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By SC Dental Group
January 10, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Invisalign is known for correcting spacing issues with teeth. However, Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA, are asked if Invisalign can correct crooked teeth frequently. Let's discuss what clear aligners can and can't do in terms of crooked teeth. 

How Invisalign Works

First, it's vital to know how cleaner aligners work to help you better understand if they fix really crooked teeth. With these clear aligners, you place trays on your teeth that you must wear for a certain number of hours each day. The aligners gradually move your teeth into the correct place because the aligners change shape slightly every time you switch to a new one. 

Aligners Impact on Crooked Teeth 

Yes, aligners can correct crooked teeth, possibly even really crooked teeth. In fact, they can correct the same issues as braces. Often, even in severe cases, Invisalign can successfully fix crooked teeth. 

However, either Dr. Amir or Dr. Hamer will thoroughly evaluate your teeth and use a computerized program to predict the results of Invisalign to determine if correction with invisible aligners is possible. This ensures the treatment has the potential to be successful and to what degree. 

Time it Takes 

How long a Sherman Oaks, CA, dentist recommends clear aligners depends on your specific situation. Typically, more severely crooked teeth require longer durations with the trays. 

It could take up to two years to correct your teeth if they're really crooked. On average, it takes between 12 and 18 months, though. Your dentist will give you a prediction at the beginning of your treatment to help you decide if this method of tooth correction is right for you. 

Both Dr. Hamer and Dr. Amir offer clear aligners to correct crooked teeth. They may even recommend this option if you have one or more severely crooked teeth. Fortunately, with these trays, the treatment is fully customizable. Plus, they can complete the entire process at their SC Dental Group office in Sherman Oaks, CA. 

Schedule an appointment today with SC Dental Group to discuss if clear aligners can fix your crooked smile by calling 818-905-5400. 

By SC Dental Group
April 22, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: invisalign  

You may think it’s too late or too intensive of a procedure to straighten a crooked or misaligned smile, but you would be wrong! Invisalign makes straightening your smile quick and easy, no matter what age you are. Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer at SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA, are here to answer any questions you may have about Invisalign and help give you the smile you deserve.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a set of clear aligner trays that discreetly straighten your smile with no extra work by you! To start your Invisalign treatment, your Sherman Oaks, CA, dentists will fit you for custom aligners that you will wear all day unless you’re eating, drinking, or brushing and flossing. That means they will be on for about 22 hours a day. Since Invisalign is clear, no one will even know you’re wearing them unless you want them to know!

Each aligner is designed to subtly begin to push your teeth into the correct position to give you the smile that you desire. Every few weeks, you will switch out your aligner for a new one, and each aligner is designed to fit where your teeth have been pushed to. The process can take anywhere from 9 to 15 months, and a few times throughout this process, you will have a checkup with your dentists to be sure that you are progressing as expected. Your dentists will take this time to address any issues and check that your treatment is going according to schedule.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

If you struggle to feel confident with a crooked or misaligned smile, Invisalign may be the right treatment for your lifestyle! Contact Dr. Amir and Dr. Hamer at SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA, to see if Invisalign is right for you! Call (818) 905-5400 today!

By SC Dental Group
March 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Crowded, gapped, or misaligned teeth not only cause functional dental problems but cosmetic issues as well. In turn, these consequences can negatively impact both your dental health and self-confidence. While traditional metal-and-wires braces are very much effective in treating these concerns, Invisalign offers a more comfortable and discreet treatment to your smile woes. An evaluation with either one of our Encino-area dentists, Dr. Michael Amir or Dr. Larry Hamer, here at the SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA, will determine your candidacy for this treatment. In the meantime, the following are crucial factors that dentists consider when determining if Invisalign treatment will work for you.

Your Age

As younger individuals change and develop, so do their jaws, and consequently, their smiles. Their teeth are likewise constantly shifting along with their growing jaws, making it practically impossible for dentists to craft a predictable treatment plan according to their initial set of teeth impressions. That being said, Individuals are typically recommended for individuals older than 13 years old.

Your Smile’s Condition

While Invisalign aligners are suitable and very effective for mild to moderate cases of overcrowding, gaps, and crookedness, it might not be effective for treating more complex orthodontic problems. Generally speaking, Invisalign can treat gapped teeth, an open bite, underbite, overbite, crossbite, and severe crowding. However, if you have a severe bite issue, you may need traditional orthodontic treatment. To assess whether your concern could be treated with Invisalign, your dentist in Encino, CA, can determine whether or not you’re an ideal candidate during your consultation.

Your Resolve and Commitment to Treatment

During treatment, you will be required to wear the Invisalign aligners for 22 hours a day so that you can achieve your treatment goals within the proposed treatment timeframe. Likewise, you can only remove the aligners when you eat, floss, and brush your teeth. Fortunately, the aligners are made of very comfortable thermoplastic material, and people won’t really notice that you’re wearing them unless you point it out.

