Teen & Adult Invisalign® in Levittown, NY
Sometimes called “the clear alternative to braces,” Invisalign® replaces brackets and wires with smooth, comfortable, virtually invisible, clear plastic aligners. Aligners are changed at home every one or two weeks, limiting the amount of office visits needed. And, because they’re removable for 2-4 hours a day, you or your child can enjoy favorite foods and perform regular oral hygiene routines easily and comfortably. And thanks to the clear aligners, no one needs to know that your teeth are being straightened.
More comfortable than traditional metal braces, Invisalign® is a great choice in orthodontic treatment designed to align your teeth correctly.
Benefits of Invisalign®
Invisalign used to be a lot more expensive than braces, but this is changing. Cosmetic upgrades, such as colorless or ceramic brackets, add to the price of braces. In addition, Invisalign pricing is all-inclusive. More and more dental insurance companies are recognizing the benefits of Invisalign, and have begun to cover it.
No single solution is right for everyone. If your child needs orthodontic work, ask the orthodontist whether Invisalign is right for him.
If you are in the Levittown area and your child needs Invisalign services, we invite you to call our office at 516-226-7337 for immediate assistance.
Invisalign’s® modern aligner system is less uncomfortable than metal braces and less unwieldy. The aligners move your teeth incrementally into straighter positions. Changed over time, each time you place a new aligner in your mouth, your teeth are just a little straighter. Each subsequent tray is shaped for teeth marginally straighter than your teeth when you first start wearing that aligner. A gentle pressure on your teeth moves them to gradually match up with the aligner.
The Invisalign® process allows for:
- Better Oral Health: Metal braces can be difficult to clean around. Without proper oral home care, plaque can accumulate around the metal braces, sometimes leading to demineralization of teeth. With Invisalign®, aligners are simply removed when it is time to brush, for full and easy access when cleaning their teeth and maintaining a happy healthy smile.
- Better Lifestyle: Metal braces require the wearer to make some sacrifices, such as not being able to eat some foods. And, metal braces cannot be hidden, which can become burdensome during special occasions. On the other hand, Invisalign® uses smooth plastic aligners that are virtually invisible, so you have no worries about posing for photos. And, you simply take them off when eating foods such as apples or popcorn, which are off-limits with traditional metal braces.
- Treatment Process: Metal braces must be adjusted by your orthodontist. And if an issue arises such as a popped wire or broken brace, you must make an emergency visit. With Invisalign®, you are in control. The number of hours they’re to be worn each day, typically 20 to 22, and when to switch to the next aligner will be explained in advance, with visits to your dental team only necessary every 6 to 8 weeks. Plus, treatment time is shorter than with metal braces.
- Looking to the Future with 3-D Modeling: We will plan out Invisalign® treatment with a digital 3-D model of the teeth. We will morph it through every stage of treatment, including the final results. While braces leave you guessing as to what to expect, Invisalign shows you exactly what your finished smile will look like.
- Reasonable pricing: While Invisalign® used to be a lot more expensive than braces, this is changing. Cosmetic upgrades, such as colorless or ceramic brackets, add to the cost of traditional braces. And, Invisalign® pricing is all-inclusive. More and more dental insurance companies are recognizing the benefits of Invisalign, and have begun to cover it.
While no single solution is right for everyone, if you or your child needs orthodontic work, ask whether Invisalign is the right choice.
Ready to Learn More about Invisalign®?
The Invisalign process is unobtrusive, simple to use, flexible, and considerably more comfortable than metal braces. But remember, it’s important for a patient to be able to wear them every day, just as directed.
If you want to know more about Invisalign, our skilled dental team can answer any questions. Call us today to schedule an appointment. Call our office at 516-226-7337 - we’re ready to help. We’re looking forward to hearing from you and helping you or your child have straighter teeth!
Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign®
What is the best age to get Invisalign®?
As with any orthodontic treatment, we usually start Invisalign® treatment once all or most of the adult teeth have erupted. The Invisalign® Teen system has built-in features to account for the fact that the teeth may still be in the process of erupting at the beginning of treatment. Other than this, there are no guidelines as to the best age to get Invisalign®—you’re never too old for a beautiful smile!
Can I not wear Invisalign® for a day?
While not wearing your Invisalign® aligners for a day won’t have much of an impact on your treatment, if you make a habit of leaving your aligners out for extended periods, it can lengthen your overall treatment time.
Do your teeth move back after Invisalign®?
Just like with braces, you’ll need to maintain your Invisalign® results by wearing retainers once your treatment is complete. Invisalign® has its own brand of retainers called Vivera; they look and function much like your aligners, but they’re made of a thicker material for increased durability.
Is Invisalign® worth it?
Yes, Invisalign® is worth it—and not just for a more beautiful smile. Straighter teeth are healthier teeth and an improved bite can reduce headaches, TMJ pain, and abnormal wear on your teeth, as well as possibilities for decay that can happen if teeth are difficult to brush because they’re crammed together, crooked, or misaligned.
How painful is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® isn’t painful, although when you first begin treatment, you may experience some discomfort as you get used to the feeling of having gentle pressure applied to your teeth. You may also have a feeling of tightness and pressure when you switch from one set of aligners to the next every two weeks.