Looking to straighten your teeth without using braces and considering Invisalign for 2015? Check out what Dr. Anoosheh Shahkarami, a cosmetic and general dentist practicing in Tarzana, California, had to tell us about this tooth-straightening tool in our rapid fire Q&A: 

So Dr. Shahkarami, what exactly is Invisalign?

Invisalign are clear trays that move teeth just like traditional braces but without the metal brackets.

How often must you wear Invisalign to see the full extent of the results?

You cannot eat while the Invisalign trays are in, they need to be taken out to eat or drink anything other than water.

Is there pain involved?

There is slight discomfort during the first few days the trays are switched out, but patient's get used to it over time. 

How long does it take to straighten teeth this way?

Every case is unique to a patient's orthodontic issue, it can take a few months or up to a few years.

Do you have to wear a retainer after the process is complete?

After the process is completed patients must wear a retainer at nighttime indefinitely.

How are you able to brush and floss with Invisalign?

The trays must be taken off to brush your teeth as well as floss.

Who is the ideal candidate for Invisalign?

The ideal Invisalign candidate is one who has mild-moderate anterior crowding without any serious bite issues.

Any additional tips for someone considering Invisalign?

Check with your dentist to see if you are a candidate and what results you can realistically expect.