SuttonPDA: a midtown NYC dental office with hundreds of successful Invisalign® treatments
Looking for a dental team experienced with Invisalign® and based in midtown NY?
Look no further! With thousands of successful treatments, the Sutton PDA team has developed considerable expertise with Invisalign® and other orthodontic treatments.
Hence, we are in an ideal position to guide you through the best solutions for your specific situation.
We will pay full attention to:
your individual clinical parameters
constraints pertinent to your daily activities
your expectations and lifestyle
your overall health and well-being
to provide you with an optimal treatment.
Now, although each situation is different, Invisalign® has evolved and become more effective and quicker than traditional braces in many cases.
Curious to learn more? Then just scroll down.
What are the advantages of Invisalign®?
In stark contrast to traditional braces, Invisalign® allows you to:
painlessly straighten your teeth, almost invisibly, thus with no risks of social exclusion
maintain good oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing, since Invisalign® is removable
eat and drink what you like, when you want, since you can remove your aligners
spend less time at the dental office. Why? Because unlike traditional braces, you will not get any mouth irritations from metal brackets or wires.
Even if Invisalign® has proven effective in many dental practices, you need to seek certified dentists like those at SuttonPDA, to achieve optimal results.
Let’s now look at when you can benefit from Invisalign®.
What are some indications for an Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign® treatments can correct a variety of teeth misalignments such as:
crowding (insufficient space for all your teeth to position themselves correctly)
gaps among your teeth
overbite (where your upper teeth overlap your lower ones excessively)
underbite (where your lower teeth extend farther out than the upper ones)
French Bulldog dog with a cute overbite and a funny costume
Invisalign®: how does it work?
Step 1: your first dental appointment
It all begins with a visit to our dental office to determine your best options.
check your medical history
inspect your teeth,
paying close attention to your oral health, teeth crowding, or the existence of gaps between your teeth.
We will also advise and show you, using simulated software, your likely outcome. Finally, we will discuss your expectations as well as all related fees.
If all is agreed upon, and Invisalign® is indeed the best solution for you, then it is time for step 2.
Step 2: dental impressions, digital photographs, and X-rays
Following the adage: “measure twice and cut once” this part will involve:
Wondering about what critical data we gather?
One of these is the line of symmetry that runs from the center of the front teeth to the rear of the mouth.
This and other information will ensure that your Invisalign® braces are perfectly positioned to your individual anatomy. The above measurements will give us a precise 3D model of your mouth.
Hence, it will be possible:
to put together a treatment plan
start producing Invisalign® trays,
uniquely adapted to your situation.
These are made of transparent medical grade plastic.
Step 3: teeth buttons
By now everything is ready, and you can easily start wearing your first set of Invisalign® trays?
If you have a complicated malocclusion or bite, then you will need attachments. They will apply the necessary extra force to guide your teeth to their optimal positions.
So, if you belong to this group of patients, we will use dental composite material to bond some tiny tooth-colored “bumps” to your teeth.
These buttons are painless to place and remove. They are also temporary and almost invisible.
An Invisalign® clear braces set with multiple aligners
Step 4: wearing Invisalign® braces
After the arrival of your custom-made Invisalign® trays, you can wear the first set. We will usually order anywhere between 12-48 aligners, depending on the needed degree of correction. In some situations, you may need as little as 7 and, in rare cases, over 50 sets of trays.
We will check the fit of your trays. Once this is verified, and we have clearly explained your aftercare program, you are ready to go!
You will love Invisalign® because it can discreetly correct your smile.
You will need to wear your aligners for about 21-22 hours per day. You will remove them only when caring for your teeth (flossing, brushing …), eating, or drinking anything that is not water.
A quick word of caution: it is important to remove Invisalign® when you drink beverages other than water, or your aligners will get stained.
After 1-2 weeks, your bumpers will have helped your teeth move sufficiently. You will thus be able to use your next set of aligners, which will also produce further movement, till you reach the last set.
We design each Invisalign® tray to fit your anatomy at each stage of the treatment and to gradually (and gently) move your teeth. They exert proper pressure on your teeth and control their movements.
How long will treatment last?
