An Overview of Invisalign



The Invisalign Process

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Monica Boniadi, DDS, is an experienced and established professional in the field of dentistry. The owner of Aliso Laguna Family Dental Care in California, Dr. Monica Boniadi performs all aspects of dentistry at her clinic, including Invisalign.

Invisalign is a dental technique that functions as an alternative to traditional braces. Unlike braces, however, Invisalign is clear, retractable, and almost undetectable, rather than the bulky metal and rubber bands of most braces. The apparatus looks similar to a clear retainer, molded perfectly into the shape of the wearer’s teeth, or into the shape that the wearer wants their teeth to reflect.

Additionally, Invisalign’s process is simple one, with easy steps taking place over a relatively short time frame. Since the active “retainer” is molded to the shape of the individual’s teeth, the patient first meets with a dentist or orthodontist to customize a specific plan, and to create a mold of the patient’s teeth. After this, the wearer will then upgrade to a new aligner every two weeks, so as to gradually transform their smile into the one that they desire, usually within a year or less. Finally, after treatment is complete, and depending on the individual’s teeth, the patient will be given an Invisalign retainer to wear at night or periodically to maintain their smile.

Why to Use a Dentist for Teeth Whitening

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Teeth Whitening

A member of the American Dental Association, Monica Boniadi, DDS, treats patients at her private practice in Aliso Viejo, California. Dr. Monica Boniadi specializes in cosmetic dentistry and possesses experience in teeth whitening.

Before whitening your teeth at home, consider a professional for these reasons.

A dentist considers the type of discoloration. Teeth discoloration can be the result of many factors, including use of tobacco products, consumption of wine, and trauma to the teeth. While all types are treatable, some stains or forms of discoloration take more planning. For example, yellow stains can go through traditional whitening treatment to improve coloring within two weeks, while non-vital or dead teeth require a longer treatment timeframe. Non-vital teeth are likely to be darker than others, so a dentist must begin treatment on dead teeth prior to others to ensure all teeth result in the same shade of white.

A dentist can give you realistic advice. In-office whitening comes with a consultation, which will give patients a more realistic idea of what can be achieved. A dentist will evaluate a patient’s oral history as well as habits. Habits, such as smoking, are discussed to ensure an individual understands that continuous use will affect results. Those who have undergone teeth restoration will also be given perspective on how their teeth will change. Specifically, restored teeth will not be as white as original teeth. In this case, a dentist can recommend other solutions, like crowns and veneers, to avoid uneven whitening.

A dentist offers quicker results. Professional, in-office procedures offer dramatic results following the first treatment because the whitening product is enhanced with other dental tools, such as heat and laser. A person requires only one 30- to 60-minute treatment to achieve noticeable results. For further whitening, a dentist can provide additional treatments thereafter.

Treating and Preventing Gum Disease


About Gum Tissue Grafting

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Gum Tissue Grafting

At her private dental practice in California, Dr. Monica Boniadi offers patients access to a wide variety of treatments, including veneers, implants, and alignment. Monica Boniadi, DDS, also performs periodontal procedures such as gum tissue grafting.

For many patients, tissue grafting stands out as a high-potential treatment for gum recession. This condition, which affects 4 percent to 12 percent of adults, can occur so gradually that it remains undetected until roots are exposed. This can cause temperature sensitivity and, if allowed to continue, can result in tooth loss. Replacing the lost tissue can help many patients avoid these outcomes, though the same procedure may also be helpful for those seeking purely aesthetic improvements.

In most cases of tissue grafting, the practitioner cuts away a flap of skin from the palate, removes a piece of connective tissue from underneath, then attaches this tissue to the area to be treated. Dentists may choose to harvest tissue directly from the palate or from the nearby tooth, though the latter is possible only if the surrounding area has tissue to spare. Other patients will require donor material, which practitioners typically source from a tissue bank. A qualified practitioner can help a patient understand if tissue grafting is the most appropriate option considering individual circumstances.

Use of a Laser in the Dental Office

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Laser Dentistry

Monica Boniadi, DDS, established her private dental practice, Laser & Cosmetic Dental, to deliver state- of- art dental care to the community in and around Laguna Hills, California. The winner of numerous awards from the Consumers’ Research Council of America, Dr. Monica Boniadi takes advantage of laser technology in her dentistry practice.

Dental professionals have been using lasers in their work since the early 1990s. Lasers are used primarily to cut or vaporize hard or soft tissue. For example, lasers can clear decay from a tooth and prepare the surrounding area to receive a filling. Lasers can also harden fillings.

Lasers are very useful for reshaping gums and removing bacteria during root canal therapy. They are also useful for the removal of small samples of tissue–called biopsies–to be examined for cancer. Lasers can diminish the pain of canker sores and remove mouth lesions. Additionally, dentists use lasers to speed in-house tooth whitening procedures.

There are several benefits to using lasers in dental procedures. They usually cause less pain, reducing or eliminating the need for anesthetic for some procedures. A highly precise tool, lasers have been documented to control bleeding during surgery and reduce healing times and symptoms following various procedures.

The Two Types of Dental Lasers

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Laser Dentistry

Dentist and owner of Laser & Cosmetic Dental Institute of Orange County, Monica Boniadi, DDS, won the Consumer’s Research Council of America award for cosmetic dentistry in 2000, and for laser dentistry in 2010. At her practice, Dr. Monica Boniadi performs all aspects of dentistry, from oral surgery and Invisalign to laser dentistry.

Laser dentistry allows for more comfortable dental treatments that are shorter and more precise. There are two basic types of dental lasers: soft tissue and hard tissue. Hard tissue lasers are primarily used for cutting into teeth and bone for shaping the teeth. They are also used for removing small amounts of the teeth or fixing dental fillings that have become worn. Hard tissue lasers use a specific wavelength that is highly absorbable by water and the calcium phosphate salt that is found in teeth and bone, allowing for highly efficient tooth cutting.

Soft tissue lasers are commonly used for gum reshaping treatments and muscle attachment improvements. They seal blood vessels and nerve endings by penetrating soft tissues within the mouth. Soft tissue lasers promote faster healing and allow for minimal pain after surgery. The wavelengths for soft tissue lasers are highly absorbable by hemoglobin and water, allowing them to perform soft tissue treatments with minimal damage.