Want to Know If Invisalign Will Work For You?

Reach out to us here at SC Dental Group the Encino, CA, area to arrange a visit with one of our dentists, Dr. Michael Amir or Dr. Larry Hamer. Call (818) 905-5400 today to schedule an appointment at our Sherman Oaks office.

By SC Dental Group
May 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign  

Invisalign offers the perfect solution if you want to straighten your teeth but don't want to wear metal or ceramic braces. The discreet Invisalignorthodontic system is offered by your dentists, Drs. Michael Amir and Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA—a practice that not only serves Sherman Oaks patients, but also helps people in the entire Encino area care for their smiles!


Is Invisalign the right choice for me?

Working without wires or brackets, Invisalign is an excellent option if you want to straighten crooked teeth or correct a bite issue but don't want to drastically change your appearance. Using practically invisible, removable aligner trays rather than traditional metal materials, Invisalign gradually shifts teeth on both the upper and lower jaw into their proper positions.

Invisalign may be the right choice for you if:

  • You Don't Like the Way Your Teeth Look: Invisalign can correct crowding issues, close gaps between your teeth, and straighten crooked teeth.
  • You Have a Bite Problem: Invisalign is very effective in correcting bite problems, including overbites, open bites, crossbites, and underbites. Bite problems can occur even if your teeth look straight, and they can cause headaches, jaw pain, and enamel erosion if they aren't treated by your Sherman Oaks dentist.
  • You Want an Adjustment-Free Straightening Option: Adjustments, a crucial aspect of wearing metal or ceramic braces, aren't needed if you choose Invisalign. Adjusting brace wires helps your teeth move into the proper position if you wear traditional braces. The Invisalign system uses a series of aligner trays that exert constant pressure on your teeth, gradually realigning them.
  • Comfort is Important to You: Invisalign aligner trays are made of flexible, comfortable plastic to make wearing the trays a pleasant experience.
  • Your Teeth Have Shifted: Invisalign can help you handle shifting teeth, a common problem during adulthood. If your teeth have moved a little, Invisalign treatment will restore your normal alignment in as little as a year.
  • You Want a Flexible Straightening Option: Although you'll usually wear your trays from 20 to 22 hours per day, you can remove them occasionally. If you'll be playing or practicing your favorite sport or attending a prom, wedding, or any other special event, you can take your trays out for a few hours without affecting your progress.


Give us a call!

Are you ready to transform your smile with Invisalign? Call your Sherman Oaks and Encino, CA, dentists, Drs. Michael Amir and Larry Hamer of SC Dental Group, at (818) 905-5400 to schedule an appointment!

By SC Dental Group
June 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

If you don’t want people to see your braces then you are in luck!invisalign

You are finally ready to close those gaps between your teeth and to get your smile straighter. Of course, the idea of wearing braces might turn you off to getting orthodontic treatment altogether. Before you decide against getting the care you need for a straighter smile, you may want to talk to our Sherman Oaks, CA, dentists, Dr. Michael Amir and Dr. Larry Hamer, about the benefits of Invisalign.

Invisalign uses a set of clear, plastic aligners, which are specifically designed to fit over your teeth based off impressions and measurements taken by our Sherman Oaks general dentist during your consultation. Some of the benefits of getting Invisalign treatment over other orthodontic options include:

A Discreet System

After you reach a certain age, you can’t even imagine sporting a mouth full of metal to colleagues or classmates. If this is the case, Invisalign’s clear aligners could be the best way to get the smile you want but without those around you noticing. You can still get amazing results but the only person who has to know that you have braces is you.

Comfortable Braces

Just thinking about wearing metal on your teeth makes you cringe. How can that be comfortable? Well, it isn’t always comfortable. In fact, in the very beginning you may find that the metal rubs against your cheeks or gums, causing redness, irritation and even sores; however, you won’t have to worry about this irritation when you get Invisalign.

Eat What You Want

If you get traditional braces, we will have to provide you with a list of foods that you can and cannot eat. You may be surprised to find that there are quite a few foods that you will have to stop eating while wearing metal braces. Luckily, this won’t be the case if you get Invisalign. Since each aligner is completely removable, you can just remove your aligners prior to eating. Once you are done eating, brush your teeth and rinse out your aligners before putting them back in.

Brush and Floss Normally

When you have metal brackets and wires over your teeth it can be difficult to get into all those surfaces behind and between teeth. Brushing and flossing may seem a lot more challenging with traditional braces and if you aren’t careful you are more prone to decay. Of course, Invisalign aligners can be removed, so you won’t even have to worry about changing up your oral care routine. Just continue to brush and floss properly and you won’t have to worry about decay.

Do you have questions about Invisalign treatment? Are you ready to find out if it’s right for you? Then schedule a consultation today at SC Dental Group in Sherman Oaks, CA. Let one of our dental professionals help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.