Dental Office in Encino, CA



Well-aligned, straight teeth aren’t just beautiful, they’re more comfortable and healthier. An improper bite and crooked teeth may lead to future dental concerns that may be painful and expensive to fix. This is why board-certified dentists Drs. Alan and Yonatan Howard are happy to provide advanced Invisalign — clear, removable aligners for their patients in Encino, CA. Made custom to fit your teeth and unique goals, Invisalign is more attractive than metal orthodontics and convenient because they can be taken out to make eating and cleaning your teeth easier. If you’re interested in having healthier teeth with advanced Invisalign technology, make an appointment at The Dental Office Encino to get more information from Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard.


"Everyone at The Dental Office was extremely helpful with my process and they are very good about appointment reminders with my busy schedule! Dr. Alan Howard was incredibly thorough in getting me started with my Invisalign. I’m excited to see the changes and improve my smile for good. I’d like to thank them for improving my perspective about going to the dentist. I’m so grateful I found them!"

- V.A. / Google / Jun 28, 2019


There are multiple factors that may decide the alignment of your teeth: if you sucked your thumb, genetics, missing a tooth or teeth, and a physical trauma to your face. If your teeth are misaligned, it may cause more oral health concerns, such as a bad bite (dental malocclusion), uneven wear on the enamel, difficulty chewing and speaking, plus jaw pain and toothaches. If Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard find one of these concerns in your annual dental examination, they can suggest an orthodontic procedure like Invisalign.

An Invisalign treatment is ideal for both teens and adults who would like straighter, healthier teeth minus the hassle, pain, and look of braces. Even though the aligners should be in the majority of the day, your aligners may be removed for cleaning your teeth and eating, plus for special occasions and physical activities. Much less obvious than traditional orthodontics that poke and cut the inside of your cheeks, your family and friends will probably not realize that you’re using your Invisalign aligners.


The initial Invisalign aligners will be made with impressions at The Dental Office Encino. When they are ready, you will come back to receive your first trays with instructions from Dr. Howard. You should keep your aligners in for at least 20 hours every day for your treatment to work, ideally taking them out only for cleaning and eating. In time, you’ll move on to your next set of aligning trays as they carefully shift your teeth closer to proper alignment. You need to have appointments about every 4 – 6 weeks at The Dental Office Encino to have your aligning trays evaluated and to get new impressions done so your next set of trays can be ordered. How long you need to use the Invisalign system will differ based on the initial condition of your teeth and your goals; however, most patients need to wear trays for at least one year.


As soon as you’ve made it to your goals, it is vital to prevent your teeth from shifting into their original position. Vivera retainers by Invisalign are created using the same materials to keep your teeth in position once your Invisalign treatment is done. Every retainer is made custom at the Invisalign dental lab based on impressions taken after your orthodontic treatment is done. Dr. Howard will discuss with you how long to wear your retainer, as well as how to clean it after it is sent from the laboratory. Dr. Howard will keep watching the alignment of your teeth and bite during your dental examinations to make sure your teeth stay in their new place.


Many of our patients find that part of their treatment cost is paid by insurance. Our team can determine your coverage and figure out your remaining fees. The Dental Office Encino offers many forms of payment if you are not using insurance. At your Invisalign consultation, Dr. Howard will talk about how much your treatment may cost and how our office can help to make your Invisalign treatment fit into your budget with payment plans and medical financing.


If you or someone in your family wants healthier, straighter teeth without the hassle and pain of traditional braces, make an appointment with Dr. Alan or Yonatan Howard to get more information on advanced teeth straightening with the Invisalign system. We will create your personalized Invisalign plan at your consultation at The Dental Office Encino and help start you on the journey to a great smile.