Female Smiling While Holding an Invisalign On Long Island NY 11797
Invisalign Q & A 
by Kate Brayman, DDS

Invisalign Dentist On Long Island NY 11797
(Gold Plus Provider)

Dr. Kate Brayman offers Invisalign for patients on Long Island NY 11797 who need to straighten their teeth, yet want to maintain a beautiful, brace-free smile. We are a well-established Invisalign provider that has been serving the areas of Woodbury, Syosset, Oyster Bay, Huntington, Melville, and Plainview for over 15 years. 

Contact Kate Brayman DDS, a cosmetic dentist on Long Island when you or your child have crowded, crooked teeth or need teeth straightening treatment for an overbite or underbite. Clear aligners gently and gradually shift teeth into place using invisible aligner trays.

Kate Brayman DDS Gold Invisalign Provider In Woodbury Long Island NY 11797

What Our Patients Say

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign braces or clear aligners have become an extremely popular choice for those who need (or want) to have their teeth straightened or adjusted. Choosing to get them over traditional braces can be a difficult choice, not just for the aesthetic factor, but also for the financial factor as well. It is always best to consult with a reputable and certified dental professional when making such a decision.

Clear aligners straightens teeth, adjust spacing between teeth, and treat bite problems without needing a mouth full of metal braces.

While it makes the same adjustments as braces, it’s made from an invisible plastic aligner. As a result, your smile doesn’t suffer while your teeth are fixed.

The plastic aligner fits over your teeth and is smooth, so it’s comfortable to wear all the time. It’s snug enough to stay in your mouth, yet easy to take in and out. These invisible braces allow you to eat any food because they won’t get stuck in metal braces. More importantly, you can easily brush and floss your teeth by temporarily removing the aligner.

On Long Island, the best choice is Dr. Kate Brayman, a cosmetic dentistry expert. Dr. Brayman will consult with you to decide on your options for braces, and whether plastic aligners are the right choice. She has years of experience and success with clear aligners, so you can rest assured you will be in good hands. Most people are great candidates for this cosmetic dental treatment, but some children who have not yet established dentition might not be. 

If you’re on the fence about clear aligners or if you simply want to know more, here are some of the frequently asked questions dentists get asked.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Invisalign?

The Invisalign brand is committed to researching and creating new methods to improve every aspect of the experience. This includes working to limit the number of patients who may not qualify. Many issues can be helped with clear aligners, which include spaces and gaps, overbite, crossbite, crowding, open bite, and more. That said, there are rare cases that do not qualify, and Dr. Brayman can assess your teeth to tell you more.

Mapping Out Your Invisalign Plan

The first appointment is the initial assessment where Dr. Brayman will assess your specific situation and determine eligibility.  If you meet the criteria and decide that you want to proceed, the clinic can take all of your records at that time. There’s no need to wait. This will include before pictures (approximately 10 positions) and impressions. Dr. Brayman’s dental office then sends these off to Invisalign. There is a cost of $500 for the records, but this will be included as part of the Invisalign treatment cost, should you choose to proceed.

The next appointment will take place two weeks later. This allows the clear aligners the time to create a 3D video using a software called ClinCheck, which will be customized to map out the movement of your teeth.  This information allows Dr. Brayman to know how long the treatment length will be and how many trays will be needed altogether. Once presented with your custom treatment plan, you will have to decide if you’d like to proceed. If you decide to move forward, it takes approximately 2-3 weeks to receive the aligners. At that point, you will receive your clear braces.

Invisible braces are always created specifically for the patient. That means that everything is custom-made to fit your mouth. Once they are applied to your teeth, the aligners will move your teeth in the direction needed. Dr. Brayman will make sure that they are applying force to the right spot and in the right amount. The aligners get switched out regularly, depending on your custom schedule, so they keep applying pressure even after your teeth start shifting. You may even start to see improvements almost immediately, but it will take time for your teeth to get into their final position.

How does Invisalign work for patients on Long Island NY 11797?

After Dr. Brayman takes an impression of your teeth and creates a 3D model of your mouth, she maps out a precise treatment plan. She’ll define how to adjust the position of each tooth and determine how long the treatment will take. Then her plan and the model are sent to clear aligners technicians. They develop a series of aligners that are tailored to your mouth and the adjustments needed.

These aligners in the series are customized to effectively guide the teeth into the desired positions, creating beautiful results. Each aligner makes a gentle pressure that moves your teeth until you go through all the provided stages. You’ll spend 1–2 weeks in each aligner before advancing through a stepwise process until you achieve desired outcomes.

