Invisalign®: A Discreet Alternative to Metal Braces
If you want to straighten your smile without metal braces, Invisalign® offers a subtle and simple alternative. This system features clear aligner trays which can easily be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. Dr. Brandon Huang offers Invisalign® treatment at our Manhattan, NY, office. Patients can expect to achieve results that are comparable to traditional orthodontics, typically in six to 18 months.
Invisalign® is a leader in discreet orthodontic systems and features smooth, durable, transparent aligners that are BPA-free. Invisalign® offers the same benefits as traditional braces for the right patients and can treat most of the same conditions, including:
- Gapped teeth
If you are suffering from mild to moderate misalignment, and do not want to draw attention to your orthodontics, this treatment may be ideal for you. Candidates should be free of tooth decay and gum disease before undergoing orthodontic treatment. You should be committed to wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day. It is also important to maintain a strict oral hygiene regimen to maintain the benefits of your Invisalign® treatment.
"Invisalign® is a discreet, comfortable, and removable orthodontic alternative to metal braces."
THE INVISALIGN® PROCEDURE
During your initial consultation, Dr. Huang will determine whether Invisalign® is suitable for you by evaluating your bite and listening to your concerns. Next, your doctor will examine your teeth and gums to check for decay, gum disease, or any other oral health concerns.
Once your teeth have been cleaned, we will take impressions, pictures, and x-rays, which will guide the fabrication of your aligners. Your Invisalign® trays will be ready within one to two weeks, and you can begin wearing them after your next appointment.
During the second consultation, Dr. Huang will provide you with your first set of aligners, confirming a proper fit and answering any questions you might have. He will review day-to-day instructions, how to use and clean your trays, and how often you need to wear them. Invisalign® mouthpieces are prescribed in a series, and each one is worn for two weeks. Each aligner is slightly different, and will shift your teeth closer to their proper positions.
You will need to see Dr. Huang once every six weeks or so to monitor the progress of your treatment. Your custom trays will typically shift your teeth into alignment within one year. The duration of treatment may be longer for teenagers, for whom we provide Invisalign® Teen, a special version of this treatment designed for younger patients.
The most notable benefit of Invisalign® treatment is that the aligners are virtually invisible, making it an excellent choice for patients who feel self-conscious about wearing metal braces. The BPA-free plastic trays do not irritate the soft tissue inside the mouth like traditional braces can. Unlike metal braces, you will not have to exclude your favorite foods during treatment. Instead, simply remove your aligner while you eat, brush and floss afterwards, rinse your mouthpiece, and place it back over your teeth. Invisalign® is also a great starting point for patients pursuing a smile makeover, and can easily be integrated into any lifestyle.
UNDERGO AN INVISALIGN® CONSULTATION
With Invisalign®, people will notice your symmetrical, beautiful smile, and not your orthodontic treatment. Contact our office to learn more about this treatment option, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Huang.