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What is Invisalign (Invisible Braces) – And How Does It Work?
Even the most skeptical patients who ask “Why Invisalign?” will find these aligners to be custom-made for your teeth and your teeth only! That way, you know that the treatment will help you achieve a smile that truly fits every part of you.
If you are considering Invisalign and want to know more about the treatment, celebrity dentists Steven and Debra Glassman can answer all your questions. To get you started, we have created a helpful guide outlining some of the most common questions asked by our patients.
Who is a candidate for Invisalign?
The Invisalign system is incredibly versatile and has changed the lives and smiles of more than half a million people in the United States alone! It clearly works and almost anyone is a candidate.
How does Invisalign work?
- You will come in for an appointment with Dr. Steven Glassman, during which he will create an entirely unique treatment program designed to address your specific orthodontic or dental issues. This typically involves a session with our iTero scanner – a sophisticated piece of machinery that performs a quick and painless scan of your mouth and teeth. The digital images produced by this scan are then used to custom-fabricate your Invisalign aligners, which takes approximately 4 weeks.
- Once these have been prepared for you and sent back to our office, you can begin treatment! Invisalign works by slowly and gently guiding your teeth out of their over-crowded, asymmetrical and/or skewed positions and into better, straighter positions. An Invisalign treatment utilizes a set of 18 to 30 aligners, and each is worn for an approximate period of two weeks.
- Each consecutive Invisalign aligner moves the teeth little by little, applying a greater controlled force to the teeth each time. Many patients ask how much teeth move with each Invisalign tray. Every two weeks, as you switch out your aligners, your teeth will have moved approximately 1/10mm.
- Throughout treatment, you will be required to have regular appointments with Dr. Glassman so that he can ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Unlike braces that require frequent adjustment, Invisalign check-ups require no more than one visit every four to six weeks.
Am I Too Old for Invisalign?
How long will my Invisalign treatment take?
How often do I have to wear my Invisalign aligners?
Having full control over your treatment is often considered an empowering experience rather than a nuisance!
Is Invisalign comfortable?
If you have ever worn or simply researched traditional braces, you will appreciate just how comfortable the Invisalign aligners are. They are custom-fabricated to fit neatly over your teeth and do not have any sharp edges or metal brackets to irritate and ulcerate your cheeks and gums. In addition, the aligners be removed so that you can keep your teeth nice and clean.
The gentle pressure applied to your teeth by the aligners may cause the teeth to become a little sensitive for the first few days of each new treatment stage. However, rest assured that this is positive proof that your teeth are being moved into the positions where they should have been all along!
Are there any foods I should avoid during treatment?
Chewing gum is typically discouraged since it can stick to your retainers, and smoking can cause them to become discolored. While drinking water is acceptable, coffee, tea and red wine can cause staining, and all hot beverages can warp the aligners. However, taking your aligners out for these activities will not help because it will just lengthen treatment time or even lead to the reversal of orthodontic problems.
Dr. Glassman always encourages patients to brush their teeth and clean their aligners after each meal to maintain a good standard of oral hygiene. Because immediate brushing is not always an option, an alternative solution is to rinse the aligners with warm water as soon as possible.
What are Invisalign aligners made of?
Will I Require a Retainer After Invisalign Treatment?
To avoid compromising the beautiful smile that you have worked so hard to achieve, retainers should then be worn 3-5 times a week for life.
What is the cost of an Invisalign treatment in New York?
It also serves to bear in mind that the outcomes of an Invisalign treatment are priceless! Not only will you have a smile that you can be exceptionally proud of, but straight, symmetrical teeth and a healthy bite are essential for good oral health. Dr. Glassman will explain the cost of your Invisalign treatment to you in detail during your initial consultation.
Will medical insurance help cover the cost of treatment?
How do I get started with an Invisalign treatment?
Want to Learn More About Invisalign NYC?
To experience the difference of straightening your teeth with Invisalign in NYC, we welcome you to contact our Manhattan dental practice today. Simply call 347-514-8171 or send us an email, and set up a consultation with our dentist. As an Invisalign Elite Provider, Dr. Glassman will be happy to answer any questions you may have and determine whether Invisalign is the right option for your smile!
Glassman Dental Care
160 West End Ave, #1R,
New York, NY 10023
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Glassman Dental Care
160 WEST END AVE, #1R
NEW YORK, NY 10023
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Our 5-star rated New York City dentists offer the latest dentistry available in Manhattan. We create and help maintain beautiful smiles for teens, adults, and seniors in and around Upper West Side New York, Manhattan, New York City, and New York County, NY.
Dr. Steven Glassman is one of Invisalign's Top Providers, Dr Debra Glassman provides dental care to New Yorks top celebrities, Dr Benjamin Jacobs is one of New Yorks top Oral Surgeons. Together with other associated dentists, they offer the most advanced dental services including teeth cleaning, dental implants, dental crowns, teeth whitening, veneers, Invisalign and more. Call 212-787-4860 today for your today for your appointment with our New York City Dentists.