Do you need follow-up visits with Dr. Brayman?

Yes, you’ll need to follow up with Dr. Brayman on a regular schedule. She needs to make sure treatment is going as planned, so she’ll track your progress and verify your teeth are moving into the proper place. The frequency of your follow-up appointments depends on your treatment plan and whether you change aligners weekly or every two weeks. In most plans, patients return for check-ups every month or so to measure progress and receive another portion of the aligners.

For Invisalign to be successful, you’ll need to be dedicated to wearing the aligner all the time — at least 20-22 hours daily — until treatment is finished. When you take it out to brush, you’ll need to remember to put it back in, because if you forget to put the aligner back in your mouth sometimes, you won’t get the expected results. With invisible braces treatment, it usually takes about 12 months, but the doctor will give you details about the length of treatment and checkups after she develops the treatment plan. Dr. Kate Brayman is a Preferred Provider of Invisalign Orthodontics, so you can be sure her expertise delivers the results you desire.

This is an appropriate timeframe for invisible braces to start working and for the dentist to identify and rectify any potential issues. In between those check-ups, if you have a question or need assistance, you can always call Dr. Brayman’s Long Island office.

What is the Treatment Period for Invisalign Braces?

Dr. Brayman will always tailor the length of the treatment period to what the patient needs. The vast majority of cases last between 6 and 12 months. Several factors can go into how long treatment can take, such as the position of your teeth. Not only that but the more disciplined and dedicated the patient is to wear their clear aligner trays, the shorter the treatment period should be.

Maintenance and Upkeep

After your treatment, you will have a bright and beautiful new smile. You certainly won’t want to lose it again.  Your best bet to maintaining that smile is by diligently wearing your retainers.

Retainers will hold the gains that were made with invisible braces. There are a couple of options for retainers. There is a fixed retainer and a removable one. The fixed retainer consists of a thin metal bar made of wire. It is glued to the back of the teeth to ensure that the shifts made during treatment stay in place. The removable retainer is custom-made to ensure a tight fit that holds your teeth in their new position. After treatment, it is often advised that the removable retainer be worn night and day for the first couple of months. Eventually, it can be worn just at night. Both fixed and removable retainers are good options. It will often come down to personal preference and/or what the Invisalign dentist recommends for your specific case.

The Benefits of Invisalign Braces

Much like anything else, clear aligners come with a host of benefits, but also a few negatives for you to consider. 

  • Probably the most popular benefit is that these braces are virtually invisible. Nobody even needs to know that you are wearing them. No “train tracks” comments, or experiencing the discomfort in public of being a professional adult who has braces. Your smile will slowly get to how you want it to be over time, and no one will be any wiser.
  • With traditional braces, you wear them until the treatment period is over. Then they are removed. The problem with this is that no matter how diligent you were with your cleaning routine, there is probably still a lot of cleaning to do. Food particles get caught in the brackets, and sometimes cannot ever be removed, for instance. Cleaning with braces is difficult, and can be frustrating for many patients. With invisible braces, these problems disappear, much like the traditional braces themselves. Clear aligner trays can be removed to allow for easier access for cleaning. You can maintain your oral help and prevent plaque build-up from food and other particles that can get stuck. This also means that you will have no restrictions on what you eat, unlike traditional braces.


  • I’m sure you’ve heard others with braces complaining. The metal brackets and wires can get uncomfortable at times. The metal can scrape against the inside of the mouth, and patients often complain of irritation, bleeding, and aching. Invisible braces are made from a smooth plastic material that is easy on the mouth and incredibly comfortable.


  • One of the big fears for people today is the toxins and other contaminants we put in our bodies regularly. Metal braces can also add to this problem as they can emit toxins directly into the mouth. With clear aligners’ BPA-free plastic, those are fears of the past.

Potential Drawbacks Of Clear Aligners

There are some inconveniences and drawbacks when it comes to clear braces, but they probably do not outweigh the  positives. They are important to consider, however. 

  • For one, for clear aligners to be effective, the patient must be committed to wearing them. Traditional braces cannot be removed, so the patient is forced to wear them around the clock. With Invisible braces, they must be worn for 22 hours each day at a minimum. If not, then the treatment will take longer, and the results may not be as good as hoped for. This can be difficult since the aligners must be removed before the patient eats or drinks anything.


