Is Invisalign® a Good Teeth Straightening Option for Me?

Did you know that over 8 million people have chosen Invisalign® to straighten their teeth? But is this advanced orthodontic technology the right teeth-straightening option for you? The experienced dental care team at Union Square Dental can help you decide.

Crooked teeth and teeth with incorrect spacing cause dental complications like infections or gingivitis. These conditions can lead to gum disease and other oral problems that can threaten your overall health. At Union Square Dental, our dentists offer Invisalign for patients in the Flatiron District of New York City who are hoping to improve the appearance of their smiles and overall oral health.

There are four main factors to consider when deciding whether Invisalign is right for you.

What work does your smile need?

Invisalign corrects a broad range of smile issues, including crooked teeth, overcrowding, smiles with gaps, overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites.

Invisalign aligners are a great option for many patients, but it isn’t the right orthodontic choice for people whose teeth need severe correction. For complex corrections, more involved treatments may be required.

Are you the right age?

Children and younger adolescents are still undergoing too much growth for the Invisalign teeth straightening system to work effectively. However, if you’re an older teen or adult, Invisalign is a great way to straighten your teeth without a mouthful of metal. 

What’s your commitment level?

Invisalign dental aligners are easy to use. Simply wear them for most of the day — 20-22 hours — and advance to a new set of aligners every two weeks. While they’re easy to use, it also takes commitment to keep your aligners in most of the day for the duration of your treatment.

If you don’t wear your aligners as prescribed, Invisalign can’t properly move and straighten your teeth. Other orthodontic options don’t offer the opportunity to remove them — or forget to put them back in. The best candidates for Invisalign are fully committed to wearing their aligners as instructed.

Can Invisalign better fit your lifestyle?

If you’re like most New Yorkers, you lead a busy life and don’t have time to fit in extra appointments to get your braces adjusted. Invisalign only requires appointments every 6-8 weeks, so your schedule isn’t interrupted too often. Plus, all of your aligners are manufactured before you begin treatment so you don’t need to wait before switching to the next tray.

What’s more? With Invisalign, you don’t need to change your daily brushing and flossing routine. Simply remove your aligners to brush and floss your teeth normally. You can also continue to eat many foods that become off-limits for patients with traditional braces because you can remove Invisalign aligners at mealtimes.

If you’re considering teeth straightening with Invisalign, it’s important to schedule an evaluation with experienced and trained dental professionals. The team at Union Square Dental first evaluates your orthodontic needs. If you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, we create a customized treatment plan for you.

Treatment begins with a series of X-rays, pictures, and impressions of your teeth and mouth. We send your information to the Invisalign laboratories, where your series of aligners are made just for you. If you’re ready to learn more about Invisalign and whether it’s a good teeth straightening option for you, contact Union Square Dental and schedule a consultation today.

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