can scratch your aligners. Some have whitening chemicals which can color your aligners. Do not leave them exposed while eating, soak them in appropriate solutions.
    • Don’t Drop Them – Invisalign® aligners are relatively fragile, and tend to fracture easily if they are accidentally dropped. Therefore, you should make sure that when you are not wearing them, they are stored at a place where they will not fall. Mouthguards may not be required for Invisalign® aligners as they are removed during sports activities.


Serving Palos Verdes

If you happen to live in or near the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Torrance, Redondo Beach or anywhere in the South Bay, then your best option for the orthodontic treatment is to visit us at Rolling Hills Dental Group. Our dentists. Dr. Jeff Goodman, Jerry Bottomley, Norton Donner or Kevin Lin are  highly qualified and renowned dentist in Los Angeles County. They have  been providing general dentistry and affordable orthodontic treatment services to the residents of Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance, Redondo Beach and the entire South Bay for many years. Let us take good care of all your dental problems at Rolling Hills Dental Group, where we provide exceptional dentistry for the quality conscious