Straightening your crooked or misaligned teeth will improve their appearance, giving you more confidence when you smile and talk. It is also important to seek treatment for oral health reasons. Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean which will help avoid gum disease and tooth decay. The dentists at Corbin Dental in Bayside, NY are proud to offer Invisalign® to their patients seeking teeth straightening treatment and better oral health. This clear aligner system is a convenient option for teens and adult who would rather have a discreet treatment option. Invisalign® clear aligners can properly treat mild to moderate dental concerns including:
- Crooked teeth
- Open bite
- Gaps between teeth, diastemas
- Orthodontic relapse in adults
What is Invisalign®?
This teeth straightening system is comprised of a set of aligners that are made of SmartTrack® material, a layered polymer material that is patented specifically for Invisalign. This hard-soft plastic is clear, thin and very durable. Similar to retainers, the aligners are molded to your teeth for a customized fit that is also comfortable. The Invisalign aligners will apply constant force to your teeth that will gently shift your teeth into the desired position. Each set of aligners are worn for one to two weeks. These virtually invisible aligners should be worn for about 22 hours a day and only removed to eat, brush, and floss. They offer many more benefits when compared to traditional braces:
- Shorter treatment times
- No dietary restrictions
- More comfortable
- Discreet and hardly noticeable
- No risk of tooth enamel staining
Invisalign®: How it Works
The process will begin with a thorough consultation and examination. Your Bayside, NY dentist will examine your entire mouth, especially the fit and function of your bite. 3-D digital images will be taken of your teeth to get a precise picture of your teeth. If it is determined Invisalign can properly treat your dental concerns, a personalized treatment plan will be drafted using the 3-D imagery and CAD/CAM software. These sophisticated images will be used to map out a custom treatment plan that will gently move your teeth into alignment. We will be able to show you step by step how your smile will transform and the final result.
Your customized treatment plan will be sent to the Invisalign lab where your clear aligners will be created. They will be fabricated to fit firmly against your teeth and avoid irritation of your lips, tongue, and gums. When your first set is ready, you will return to our Bayside, NY dentist office to try them on and receive directions on how to wear and care for the aligners.
You will be advised to wear the aligners for 22 hours a day and to only remove them to eat and brush and floss your teeth. You will need to advance to your next set of aligners about once a week. The length of your treatment and the number of aligners you will need is based on your cosmetic goals and severity of your dental issues.