Invisalign technology offers both adults and teenagers a viable orthodontic solution for a smile makeover. Well-aligned, straight teeth can give you a healthy-looking, attractive smile. Traditional or metal braces offer a sound option to achieve this aesthetic goal, but it is an unappealing prospect for most adults. Invisalign provides the innovative opportunity of inconspicuous, clear trays that effectively realign teeth to give viable candidates a straighter, more appealing smile.
Invisalign offers a solution to a large number of teens and adults who want to improve the appearance of their smile. Invisalign has streamlined the straightening process and can provide amazing results in a wide range of orthodontic cases. If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look and want to find a solution, the team at SmilesNY Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in New York City invites you to read on and learn more about Invisalign.
Orthodontic options with Invisalign
For a wide range of individuals, Invisalign can treat:
- Overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
The Invisalign aligners, also called trays, work to straighten misaligned or crooked teeth. They can even help correct certain bite issues to improve a patient’s oral function. Invisalign braces are custom-made with advanced computer software to form the comfortable, smooth plastic trays. Throughout Invisalign treatment, teeth are gently and gradually moved to their new location through a series of personalized, clear aligners. Each set is worn on the lower and upper teeth at least 20 – 22 hours a day. Every 1 – 2 weeks, the custom trays are switched to the next tray in the series to keep the gradual movement at a steady, consistent pace. With Invisalign, New York City patients can enjoy the benefits of this orthodontic method for a fantastic smile makeover, and no one may even notice you are doing it.
Five reasons to consider Invisalign
The professional dentists and team at SmilesNY are pleased to bring the benefits of Invisalign to New York City teens and adults. Although traditional braces may be a better orthodontic option for some patients, here are five advantages Invisalign can provide:
Easy to wear
Many Invisalign patients report that the clear trays are easy and comfortable to wear. The plastic material is computer-generated to conform to the patient’s teeth and is smooth in texture. Each clear tray is secured with small resin "buttons" that are bonded to particular teeth within the arches to hold the aligners in place. Invisalign trays don’t cause mouth sores or other soft tissue irritation like with traditional metal brackets.
These clear trays are far less noticeable than conventional wire brackets. Even the resin buttons placed on certain teeth to lock the trays into place are tooth-colored material. When patients are wearing the aligners, they are highly discreet. This is an attractive feature for teens and adults, especially working professionals who want an inconspicuous option.
Can be removed
Invisalign aligners need to be worn at least 20 – 22 hours a day, but they can be removed to eat and brush your teeth. While traditional braces tend to collect food, Invisalign trays can be taken out before eating or drinking. They are also removed for daily brushing and flossing, which cuts down on plaque buildup. It is highly recommended that Invisalign patients brush after eating and before putting the trays back in. This reduces food particles becoming trapped between the aligner and the teeth, which minimizes the chance of cavities or other dental issues.
Better oral health
Since the Invisalign aligners can be removed for brushing and flossing, patients get better home care results when compared to the challenges of bulky wires and brackets. Invisalign reduces some of the secondary risks that come with traditional braces such as gum disease, plaque, or cavities around the orthodontic hardware. Straightening teeth with orthodontic help like Invisalign also reduces the risk of future tooth decay and gum disease, as it is easier to brush and floss properly.
Quicker than traditional braces
Most patients who consider Invisalign have minor concerns to address, such as slightly misaligned or crooked teeth, while others may have a more severe condition of bite misalignment. In most cases, Invisalign treatments generally take less time to complete than traditional metal braces. Depending on a patient’s dental needs or the severity of their condition, Invisalign can take 12 – 18 months on average, and in some cases, as little as six months.
Invisalign can be an excellent option for teens and adults who want a discreet alternative for their orthodontic care. Patients who forgo correcting specific orthodontic issues can incur more dental problems down the road. Crooked or overcrowded teeth are more susceptible to cavities, even wearing down individual teeth, which can then break or crack. Correcting a bite alignment also allows the teeth to function more appropriately. Straight teeth not only give you a more attractive smile, but are easier to brush, floss, and maintain, giving patients overall better oral health.
Schedule your Invisalign consultation today
Whatever your need for considering an orthodontic option, we invite you to talk to our skilled dentists at SmilesNY in New York, NY, to learn more about Invisalign. To find out if it is the right orthodontic treatment for you, schedule your Invisalign consultation with one of our experts today.