Conventional braces have been straightening teeth for decades. You know they can help you realign your bite and attain a flawless smile, but wearing metal wires and brackets for one or two years leaves you less than enthusiastic about getting the job done.
Luckily, you no longer have to go through an awkward metal mouth phase to reveal your best smile. Thanks to ongoing advances in orthodontic technologies, there’s an alternative path to straighter teeth than old-school braces. Today, Invisalign® clear aligners can give you a perfectly aligned bite — without anyone knowing.
At Vida Dental Spa in Whitestone, New York, Dr. Maria-Teresa Ioannou knows that for many patients seeking orthodontic treatment, nothing beats the comfort, convenience, and nearly invisible appearance of Invisalign. Learn more about this innovative approach from our practice.
Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-fitted aligners to correct bite misalignment, straighten crooked teeth, and close gaps. We can use it to treat a full scope of orthodontic issues. In addition to fixing crooked or protruding teeth, Invisalign can correct the following:
Simply put, Invisalign is an ideal treatment solution for most of our orthodontic patients, and it can likely address your specific smile needs, too.
Like regular braces, Invisalign clear aligners use applied force to make incremental changes in tooth position and bite alignment until your smile is right. Each fabricated, custom-fitted aligner makes specific, prescribed changes, straightening your teeth and transforming your smile one step at a time.
The Invisalign difference?: Advanced, high-precision technology.
The Invisalign system combines cutting-edge 3D imaging (iTero Element® digital scanner) with specialized computer software (ClinCheck®) to create an efficient digital road map to your new smile. Dr. Ioannou translates this data into a detailed orthodontic treatment plan that informs the creation of your custom aligners, which you wear from start to finish.
Most patients wear about two dozen clear aligners throughout orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. Although your specific orthodontic needs determine how many aligners are in your plan, you can expect to wear each one for one to two weeks before progressing to the next one in the series.
In contrast with conventional braces, which must get adjusted during regular office visits to keep your treatment progressing as planned, Invisalign offers unparalleled “convenient efficiency” in the form of built-in timing, control, and advancement.
Dr. Ioannou monitors your progress regularly, but you have far fewer office visits than you would with wire-and-bracket braces — and zero time-consuming adjustments to keep your treatment on track.
Invisalign aligners are easy to put in and take out and exceptionally comfortable. Made from precision-contoured SmartTrack® material and carefully trimmed for a close fit, they won’t scrape your gums or damage your enamel.
Another way Invisalign clear aligners beat braces? They’re fully removable. As long as you wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day to keep your treatment plan on track, you can take them out when you’re ready to eat, brush, and floss. And even better, you never have to carefully clean around, under, and between wires and brackets with a water flosser.
Ask anyone who has had Invisalign what they liked best about their orthodontic treatment, and most people give the same response — the virtually unnoticeable appearance of their clear aligners that makes them inconspicuous and discreet.
While most people are happy that the Invisalign system can straighten their teeth and realign their bite more efficiently, conveniently, and comfortably than old-school braces, what tweens, teens, and adults usually love most about Invisalign clear aligners is what they can’t see.
To find out how Invisalign clear aligners can transform your smile, call or click online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ioannou at Vida Dental Spa in Whitestone, New York, today.