The idea of presenting a smile full of metal to your friends and colleagues might sound like too much trouble for getting straighter teeth. With Invisalign® transparent aligners, available at Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry in Hartsdale, New York, you can enjoy a straighter smile without several months or years of braces. To book a consultation with Larry Honigman, DDS, and his team, call Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry or use the online scheduling tool today.
If you’ve been considering braces to straighten you or your child’s teeth, you might want to consider Invisalign instead. Invisalign is an alternative treatment to braces that accomplishes many of the same goals. However, it works in a much different way.
Before you start Invisalign, a consultation between you and your dentist determines if you’re a candidate for treatment. If the Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry team agrees Invisalign is your best orthodontic option, they take digital impressions of your teeth using the iTero® digital scanner.
Using these impressions, the team can predict how to move your teeth with treatment and create a set of transparent aligners to bring your ideal smile to life. Each aligner places a small amount of pressure on your teeth to gently push them into proper alignment.
You’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks before progressing to the next, and you should wear them for 20-22 hours each day to stay on track with your plan.
Just like metal bracket-and-wire braces, Invisalign treats many types of naturally occurring misalignments. While traditional braces might still be your best option for treatment if you have severe misalignment, Invisalign® treats mild to moderate cases involving:
Using your digital scans, your dentist can show you how you can expect your teeth to move over the course of your treatment. Treatment times vary based on the extent of your misalignment and other factors, but most cases take between 12 and 18 months to correct.
Aligning your teeth with Invisalign is a completely different process than aligning your teeth with braces, and many patients find that Invisalign is the preferable choice. Invisalign’s many advantages include:
Since Invisalign’s design makes it easy for you to take it out and clean your teeth thoroughly, some patients find that Invisalign makes it easier to avoid oral health complications like cavities and gum disease. Your dentist helps you compare Invisalign with braces and other potential treatments to select the one that meets your needs.
To find out more about the Invisalign process or to discuss orthodontic treatment options with an expert, call Hartsdale Cosmetic Dentistry or book a consultation online today.