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Jonathan Shouhed, DDS -  - Orthodontist

West LA Orthodontics

Jonathan Shouhed, DDS

Orthodontist located in Culver City, Los Angeles, CA

Do you want to straighten your teeth without dealing with the hassle of brackets and wires from regular braces? Then Invisalign® is for you! Jonathan Shouhed, DDS, has helped many of his patients at West LA Orthodontics in Los Angeles achieve beautiful smiles with Invisalign clear plastic aligners. To learn more about what Invisalign can do for your smile, schedule an appointment at West LA Orthodontics, conveniently located near Culver City. You can book your visit by calling the office or using the online tool.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern orthodontic system that straightens your teeth and corrects malocclusions (jaw misalignments) with a series of clear plastic aligners. It’s a revolutionary alternative to traditional metal braces that can get you a perfect smile without having to deal with brackets, wires, and frequent tightening appointments.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign?

Many patients come to West LA Orthodontics after other orthodontists tell them that Invisalign won’t work for them. The truth, however, is that Invisalign is an effective solution for treating many of the same orthodontic conditions that traditional metal braces are used to correct, like:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Gap teeth
  • Open bite
  • Crowded teeth

Invisalign is also a popular treatment option for people who are looking to get generally straighter teeth.

Dr. Shouhed is highly skilled and experienced in treating all different kinds of bites and misalignments with Invisalign, so even if a dentist told you before that Invisalign isn’t for you, don’t hesitate to contact him for a second opinion.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

Invisalign has a number of advantages over traditional metal braces, like:


Invisalign clear plastic aligners won’t tear up the insides of your cheeks as braces do.


You don’t need any special tools to keep your teeth clean during your Invisalign treatment. Just pop out your aligner, brush, and floss like normal, and pop it back in.


Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible in your mouth when you wear them, unlike the shiny and bulky metal of traditional braces.

How do I get started with Invisalign?

At West LA Orthodontics, Dr. Shouhed begins your Invisalign process by making an impression of your teeth with the state-of-the-art iTero® Element™ scanner, which is a small intraoral camera that takes a series of digital pictures of your bite, smile, and the inside of your mouth.

Next, he uses those pictures to create a virtual model of your teeth, with which he maps out all of the “steps” necessary to get your smile from its current alignment to your target alignment. He sends this information to a lab that creates a series of clear plastic aligners modeled after each of these “steps.”

These aligners fit snugly over your smile and exert a small amount of pressure that gradually shifts your teeth closer to the next “step” in the journey towards your target alignment.

You wear your aligner all day, every day, only removing it to brush, floss, or eat. You move on to the next aligner in your series every two weeks until achieving proper alignment of your teeth and jaw and your dream smile.

How long does Invisalign take to straighten teeth?

One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is how quickly it works. The average treatment time is 12 to 18 months, but you’ll start to see progress within just a few weeks.

Don’t wait to get the smile you’ve always wanted. Schedule your Invisalign appointment today by calling the West LA Orthodontics office or booking a visit online.