Unless you are planning to keep your Invisalign trays as a souvenir for your journey to a straighter, more beautiful smile, you don’t need to keep them. Aside from your current tray (obviously) and the tray you had used before, you can throw away all the others.
For many, tossing out old used trays can actually be helpful to avoid confusion. Because Invisalign is designed to gently guide your teeth into their new position, the differences from tray to tray may seem minute, making it relatively easy to mix up the aligners and jeopardize your treatment plan.
One exception to the rule (sometimes) is if you lose your current tray. Face it—Invisalign trays get lost, broken, chewed up by Rover, and more. When this happens, your dentist may suggest that you either move on to the next aligner early or regress to the previous tray until your current one can be replaced. So, it is good to keep a back-up and check with your dentist before moving to an old or new aligner. Any trays older than your previous one though won’t fit and could actually do more harm than good—so toss it!
The most common way of disposing Invisalign trays is in the trash bin. Since they aren’t recyclable (more on that below) and can’t precisely be reused, there aren’t many other places for them besides the trash bin.
Of course, you can always keep them all shoved in a shoebox under your bed, but it won’t be doing much good there either. Some patients do, however, like to hold onto a few of them to document their journey. Many people keep the first one to compare how far they’ve come, and if you have a particularly dramatic journey, you may want to save a few “milestone” trays as well.
Unfortunately, no. We know that it can feel frustrating tossing your plastic trays in the landfill, but there are a few things that prevent your aligners from classifying as recyclable. First, they are considered medical waste. Like any other plastic used for medical purposes, trays that have spent the last week sitting in your mouth are not technically allowed in the green bin.
Second, Invisalign is a multi-layer polymer, which means it uses a mixture of different plastics to create the exact balance of elasticity and rigidity to nudge your teeth where they need to go. It also means that it complicates the recycling process. There are roughly seven grades of plastic, each of which requires a different method for recycling. Because Invisalign fuses several different types of plastics, they can’t be sorted into one of the recycling methods. So, even if you have a few unused pairs, they may need to join the others in the trash bin. At least for now.
At Long Island Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we are excited to welcome new and existing customers back into our offices to help them achieve the smile they’ve always dreamed of. Because we take your health seriously, we have put rules and protocols in place to ensure a safe and sanitized environment to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Schedule an appointment today.
Invisalign is one of the most popular methods of straightening teeth. It’s an effective way to gently reposition a smile affected by almost any type of malocclusion. Plus, unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. This makes it a great choice for teens and adults alike. If you’ve been thinking about getting Invisalign treatment, you may have been doing some reading up on its many advantages. One of the perks of treatment with Invisalign can include alleviating gum recession.
To understand how Invisalign might help with gum recession, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of what gum recession is and why it occurs. Normally, each tooth should be surrounded by a healthy amount of gum tissue that stays close to the tooth. However, it’s possible for the gum tissue to begin to pull away from the tooth. The most common reason for this is the development of gum disease via the accumulation of bacteria along the gum line. However, it can also be caused by aggressive brushing techniques.
As the gum tissue pulls away from the tooth, it forms deep periodontal pockets. Bacteria can continue to accumulate in these pockets, which worsens the problem. Eventually, you’ll notice that your gum tissue has visibly receded away from the teeth. This can affect one tooth or multiple teeth.
It’s possible for Invisalign to alleviate receding gums or prevent gum recession from occurring at all. This is because crooked teeth readily trap food debris and bacteria between the teeth and underneath the gum line. Furthermore, it can be difficult to clean crooked teeth. This gives rise to gum disease and gum recession. As the Invisalign aligners gently reposition your teeth, the treatment reduces these hiding places for food debris and bacteria. In other words, Invisalign can make it easier for you to keep your teeth clean and your gums healthy.
The prevention or alleviation of gum recession is just one reason why so many people choose the Invisalign system. Another major reason for the popularity of Invisalign is that it’s a discreet treatment. The aligners are made from clear plastic, which means no one will be able to tell you’re getting your teeth straightened. This makes it a perfect choice for adults who need to look professional and teens who feel a bit self-conscious about the “metal mouth” look.
In addition, Invisalign is a convenient way to straighten your teeth. The aligners are removable. Unlike other types of braces, there are no restrictions on what you can eat because you won’t be wearing the aligners during meals.
If you’re dissatisfied with your crooked smile, you can regain your self-confidence with the Invisalign treatment system. Contact Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot. We are proud to be authorized Invisalign providers in Huntington, Long Island, who put the health of our patients first.
Please note that our entire staff is following strict CDC guidelines to ensure your safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. To schedule an appointment, call today.
Gone are the days when thick, metal braces were the only option for straightening teeth. These days, parents can choose between Invisalign and braces for their teens.
When it comes to straightening your teenager’s teeth, how do you know which is the better choice?
Simply put, in the question of Invisalign vs. braces for teenagers, there is no wrong answer. It all depends on your teenager’s teeth condition and personal preferences.
Traditional braces are metal brackets that are individually bonded to teeth and connected with wires and rubber bands to help move the teeth to the desired position. Most modern dentists offer stainless steel braces that can be decorated with colored rings as well as ceramic brackets that are much clearer and more subtle in appearance. A teen will need to visit the orthodontist throughout the course of the braces treatment to have the wires adjusted so the teeth can shift gradually over time.
Some of the pros of braces include:
Braces do have some negative aspects. For example, certain foods must be avoided or limited to help make sure the braces don’t come off the teeth, the wire adjustments can be painful, and a strict oral hygiene routine is key to keep the teeth healthy under the brackets.
