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By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
March 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

When your smile isn't quite perfect, Invisalign offers a subtle tooth straightening option. Your Niskayuna, NY, dentists, Drs. Todd Vaccaro and Kent Molino can help you improve the alignment of your smile with this innovative orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign can change the way you think about orthodontic treatment

Metal-free Invisalign straightens your teeth using a series of clear, removable aligner trays that fit snugly over your teeth. They work by exerting constant and gentle pressure. Before your treatment begins, you'll visit the Niskayuna, NY, dental office where digital impressions, images, and X-rays of your mouth are made. The images combine to form a virtual 3D representation of your teeth that is used to create your aligner trays and plot your treatment.

Every aligner tray carries out a specific straightening goal and is worn for about two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, you'll begin wearing the next aligner tray in the series.

When you choose Invisalign, you'll enjoy these advantages:

  • No noticeable changes to your smile during treatment: Your clear aligner trays are practically invisible and won't call attention to the fact that you've begun orthodontic treatment.
  • Flexibility: Although your trays are designed for wearing 22 hours per day, you can take them out occasionally. They can be removed when you play sports, eat, brush your teeth, or attend any special events like prom or a wedding. Talk to your Niskayuna dentist about when it's okay to do so.
  • Easy oral hygiene routine: Your usual oral hygiene routine won't change just because you're straightening your teeth. You'll remove the trays before brushing and flossing, then rinse them and put them back in your mouth when you finish.
  • No food restrictions: You won't have to alter your diet just because you're improving your smile. You can eat hard and crunchy foods and even enjoy sticky foods and popcorn. Before you eat or drink, you'll take out your trays and replace them after you've completed your meal. (Since some beverages may stain the trays, it's best to take them out when you drink anything other than water.)
  • An effective option for many orthodontic issues: Invisalign treatment can straighten crooked teeth, address crowding and spacing issues, and correct mild to moderate bite problems.

Transform your smile with Invisalign! Call your dentists in Niskayuna, NY, Drs. Todd Vaccaro and Kent Molino, at (518) 377-3628 to schedule an appointment.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
May 16, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign is more than a discreet and practically invisible alternative to metallic braces. While the system is probably best known for the Invisalignclear aligner trays that make it possible to get straighter teeth without braces, it is also a much less invasive system that allows you to maintain your normal oral hygiene and dietary routines while your teeth are gradually shifted into alignment. Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro offer Invisalign and other general and cosmetic dentistry services for the whole family in Niskayuna, NY.

Get Straighter Teeth and a Healthier Smile with Invisalign in Niskayuna, NY

Invisalign is available for adult and teenage patients with mild to moderate bite and alignment issues like crowding, overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite. If your dentist determines that you should undergo orthodontic treatment, a consultation will follow to establish a custom treatment plan to help shift your teeth into the proper alignment. Like traditional braces, Invisalign gradually shifts the teeth into place over a specified treatment period.

Invisalign consists of a series of removable trays that are worn for two weeks each. The trays are custom designed for your teeth and specific alignment needs. The dentist designs a digital treatment plan (which lays out the position and degree that your teeth need to shift for the desired alignment), and the trays are then designed according to your specific needs.

Each tray is worn for two weeks and then changed for the next one in the series. They can be removed for up to two hours every day, so you can brush and floss every day as normal, and continue to eat and drink your favorite foods without restrictions. The typical treatment for Invisalign is an average of 15 months, depending on your specific alignment needs.

Find a Dentist in Niskayuna, NY

To learn more about how Invisalign works and whether it is right for you, contact our office by calling 518-377-3628 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Molino or Dr. Vaccaro today.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Clean, removable, invisible, and snug--these words describe Invisalign aligners, the discreet alternative to metal braces. Patients wear no invisalignirritating wires or brackets. Instead, thin, customized appliances move crooked teeth into straight, functional positions. At their Niskayuna, NY, office, Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro offer Invisalign to teens and adults as a quicker, unobtrusive way to better smiles.

The invisible Invisalign way

It starts with an orthodontic evaluation:

  • A complete oral examination (your teeth and gums must be healthy before starting any orthodontic procedures)
  • X-rays
  • Three-dimensional digital scanning

From there, Dr. Molino or Dr. Vaccaro devise a treatment plan to show you the position of your teeth through each stage of Invisalign treatment. You'll wear a series of thin, clear appliances, specially crafted at the Invisalign lab by a highly trained technician. The aligners look like teeth whitening trays. They are removable so you can easily eat, brush, and floss.

There are 18 to 30 aligner pairs in all, and you'll wear each pair for approximately two weeks. While some soreness is expected at the beginning of Invisalign treatment, patients generally feel comfortable as treatment progresses. Plus, you'll enjoy Invisalign's discreet appearance.

