As a leading orthodontist serving The Upper East Side and TriBeCa, we’re proud to offer a wide range of comprehensive orthodontic treatments to help our patients achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. While braces are still the most popular treatment we offer, Invisalign® is a convenient alternative. If you’ve been considering Invisalign® but want to learn more, we’ve put together a list of some of the most common questions about Invisalign® alongside their answers.
Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable plastic aligners to straighten the teeth. These aligners fit directly onto the dental arch, applying a precisely-tuned pressure to move the teeth.
Thanks to its unique construction, Invisalign® offers a number of advantages over traditional braces. The main benefits of Invisalign® include:
During treatments, you’ll wear the aligners for about 22 hours per day. You’ll remove the aligners only to eat, drink, brush, and floss your teeth.
No, you’ll need to remove the aligners to eat and chew gum.
You’ll clean the aligners by brushing them with water every time you brush your teeth. During the day you can simply rinse your mouth and the aligners with water after eating your meals.
Invisalign® doesn’t generally “hurt.” Most patients experience mild discomfort when they first start Invisalign® or switch to a new set of aligners, but this fades within a day or less.
So long as the roots are fully developed anyone can get Invisalign®. There’s also an option specifically for adolescent patients called Invisalign Teen®.
Invisalign® offers a convenient, effective option for patients looking to improve their smile discreetly. If you’re interested in learning more about how Invisalign® can help you achieve a new smile, we can help. Request an appointment online at our Upper East Side or TriBeCa office location to schedule a consultation and see what Invisalign® can do for you.