Teen & Adult Invisalign® in Levittown, NY
My Town’s Little Dentist offers Invisalign for adults and Invisalign Teen in Levittown, NY. Call 516-226-7337 to make an appointment.
Sometimes billed as “the clear alternative to braces,” Invisalign replaces brackets and wires with smooth, comfortable, virtually invisible, clear plastic aligners. Your child will change aligners at home every one or two weeks, minimizing the number of office visits that are needed. Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing your child to enjoy their favorite foods and perform their regular oral hygiene routine. And thanks to the clear aligners, no one needs to know that your child is straightening their teeth.
Benefits of Invisalign
1. Better Oral Health: Metal braces can be difficult to clean around. Without proper oral home care, plaque can accumulate around the metal braces which can sometimes lead to demineralization of teeth. With Invisalign, your child removes the aligners when it is time to brush. This allows them full and easy access when cleaning their teeth in order to maintain a happy healthy smile.
2. Lifestyle Considerations: Metal braces require your child to make sacrifices. They will not be able to eat certain foods. Also, metal braces cannot be hidden, which can sometimes be burdensome during special occasions.
Invisalign uses smooth plastic aligners that are virtually invisible, so you and your child do not need to worry about prom pictures or other special occasions. And since the aligners are removable, your child can simply pop them out to eat apples, popcorn, or other foods that are off-limits with braces.
3. Treatment Process: Metal braces must be adjusted by your child’s orthodontist. Likewise, if there is an issue such as a popped wire or broken brace, you must make an emergency visit.
With Invisalign, you and your child are in control. Your child’s orthodontist will explain how long to wear the aligners each day (typically 20 to 22 hours), and when to switch to the next aligner in the series (typically one to two weeks). Your child will only need to see the orthodontist once every six to eight weeks, and the total treatment time may be shorter than it would be with braces.
4. 3-D Modeling: We will plan out your child’s 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 child’s finished smile will look like.
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.
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.
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.