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FAQs about Invisalign

Find out everything you could ever wish to know about this nearly invisible orthodontic system.

Invisalign Clear BracesA straighter smile is right around the corner and better yet, you can do it without others noticing your braces. That’s right; our Upper East Side general dentist Dr. Kara Mason offers a way for older teens and adults to finally get that straight, beautiful smile in a fast, reliable and completely clear way. Have you heard of Invisalign before? Find out what this treatment is all about.

Q. What is Invisalign?

A. Invisalign is a unique orthodontic treatment designed to straighten teeth and fix common misalignments through the use of clear, custom-made aligners. These aligners look similar to whitening trays, except they are made from clear, medical-grade plastic and are designed to fit tightly against the teeth.

Q. How does it work?

A. Each aligner is specially designed based on the treatment plan our Upper East Side dentist maps out for you during your consultation. Each aligner will shift certain teeth a predetermined amount in order to get the ideal results. Aligners provide just the right amount of pressure to gradually and safely move teeth into the proper position over time.

Q. Do I have to change my diet while wearing Invisalign?

A. Patients who’ve had to get traditional braces will tell you that it isn’t always easy to stay away from the foods they love while wearing braces. Of course, brackets and wires can easily be damaged by foods that are too chewy, sticky or hard, which means that you have to avoid these foods while wearing traditional braces; however, this isn’t the case with Invisalign. Just simply remove your aligners prior to mealtimes and you can enjoy all your favorite foods without worrying about damaging your braces.

Q. Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

A. Invisalign is the perfect option for older teens and adults who want to fix minor crowding, crookedness, gaps between teeth and other malocclusions (e.g. overbites; underbites). When you come in for a consultation our dentist will be able to tell you whether Invisalign is the best approach for getting your smile straighter.

Q. How long will I have to wear my aligners?

A. If you want to see results you’ll want to make sure you are wearing your aligners as much as possible. This means aiming to wear them about 22 hours out of the day. The only times you should remove them is to brush and floss your teeth and before eating. Make sure you also rinse and clean your aligners daily to prevent stains.

If you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for Invisalign then give our Upper East Side dental office a call today and let us know that you are interested in getting Invisalign (or mention it during your next dental cleaning). Turn to GentleDentalNYC for all of your smile needs.

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