What is Invisalign?

One of the most common dental issues is malocclusion, more commonly referred to as “bad bite”. Nearly everyone has some type of malocclusion. Many times, the misalignment is so slight that it can be ignored. However, many people must address theirs to avoid issues.

Achieve a Straighter Smile With Invisalign Treatment

For many years, traditional braces were the best course of treatment. However, since its introduction to the market, Invisalign has increased in popularity. This is primarily because treatment is discreet and much more comfortable.

Why Choose Perfect White Smile In Beverly Hills For Invisalign Treatment

Dr. David Frey is passionate about helping his patients achieve their perfect smile. He has been in the field for about 34 years. Over the years, he has worked with underprivileged children, athletes, celebrities, and more. He is a member of several professional dental organizations, including the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and more.

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Traditional Braces Vs. Invisalign

For many years, traditional metal braces were the most commonly used treatment for malocclusion. This requires that metal brackets be attached to the teeth with an arch wire running through them. The wire is tightened, which puts pressure on the teeth to shift them into place. As teeth shift, you’ll need to return to the office to have them adjusted.

Invisalign is a series of clear aligners custom-made to fit snugly against the teeth to shift them into their appropriate position. The type and severity of your malocclusion will determine how many aligners you will need and how often you will need to switch to a new set. The aligners are removable but should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day.

Who is the right candidate for Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign is designed for patients with mild to moderate malocclusion. This includes underbite, overbite, crossbite, open bite, gaps between teeth, and crowding. This system may be used along with attachments for patients on the more severe end of the spectrum.
Benefits of Invisalign

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign aligners offer several benefits over traditional metal braces:


One of the primary reasons that people choose Invisalign clear aligners is the appearance factor. Aligners are transparent, so they are much more discreet than brackets and wires.


While aligners should be worn for most of the day, they can be removed if necessary. 

Ease of Oral Hygiene

Brushing and flossing teeth can be complicated with traditional braces because you have to clean around the brackets and wires. However, since aligners are removable, you can brush and floss like you normally would. This can reduce your risk of periodontal disease because it reduces bacteria around your teeth and gums.

Fewer Potential Issues

When you have traditional braces, there is a risk of a bracket or wire breaking, which can result in an emergency visit to the dentist. This isn’t an issue with clear aligners.

Invisalign Procedure

The Invisalign Procedure

There are several steps involved in the Invisalign procedure. Here’s what to expect at Perfect White Smiles in Beverly Hills:  


The very first thing we do for any of our procedures is a consultation. This will determine if you qualify for Invisalign treatment and answer any questions you may have. Invisalign is not recommended for children who still have primary teeth or growing adult teeth .
Impressions of your teeth and a bite registration will be taken so that we can create a detailed view of the expected results.

Creating a Customized Treatment Plan

Once it is determined that you qualify for Invisalign treatment, we can create your customized treatment plan. We will explain your options and the expected treatment timeline. We will also explain any potential complications that may arise so that you are prepared just in case.
For example, aligners alone may not be enough to shift your teeth. You may also need buttons to hold the aligner in place and/or rubber bands to improve the effectiveness of treatment. Buttons are tooth-colored composite resin pieces that are bonded to the teeth and can easily be removed if they are no longer necessary.

Aligner Fabrication

The impressions and bite registration information will be sent to the dental lab to fabricate your aligners. This information is transmitted electronically, so you don’t have to wait as long- the aligners are typically back in the office in about 3 to 4 weeks.


When your aligners are ready, you’ll schedule an appointment to pick them up. We will make sure that they fit properly. Then, we will explain what to expect from the treatment and how to properly care for your trays.
On average, each tray is worn for about 2 weeks. You’ll need to wear them for at least 20 to 22 hours a day- the more you wear them, the more efficient treatment will be. You may need to reduce your consumption of sodas, tea, coffee, and wine, as these can stain your aligners.
If your treatment plan is simple, you’ll be able to put your aligners in and go. However, if your treatment plan requires attachments, those will need to be installed at this time. If your treatment plan requires rubber bands, we will help you put them in.

Periodic Check-ups

When you have traditional braces, you must visit the office every couple of weeks to have them tightened. While there are no wires to tighten, you will need to check in so that your progress can be monitored. If things are not going as expected, some adjustments may be made to your treatment plan. If you have any questions or concerns that arise, you can bring them up at this time.
In some cases, you may need to have an interproximal reduction. This procedure involves removing some enamel to create space for the teeth to shift. While you may feel heat/vibration from the drill, it is not painful.


