There is a natural space between the upper and lower teeth at the front of the mouth. Normally, this space is only big enough to let the front upper teeth rest comfortably on the front bottom teeth.
Some people have a larger space between their upper and lower front teeth. This condition is referred to as an overjet. Often caused by crowded teeth or thumb sucking, overjet bites can easily be fixed by Invisalign or other orthodontic treatments.
Though commonly confused, there is an important difference between an overjet and an overbite. An overjet is a horizontal misalignment between the upper and lower front teeth. Normal alignment means that the upper front teeth and the lower front teeth are separated by about 2 millimeters. In an overjet, that separation is more than 2 millimeters.
An overbite, on the other hand, is the vertical misalignment between the upper and lower front teeth. The upper front teeth usually cover 25% of the lower front teeth, but in an overbite, the overlap is much greater.
Luckily, both an overjet and an overbite can be treated with Invisalign.
Those who have excessive overjet will most likely experience discomfort or lack of confidence in their smile. They might also notice:
Though an overjet is not normally a serious condition, it can lead to complications if left untreated including:
There are a few treatment options for an overjet, with the most common and successful being retainers, and braces including metal and ceramic braces.
One of the most popular overjet treatments is Invisalign. It is an orthodontic system that uses clear plastic aligners to gently move teeth into a new position—similar to traditional braces. However, unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is clear and removable. They are unnoticeable when in place, and patients can take them out when eating or drinking.
Invisalign overjet treatments can be completed in as little as 8 months, but most people will need 12 to 16 months. However, the length of treatment time will vary depending on the overjet severity– and how often the patient wears the aligners. It’s recommended that patients wear them 20 to 22 hours every day, making it easy to remove them for eating, drinking, or special occasions.
Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry in Huntington, LI, offers personalized Invisalign services to help treat a range of conditions, including overjet. Find out if Invisalign is right for you by scheduling a one-on-one consultation to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options today.
Invisalign is a beautiful alternative to traditional braces, making it easier, more comfortable, and less noticeable to correct misaligned teeth. However, the same as conventional braces, there are some things you will need to give up in favor of straighter teeth.
Here are some things you should not do with your new retainers:
To maximize the effectiveness, and to achieve results faster, you should leave your retainers in for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours each day. Essentially, you’ll only remove your trays for eating, drinking, and brushing. The good thing about Invisalign is that they are virtually unnoticeable and won’t hinder your look when heading for a night out, attending a wedding, or taking part in any other event.
Just as you shouldn’t ditch the trays for a day, you shouldn’t rush to the next tray too quickly, either. With digital imaging, your dentist creates a personalized treatment plan that gradually moves teeth into place using a series of trays to be worn for varying lengths of time. The idea is to gently nudge teeth into their desired location by providing a subtle, yet consistent, amount of pressure. Speeding things up could mess up the treatment plan and possibly cause additional wear (and discomfort).
Eating with your Invisalign trays can be both uncomfortable for you and damaging for your retainers. It may also make things like chewing difficult. Instead, you should practice always removing your retainers before eating— even for small snacks. This will make eating more enjoyable and save you from needing replacement trays.
In addition to always removing your trays before eating, you should also brush your teeth before putting them back in. This will avoid any food or bacteria getting trapped in them. Cleaning after every meal may seem like a pain, but at least you can eat whatever you want with Invisalign. If you’re in a tight pinch, at least try to rinse your mouth thoroughly and brush as soon as possible.
You can drink water and other beverages with your aligners intact. However, you’ll need to steer clear of hot drinks, like coffee or tea, which can warp or damage your plastic aligners. You should also avoid red wines, dark juices, or other heavily-pigmented beverages that could stain them. Of course, you don’t have to miss out on your favorite drinks completely with Invisalign. Just pop them out while drinking your morning coffee or an evening glass of wine, then brush and replace.
While there are some limitations to life with Invisalign, the temporary sacrifices are minimal compared to the joy that comes with a beautifully straight smile. If you have always wanted straighter, more aligned teeth, schedule a one-on-one consultation with our Huntington, LI dentists today. We’ll answer your questions and help you design a customized treatment plan to fit your needs.
Invisalign is a popular way of correcting many types of malocclusion, or misalignments of the upper and lower arches of teeth. It’s a convenient cosmetic treatment because they are removable. You’ll take them out to eat and pop them back in when you’re done— which also means there are no dietary restrictions. Furthermore, since the aligners are made from clear plastic, the treatment is 100% discreet. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing (unlike those bulky metal braces).
