How Does Invisalign Work? And Other Pressing Questions Regarding This Treatment
Invisalign is one of the most advanced and desirable orthodontic techniques, as it provides a way for patients to straighten their smiles without bulky wires and brackets. For this reason, your friendly cosmetic dentistry team in Great Neck highly recommends Invisalign for any adolescent or adult patient. If Dr. Harvey Passes suggested that you undergo this type of orthodontic treatment, it is understandable that you may have some questions. Our team will do our best to address any potential concerns here.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign utilizes advanced 3D computer-imaging technology to map your teeth from their original position to their desired position. Based on the data, our lab creates a series of clear aligners that are custom made for your teeth and your teeth alone. The aligners are designed to move your teeth to the desired position bit by bit. You will wear each aligner for approximately two weeks, at which point your New York dentist will upgrade you to the next one.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Treatment typically takes 12 months on average. However, every case is different, and some individuals require aligners for as few as six months and some for as many as 18 months.
Additionally, at Passes Dental Care we also offer an orthodontic device called Acceledent – which cuts treatment time roughly in half of what it would otherwise be.
Can Invisalign Fix an Overbite?
To an extent, yes. If yours or your child’s overbite isn’t severe, the aligners can shift your teeth, jawline or both to correct a slight overbite.
Can Invisalign Close Gaps in Teeth?
Absolutely! Depending on how large the gap is, it may take some time for the aligners to entirely finish their job, but they can complete them. Invisalign is essentially an invisible brace system and handle nearly every task that wires and brackets can.
How Often Must You Wear Your Aligners?
Our Manhasset cosmetic dentist recommends that patients wear their aligners as often as possible. However, we fully understand that you may not want to wear them while eating and that you’ll need to take them off to brush your teeth. It’s okay to remove your aligners for such special occasions — but strive to keep them on for at least 22 hours a day.
Is Invisalign Expensive?
Invisalign is not any more expensive than braces. That said, how much your treatment costs all depends on how complex your unique case is and how many aligners you need. Additionally, you should also factor in how often you need to visit your Roslyn dentist for adjustments and checkups.
Schedule an Appointment With Dr. Harvey Passes Today!
If you’re interested in Invisalign, contact our cosmetic dentistry office to learn more about this innovative treatment and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. You can call us at 516-858-5921 or schedule an appointment online.