Most orthodontic treatments take at least six months to complete so it’s important to find one that will work with your lifestyle. Otherwise, those six months up to two years can feel endless and miserable. One of the best orthodontic options on the market is Invisalign aligners. Invisalign is a system that uses clear aligners to straighten teeth and just so happens to be our preferred orthodontic treatment at Appolon Dental Group.
If you’re thinking of getting Invisalign in Midtown Manhattan, you likely have questions. Fortunately, we’ve answered them all for you! Take a look at our questions and answers and contact our dental office if you have anymore.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear aligners to gradually move teeth into position. Each set of aligners has the teeth in a different position. About every two weeks, you will move onto a new set of aligners and your teeth will gradually move. These gradual movements are much smaller than the movements found in traditional braces.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Not every patient is a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign is best for patients who have mild to moderate problems. In the most severe cases, Invisalign is usually not the best option. We recommend Invisalign to patients who deal with gapped, crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth. The patients who are usually not good candidates usually have severe bite problems.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Invisalign treatment times vary from patient to patient. Typically most patients will complete their treatment within six months to two years. However, every patient is different. To find out how long your specific treatment will take, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Appolon.
How Long Do I Wear My Aligners Every Day?
Patients should wear their aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours per day. They should only be removed for eating, drinking, or brushing and flossing. Without 20 to 22 hours of wear time per day, it can delay the results and extend the treatment time.
Does Invisalign Work Better Than Braces?
No. Invisalign works as well as braces but not necessarily better. Patients can expect to achieve similar results with both treatments. It’s the treatment itself that is different, not the results.
Can Teens and Children Get Invisalign?
Yes! There are different Invisalign options available for all age groups. Invisalign even has a special treatment plan for patients who are as young as six years old! If your child or teen is responsible enough to keep their aligners in for the recommended time, we highly encourage you to schedule a consultation with us to find out if they’re a good candidate.
Is Invisalign Good For Adults?
Yes! Adults love the discreet appearance of Invisalign. They can go to work and smile and nobody will even notice they’re wearing braces. We highly recommend Invisalign to adults who want to straighten their teeth without drawing attention or altering their lifestyle like they would have to with traditional braces.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost?
This is another case by case scenario and will require a consultation to tell you the total cost for you. Your total cost might be more or less than another patient depending on insurance coverage and length of treatment. Invisalign is similar in cost to braces so if you’ve received a quote for that, you can expect to pay something similar. Our dental office can also work with you on payment options so that you can afford your treatment.
Is Invisalign Noticeable?
No! Quite the opposite. Invisalign aligners are made with a thin plastic that’s completely translucent. Unless someone is right up in your face, it’s unlikely they will notice you’re wearing your aligners. Your orthodontic treatment can be a complete secret between you and Dr. Appolon if you want.
Are There Any Eating Restrictions?
No! The only restriction you have is to not eat with the aligners in. Simply remove your aligners and then indulge in whatever you want. Just make sure to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth before popping the aligners back in.
How Do I Care For My Aligners?
Keeping your Invisalign aligners clean is pretty easy. You should gently brush them with a toothbrush and water every morning and night. To help keep them fresher and cleaner, you can use one of the Invisalign cleaning products if you wish. You should also rinse them throughout the day as you take them out to eat and drink. It’s most important to keep your teeth clean though. If your teeth aren’t clean, the bacteria and debris will rest on the Invisalign aligners.
How Often Do I Switch My Aligners?
Dr. Appolon will provide you with your schedule for switching aligners. Typically, most patients change theirs every two weeks.
What Happens When I Finish Invisalign Treatment?
After you finish Invisalign treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile! At first, you might have to wear it half the day, and eventually, you will only have to wear it a few nights per week for the rest of your life. Remember to keep wearing your retainer though; otherwise, your teeth will shift back.
Do you have more questions or are you ready to start your treatment? Contact Appolon Dental Group today at (212) 557-8668 to book a consultation for Invisalign in Midtown Manhattan.