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The word “orthodontics” might conjure up thoughts of metal brackets, wires, and rubber bands, but thanks to Invisalign®, you can now achieve a straight, healthy smile using clear aligners that are almost entirely invisible and pain-free. Shay Markovitch, DMD, and the caring dental team at Westchester Smile Design regularly provides Invisalign for men, women, and teens alike. To learn more, call the Yonkers, New York, office or schedule a consultation online today.
Invisalign is a state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear removable aligners to improve the aesthetic condition of your smile.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are manufactured using an FDA-approved thermoplastic known as SmartTrack®. Not only is this material designed to straighten your smile, but it’s also entirely free of:
This makes Invisalign ideal for individuals who have allergies.
Your Invisalign treatment at Westchester Smile Design starts with your provider taking a mold of your teeth and discussing your aesthetic goals. They then send this information to a laboratory which manufactures your aligners.
Once your aligners arrive at Westchester Smile Design, you’ll be asked to wear them for between 20-22 hours every day.
You’ll have a follow-up appointment every four to six weeks so your provider can monitor your progress. Don’t be alarmed if your teeth feel sore after putting in a new set of aligners; this is perfectly normal and should subside within a day or two.
The length of time you’ll need to wear your Invisalign aligners depends on a variety of factors, but most men and women complete treatment within a year.
After you’re finished wearing your aligners, you’ll be given a retainer to complete your orthodontic treatment. At first, you’ll need to wear your retainer throughout the day, but eventually, you’ll only need to wear it at night.
The team at Westchester Smile Design generally recommends Invisalign treatment for men, women, and adolescents who have minor orthodontic issues.
Although aligners are comfortable and incredibly versatile, some orthodontic problems require more intensive methods of treatment such as traditional metal braces.
In addition, Invisalign isn’t recommended for children under age 14. At these young ages your child’s teeth and jaws are still growing, which can complicate treatment.
Invisalign aligners are just like dentures and retainers in that they need to be cleaned regularly. It’s recommended that you rinse them off after every meal and brush them gently with your toothbrush at least once a day.
For more thorough cleaning, you can ask the team at Westchester Smile Design about the Invisalign cleaning system.
To learn more about the benefits of Invisalign aligners, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.