If you have ever seen someone smile and noticed metal, wires, and elastic in their mouth, you were probably looking at someone with orthodontic braces. Conventional orthodontic braces have been used with success for many years. They are designed to address teeth that are crooked, twisted, overlapping or otherwise misaligned, and can also improve the effects of an under or over bite.
Unfortunately, orthodontic braces are known for having some relatively major flaws. Not only do they look unsightly, but they can be painful to wear, require regular visits to your dentist/orthodontist for adjustments, and place restrictions on the types of food that you can enjoy. However, this doesn’t mean that you are faced with choosing to live with the compromises, or having less than perfect teeth.
Invisalign is a revolutionary solution for tooth alignment problems that eliminates many of the problems of wearing conventional braces. The result? A beautifully straight, aligned, confidence-boosting smile with no compromises on your appearance or your lifestyle.
What is Invisalign and how does it work?
Invisalign is an innovative treatment program designed to address a range of orthodontic problems, including crooked, twisted and overlapping teeth, gaps between teeth, and mild to moderate over/underbites.
The process still involves moving teeth into the desired position using gentle force over a period of time. However, unlike conventional braces which use a combination of metal, wires, and elastic to guide teeth into the correct location, the Invisalign program involves the patient wearing a series of removable, transparent aligners that sit over the top of the teeth.
Invisalign uses a cutting edge technological program that takes the natural position of your teeth, a projected image of how your teeth will look once all alignment problems have been addressed, and maps the journey that your teeth need to take to achieve this straight, beautiful smile. The computer program then uses this information to create a series of custom-designed aligners, each which is worn for around a fortnight, and exerts gentle pressure on to your teeth to direct them towards the final, desired position. Each liner must be worn in the correct order, and represents an “adjustment” that a patient who has conventional braces would require to be performed at their orthodontist. At the end of the series of liners, your teeth should be in their new and improved position.
What are the advantages of choosing Invisalign?
Thousands of patients are now opting for Invisalign to improve the appearance of their teeth and give them the beautifully straight and attractive smile that they dream about. There are many reasons why this modern, innovative treatment is fast becoming the premier choice of orthodontic solutions.
- Discreet. Unlike conventional braces which require metal, wires and elastics to work effectively, the Invisalign liner is perfectly transparent. This means that once it is in place, it is virtually invisible. You can smile freely wherever you are without the worry of unsightly metal in your mouth.
- Convenient. While Invisalign liners must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours to be effective, they can be removed for brief periods of time, such as for cleaning and eating particularly hard or chewy foods.
- Better oral health. Speaking of cleaning, unlike orthodontic braces, there are no fiddly wires or brackets to clean around. This means that patients with Invisalign can thoroughly clean all parts of their teeth and mouth without interference, giving them greater oral health.
- Less appointments with your dentist. Conventional braces require regular adjustment, which can be only be carried out by your dentist at their offices. However, with Invisalign you simply need to move on to the next liner in the sequence to start the next phase of your treatment. Your dentist will schedule appointments to check on the progress of your treatment program, but these visits will be much less frequent.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
While Invisalign has an extremely high success rate and has very few risks associated with its use, it doesn’t automatically make it the best treatment for every patient with orthodontic needs.
Before you can be approved for the Invisalign treatment program it will be necessary for you to attend a consultation appointment with our experienced and knowledgeable dental doctor, Dr. Yoon Choi. Dr. Choi will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth, speak to you about your medical history and your goals for the treatment, and then use this information to make a recommendation. If Invisalign is not considered to be the best treatment for you, Dr. Choi will be happy to work with you to discover the right course of action to meet your individual requirements.
If you would like to find out more about how Invisalign could transform your smile, or if you would like to schedule your consultation, please do not hesitate to make an appointment at our modern, comfortable office on W 58th Street, NYC today.