Many patients need a round of “refinement” trays to address any issues that are not fully resolved by the end of the first treatment. This will require a second set of impressions and scans to order new trays.  


Once treatment is complete, you will be given a retainer. This will keep your teeth in their new position. Typically, you’ll need to wear it all the time for the first month or two. Then, you will gradually transition to wearing them only at night. 

What is the average Invisalign cost near me?

The national average cost of Invisalign treatment starts at around $3,000 and goes up to around $8,500. The average cost in California is slightly higher, starting at around $4,500 and going up to around $9,000. The cost is determined by several factors:
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●     The type and severity of your malocclusion determine how many aligners you need and how long the treatment should be.
●     With the experience/expertise of the dentist, an Invisalign-approved provider will usually charge higher fees because of the extensive training they have undergone.
●     The cost of living where the clinic is located, a rural clinic will usually offer less expensive costs than one in a larger metropolitan area.
●     With dental insurance coverage, some providers will cover a portion of Invisalign treatment while others classify it as a cosmetic procedure.
●      For any additional procedures required, you need to be cavity-free to begin Invisalign treatment which will be an additional cost on top of the cost of Invisalign.

If you do not have dental insurance or if you need help paying for your treatment, we have a few financing options. Our office staff will be happy to explain those to you.
Start your Invisalign journey by scheduling your consultation today. We look forward to creating your customized plan to get your perfect smile.

Schedule A Consultation

Interested in whitening your teeth? Call (310) 276-4537 to schedule a consultation with Beverly Hills Dentist, Dr. David Frey.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do braces last longer than Invisalign?

For most patients, Invisalign takes about 12 to 18 months. However, those with very mild cases often see results within the first 6 months, while those with more severe cases may need up to 24 months. Traditional braces usually take about 12 to 18 months, with some patients needing up to 24 months. Very rarely does it take less time to treat malocclusion with traditional braces.

Is Invisalign covered by insurance?

Some dental insurance providers will cover dental insurance, while others will not. Our office staff will be happy to contact your provider to determine coverage. We strive to help you get the most out of your benefits.

What teeth are not suitable for Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners are not suitable for baby teeth or for teeth that are severely rotated or with large gaps between them.

Is it OK to get Invisalign from a dentist?

Yes, you can get Invisalign treatment through a general dentist. However, it is important to make sure that they are an Invisalign provider. This is because this treatment option requires specialized treatment to ensure the best results.

Is Invisalign still braces?

Yes, Invisalign clear aligners are considered a type of orthodontic treatment. However, this option is much more comfortable, convenient, and aesthetically pleasing than traditional metal braces.

How many times a day can I remove Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners can be removed as many times as necessary- but the time should not exceed 4 hours. While the aligners need to be removed when eating/drinking or when brushing/flossing, the longer they are worn, the more effective they will be.

Who is a bad candidate for Invisalign?

Patients who still have baby teeth or who have teeth with wide gaps between them or teeth that are severely rotated should not consider Invisalign treatment. It is possible to use Invisalign after other methods for more precise movements.

What is the success rate of Invisalign?

The success of Invisalign depends on several factors including the type and severity of the malocclusion, as well as the compliance of the patient. Most patients have been satisfied with their results.

How long do you need to wear Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. Each set should be worn for 1 to 3 weeks. This will be outlined in your treatment plan, depending on the type and severity of your malocclusion.

Why is Invisalign so expensive?

One of the primary reasons that orthodontic treatment in general is expensive is because of the additional training the dentist needs. Invisalign is slightly more expensive due to the many benefits it brings.

Is Invisalign costlier than braces?

One of the biggest concerns that patients have is Invisalign cost. However, the average cost is comparable to that of traditional braces. Unfortunately, while many dental insurance providers will cover a portion of treatment, many others still classify this as a cosmetic procedure and will not cover any portion of it.

If you do not have insurance or if your provider does not cover treatment, we offer some financing options as well.

How much does Invisalign cost in California?

The cost of Invisalign treatment varies depending on several factors including the type and severity of your malocclusion the location of the clinic and the experience/expertise of the dentist. The average cost in California ranges from around $4,500 to $9,000, which is slightly higher than the national average.

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