Invisalign is a more modern approach to orthodontics that uses clear aligner trays to move and straighten teeth. These trays are custom made to each stage of a teen’s treatment plan, so the teeth move into the desired alignment gradually. Usually, a teenager wears an alignment tray for about two weeks before moving to a new tray.
The pros of Invisalign include:
However, using Invisalign for teens is not ideal in every case. Invisalign aligners can’t be used to treat severe cases of bite or tooth misalignment, and the aligner trays must be worn for at least 22 hours per day in order for the treatment to work. Invisalign might not be the best choice if a teen can’t be trusted to wear the trays for the prescribed amount of time.
Perhaps the biggest difference between braces and Invisalign is the emotional aspect. Most parents that wore braces can attest to the embarrassment and decreased self-confidence that comes with being a “metal mouth.” Many teens greatly prefer Invisalign because the aligner trays are much harder to detect. This low-profile treatment plan greatly reduces the risk of self-esteem or anxiety issues often connected with traditional braces.
For some teens, Invisalign may be a better and more convenient choice than braces. But for others, traditional braces will have a much better prognosis.
The expert dentists at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry can work with you and your teenager to come up with a personalized treatment plan. We are open and welcoming patients for all procedures and taking all prescribed safety precautions.
Call today to schedule a one-on-one consultation with our Huntington, LI dentists.
While the damage caused by teeth grinding may not be as obvious as the damage caused by cavities or gum disease, it can be no less harmful in the long run. If it goes untreated, teeth grinding—also known as bruxism—can crack, wear down, and even loosen your teeth. It can also result in headaches, sleeplessness, and other complications. Fortunately, there are effective ways to treat teeth grinding. If you have ever considered using Invisalign to correct your teeth, you might be wondering if the treatment could help your bruxism.
It is not known for certain why we grind our teeth. People who suffer from untreated anxiety or chronic stress, however, may be more likely to experience teeth grinding. Having misaligned teeth can also make you more vulnerable to bruxism. Whatever the cause of your bruxism might be, you shouldn’t ignore its symptoms—which include jaw pain, sensitive teeth, or jaw clenching. If you think that you may be grinding your teeth during your sleep, then it’s recommended to consult one-on-one with your dentist as soon as possible.
Invisalign is a special type of dental treatment that targets misaligned teeth. The treatment involves creating a custom-made set of clear plastic aligners for your teeth. Every two weeks, you will exchange your current aligners for a new set. Each set is very slightly different than the last. Over time, your teeth gradually straighten out. Many people find the Invisalign treatment more convenient than traditional braces, since the aligners are nearly invisible to others and can easily be removed in order to eat, drink, and brush and floss your teeth.
Understandably, many patients wonder if grinding their teeth will harm their aligners and interfere with the Invisalign treatment. While grinding your teeth can cause your aligners to wear down quickly, it may not be a significant issue since you will only wear each set of aligners for two weeks. If you already wear a nightguard to treat your bruxism, however, then you may not be a good candidate for Invisalign.
While Invisalign is not a specific treatment for bruxism, in some cases, it can help people who suffer from it. By correcting misaligned teeth, Invisalign can reduce the frequency of teeth grinding. In other cases, Invisalign may be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as correcting a misaligned bite, in order to provide an effective solution for chronic bruxism.
At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to the comfort and well-being of our patients. We offer a wide array of modern dental procedures to help you enjoy a terrific smile, from Invisalign treatment to scaling and root planing.
We are also taking all the necessary precautions to ensure that our practice is safe and healthy for everyone. If you’re looking for a solution to your teeth grinding, then get in touch with us today to schedule a one-on-one consultation at our office in Huntington, NY.
If you’re hoping to speed up your Invisalign process, skipping a tray is not how you do it. Invisalign, a more discreet and often quicker and less expensive alternative to traditional braces, is designed to gently push teeth into their new positions. To accomplish this, your dental team uses special imaging software that helps them plan each “step” of the transition. How many aligners you have and how long you have to wear each will depend on the specifics of your dental correction plan.
If your anxious to pull ahead (or have misplaced your next tray), you might find the urge to “try on” the following aligner set. Because Invisalign is designed to move your teeth up to a maximum of .25mm during each tray, it may not feel as loose as you would expect. It may even feel slightly comfortable. However, just because the tray feels like it fits, doesn’t mean you should wear it.
If you skip to a new tray too early, you could develop “tracking” errors, where the teeth have lost contact with the aligner. If you notice any gaps between the retainer and your teeth, it’s a tracking error. When this happens, the tray is unable to apply the correct amount of pressure, and your teeth may fall behind on the shift. Even if you leave the new trays in longer, your teeth won’t necessarily be able to catch up.
If you’ve already skipped a tray or accidentally put in the wrong tray, contact your orthodontist immediately. They may be able to make adjustments or recommendations to get you back on track. In other cases, moving ahead could result in entirely new imaging and tray sets. Obviously, this can cost you more time and money, so it’s best to stick to the plan.
If you can’t find your next Invisalign tray, you aren’t alone. Losing aligners is quite common, and many patients have faced this dilemma. The best thing to do when you’ve noticed that your sequential trays have gone astray is to contact your orthodontist and continue wearing your current trays.
In some cases, a replacement tray is included in the overall price, and you may not even have to pay for the new one. Of course, the mishap may set you back a couple of weeks while you wait for the news one to be made, but it’s better than starting over!
If you want to skip ahead to speed up your Invisalign set, there are better ways to encourage quicker changes. Here are some ways you can promote faster results:
If you’re interested in Invisalign or Invisalign express, schedule a one-on-one consultation with LI Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry.
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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