While Invisalign is capable of fixing many types of malocclusion, including an underbite, only your cosmetic dentist can determine for certain whether it’s the right option for you.
In clinical terms, an underbite is called prognathism– a Class III malocclusion. In other words, it means that the lower teeth sit farther forward in the mouth than the upper teeth. Normally, the upper teeth should rest just slightly forward of the lower teeth. For some people, an underbite is quite mild and does not cause noticeable problems. Others find it to have severe cosmetic, medical, and functional effects.
For example, when the teeth are positioned so that the lower teeth are forward, they can wear down quickly. As the enamel wears away, tooth sensitivity and an increased risk of tooth decay can result. In addition, it can be difficult for people with an underbite to bite into food and chew properly. For instance, you might have trouble biting into pizza or apples. You’ll need to cut them up instead. An underbite can also cause problems with articulating words clearly. In addition, underbites are a major cause of pain related to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
Invisalign can indeed treat cases of prognathism. If you have a mild underbite, your dentist can easily customize your treatment to correct the misalignment. If you have a moderate to severe case, you may require Invisalign paired with another treatment. For example, if your lower jaw is positioned forward of your upper jaw, you may require orthognathic surgery to reposition it. Then, you can proceed to treatment with Invisalign.
If you do decide to move forward with Invisalign treatment for your underbite, the dentist will take x-rays and make impressions of your teeth. These are used to customize your aligners. You’ll receive the full series at once. You’ll wear each set (upper and lower) for roughly two weeks before moving on to the next pair in the series. Finally, you can expect to wear a retainer for a while to ensure that your teeth are fixed in their new positions.
Here at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry of Long Island, we’re proud to be authorized Invisalign providers. Our cosmetic dentists, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot have worked with many patients with severe cases of malocclusion, including underbites. We can develop a treatment plan that will work for you, enabling you to enjoy the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. Contact us today to request your one-on-one consultation in Huntington, Long Island.
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Celebrities like Madonna, Vanessa Paradis, and Lauren Hutton are famous for their gapped front teeth, but for many people, this dental anomaly prevents them from smiling with confidence.
The medical term for a gap or space between two teeth is diastema. While it is most commonly seen between the upper front teeth, diastema can occur just about anywhere. Gapped teeth can be hereditary or caused by habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. In some people, a space develops because of undersized teeth, or teeth that don’t grow in.
This impacts not only your smile, but it can also increase the risk for gum disease because of the pockets where bacteria from food particles can thrive.
If you want to correct a large gap between your teeth, Invisalign® may be an excellent solution. In the past, gapped teeth were always fixed with traditional metal braces, but today’s patients can take advantage of much subtler and more convenient option– a clear tooth alignment system.
Our dentists are certified Invisalign® providers in Huntington, LI, and have helped hundreds of patients get the smile they’ve always dreamed about with this innovative system.
Invisalign® is highly effective at closing most types of tooth gaps. Patients who have exceptionally large gaps, however, should expect a longer treatment period to see final results.
Because every case is unique, it’s impossible to predict exact treatment periods, but generally speaking, large gaps can take between 18-24 months to close with the Invisalign® system.
During the Invisalign® treatment, patients wear a series of removable, custom plastic aligners that apply gentle pressure to move the teeth. These trays are changed every couple of weeks, as the teeth slowly shift into proper position.
To help expedite the process, dentists may also recommend attaching Invisalign’s Smartforce elastics. These tooth-colored elastics enable more complicated tooth movements. After the treatment is completed, patients are fitted for a retainer to help maintain results.
One of the many advantages of Invisalign® for gapped teeth is that just about everyone can use it, including teenagers. At Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have used Invisalign® to repair gaps in teens and adults of all ages and seen excellent results.
That said, Invisalign® does require diligence. The aligners are removable, so it’s up to patients to stay compliant and wear the trays for a minimum of 22 hours each day to achieve results.
The Invisalign® system can help you avoid the inconvenience of traditional orthodontic treatments while subtly improving the aesthetic of your smile. Removable trays make brushing, flossing, and eating meals easy and simple.
Tired of having gapped teeth and wondering if Invisalign® is right for you? Contact us today and schedule a free Invisalign® consult in Huntington, Long Island, or our Livingston Street office.
Invisalign can help with many oral health problems, including overbites and under-bites. It can transform a severely misaligned bite pattern into a beautiful, straight smile. And in some cases, Invisalign may even help alleviate the symptoms of a common jaw disorder known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, or TMD. However, it’s important to remember that every patient’s oral health issues are unique. Talk to a cosmetic dentist to find out if Invisalign might be the answer for your TMJ symptoms.
