Invisalign® Midtown NYC
Midtown NY dental office highly experienced with Invisalign® clear braces
Looking for a dental team experienced with Invisalign® and based in midtown NY?
Look no further! With hundreds 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 to the best solutions for your situation. These include:
- Lingual braces
- Classical orthodontic treatments
We will consider:
- your individual clinical parameters
- constraints pertinent to your daily activities
to provide you with an optimal treatment.
Now, although each situation is different, in recent years, Invisalign® has become very popular.
Curious to know 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 for the same reason stated above (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.
One word of caution, though!
Even if Invisalign® has proven effective in many dental practices, seek a certified dentist like SuttonPDA.
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 place 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)
Invisalign®: how does it work?
Step 1: your first dental appointment
It all begins with a visit to our dental office to assess what the best options for you are.
- 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 you and show you, using simulated software, your likely results. Finally, we will discuss your expectations as well as all related fees.
If all is good, 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:
- Dental impressions
- Digital photographs
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 information and others will ensure that your Invisalign® braces are perfectly suited to your 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® braces,
uniquely adapted to your situation.
These are made of transparent medical grade plastic.
Step 3: teeth buttons
So, all is ready, and you can easily start wearing your first set of Invisalign® trays?
Not so fast.
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.
But fear not, gentle reader, for these buttons are painless to place and remove. Also, they are temporary and almost invisible.
Step 4: wearing Invisalign® braces
Have your custom-made Invisalign® trays arrived?
If so, 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, as many as 100 sets of trays.
We will check the fit of your trays. Once they are fitted, and we have clearly explained your aftercare program, you are ready to go!
You will love Invisalign® because it can discreetly correct your smile.
Though you will need to wear your aligners for most of the time (22 hours). Also, 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 stain yellow.
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. And so on…
And if you are guessing that we design each Invisalign® tray to fit your anatomy at each stage of the treatment and to gradually (and softly) move your teeth … well, you have guessed correctly. They exert proper pressure on your teeth and control their movements.
So, now, let’s address the elephant in the room… How long will treatment last?
That depends on your situation. You will not find 2 persons on this planet with the same teeth, and thus 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 a straight smile.
6-24 months is usually the timeframe you should be considering, which is very good or even excellent.
Because 30 months are often necessary for an adult to achieve the desired alignment result with traditional metal braces.
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 in a series of trays. Each of them incrementally straightens your teeth. We will thus check your progress periodically.
But do you know the good news?
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 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.
It is quite common with Invisalign®.
We will remove your enamel with a sandpaper-like a 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 in the future, either.
The procedure is quick and painless. We will not need to numb your gums even though they may experience slight irritation.
You may also feel a little discomfort for 1 day if you wear Invisalign® trays. These can, in fact, hit your sensitive gums. The pain will go away after about 24 hours.
Step 6: straighter teeth
Do you want to know the best part?
If you wear the trays the way we prescribe you, we guarantee that your teeth will be straighter over time. The result will depend on the initial degree of misalignment.
Though, a little word of caution is necessary.
Teeth move and may gradually revert to their initial position. So, it is often necessary to stabilize the treatment results.
That leads us nicely on to the next point.
Step 6: 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).
But what about if your initial misalignment was significant?
Well, after a complete Invisalign® treatment, we advise a retainer to hold your teeth in place. We even think it is an essential step of your 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 prescribe you a removable retainer. You will only wear at night, temporarily when the wire is damaged or broken off (which is quite rare).
The wire ensures the life-time stability of the treatment. It will not result in any discomfort. Its characteristics ensure perfect oral hygiene.
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