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What is Invisalign?
Invisalign braces 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.
Invisalign straightens teeth, adjusts spacing between teeth, and treats bite problems without needing a mouth full of metal braces. While Invisalign makes the same adjustments as braces, it’s made from a plastic aligner that’s invisible. As a result, your smile doesn’t suffer while 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. The Invisalign aligner allows you to eat any foods because they won’t get stuck in metal braces. More importantly, you can easily brush and floss your teeth by temporarily removing the aligner.
In NYC, the best choice is Dr. Kate Brayman. Dr. Brayman will consult with you to decide on your options for braces, and whether Invisalign is the right choice. She has years of experience and success with Invisalign, so you can rest assured you will be in good hands. Most people are great candidates for Invisalign, but some children who have not yet established dentition might not be.
If you’re on the fence about Invisalign 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. There are many issues that can be helped with Invisalign, which includes 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 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 treatment cost, should you choose to proceed.
The next appointment will take place two weeks later. This allows Invisalign 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 Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign 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 on a regular basis, depending on your custom schedule, so that 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 New York City patients?
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 Invisaligntechnicians. They develop a series of aligners that are tailored to your mouth and the adjustments needed.
Each aligner in the series is formed to progressively adjust your teeth. You’ll wear the first aligner for 1-2 weeks, then replace it with the second aligner, which is worn for another 1-2 weeks. The second aligner is replaced with the third, and the process continues until you go through all the aligners. Each aligner is slightly different, designed to place gentle pressure so that teeth move, using a stepwise process to achieve the final result.
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. Invisalign treatment usually takes about 12 months, but the doctor will give you details about 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 Invisalign 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 NYC 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. There are several factors that 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 wearing their Invisalign 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 Invisalign braces. There are a couple options for retainers. There is the 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 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 dentist recommends for your specific case.
The Benefits of Invisalign Braces
Much like anything else, Invisalign braces 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 Invisalign, these problems disappear, much like the braces themselves. Invisalign 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 with 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. Invisalign 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 on a regular basis. Metal braces can also add to this problem as they can emit toxins directly into the mouth. With Invisalign’s BPA-free plastic, those are fears of the past.
Potential Drawbacks Of Invisalign
There are some inconveniences and drawbacks when it comes to Invisalign braces, but they probably do not outweigh the positives. They are important to consider, however.
- For one, for Invisalign braces 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 Invisalign braces, it is important that they are 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, and 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 altogether.
- 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 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 Invisalign. This is because it can be expensive to purchase Invisalign 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 Invisalign braces.
How Safe is Invisalign?
As long as the person administering the treatment is qualified, then Invisalign is completely safe. There is no concern with 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 Invisalign 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 Invisalign, 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 Invisalign, 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 actually 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. In the other, the dentist is not able to continue the treatments. In these cases, either the patient terminates treatment altogether, or they switch to another Invisalign 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 Invisalign treatment 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 Invisalign is 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.
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Other Options Besides Invisalign
Traditional braces have been an effective tooth care treatment for a long time. However, there are a few alternatives that have popped over the years. Invisalign 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 list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. Please note we do not participate with DMO/HMO insurance.