  • The patient must also be extra attentive to their oral hygiene. This means flossing and brushing after every meal or snack. Of course, being committed to this brushing and flossing routine can have side benefits as well. Your teeth will be whiter, for instance. Also, some patients may decide they don’t want the inconvenience of removing the trays to eat, brush, floss, and avoid eating snacks. This, in turn, can help someone lose weight. Some patients have reported that they noticed their breath being affected. Simply following proper oral hygiene and  drinking plenty of fluids will eliminate this risk.
  • Some patients have noticed difficulty pronouncing words in the first few days. If you notice a lisp at first, do not panic. This is nothing to worry about. It only lasts the first few days as you adjust to the braces. Some patients will get them to put in on a Friday, just to ensure that they have the weekend to get used to them and sort out any potential speech problems. You’ll be used to them in no time and your speech will return to normal quickly.

Should You Choose a Dentist or an Orthodontist for Your Invisalign Treatment?

Dentists and orthodontists both go through rigorous education and training to earn their designations. They are both qualified to provide patients with Invisalign treatments that will be both long-lasting and beautiful. That said, you may find that an orthodontist will suggest traditional braces more often than alternatives such as clear aligners. This is because it can be expensive to purchase clear aligners and the orthodontist may want to keep costs down. They will often install traditional braces and use other reasons as to why the patient was not a good candidate, such as their bite. General dentists are more than capable and qualified to get great results with clear braces.

How Safe is Invisalign?

As long as the person administering the treatment is qualified, then Invisalign is completely safe. There is no concern about getting scratched by wires or having any materials, such as rubber bands come into contact with your mouth. 

Traditional braces can also cause pain and discomfort, while clear braces are extremely comfortable. One of the best things about these braces is that they are virtually pain-free. Many patients have reported headaches and tooth pain when wearing traditional braces. Plus, there can be irritation of the gums and the inside of the mouth as well. With plastic aligners, the trays can be removed and inserted quickly and painlessly, and with no discomfort. Even switching out old aligners with new ones is quick and easy, and painless on your teeth, gums, and the inside of your mouth.

How Long Does Invisalign Take To See Results?

In some cases, patients report seeing results in just a few weeks. With clear aligners, it is easier for patients to track their results as they happen since they can take the trays out and examine the condition and position of their teeth. Seeing progress helps to motivate patients to keep up with wearing their braces as often as possible, and feeling more confident as the treatment period goes on.

Is It Possible To Get Aligners Just On The Top Or Bottom?

No. Unfortunately, both always have to be treated simultaneously. It is impossible to treat the opposing dentition without treating the opposing arch as the two have to meet.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

A transfer case can mean one of two things. In one scenario, a patient is moving to an area where there isn’t an Invisalign provider to continue the treatments. On the other, the dentist is not able to continue the treatments. In these cases, either the patient terminates treatment altogether, or switch to another invisible braces provider to continue with their progress.

What Is The Difference Between Full Invisalign And Invisalign Express?

Full Invisalign is the standard treatment that a patient gets to straighten or adjust their teeth. It usually requires anywhere from 20 to 35 aligners to get the job done. Invisalign Express is used to correct very minor teeth issues, for cases where only 5 to 10 aligners would be required. In most cases, Express is not sufficient, as the issues can not be fully addressed with minimal aligners. Full is often preferable, as the patient will continue to receive as many aligners as necessary until the teeth issues are resolved. 

If you’ve read the FAQ and think the clear aligner is something you’d like to try, the next step would be to call Dr. Kate Brayman’s office and schedule your consultation and eligibility appointment. It will be at your first visit that you will discuss with her if clear aligners are right for you. If Dr. Brayman feels that it is the right course of action, she will then invite you to come back for a second visit. At this point, it will be up to you to make the final decision on whether or not you want to proceed. 

Make your appointment today by emailing us at info@katebraymandds.com, calling us at +1 516-340-6012, or schedule an appointment using the form here.

Other Options Besides Clear Aligners

Traditional braces have been an effective tooth care treatment for a long time. However, there are a few alternatives that have popped up over the years. Invisible braces may be the most common and well-known of those alternatives, but you may decide that another is more appropriate for you. 

Incognito braces are similar to traditional braces. The difference is that they have the wire on the back of the teeth so that they are hidden from view. Damon braces have clear brackets, but otherwise, work the same as traditional braces. The clear brackets make them less noticeable.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Kate Brayman DDS, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is the list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our dental office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. Please note we do not participate with DMO/HMO insurance.

Kate Brayman DDS Accepted Dental Insurance on Long Island

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