Orthodontic treatment is often necessary to straighten the teeth, as few people are born with a perfect smile. Unfortunately, metal braces are unsightly and inconvenient. Plus, they can cause discomfort if the wires break free and poke at the soft tissues of the mouth. That’s why so many people have decided to use Invisalign instead.
Invisalign is a system of clear plastic aligners that gently and effectively straighten the teeth without the need for metal brackets or wires. Since the aligners are removable, you’ll also be able to eat whatever you want. Note that, while metal braces are adjustable, Invisalign aligners are not. This means that at periodic intervals, you will need to swap out the old aligners for the next set in the series. This will keep your teeth moving in the right direction.
Before you begin treatment with the Invisalign system, your cosmetic dentist will map out your treatment. Each set of aligners must be worn in the correct sequence in order to move your teeth to the appropriate positions. You’ll need to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day to keep your teeth on track. Every one to two weeks, you will switch to the next set of aligners in the series. Your dentist will let you know exactly when to make the switch.
Remember that it’s absolutely vital to wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours per day. If you don’t, your dentist will be able to tell that you haven’t been wearing them enough because your teeth won’t be on track. This may mean that you’ll have to wear your current set of aligners a little longer. If you skip wearing the aligners entirely for a little while, you might even have to go back to the previous set of aligners—so don’t throw out the old aligners, and definitely wear them for the recommended amount of time!
Your Invisalign aligners are fairly durable, but they can sometimes develop cracks if they are exposed to hot temperatures or if you’re aggressive about removing and inserting them. If your aligners develop a crack, your dentist may tell you to continue wearing the current set, but to be extra careful when taking them out and putting them back in. If you’re more than two-thirds through the current treatment cycle, your dentist may tell you to simply move on to the next set of aligners.
If you’re fed up with crooked teeth that are difficult to floss and make you hide your smile, it’s time to find out if Invisalign is right for you. Visit Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in South Huntington, Long Island for your personal, one-on-one consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot. During your consult, we’ll plan your treatment using state-of-the-art software that can show you what your smile will look like after using Invisalign! Give us a call today at 631-840-9724, and don’t forget to ask us about our other cosmetic dentistry treatment options, like teeth whitening.
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Invisalign is an effective way to straighten teeth and correct many orthodontic issues without the hassle and inconvenience of metal braces. The system uses removable clear aligners to move teeth gently back into a correct position.
While many people have heard about the advantages of Invisalign (hello popcorn! goodbye headgear!), there is often confusion about treatment times. So, how quickly do teeth move with Invisalign?
The speed of treatment will vary since teeth shift at different rates for different people. Some people notice subtle changes after a few weeks, while others won’t see a difference for several months. Your results will also depend on the Invisalign treatment plan your dentist has prescribed, in addition to the complexity and severity of your orthodontic issues.
Even if you need only small corrections, Invisalign treatment can take considerably longer if you do not wear your aligners for the recommended 22 hours per day. The plastic trays are removable, which can make compliance a little tricky at times, but adhering to this one rule is crucial to see the fastest results.
Someone who wants to fix a small gap between the front teeth may see appreciable changes with Invisalign in as little as 10 weeks. Crowded teeth and very crooked teeth can take longer to correct. A lot will hinge on your dentist’s personalized treatment plan, and whether you are asked to wear SmartForce attachments to help the aligners apply the correct amount of force in the right direction.
Depending on your aesthetic goals and dental concerns, the Invisalign teeth-straightening process can last anywhere from 12 to 18 months, but there are some people who need less or more time to achieve desired results.
Having a simple orthodontic problem means a much shorter treatment time. If you only need to move a couple of teeth into proper alignment, you will see results faster than someone who needs to correct an underbite.
Besides this, the easiest thing you can do to get the smile you want is to comply with your dentist’s Invisalign instructions. Remember that each custom-made tray is designed to move your teeth into the correct position with each passing hour. Your jaw may feel slightly sore at first, but this quickly passes and you will be rewarded with a beautiful smile and straighter teeth!
Invisalign can address a number of bite issues, using revolutionary technology to help teenagers and adults of all ages get a winning smile. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot have helped patients with a number of orthodontic issues including:
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Invisalign is one of the most popular options available for straightening crooked teeth. It’s effective in a wide variety of situations, from gaps to underbites to overbites, and many more. If you’ve been considering Invisalign treatment, you might be hooked on the idea that you could straighten your smile without having a mouth full of metal brackets and wires. Or perhaps you like the thought of being able to eat anything you want during orthodontic treatment. There are lots of perks to Invisalign treatment, but only a dentist can determine if it’s right for you. There may be some issues to consider, such as the existence of prior restorations, like dental crowns.
According to the Invisalign company, “Crowns (tooth caps) are usually not a factor in Invisalign treatment.” The crown caps the remainder of the natural tooth, and so it can be gently guided to a new position, just like an unrestored, natural tooth. However, certain precautions may be in order. Your dentist will carefully evaluate the crown, and might decide to tweak your treatment plan so that the tooth with the crown is manipulated a little more slowly than the rest of your smile.
In some cases, the location of the tooth with the crown can also be a factor in planning the Invisalign treatment. Some patients need attachments, which are very small, tooth-colored attachments that are bonded directly to a tooth. They remain there for the duration of the Invisalign treatment. Their purpose is to provide more focused guidance, enabling the Invisalign aligners to more effectively manipulate the movement of the teeth.
It may be more difficult to bond an attachment to a crown compared to a natural tooth. Your cosmetic dentist will consider this possibility, and will try to adjust your treatment accordingly.
Only your dentist can answer this question, as the answer is highly dependent on factors that are unique to your situation. If you’re thinking about getting a crown because the tooth is discolored, asymmetrical, or mildly chipped, then it’s probably best to wait to get this restoration until after your Invisalign treatment is complete. In other words, cosmetic restorations can wait a little while.
But if you need a crown because of extensive tooth decay or infection that requires a root canal, then you should get the crown first. Your medical needs should take priority over cosmetic needs.
There is no one-size-fits all solution when it comes to cosmetic dentistry makeovers. You need a complete evaluation and personalized recommendations to achieve your goals for your smile. Schedule your one-on-one consult with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, and we’ll develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. You deserve a healthy, beautiful smile you can be proud of. Call our Rocky Point location at 631.296.0602 or our South Huntington location at 631.228.8308 today to request your smile evaluation.
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