At our practice, we care for all of your dental needs. One treatment that we have numerous questions about is the Invisalign system. Although it has been an option to correct misaligned teeth for more than 20 years, Invisalign is more popular than ever.

Our dentist, Dr. Shahkarami, has years of experience with Invisalign and is always happy to answer any questions a patient has about the system. To give you an understanding of the Invisalign basics, here are the most commonly asked questions that our staff hears.


Invisalign is a unique way to correct various forms of misalignment. It differs from traditional braces because it consists of a clear, thin plastic alignment tray which gently moves your teeth into the correct position in your mouth. Our cosmetic dentist makes an impression of your teeth to create your custom alignment tray. The thin trays slide over your top and bottom teeth. Every two weeks we will provide a new alignment tray for you to wear. Slightly modifying your aligners keeps your teeth moving in the right direction.

With Invisalign, you will have no wires or brackets, and it is virtually unnoticeable. Aside from being discreet, many patients love the fact that they have no eating restrictions, unlike traditional braces which require many changes. You wear your alignment trays approximately 22 hours a day and take the trays out of your mouth when you eat.

Another difference between Invisalign and regular braces is that our patients complete their treatment faster than those with braces. The typical patient with braces wears them for around two years or longer. An Invisalign patient typically completes their regimen in 18 months.


Dr. Shahkarami rarely needs to advise a patient against Invisalign. However, from time to time, someone will not be a good candidate for the system. Here are a few reasons someone should not get Invisalign.

  • If you are a younger teen, Invisalign may not be right for you. However, our staff may recommend Invisalign Teen for you.
  • Invisalign aligners cannot move dental implants; patients with implants should not consider Invisalign.
  • Large dental bridges often impede alignment trays; however, if you have a smaller bridge, we may be able to work with you.
  • If you are considering Invisalign and have more questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact our office. Dr. Shahkarami will gladly evaluate you and explain the process involved with Invisalign.


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The whole team is friendly and helpful. I love how everything is online and easy to use. I highly recommend this place!

Rachel, Los Angeles


Quick, painless and extremely friendly!

Finally getting around to going to dentist. Quick, painless and extremely friendly. The staff is extremely pleasant and friendly. I will definitely be returning!

Abby, Los Angeles


You can't ask for anything better!

I've been going to SoCal Smiles for over a year. They have proved time and time again how sensitive and responsive they are. I'm a baby when it comes to dental work and ended up needing to replace a filing that was causing me a problem. They worked with me on every level and were very patient and understanding. You can't ask for anything better than that.

April, Camarillo


I have been telling everyone I work with to go see SoCal Smiles!

I went back for a deep cleaning and it was a great experience. Dr. Shahkarami is very personable and made me feel like she at ease. She explained everything I needed and each procedure. My sister also sees them now since my experience was so great and I have been telling everyone I work with to go see SoCal Smiles!

 Gabriella, Camarillo

Financial options

Dr. Shahkarami and her team believe every patient deserves the benefits of a healthy mouth and confident smile. A variety of payment options makes high quality dental care affordable to virtually every budget.

SoCalSmiles Dental Office is an in-network provider with most PPO dental insurance plans. Our friendly front desk staff is happy to assist with insurance questions and coverage estimates.

We accept these forms of payment for uninsured costs:

  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Debit card
  • Credit card
  • CareCredit treatment financing

Contact Us

18399 Ventura Blvd #251, Tarzana, CA 91356
Phone: (818) 345-5286
Fax: (818) 975-5083

Office Hours

Monday   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday   10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday   8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday   7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday   Closed
Sunday   Closed