What Is Invisalign?
Now you can straighten teeth without braces. Invisalign clear aligners help adults gradually straighten teeth in a way that’s virtually unnoticeable. Invisalign for teens works the same way. These aligners are among the best alternatives to the braces used for teeth straightening treatments offered by Dr. John Koutsoyiannis of Sohosmile, your local cosmetic dentist.
Teeth straightening is a common popular treatment. One third of Americans say that straight teeth make a great first impression. And 29 percent say they make a lasting impression. Dating sites report that 38 percent of their users don’t go on a second date with people who have crooked teeth. One study even touted a psychological impact — that straight teeth are associated with greater wealth, health and even happiness.
The Benefits of Invisalign
The overall satisfaction rate of the process — including for teen Invisalign users — is 96 percent. The biggest advantage, according to previous patients, is the invisibility factor. Other benefits of choosing to straighten teeth without braces include:
Less plaque build-up on your teeth
No dietary restrictions
Easy to clean, using water and your toothbrush
Free of metal toxins
Very little Invisalign pain or discomfort
Fewer emergency trips to the dentist
Options for teeth straightening that are up to 50 percent faster
With so many benefits of wearing Invisalign invisible retainers, you won’t have to picture yourself wearing braces ever again. Instead, you can get more effective treatment in a shorter period of time.
How Invisalign Works
At your initial consultation, your Manhattan Invisalign dentist does a complete checkup of your teeth and gums to make sure you’re a good candidate to straighten teeth without braces. Physical molds or 3D digitized scans are needed to get impressions of your teeth. The impressions help Invisalign specialist estimate how long your teeth straightening treatment will take.
Afterward, you receive a pair of Invisalign aligner trays that fit over your teeth. Invisible attachments may be placed on a number of your teeth to hold the trays in place. At first, you may feel a slight pinch, but it subsides over time. You have to wear the aligner tray for at least 20 hours every day, so you can remove them to eat and brush. Treatments can last anywhere from three to 24 months.
You wear each aligner tray for about two weeks, and then change to a new aligner tray that further pushes your teeth into correct alignment. You may need to visit your Invisalign specialist in Lower Manhattan whenever you’re ready to switch trays. But the best Invisalign dentist in NYC appointments and any minor Invisalign pain is worth it when the process is complete.
Challenges of Wearing the Aligner Trays
The biggest challenge, especially for teen Invisalign wearers, is the 20 to 22 hours of daily wear time. But unlike braces, you can take them off. Another disadvantage is the constant need to brush your teeth after every meal. Water is the only thing you can drink without removing your aligners. Depending on your lifestyle, these are minor concerns.
Removing your aligners can be a hassle. You have to place your fingers under to loosen the trays before you can remove them. As a result, you may not snack in between meals very much during your treatment period, which can result in weight loss as a side effect. For some people, that’s another benefit.
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