Invisalign®

Traditional metal braces are an effective orthodontic treatment and remain a popular choice for both teens and adults. Another choice is available, however, with Invisalign®, a system of clear aligners that can produce the same results as traditional braces, but with a much less conspicuous method of treatment. It works in the same way as metal brackets and wires do – by applying a small amount of pressure to the teeth to gradually change their position along the gum line. Smile Scarsdale offers this treatment in Scarsdale for those who are looking for a straighter, more beautiful smile.

Benefits

Invisalign® offers several benefits over traditional metal braces, such as:

  • They are nearly invisible.
  • They are more comfortable than metal braces and reduce damage and discomfort to the cheeks and gums.
  • They are removable and easier to clean.
  • They often require a shorter treatment time.

Procedure

To begin an Invisalign® treatment in Scarsdale, a consultation will first be needed at Smile Scarsdale. Your orthodontist will examine the current position of your teeth and discuss your goals. He or she will then be able to create a treatment plan, which will map out the projected movement of the teeth and can even provide a preview of the expected final results. Impressions will then be taken of your teeth to create the custom aligners.

To use the custom-made Invisalign® aligners, you will be required to wear each aligner for 20 to 22 hours a day, with a new aligner being switched out approximately every week (according to the treatment plan). It is recommended that you wear the aligners for as long as possible during the day, taking them off only to eat and clean. Wearing them for this amount of time ensures that they are working as they should, applying the appropriate pressure to the teeth to move them as predicted. With the Invisalign® treatment, teeth can be moved horizontally, vertically, and even be rotated if needed. Oral hygiene is easy to maintain with the aligners, as they can simply be removed when brushing and flossing. The aligners themselves will also require cleaning.

The average Invisalign® treatment lasts about 12 months for adults; treatment time depends on the severity of the dental occlusion. Following treatment, a retainer is usually recommended to maintain the new position of the teeth.

To learn more about Invisalign® or for a consultation in Scarsdale, make an appointment at Smile Scarsdale.

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