To understand how Invisalign can help relieve some TMJ symptoms, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of the jaw anatomy and how TMJ disorder develops. The temporomandibular joint is a hinge joint. It connects the temporal bones of the skull to the jaw. The temporal bones are located in front of each ear. You have two jaw joints, one on either side of your jaw. Thanks to these jaw joints, you are able to open and close your mouth, eat, and speak.
There are various problems that can contribute to TMJ disorder development, such as an injury to the jaw, jaw clenching, and teeth grinding. (Teeth grinding and jaw clenching are known as bruxism.) It’s also possible for a misaligned bite pattern to contribute to TMD symptoms.
If the cosmetic dentist determines that your misaligned bite could be aggravating your TMJ disorder symptoms, you may benefit from teeth straightening treatment. Invisalign is often the preferred orthodontic treatment for teens and adults with a misaligned bite because the clear aligners are discreet, comfortable, convenient, and removable. You’ll be able to eat whatever you want during your treatment, and no one will be able to tell you’re wearing the aligners. Once your treatment is complete and your bite is properly aligned, this can help relieve stress on the jaw joints.
Bruxism, or teeth grinding and jaw clenching, is a common problem frequently associated with TMJ disorder. In fact, bruxism can contribute to worsening TMJ-related pain. Bruxism can also cause other oral health problems, such as teeth sensitivity and chipped or fractured teeth. Plus, it can contribute to jaw pain, ear pain, and tension headaches.
If you have bruxism, treatment with Invisalign may help. People with bruxism are often instructed to wear a mouthguard at night to protect their teeth from damage. However, the Invisalign aligners act like a mouthguard. They cushion the upper and lower arches of teeth, preventing the teeth from striking each other and sustaining damage. This can further relieve pain associated with the jaw joints.
To find out if Invisalign might be helpful for your TMJ-related jaw pain, ear pain, or headaches, you can request a one-on-one consultation at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Huntington, LI. Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot will carefully evaluate your mouth, analyze the x-rays, and ask you some questions about your symptoms to determine if Invisalign can be the right solution for you. During your consult, be sure to mention any other concerns you might have with your smile. We offer a full suite of cosmetic dentistry services for smile makeover patients. To request your consultation, call today!
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Many older patients have steered away from the possibility of correcting crooked or misaligned smiles because they think braces and retainers are for kids and teenagers. Many people also think that adult teeth are “stuck in their ways” and incapable of change. However, these are myths. While the mouth of a growing child is certainly more malleable, our teeth are almost always shifting and can move around more as we get older. Sometimes, this will even cause a once-straight set of teeth to become misaligned, triggering the sudden need for correction.
The stereotypes around smile correction for older adults are also changing. This is partly because of Invisalign, a revolutionary and discreet system for correcting teeth that don’t require bulky metal gear. This is making it easier and more normal for people of any age, even those over the age of 50, to finally achieve the smile they deserve—because a bright, white, and straight smile shouldn’t be reserved only for young people.
Essentially, Invisalign is a set of customized retainers that gradually and gently shift your teeth into a more desirable bite. The aligners are made of transparent plastic, making it almost impossible for people to notice you’re wearing them. They are also incredibly easy to remove when it comes time for eating, drinking, brushing, or spending some special time with the one you love.
Invisalign can help to correct virtually any bite problem you have, from helping to separate crowded teeth and close gaps, to correcting overbites, open bites, crookedness or misalignment, overjet, crossed teeth, and more.
How many retainers you need and how long you will need to wear them will depend on the severity of your case and if you wear them for the suggested 20-22 hours each day. For simple corrections, most patients can expect to achieve their goal in only 8 months. However, larger or more complex corrections may take 12 to 16 months.
Aside from the fact that many adults don’t want to sport the metal look in their mouth, Invisalign offers a lot of other benefits for those 50 years of age or older. Invisalign gently nudges teeth to gradually shift them into the desired location, making it a gentler and more natural change that is beneficial to the health of your teeth—especially for those who may suffer from weaker teeth and other dental problems. This is done by digitally mapping out how your teeth will need to move with each set of retainers to reach your desired smile.
Invisalign aligners can also feel less painful and intrusive than traditional braces, not causing annoying cuts, sore teeth, or unnecessary pressure in the mouth. They are also super easy to remove, making dental hygiene much easier. This is good for anyone of any age, but particularly for older adults whose enamel may not be as strong as it was in their youth and whose teeth are more prone to cavities, tooth damage, or gum damage.
