Dental patient attaching Invisalign tray to upper teeth


For people who want to perfect their smile, one option is to turn to Invisalign. Invisalign treatment relies on a set of digital scans that is used to create clear braces to address tooth alignment issues over time. At Wilshire Dental near Westwood, we offer Invisalign treatment for people of most ages.

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Benefits of Invisalign Treatment

Comfortable Option

Invisalign allows you to get treatment for your teeth without letting everyone know that you’re wearing braces. It can be a great option for adults who are uncomfortable going into the professional world with braces, or even for teenagers who feel self-conscious.


You can remove Invisalign aligners. This allows you to eat all of your favorite foods without worrying about damaging the braces. When you wear regular braces, food particles can get stuck in the wires and brackets, potentially causing bacteria to grow. With Invisalign devices, this isn’t an issue.

Fewer Problems

There are also fewer potential problems that can arise when you wear Invisalign devices. With metal braces, it’s common to experience broken wires, snapped rubber bands, and more.

Understanding How Invisalign Treatment Works

A pair of Invisalign trays on a blue latex glove

Invisalign treatment uses clear aligners that are made from thermoplastic materials and formed from computer-generated images taken by your general dentist. You receive a series of aligners that progressively make adjustments to your teeth. 

Invisalign treatment helps with a number of dental issues, including:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Some types of underbites, overbites, and crossbites
  • Open bite

Unlike traditional braces, you don’t have to worry about metal wires, which make braces uncomfortable and limit the types of foods you can eat. Instead, the various clear aligners provide the pressure your teeth need to get into the correct alignment.

The Invisalign Procedure

Consultation & 3D Imaging

The first step in the Invisalign process is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Melanie. During this initial meeting, Dr. Melanie will utilize advanced technology to capture 3D images of your jaw and mouth. These images serve as the foundation for creating a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your desired results.

Customized Clear Aligners

Based on the 3D images obtained during the consultation, Dr. Melanie will craft custom plastic aligners tailored to your unique dental structure. The aligners are designed to address specific orthodontic issues, and depending on the nature of your case, you will be instructed to switch to a new aligner either weekly or bi-weekly. This phased approach is essential for the gradual adjustment of your teeth.

Consistent Wear for Optimal Results

To achieve the best results, it is imperative to commit to wearing the Invisalign braces consistently. Dr. Melanie recommends wearing the aligners for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours per day. This dedication ensures that the teeth undergo the necessary adjustments in alignment, ultimately leading to the successful transformation of your smile.

Get Invisalign Today

If you think you can benefit from Invisalign treatment, we encourage you to reach out to Wilshire Dental. Our caring dentist will be able to help you find the best treatment options. Contact us today!

Location & Hours

Address: 3201 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 110 Santa Monica, CA 90403Phone Number: (310) 829-5181

We are a street-level location on the corner of Wilshire and Franklin, right across the street from Big 5 and Bristol Farms.

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