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Posts for: February, 2015

By Kent B. Molino, DDS & Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
February 17, 2015
Category: family dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

Find out how your Niskayuna, NY dentist can get teeth straighter with clear braces.

Desiring a straighter smile has been around for centuries, dating as far back as ancient Egypt. While the methods used over the years have been vastly different, the purpose is still very clear—people want straight smiles. However, most people associate braces with children and Invisalignteens. Adults may even ignore this option because they think they are too old for braces or they hate the idea of wearing metal for years. Invisalign, however, makes it easier to get that perfect smile without the metal mouth look.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of clear, removable trays that go over the upper and lower teeth to move certain teeth into their proper position based on the specific treatment plan mapped out ahead of time by your Niskayuna, NY dentist.

How does Invisalign work?

Once your Niskayuna, NY dentist creates a customized treatment plan, that plan will be used to create a unique series of clear retainers. Each retainer is designed to shift certain teeth a specific amount throughout the treatment process to help slowly move your smile into the ideal position. Which tooth is moved at what point during the treatment process will be dictated by your dentist prior to your clear retainers being made.

How often will I need to see my Niskayuna, NY dentist?

While you are wearing Invisalign you will be seeing us about every four to six weeks. This will guarantee that everything in your treatment is going smoothly and on schedule.

How often do I have to wear Invisalign? What is the average length of treatment?

You will wear your Invisalign trays for about 20 to 22 hours out of the day, only removing them to eat and drink, as well as to brush and floss. While the length of treatment will vary based on the complexity of your case, most adults only wear Invisalign for around a year.

What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?

The most beneficial part of opting for Invisalign is how easy it fits into your lifestyle. Since it can be removed you don’t have to worry about foods to avoid, as you would with traditional braces. Also, your oral care routine doesn’t need to change at all.

Furthermore, patients are happier wearing braces when they know others can’t see them. These comfortable plastic, clear retainers help move your teeth without everyone around you noticing.

Is Invisalign Right For Me?

While Invisalign can treat a variety of cases including crookedness, spacing between teeth, overcrowding and malocclusions, severe or overly complex cases may not benefit from this course of treatment.

To find out if Invisalign could correct your smile, schedule a consultation today with Drs. Kent B. Molino, DDS and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS, your Niskayuna, NY dentists.