That depends on your situation. You will not find 2 persons with identical situations and teeth, and the same treatment needs. This is the reason why we will only be able to provide you with a time estimate after a dental appointment.
Bear in mind that we need to ensure that you will have a properly functioning bite as well as straight teeth and more pleasing smile.
Anywhere from 6 to 24 months is usually the timeframe you should be expecting, with the average being around 7 to 8 months.
This is a great improvement over traditional braces, which could take up to 30 months to achieve the desired alignment results.
Step 5A: follow-up appointments
A few weeks after the first set of trays are fitted, we will have a follow-up appointment to check your progress and your trays’ fit.
Invisalign® consists of a series of trays. Each of them incrementally straightens your teeth. We will thus check your progress periodically.
The good news is that unlike with metal braces, you will not have to return for regular appointments. We will not have to see you each time you wear a new aligner.
Appointments will only take place every 2-3 months.
Sometimes, if you do not progress as planned, a new digital scan and additional aligners may be necessary.
During follow up appointments, some extra procedures may be necessary. Stripping (or slenderizing) is one of them. It is completely painless, and less complicated than you think.
Let’s find out more.
Step 5B: stripping or slenderizing
It consists in removing 0.1-0.4 mm of enamel from some of your teeth to make space for crowded teeth to straighten out. This is in contrast to traditional braces, which may even require removal of a tooth or teeth to create the necessary space for teeth movement.
This conservative procedure is quite common with Invisalign®.
We will remove your enamel with a sandpaper-like metal strip or a very thin disk on a handpiece.
The movement is akin to flossing. The amount of enamel removed is so small that it will not be noticeable. You will not experience any increased risk of cavities or sensitivity, either.
The procedure is quick and painless. We will not need to numb you, and in some cases a slight and temporary irritation of your gums may ensue
You may also feel a little discomfort for a day if you wear Invisalign® trays. The trays can in fact touch your sensitive gums. This potential discomfort will go away within 24 hours.
Step 6: straighter teeth
Do you want to know the best part?
If you wear the trays the way we recommend, we guarantee that your teeth will be straighter over time. The result will depend on the initial degree of misalignment.
Moreover, you need to know that teeth move and may gradually revert to their initial position. Therefore it is often necessary to stabilize the treatment results.
That leads us to the next point.
Step 7: retention
For a simple case of misalignment, a minor correction will suffice. It will be unlikely for it to relapse (your teeth will not move back to their original positions).
But what if your initial misalignment was significant?
Well, after a complete Invisalign® treatment, we advise using retainers to hold your teeth in place. We believe this to be an essential step for a successful Invisalign® treatment.
Several possibilities exist to ensure that your smile remains beautiful.
For instance, you may need a metal wire bonded from canine-to-canine, on the lingual side (behind your teeth). And (or) we could make you a set of removable retainers. You will only wear them at night. This approach is also necessary when getting braces
The wire ensures the life-time stability of the treatment. It will not result in any discomfort.
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1/18/2021 - Google
I dread going to the dentist.. but all the staff and doctors here are warm and welcoming, and provide as pain free an experience as possible. I felt safe with covid precautions and admire everyone working there in these times!
12/16/2020 - Google
Great place for dental care. I’ve been coming here since I was a kid, and Dr. Mina Elahi as my pediatric dentist is super. She’s very kind and gentle. My mom comes here too and she loves it here.
12/08/2020 - Google
I recommend Sutton Place to everyone. I had the best experience .They made my procedure very comfortable, the doctor was very courteous and professional. The whole staff is fantastic. An overall good environment and great place to get your dental work done.
12/03/2020 - Google
I hate dentist appointments but everyone at Sutton Place Dental is so kind and warm - it makes a huge difference! And the quality of care is great. Highly recommended.
11/18/2020 - Google
My dentists for over 10 years. I felt very safe with the necessary precautions and guidelines being followed due to COVID. Very professional and courteous. The best!!!!
10/12/2020 - ZocDoc
Took me in (new patient) same day - within hours of my initial call. It’s a busy practice that seemed well run / extremely organized / very clean.
Front desk personnel were friendly, organized, and helpful.