The best way to figure out whether or not Invisalign is the right choice for you is by visiting a professional and experienced dentist who can provide a consultation. You can schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentists at LI Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry to learn more about how Invisalign would work for you.
More than 7 million people have used Invisalign clear aligners to transform their smiles with successful results. This popular treatment helps to correct crowding, gaps, and other problems with the cosmetic appearance of teeth, while being easy to care for and discreet.
Even though these trays are tough and durable for every day use, sometimes the inevitable happens. A cracked, split, or broken tray can leave you wondering what to do.
Depending on how serious the damage is to the aligner, it may not be necessary to seek dental assistance immediately. Yet every case is different, the last thing you want to do is set back any progress or put your mouth at risk of infection or danger.
Either way, it’s best to consult with your dental professional on the phone before proceeding. They can help you determine next steps, and whether to repair, replace or discard the necessary piece.
Even though Invisalign trays are known for their durability, they are not immune to damage. If the cause of the break is not from dropping, stepping on, or crushing your tray, it may be the way you’re inserting or removing them.
Mostly, a split occurs around the point that connects with your canine teeth. This may be because you’re reaching in the back of your mouth to “pop off” the tray from the molars, but this adds additional pressure and bending around the canines, leading to cracks or breaks.
Simply wiggling the thumb against the retainer can allow it to loosen its grip on the teeth in a more even manner, preventing cracks, splits, and breaks.
Even though your dentist can easily fix or replace damaged trays, it’s best if they don’t have to. A few simple steps are all it takes to ensure you’re limiting unnecessary costs or setbacks in your progress.
At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry of Huntington, Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot can help you understand the benefits of Invisalign for corrective treatment, as well as other available cosmetic options.
Contact us today to learn more about Invisalign and schedule a one-on-one consultation with our award-winning professionals to transform your smile.
If you want a beautiful, straight smile without having to deal with the hassle and inconvenience of traditional metal braces, then Invisalign could be the perfect choice for you! During your consultation with a cosmetic dentist, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, including how to avoid staining them because they can become discolored or even warped. However, taking a few simple precautions can easily prevent this.
Invisalign aligners are made from a clear plastic material. This means that anything that could potentially stain your teeth may also stain them– including juice, energy drinks, and wine. It’s important to note that you should not consume any hot beverages while wearing your aligners, including coffee and tea. Not only will these drinks stain your aligners, but the heat will also warp the plastic, and you may end up needing to order a replacement set.
If you’re going to drink anything other than water, you should first remove the aligners and place them in their protective case. Then, eat or drink anything you want. Before putting your aligners back in, brush your teeth, and brush and rinse the aligners. This prevents the buildup of plaque and reduces the risk of the aligners getting discolored.
However, if they do acquire a few unsightly stains, there is something you can try. First, do not try brushing your aligners with whitening toothpaste. This toothpaste contains abrasive ingredients that can damage them. Instead, order the soaking crystals from Invisalign. They are specially designed to clean the aligners and lift minor stains. Fill a cup with lukewarm—not hot—water and add the soaking crystals. Add your aligners and soak them for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
Although Invisalign aligners readily take on stains, it’s important to note that you will not wear the same set of aligners for your entire treatment. So, if you’re dealing with a stubborn stain that won’t respond to your cleaning efforts, you may be comforted to know that you’ll soon be switching to the next set in the series. Each patient’s treatment plan can vary slightly. However, most patients are advised to wear each set of aligners for two weeks.
When you’re ready for a Hollywood smile, talk to a cosmetic dentist about Invisalign. You can schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We specialize in smile makeovers that instill self-confidence. Get in touch today with our office in Huntington, Long Island.
A smile is the most memorable feature of a person. In fact, 48 percent of adults think this is even more powerful than appearance or even smell. Because this is so important–for those with even minor imperfections–gaps, crookedness, or stains–it can be intimidating.
If you are looking to make enhancements to your smile– porcelain veneers or invisible alignment treatments will help you reclaim your confidence. When deciding, you’ll want to evaluate the cost, timing, and specific needs for treatment in the Huntington, Long Island-area. Below is a quick guide to help you understand whether porcelain veneers or Invisalign is a better option for your smile.
Veneers are a thin porcelain structure that is bonded to the front of the teeth. The sole purpose of them is to improve overall appearance, including color, size, spacing, chips or cracks, and surface smoothness. Veneers do little to improve function, yet they can deliver a big boost of confidence to the patient. In as little as three visits, a patient can walk away with a more uniform and whiter smile.
