Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Integrated Aesthetic Dentistry provides Invisalign services in New York, NY. Call us at any of our four New York City locations to learn more and schedule your appointment.
What Is Invisalign?
If you want to straighten your teeth without the inconvenience of traditional metal braces, Invisalign is for you. This advanced orthodontic treatment option uses a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners to shift teeth gradually into place in a controlled, predictable manner. Invisalign aligners can correct teeth that are misaligned and it also fixes a variety of bite issues. Each patient’s treatment plan is carefully tailored to their individual needs and no two plans are exactly the same.
Is Invisalign as Effective as Metal Braces?
Many of our patients wonder if Invisalign is as effective as metal braces. Thanks to Invisalign’s state-of-the-art SmartTrack material, the aligners are effective for all but the most complicated orthodontic cases. For most people, Invisalign works just as well as traditional braces and treatment times are also comparable. The biggest difference between the two treatment options is that Invisalign aligners can be removed, while braces are attached to your teeth all day, everyday; this means that it’s important to wear your aligners for as much time as possible each day to prevent your treatment time from being prolonged.
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Last?
Your Invisalign treatment plan will usually require between 20 and 30 sets of aligners that are worn for one to two weeks each over the course of nine to 18 months. About every six weeks, you’ll come in to our office so we can monitor your treatment and make sure your teeth are moving as they should. There are never any painful adjustments or wire tightening—instead, you’ll move to the next set of aligners by switching them right at home.
What Are Some of the Benefits of Invisalign?
- Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. If you need orthodontic treatment, but don’t want to draw attention to your smile in the process, there’s no better solution than Invisalign. No one will even know you’re wearing them.
- Oral hygiene is easier with Invisalign because aligners can be removed for brushing and flossing. You don’t have to worry about stains or cavities forming around hard-to-clean brackets.
- You can eat whatever you want with Invisalign, including popcorn and sticky candy. No foods are off-limits because you’ll remove your aligners to eat.
- Invisalign aligners are much more comfortable than braces because they’re made with a thin plastic material. Traditional metal braces are bulky and bothersome.
Will I Need a Retainer After Invisalign?
Upon completing your Invisalign treatment, you will be provided with a set of custom retainers to help you maintain your results. These retainers are typically worn for most of the day in the initial weeks after treatment, then eventually you will wear them only while you sleep at night.
Is Invisalign Expensive?
It’s a common misconception that Invisalign treatment is significantly more expensive than traditional metal braces, but many dental insurance plans cover all or part of the cost of Invisalign, making the price comparable or even the same. During your Invisalign consultation, we will go over your dental insurance benefits and help you determine how much of the treatment cost will be covered by your insurer.
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