Dr. Haim Fedida offers orthodontic treatment with Invisalign in his Jackson Heights, NY dental office. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces that uses clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth comfortably. Clear Invisalign aligners are a great way for patients to create a more uniform and balanced smile. This cosmetic dental treatment works best for teens and adults with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns.
It is important to straighten crooked teeth as a preventative treatment. Patients with crooked teeth are more prone to tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque can easily build up in hard-to-reach areas between crooked teeth. Straightening the smile with orthodontics such as Invisalign makes it easier to maintain the health of teeth and gums.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Invisalign aligners are less noticeable than traditional metal braces because we craft them from clear plastic. Because patients can remove their aligners to brush and floss, they can consistently clean their smiles. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit each patient precisely without irritation or pain. You don’t have to worry about brushing and flossing along wires and brackets.
Using Invisalign software, our dentists are able to create more predictable treatment plans for more accurate treatment times. Our custom aligners are tailored to fit your teeth precisely, for reduced irritation and comfortable wear.
In addition, Invisalign puts your treatment into your hands. It’s up to you to remember to wear your aligners for the right amount of time. If you’re forgetful or prone to losing things, Invisalign may not be the best option for you.
To begin Invisalign treatment, we take digital impressions of the teeth and gums. Using these impressions, we are able to create a map for your aligners. Invisalign aligners are meant to fit snugly against the teeth so patients can speak normally without discomfort. Once your first set of aligners is complete, we will ensure that they fit precisely.
Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks and 22 hours each day. As patients wear each new pair of aligners, their teeth gradually straighten. Each patient’s own treatment time will vary depending on their orthodontic concerns.
Read the answers to frequently asked questions about Invisalign:
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
No, you may feel some soreness as you adjust to each new pair of aligners. However, this fades as your teeth get accustomed to aligners. Traditional metal braces can irritate or pinch the gums.
Can Invisalign discolor teeth?
If patients smoke and use tobacco or do not brush their teeth thoroughly after eating, they can stain their aligners. We recommend that patients brush both their teeth and their Invisalign aligners so their aligners stay clear and their teeth stay fresh.
How do you clean Invisalign aligners?
Patients can gently brush their clear Invisalign aligners before placing them back on their teeth. Cleaning the aligners correctly prevents the buildup of harmful bacteria and keeps breath fresh.
Can I speed up Invisalign treatment?
There are many tips on the Internet about “cheating” your Invisalign treatment. But this treatment can’t be sped up. Once your teeth adjust to the newest set of aligners, you stop having discomfort. But this doesn’t mean that your teeth are settled. If you try to go to the next aligner set right when the discomfort stops, you’re changing them before your mouth is ready. The gums and bones haven’t adjusted and teeth can become loose or even fall out.
What can’t I do with Invisalign?
When your aligners are in, avoid any food or drink that isn’t water. Food particles and certain beverages can stain, damage, or scratch your aligners. Don’t chew gum with the aligners in, either. It can render the aligners unusable and your treatment is then stalled because of this missing set.
Am I an ideal candidate for Invisalign?
Patients with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns benefit the most from Invisalign treatment. If you have severe orthodontic issues, you may need orthodontic treatment like braces or oral appliances to successfully take care of the condition. You have to be responsible enough to remember to take your aligners out at the right times and to clean them properly.
Request a Consultation
Do you want a straighter and more balanced smile? Realign crooked and misaligned teeth with modern Invisalign treatment. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Fedida on our website or call 929-552-6315. At Fedida Family Dentistry and Dental Spa, we see patients from Jackson Heights, Brooklyn, and Queens, New York. Please let us know if you have any remaining questions about your care and we will be glad to help you.