The first visit is an initial consultation to determine if veneers are the right approach for you. The second will help the dentist to prepare the teeth and develop a model. Finally, it’s time to apply the veneers. While the process is not complex, it’s helpful to have a solid understanding of the application process. Once a person undergoes treatment for veneers, it is irreversible, as it requires filing away of the original tooth to make space for the veneer.
Before attaching the veneer to the tooth, your dentist will temporarily place it on the tooth to ensure proper fit, color, and size. Once the veneer has been appropriately matched for the mouth, the dentist will prepare your tooth with a thorough cleaning and polishing. From there, they will utilize a technique called etching–a process that allows a strong bonding between the original tooth and its veneer.
The dentist will apply a custom cement to the veneer and position it accordingly on your tooth before applying a light beam that activates the chemicals in the cement—so it quickly hardens and sets. Finally, the dentist will remove any excess cement, evaluate the fit and bite, and make any final adjustments for comfort and function. With proper care, veneers can last up to 15 years. Additionally, while the cost can change depending on the number of teeth, a person can expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $2,000 for each tooth.
While veneers can be great for instantaneous cosmetic assistance, Invisalign can help improve appearance, function, and health. Many people contend with crooked teeth, crowded smiles or poorly aligned bites. Crowded teeth can be difficult to clean, making tooth decay and gum disease more likely. Invisalign, an alternative to traditional bracket braces, uses clear trays to help correct misalignment, straighten teeth and improve the overall look of someone’s smile. These invisible trays are custom-made and work by applying pressure and slight force to the teeth to slowly align them into the desired position.
It’s a discreet treatment that allows adults to correct their smiles without the embarrassing look of metal braces. Plus, the removable trays allow a person to eat without food restriction, along with easy cleaning of the teeth and trays.
After consulting with your Invisalign-trained doctor, they will map out a customized digital treatment that demonstrates the step-by-step smile and mouth transformation.
From there, customized aligners will be created and changed out after one to two weeks. While the total length of treatment varies per patient, the average time for alignment is 12 to 18 months. Once the teeth have reached the desired look, you can continue to wear the clear tray to maintain teeth position.
Depending on the extent of your plan, these treatments can go upwards of $6,500, but this will reshape the structure of the mouth for less than traditional braces– in most cases.
Talking with an experienced cosmetic dentist can help you determine which option is better for you. Seek out the best dental health professionals in the Huntington, Long Island-area, to help you. The Huntington, Long Island award-winning doctors of Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry can meet with you to review your specific goals, treatment options, and affordability.
Schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot in Huntington Station, Long Island. Get on the path to a more confident, healthier you.
Invisalign is a great option for teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth quickly. However, if you’re straightening your teeth in preparation for a special event, like a wedding or a high school reunion, you’ll still want to visit a cosmetic dentist as soon as possible.
“Everyone’s treatment time is a little different,” says Dr. Nick at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. “Some people achieve their goals within six months or so, while those who have more severe malocclusion might take as long as 18 months,” adds Dr. Elliot of the same dentistry practice. The average total treatment time for an Invisalign patient is 12 to 18 months.
Once your unique treatment process is planned, you will receive a series of Invisalign clear aligners, or trays. You’ll wear each set of trays in an ordered sequence. Usually, you will wear each set for two weeks at a time. Your dentist will let you know if your particular treatment differs from this standard. At the end of the two weeks, you’ll switch to the next set of trays in your series. Each tray will move your teeth about 1/10 of a millimeter.
One of the many major differences between Invisalign and traditional metal braces is that with Invisalign, you don’t have to wait until the end of your treatment to see the results. If you were to choose metal braces instead, your beautiful smile would be concealed behind unsightly metal brackets and wires. But because Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, you can see how your smile changes throughout the treatment.
Everyone’s experience is a little different, of course. Some people can see improvements in a mere matter of weeks. Others might not notice a difference for about three months.
Occasionally, Invisalign patients will end up having to wear the aligners for longer than originally planned if their teeth aren’t moving as expected. This typically happens when patients aren’t following the instructions properly. (Your cosmetic dentist will instruct you to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day.) You’ll take them out to eat, and to clean your teeth and the aligners. If you fall short of the minimum 20 hours per day, your teeth won’t move as quickly.
One of the neat things about Invisalign is that you’ll be able to see how your teeth will move and what your smile will look like at the end of your treatment. It’s all thanks to the state-of-the-art imaging software, which allows cosmetic dentists to precisely plan every phase of the treatment.
Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot invite you to schedule a consultation at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in South Huntington, Long Island. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about Invisalign, ask all of your questions, and determine whether Invisalign is right for you. Call us today at 631.212.8024.
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