Plaza of Cosmetic Dentistry
Joseph Goodman, DDS, DMD
Call today (310) 860-9311
241 1/2 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, Ca. 90212
Invisalign / Retainers: active and passive
Whenever your teeth are crowded, misaligned, crocked, twisted, and spaced you need some sort of braces. The simplest form is a removable retainer. A passive retainer is when the treatment is done to prevent relapse. It does not move teeth rather keep them in the final position after braces or Invisalign is completed.
An active retainer is a removable device, which moves single teeth. It has limited indication but it works well if you like to push in your front teeth in for example, close gaps, ease crowed teeth etc. It can be removed by you but should be worn as long as possible. I have done hundreds of retainers with great success at a very moderate fee.
With traditional braces you have a fixed appliance with wires attached to your teeth. While not very esthetically pleasing it gets the job done very effectively if done by an experienced dentist. Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you've always wanted.
The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth. We have a great Dentist on our staff that does nothing but Invisalign. For the past 12 years she has been doing only Invisalign dentistry and nothing else. Therefore she has been developed skills which are very unique and special. Cases that most dentists would only treat with traditional braces she is able to do with Invisalign with astounding success. She has been awarded “Elite Provider” by Invisalign year after year due to the high volume of cases she has mastered. Please come and visit our facility to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure. A classic combination case. Braces to straighten teeth and dental veneers to make them look pretty. Such cases are indeed world-class dentistry.