Invisalign® has straightened more than 15 million smiles since it hit the scene in 1997. Wondering if these discrete aligners can correct your dental issues?
Dr. Yuliya Kanatova and Dr. Kateryna Grytsenko of Union Square Dental, in the Flat Iron neighborhood of New York City, can determine whether you’re a candidate for Invisalign. Read on as they explain the benefits of Invisalign and the vast array of smile flaws it can fix.
It’s no surprise that millions of adults and teens choose Invisalign to straighten their teeth. Here’s why:
Invisalign is practically invisible
The absence of ugly wires and brackets is among the most popular reasons adults and teens love Invisalign.
Invisalign is removable
Traditional braces are attached to your teeth for the duration of your treatment, which may be as long as two years. During that time, many foods and drinks are off-limits — popcorn, sticky candy, gum, soda, corn on the cob, and more.
But Invisalign pops out at mealtime so that you can enjoy all your favorite foods.
Invisalign is easier to clean
Here again, the removability of Invisalign has an advantage over braces, which require special brushing and flossing techniques to clear away food and bacteria in the brackets and wires.
With Invisalign, you just take the trays out, brush your teeth, clean them, and then snap them back on.
Invisalign is more comfortable
Both braces and Invisalign shift your teeth, which can feel a little uncomfortable at times, but braces can also irritate the soft tissues in your mouth — gums, tongue, and cheeks.
Invisalign’s smooth plastic allows your cheeks and tongue to glide over the trays without poking or rubbing. Plus, there are no yucky impressions. Your series of aligners are designed using the iTero Element® scanner that takes a quick and precise 3D digital scan of your teeth.
Can Invisalign work for me?
Invisalign can fix nearly all common teeth-straightening and bite issues, including:
- Mild-to-moderate misalignment problems (overbite, underbite, crossbite)
- Gaps in your teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Protruding teeth
The length of treatment differs between patients, but in some cases, corrections are completed in as little as six months.
Who’s not a good candidate for Invisalign?
Problems not easily remedied with Invisalign include:
- a misshapen tooth that’s too short (peg tooth)
- a severe overbite
- vertical alignment problems
- a severely rotated tooth
- huge gaps
Also, Invisalign isn’t suitable if you have bridges, other dental appliances, gum disease, or tooth decay.
To get our expert evaluation and guidance, schedule a visit today with the experts at Union Square Dental. Call 212-675-7877, or request an appointment online today. And don’t forget to check out our Invisalign special.