Invisalign® in Harriman, NY
Invisalign® clear aligners prove that effective orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to be difficult. These ingenious appliances have helped millions straighten their teeth and achieve better-looking smiles, and they can help you too.
Invisalign® Aligners in Harriman, NY
Are you suffering from crooked teeth, large gaps in your smile, or a misaligned bite? Are you put off by the unsightly image of a mouthful of wire braces? If so, Invisalign® braces in Harriman, NY, offers a discreet, clear alternative to achieving perfectly straight teeth. By utilizing a series of custom invisible aligners, Invisalign® corrects severe gaps and misalignments in just a fraction of the time compared to traditional wire braces. Plus, you can’t even tell that they’re there! Invisalign® is also fully removable, meaning you can eat the foods you want and maintain regular brushing and flossing without the added hassle of cleaning around braces.
Invisalign® aligners are custom-made using models of both your current teeth and the end result you hope to achieve. With Invisalign® aligners, you will switch to new aligners about every two weeks, with each set shifting the teeth slightly—this continues until you have achieved your final results, which usually takes about two years.
To find out if you’re a candidate for Invisalign®, give our office a call or visit Harriman Family Dental today in Harriman, NY, to speak with one of our orthodontic specialists.
How does the Invisalign® process work?
To begin, we will take photographs of your teeth and face, dental impressions of your teeth, and X-rays. Those records are sent to Invisalign® with detailed instructions on how we want the final result to appear. Invisalign® will scan the impressions to create a 3D model of the teeth and work with your dentist to get the mold to its exact proportions. Once final, the trays are made and mailed to your dentist’s office. You will wear a set of trays for two weeks at a time for approximately 2 years, or the length determined by your dentist.
Invisalign® vs. braces - what's the difference?
There are many differences between Invisalign and braces, we’ve listed some of the largest ones here. Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but the introduction of Invisalign® to the market introduced a more efficient, less painful way to straighten teeth.
- Invisalign® uses clear transparent aligners, while braces use wires and brackets.
- Invisalign® aligners can be removed by the user at any time, while braces can only be removed by a professional.
- Invisalign® allows a user to eat whatever they would like and not make changes to their oral care practices, while braces restrict what the user can safely eat and require special maintenance and care.
- Invisalign® aligners do not present any injury risks, while braces can lead to cuts and other injuries.
- Invisalign® aligners are nearly impossible for others to notice, while braces are almost impossible to miss.
Who can use Invisalign®?
Most teens and adult patients requiring mild to moderate orthodontic corrections can use Invisalign®. This includes patients with teeth that are crooked and misaligned or teeth that feature noticeable spacing problems. Invisalign® can even help patients with minor bite issues—however, not all orthodontic issues can be treated with Invisalign. More extensive problems will require additional treatment.
How long does Invisalign® treatment take?
The length of Invisalign® treatment varies depending on the individual’s specific orthodontic needs. On average, treatment can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Your orthodontist will provide a more accurate estimate after evaluating your teeth and discussing your treatment goals.
Can I eat and drink while wearing Invisalign®?
It is recommended to remove your Invisalign® aligners before eating or drinking anything other than water. This helps prevent staining and damage to the aligners. After eating or drinking, it’s important to brush your teeth before putting the aligners back in to maintain oral hygiene.
How often do I need to wear Invisalign® aligners?
For optimal results, Invisalign® aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day, only removing them for eating, drinking (except water), brushing, and flossing. Consistent wear is important for the success of the treatment.
If you have more questions about Invisalign®, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further. For existing patients, please book your appointment through our online scheduling link below. New patients should use the button below to fill out a Request Appointment form.