If you didn’t have the chance to undergo orthodontics as a child, you may still wish for a straight smile as an adult. However, the idea of wearing metal brackets and wires at your age can be less that appealing. You may not be willing to risk the effect that wearing traditional braces might have on your professional advancement and social life. In that case, consider Invisalign® treatment.
Invisalign®, as the name suggests, is a practically invisible orthodontic system. Using clear plastic aligners that are customized to correct your tooth alignment, Invisalign gradually moves your teeth into place. Because these aligners are made of smooth, BPA-free plastic, there’s no chance of mouth abrasions and gum sores, which are often the case with metal braces. Moreover, these aligners are removable. When it’s time to eat, you simply take out your aligners and enjoy all of your favorite foods. You have the same convenience regarding brushing and flossing your teeth; maintaining good oral health is much easier with Invisalign. Otherwise, our dentists will want you to wear your Invisalign aligners all day every day during treatment.
When you come to our Midtown East, Manhattan dental practice to begin your journey to a straighter smile with Invisalign®, we use 3D imaging to help us develop your treatment plan. With this imaging, you will actually be able to see how your teeth will move through each step of the process—and this happens even before you begin to wear your aligners. This treatment plan is then sent to the Invisalign® lab, where they will carefully fabricate each one of your aligners. These arrive in a series of sets—one for your upper arch and one for the lower. Simply wear a set for two weeks and then move on to the next. As you advance through the series, you’ll begin to see your well-aligned smile take shape. Of course, the Drs. Boyd will want to monitor your progress, so you’ll need to visit our dental office about every four to eight weeks. Treatment usually takes about 3 months to one year, after which you’ll have the straight and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign® or schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, contact our office and speak to a staff member. We are happy to help you achieve your smile goals.