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Invisalign FAQ

Why straighten teeth?

There are several reasons to want to have straight teeth. It’s not all cosmetic reasons either, besides looking nice you want your teeth to do what they are supposed to do. Teeth that are out of alignment due to an overbite or underbite do not match up correctly and make it difficult not only to bite and chew food properly but also not to be able to clean them efficiently. Other problems of misaligned teeth may include:

  • Headaches
  • Improper chewing and poor digestion
  • Teeth are more susceptible to decay
  • The mouth doesn’t close properly
  • Increased risk of periodontal disease
  • Teeth become worn down
  • Difficulty cleaning

Invisalign is used by New York Total Dental team to correct common issues such as: Overbite, Underbite, Open bite, Tooth crowding, Gapped teeth, and Crossed teeth. Midtown Manhattan Invisalign can be used as a solution for many common bite problems and restore teeth to the proper position for maximum efficiency and functionality.

How Does Invisalign Work to Straighten Teeth?

The Invisalign System uses a set of soft, clear plastic aligners called SmartTracks. The SmartTrack uses an impression of your teeth molded into trays that act as braces to hold the teeth. It is like a retainer, but without the metal. The trays fit right over the teeth and fit snugly. Each tray moves the teeth slowly, creating the perfect alignment. They are clear so they are practically invisible. They are worn for a period of a few weeks before being replaced by a new tray.

Does Dental insurance cover Invisalign?

If your insurance pays for the traditional braces then it pays for your invisalign too because it is similar to traditional braces in process and costs. You may even get additional benefits from using Invisalign.

What is the recommended care routine for keeping aligners clean?

You should clean your aligners regularly. Rinse them every time to take them out and use a denture cleaner to soak them occasionally. You can let them soak while brushing your teeth. Be sure they are very clean before putting them away or when putting them in your mouth. You can brush the aligners very gently with a soft bristle brush to remove food particles after eating. Be careful not to scratch them while cleaning, only use a soft brush with a gentle cleaning solution.

Does the Invisalign treatment hurt?

They do not cause pain in the way that traditional braces do. There is nothing to tighten or adjust because the teeth are moved very slowly so that you hardly feel anything at all. You may feel a very slight discomfort at times but they really do not hurt the way you think. You should not experience any pain, that is not part of the treatment. Contact your dentist if you are having any real sharp pain.

Do aligners affect the speech of the person who is wearing them?

When you first begin using the aligners you may notice a slight lisp when speaking. This will go away over time as you get accustomed to wearing them. Your tongue may find it a little confusing for the first few days. These work really well and any discomfort or speech problems will disappear after a day or two. It is sometimes helpful to practice speaking with them before wearing them out in public.

Is it necessary to remove aligners every time you drink or eat?

You must remove the aligners when eating or drinking. They are not designed for chewing and they can be damaged if you are not careful with them. It may seem like a hassle to take them out, brush your teeth, and then put them back but this is what is necessary to use them. Hot beverages may cause the aligners to become damaged and they may not fit anymore. It is better not to take the chance of damaging the aligners by eating with them.

Is it necessary to use a retainer after Invisalign treatment is finished?

A retainer is part of the treatment process and will need to be continued until the process if completely finished. It may take a little getting used to if you never wore a retainer before, but not having it would allow the teeth to move back to where they were.

Is Invisalign Painful to Wear?

Not at all. The material is soft to fit into the soft parts of the mouth and be totally comfortable. There are no metal parts, so no discomfort, unlike metal braces. The trays move the teeth slowly and a few at a time. You may experience a little soreness when switching to a new aligner tray but it is only temporary.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

They are not metal and do not require tightening like traditional braces and you change them yourself, so you do not need to come to the office every time.

  • Easy to use
  • Removes easily for cleaning
  • Removes easily for eating and brushing teeth

With traditional braces, it can take years for you to see improvement. With the Invisalign system in Midtown Manhattan, you can see results each time you switch aligners. Being able to see your progress at each stage is more convincing to keep using it.

How long does the process take?

Most often treatment takes between 1 and 2 years with permanent results. Your teeth will be straight and you’ll have the smile you always wanted.

Is Invisalign an effective solution?/h3>

It works for many people with a variety of problems with misaligned teeth. New York Invisalign dentists recommend it to many of their patients, especially those who are not keen on the idea of metal braces. Older adults want straight teeth but don’t like the thought of metal retainers and the way they make you sound when you talk.

How often do you wear the aligners?

For the best results in the shortest amount of time, you should be wearing your aligners all the time, except when you sleep. You will remove them to eat and brush your teeth, or as often as your dentist advises.

Benefits of Invisalign® Over Braces in Midtown Manhattan

3-D Modeling: With braces, you don’t know what your teeth will look like until the braces are removed. Invisalign uses a custom 3D modeling system that allows you to see the results during the treatment, at each new step. You’ll already know how your teeth will look with no surprises at the end.

Diet & Lifestyle: Braces are designed to not allow you to eat certain foods, in fact, many foods get stuck in them. The wires and metal parts can irritate your mouth and make wearing them very uncomfortable. Because they’re made of metal, they are highly visible in photos. Invisalign aligners are much more comfortable, come out for eating and cleaning and go right back in with no effort at all.

Better Oral Hygiene: Metal braces are also hard to keep clean because food gets stuck in them. They are not very convenient and can be very uncomfortable and many people just don’t like the idea of wearing braces. They would rather live with crooked teeth than wear braces. But they don’t have to because there is a less obtrusive solution without the metal parts. Plus, with no metal, there is no worry of damage to teeth and the risk of tooth decay from rubbing and friction.

Most people see their dentist every six weeks so he can check the progress of the system. There is no need for tightening or adjustments of any kind, so there is no need for frequent trips to the office. Just wear each aligner for 20 to 22 hours per day, as directed by your Midtown Manhattan Invisalign dentist, and change aligners once every two weeks at home.

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