What is Invisalign?

By October 2, 2017 February 4th, 2020 Cosmetic Dentistry

Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces, using a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. You’ll wear each set of clear aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move. Little by little. Week by week. Eventually, they’ll straighten into the final position that your orthodontist or dentist has prescribed.

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To make sure that happens quickly and comfortably, you’ll visit your orthodontist or dentist about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months. And the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 – 30.

However, everyone’s case is different. Some treatments are shorter than others. If you want to get a better idea of how long you can expect your treatment to last, talk to a dentist near you or your local orthodontist.


How does Invisalign work?

It begins with scheduling an Invisalign appointment with your Invisalign-trained dentist. During this appointment, your oral health care professional will utilize 3D computer imaging technology to demonstrate the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position. That means you can get a projected glimpse of your future smile.

Your dentist will use this imaging technology to design an individualized series of custom-made aligners. These aligners fit specifically to your teeth, and you’ll wear them in a series. As you move through the aligners, they’ll move your teeth very slowly into position. You’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks before moving on to the next one. And you’ll continue this process until all you finish your treatment.


What do Invisalign aligners look like?

invisalign aligner image

Aligners are clear and nearly invisible. If you’ve ever seen clear tooth-whitening trays, that should give you a good idea of what the aligners look like. Each one is custom made to fit and move your teeth.

It’s important to note that aligners only stay nearly invisible as long as you maintain them with proper care. Remove them for eating, clean them daily with a toothbrush and water (avoid using toothpaste or mouthwash to clean them), and don’t drink dark-colored liquids while wearing them.


Will the treatment be painful?

Each time you change to a new aligner, there may be some temporary discomfort while your teeth adjust to their new position. This is completely normal and is a good sign that the treatment is working. However, you can manage most discomfort with over-the-counter remedies. Again, make sure you speak to your orthodontist about any pain-management worries you have.


Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?

Invisalign affects some people’s speech more than others. In most cases, however, people adjust to the feeling of the aligners quickly. As a result, any changes in their speech are only temporary and fade after a few days.


How often will I have to wear my aligners?

Invisalign only works while you’re wearing the aligners. It’s recommended that you wear your aligners full-time, day and night, except to eat, brush, and floss your teeth. This means you can expect to wear them for around 22 hours a day. It’s important to follow your treatment plan if you want to fully correct your teeth on time.

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Does Invisalign really work?

Yes. In orthodontic and dental practices nationwide, Invisalign has been proven effective at straightening teeth. To date, millions of people have undergone Invisalign treatment to correct their smiles. And as the treatment continues to advance, patients turn to Invisalign as a safe, affordable, and simpler alternative to braces.


How much does Invisalign cost?

Cost is always a concern, and only your doctor can determine the price of your orthodontic treatment. Generally speaking, Invisalign will typically cost the same as metal braces. This means you can expect a price range from $3,000 to $5,000 or more, depending on the requirements of your case.


Does insurance cover Invisalign?

Any insurance plan that covers orthodontics should cover Invisalign. But it’s always best to check with your oral health care provider to be safe. And if you’re worried about cost, you can look for discounts or Invisalign specials that reduce the cost of treatment.


Where Can I learn more about Invisalign?

If you still have questions about Invisalign, you can check out a comprehensive guide: Everything You Need to Know About Invisalign. You’ll find everything you need to know to prepare you for your Invisalign treatment. From busting myths to the difference between braces and Invisalign, you’ll find out everything you need to know about the increasingly popular orthodontic treatment there.


How Do I Get Straight Teeth in NYC?

If you’re interested in seeking Invisalign treatment in New York City, then you need to find a qualified dental practice with an orthodontist or trained dentist on staff familiar with the procedure. 

And if you live in New York City, then you should check our Invisalign experts at Advanced Dental Arts. We’re a top-rated dental practice in Manhattan with a team of board-certified dental health specialists ready to help you achieve that perfect smile you’ve always wanted.

From emergency dentistry to laser treatment to general dentistry, you’ll find all of your dental treatments under one roof. Don’t wait any longer. Your perfect smile is one phone call away. Book an Appointment Today!

Dr. Todd Bertman

Dr. Todd Bertman

Renowned NYC dentist Todd Bertman, DMD, has over 18 years of experience in the dental industry. In addition to membership in the American Dental Association, Dr. Bertman is also a member of the New York County Dental Association and the New York State Dental Association. He is certified as a Level I and II Invisalign practitioner, and belongs to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the World Clinical Laser Institute, and the IALD (Institute for Advanced Laser and Dentistry). Dr. Bertman is dedicated to learning about the latest advanced dental procedures and making them to his patients.

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