Invisalign® on the Upper East Side
Minoli & Vijay, DDS PC provides Invisalign on the Upper East Side of New York City. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 212-888-4140.
Invisalign has changed orthodontics for the better by doing away with metal wires and brackets and replacing them with clear, comfortable plastic aligners that gently shift your teeth into the positions planned by your dentist. If you’ve always wanted to correct your bite or straighten your teeth, but felt embarrassed to wear braces as an adult, Invisalign is the perfect option for you.
The benefits of Invisalign go beyond the discreet aligners, though. Unlike braces, you’ll be able to remove your aligners whenever you like, allowing you to eat anything you want and brush and floss normally. Your aligners are constructed of smooth, thin plastic that is molded to the contours of your teeth, making them much more comfortable than traditional braces. Best of all, for the vast majority of orthodontic cases, Invisalign is equally as effective as braces, so you won’t have to compromise on results.
The Invisalign Process
The Invisalign process begins with photographs and digital impressions, which allow us to create a three-dimensional model of your smile on our computer. Your dentist uses this model to plan the precise movements of each tooth, as well as to give you a preview of how your smile will look after treatment. Your unique treatment plan is then sent to Invisalign, which fabricates your custom aligners.
Each pair of aligners will be worn for about two weeks (or as directed) before you move on to the next, with each set getting you closer to a healthier, more beautiful smile. Visit our Manhattan dental practice every six weeks so we can track your progress, and make sure you wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day for optimal results.
Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign
How long does Invisalign take to straighten teeth?
Invisalign treatment takes 12 to 18 months on average, depending on the number of aligners needed and your compliance with the program. If you take your aligners out often or leave them out for significant periods of time, it will take longer to straighten your teeth.
How effective is Invisalign?
Invisalign isn’t always the best option for complex orthodontic cases and bite issues, but for most patients, the system is just as effective as traditional metal braces.
Which is better, Invisalign or braces?
Because both Invisalign and braces work equally well to straighten teeth, the answer to this question is dependent on your personal preferences and lifestyle. The majority of patients, especially adults, prefer Invisalign because of its comfort, convenience, and appearance.
How long does Invisalign last?
Each Invisalign aligner set is meant to be worn for about two weeks. When your Invisalign treatment is complete, you’ll receive a set of Vivera retainers, which are made with a thicker, more durable plastic that should last for several years, assuming you follow the care and cleaning instructions we give you.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 212-888-4140.