Frequently Asked Questions – Invisalign
Invisalign is a fantastic orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth without the need for braces. Using our sophisticated scanning technology, we are able to produce a series of translucent and virtually invisible aligners or dental retainers that fit neatly and comfortably over your teeth. They are removable, too, so cleaning isn’t a bother.
As you progress through treatment, each Invisalign retainer applies more pressure to the teeth to guide them into better and straighter positions, until eventually you are left with a beautiful, even smile and straight teeth. Additionally, since your Invisalign aligners are custom-made for your teeth and your teeth only, you know you’ll end up with a smile that truly fits.
Below you will find some of the more common questions patients ask Invisalign dentist in NYC, Dr. Steven Glassman…
FAQ: Who is a candidate for Invisalign?
NYC Invisalign Dentist Answers: Invisalign provides an excellent treatment solution for most of the orthodontic problems commonly affecting both teenagers and adults: from malocclusions (bad bites), such as overbites and under-bites to badly aligned teeth, over-crowding and jaw problems. Invisalign can be used to treat patients of any age who have either never had orthodontic treatment or who have had braces in the past, but whose teeth have shifted back out of place. The Invisalign system is incredibly versatile and has changed the lives and smiles of more than half a million people! It clearly works and almost anyone is a candidate.
FAQ: How does Invisalign work?
NYC Invisalign Dentist Answers: You will need to come in for an appointment with Dr. Glassman, during which he will custom create a totally unique treatment program designed to address your specific orthodontic or dental issues. This typically involves a session with our iTero scanner – a sophisticated piece of machinery that performs a quick and painless scan of your mouth and teeth. The digital images produced by this scan are then used to custom-fabricate your Invisalign retainers.
Once these have been prepared for you, you can begin treatment! Invisalign works by slowly and gently guiding your teeth out of their over-crowded, asymmetrical and/or skewed positions and into better, straighter positions. There are a series of aligners used during an Invisalign treatment and each is worn for an approximate period of two weeks. Each consecutive Invisalign aligner moves the teeth little by little by applying a greater controlled force to the teeth. The clear difference between Invisalign and traditional braces is that the retainers are translucent, very comfortable and can be removed so that you can keep your teeth nice and clean!
Throughout treatment, you will be required to have regular check-ups with Dr. Glassman, so that he can ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
FAQ: How long will my Invisalign treatment take?
NYC Invisalign Dentist Answers: Every single patient is different, so the amount of time you will be required to wear your aligners will vary. The good news is that Invisalign works far quicker than traditional braces, with an estimated treatment time of between 9 and 15 months. Dr. Glassman will explain your treatment timeline to you in detail during your appointment.
FAQ: How often do I have to wear my Invisalign aligners?
NYC Invisalign Dentist Answers: In order for treatment to progress at a good rate, you absolutely need to wear your Invisalign aligners all the time, except when eating or cleaning your teeth. In fact, it is recommended that you wear them for 22 hours per day. The longer you take your aligners out for, the less impact they can have upon your teeth and treatment time will simply be increased.
FAQ: Is Invisalign comfortable?
NYC Invisalign Dentist Answers: Absolutely! If you’ve ever worn traditional braces, you will appreciate just how comfortable the Invisalign aligners are. They are custom-fabricated to fit neatly over your teeth and don’t have any sharp edges or metal brackets to irritate and ulcerate your cheeks and gums. Invisalign is designed to gently guide your teeth into better positions and it does this by applying a controlled pressure to the teeth. This may cause them to become a little sensitive for the first few days at the beginning of each new treatment stage, but it is positive proof that your teeth are being moved into the positions they should have been all along!
FAQ: Are there any foods I should avoid during treatment?
NYC Invisalign Dentist Answers: Unlike traditional orthodontic braces, there are virtually no foods you have to avoid during an Invisalign treatment because you can simply take your aligners out before eating. Chewing gum is typically discouraged, since it can stick to your retainers and smoking can cause them to become discolored. Taking your aligners out for these activities won’t help because it will just lengthen treatment time or even lead to the reversal of orthodontic problems. Dr. Glassman always encourages patients to brush their teeth and clean their aligners after each meal to maintain a good standard of oral hygiene.
FAQ: What are Invisalign aligners made of?
NYC Invisalign Dentist Answers: Your Invisalign aligners are fabricated from medical grade polyurethane resin that is not only exceptionally strong and durable, but is also virtually invisible when worn. Invisalign is FDA approved and does not contain any hazardous or harmful materials, such as phthalate plasticizers or Bisphenol-A (BPA).
FAQ: What is the cost of an Invisalign treatment in New York?
NYC Invisalign Dentist Answers: The cost of treatment really depends on the extent of your orthodontic problems, the length of treatment time and the number of appointments you require throughout treatment, amongst other factors. But, generally speaking, the cost is comparable to that of traditional braces, which is fantastic when you consider the advantages of Invisalign.
It also serves to bear in mind that the outcomes of an Invisalign treatment are priceless. Not only will you have a smile you can be exceptionally proud of, but straight symmetrical teeth and a healthy bite are essential for good oral health. Dr. Glassman will explain the cost of your Invisalign treatment to you in detail during your initial consultation.
FAQ: Will medical insurance help cover the cost of treatment?
NYC Invisalign Dentist Answers: If you are interested in an Invisalign treatment, you should first and foremost speak to your medical insurance provider. Many dental plans do provide coverage for Invisalign just as they would traditional braces, so it’s definitely worth investigating. If you don’t have coverage and could benefit from financial assistance, Glassman Dental Care does offer flexible payment options through Chase Health Advance, CareCredit, and Springstone Patient Financing. Click on the link to find out more about Patient Financing.
FAQ: How do I get started with an Invisalign treatment?
NYC Invisalign Dentist Answers: Simple! Using the details provided below, just call our New York, NY dental office and set up a consultation with Dr. Glassman. You’ll get answers to any questions you may have and learn whether or not Invisalign is the right option for your smile. As an Invisalign Elite Provider, Dr. Glassman has years of experience creating beautiful, straight smiles using the Invisalign system.
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