The treatment process in Niskayuna

Orthodontic correction with Invisalign takes less time than metal, ceramic, and lingual braces. On average, treatment lasts nine to 15 months, about half that of traditional braces.

During that time, you'll see your dentist every 4 to 6 weeks and receive new aligner pairs. To keep treatment progressing correctly, you'll wear the appliances 20 to 22 hours a day. You take them out to eat, floss, and brush and if you have a special event such as a wedding or professional presentation. When you've completed your treatment, you'll love your smile!

What Invisalign corrects

Invisalign works for many common bite issues (such as overbite), tooth rotation and tipping, gaps and crowding. However, severe issues require conventional appliances. So rely on the wise advice of Dr. Molino or Dr. Vaccaro to decide if Invisalign is right for your mouth.

Your new smile

Join the more than 5 million people who have improved their smile alignment and oral health through the Invisalign system. For more information and to arrange a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Molino or Dr. Vaccaro, call the office team at (518) 377-3628.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
May 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Learn about Invisalign from your Niskayuna dentists.invisalign

Do you want a great smile? Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your smile. Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro in Niskayuna, NY, offer orthodontic treatment with Invisalign for a straighter smile. Here are five reasons to consider Invisalign.

1. Correct Dental Issues

Dental issues of all sizes and shapes can be corrected with Invisalign. The Invisalign system effectively corrects a variety of dental issues, including: gapped teeth, crooked teeth, an underbite, cross bite, overbite, overcrowded teeth and protruding teeth. If you are experiencing any of these issues, consult with an Invisalign dentist to fix your smile.

2. Avoid Embarrassment

Are you too embarrassed to wear metal braces? You can achieve a straight smile without a mouthful of metal wires and brackets. Invisalign gradually moves your teeth using a series of virtually invisible aligners. With Invisalign, you don't have to hide your smile while going through treatment.

3. Improve Dental Health

Invisalign can improve your dental health. Metal braces make cleaning teeth difficult because plaque and food can stick to the teeth and brackets. One advantage of Invisalign aligner trays is is that they are removable. You can remove the Invisalign aligner trays to floss and brush your teeth.

4. Enjoy the Foods You Love

With metal braces, you have to avoid eating certain foods because they can adhere to the teeth and brackets. With Invisalign, you will be able to eat the foods you love with comfort and confidence.

5. Improved Comfort

Traditional braces can be uncomfortable to wear, pressing against your teeth and irritating your gums. Invisalign aligner trays are smooth and comfortable to wear. Invisalign aligner trays are much more comfortable to wear than conventional braces.

Millions of people around the world have straightened their smiles with Invisalign. Perhaps, it's time you joined them? Don't wait another minute - call Dr. Molino and Dr. Vaccaro at (518) 377-3628 to schedule an Invisalign consultation in Niskayuna, NY. Remember, a better life starts with a great smile.

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
February 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Want to get a straighter smile but worried about wearing braces? Fear no more!

Maybe you never got braces as a child and worry that now that you are an adult braces would look a bit silly. After all, maybe you dislike the idea of having to sport metal mouth for up to a year or more around friends, family and colleagues. But what if your Niskayuna, NY Invisaligndentists Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro told you that there is a way you could get the smile you’ve always wanted without other people noticing your treatment?

What is Invisalign?

Maybe you’ve already heard a little bit about Invisalign. It has become a popular way for both teens and adults to get a straighter smile more discreetly. This series of nearly invisible aligners are made from thermoplastic material and are custom-made for your smile to help you achieve your smile goals.

The purpose of each aligner is to make small changes to the shape of your smile by moving certain teeth a specified amount during your treatment. Your Niskayuna Invisalign dentist will plan each tooth movement and shift ahead of time.

How does it work?

Once your aligners are created and you placed the first set over your teeth it will start to slowly move them into the proper position. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks before replacing them with the next set. Through controlled force and timing your Invisalign works with your smile to effectively move teeth where they need to go.

What should I expect from my treatment process?

Everyone’s treatment will be a bit different and the severity of your dental issues will also determine your length of treatment. On average, adults tend to wear their Invisalign aligners for about one year, while for teens the average length of treatment is comparable to that of traditional braces.

Once you get your aligners your main job is to wear them as much as possible. What makes them convenient is that they can be removed, which means no dietary restrictions and no unnecessary and complicated changes to your oral care regime. Invisalign easily fits into your schedule.

Also, you’ll come in to see us every six weeks to make sure that everything is going according to your treatment plan. These visits are a great time to ask any questions about caring for your Invisalign or to address any concerns you may have.

Our Niskayuna dental office is pleased to now offer Invisalign clear braces. Call us today to schedule your orthodontic consultation to find out if this is the right treatment for you.