Invisalign Clear Braces in Midtown East
Part of having a beautiful smile is being proud to show it off to the world. Teeth themselves can be cleaned and brightened, but if they’re crooked or misaligned, you might feel self-conscious of your smile. Moreover, misaligned and crooked teeth can lead to issues with biting, chewing, and jaw pain as well as difficulty fully cleaning hard-to-reach areas, leading to plaque buildup and tooth decay.
These aligners are nearly invisible, easy to use and maintain, and are ideal for people who lead busy lifestyles or want to avoid traditional metal braces. Dr. Inna Chern is a provider of Invisalign treatments at our Midtown East Manhattan practice to help straighten teeth using clear aligner technology that is painless and faster than conventional braces.
“Dr. Inna is great! She is very calm, professional and takes the time to explain any question. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a dentist!”
Am I A Candidate for Invisalign in Midtown East New York?
The Invisalign system is a great alternative to metal braces for many patients, but unfortunately, not all dental patients are well-suited to the treatment.
Younger patients, for example, should not have Invisalign. Before age 12, the jaw is still growing, and treatment is not recommended. In addition, Invisalign requires a level of discipline and cooperation from the patient. Unlike metal braces, clear aligners can be removed periodically so that you can eat or drink, and patients need to be responsible enough to care for the aligners and wear them as instructed: about 22 hours a day. In addition, your cosmetic dentistry plan includes a series of plastic trays that the patient must keep track of and replace as necessary.
Finally, Invisalign isn’t suitable for adults with significant orthodontic issues, such as a severe under- or overbite. In this case, a better solution may be traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are effective at shifting the teeth, but cannot fix a severely misaligned bite. These issues typically need more comprehensive orthodontic care.
If you’re interested in Invisalign in New York, Dr. Chern can determine whether this is a suitable treatment plan for you after a thorough Invisalign consultation at New York General Dentistry, located in Midtown East.
Meet With Dr. Chern &
Her Manhattan Team
To learn more about Invisalign in Manhattan and your treatment options, contact our office for an appointment by calling or filling out our online form. Dr. Inna Chern and her team will personally work with you to plan your best treatment options and restore the function and beauty of your smile.
The Invisalign Treatment Process and What to Expect
Your First Appointment (30-60 minutes)
- We’ll discuss your treatment expectations and take photographs of your face and smile.
- Dr. Chern will go over your dental health history and examine your teeth to make sure they are healthy and cavity-free for treatment. Necessary x-rays will be taken to check that bone levels are healthy for tooth movement. If there are any concerns, these will be addressed first.
- We’ll take impressions and scans to send to the lab for your custom, 3D rendering (ClinCheck) of your Smile Design.
Your Second Appointment (30 minutes)
- We’ll review your ClinCheck, a custom software rendering of your teeth.
- Once you’ve approved your treatment plan, your trays will be ordered and you’ll be scheduled for your next appointment.
Your Third Appointment (30-45 minutes)
- You’ll be fitted with your first aligner and the necessary attachments will be bonded into place.
- You’ll be given several additional trays that should be changed every 7-10 days.
- Our team will go over your maintenance and care, as well as what to expect.
Your Follow-up Appointments (15-30 minutes)
Each aligner should be worn for 7-10 days for a total of 20-22 hours per day. After you are done with an aligner, you’ll move on to the next in the series. You should check in with our Manhattan office occasionally so we can make sure your treatment is moving along as it should. Most patients achieve their results within 6-12 months, although this can be different for each patient. We’ll make sure you understand the best way to maintain your new smile for the long term.
Are retainers included with Invisalign?
Whether retainers are included in the initial fee depends on the policies of an individual office. There are several different types of retainers and their fees may vary.
Can you eat with Invisalign on?
Invisalign trays must be removed before eating. They can get damaged if you attempt eating with them.
Can you tell if someone has Invisalign?
For the most part, it is very hard to see whether someone is wearing Invisalign.They are clear and seldom seen.
Can I drink coffee with Invisalign?
You should remove the Invisalign when drinking colored beverages including coffee.
Can Invisalign cause problems?
Invisalign seldom causes problems unless the practitioner is not experienced in its use.
Do you wear Invisalign when you sleep?
Yes, Invisalign is worn on average 22 hours a day and is only removed to eat and brush teeth.
Can you brush your Invisalign with toothpaste?
Invisalign has its own products to keep them clean. It is not recommended to brush the trays with toothpaste to avoid damaging the trays.
Do your teeth move back after Invisalign?
If you do not adequate retainer therapy post Invisalign, the teeth will move back.
Does Invisalign weaken your teeth?
Invisalign does not weaken teeth that are in good periodontal condition. Damage is caused by excessively rapid movement of teeth or any movement to teeth that are not periodontally strong.
Does Invisalign cause headaches?
As teeth move and the bite is in a state of disharmony, it is possible to experience issues with headaches.
Does Invisalign change your face shape?
Orthodontic treatment can alter the appearance of your jaw and your face shape. Usually these changes are for the better esthetically and functionally.
Does Invisalign whiten teeth?
Invisalign does not whiten teeth. Bleach can be placed in the trays to whiten them.
Does Invisalign work on older people?
Invisalign works on teens to adults of any age.
How quickly do teeth move with Invisalign?
Invisalign moves teeth from the very first tray, slowly and incrementally.
Does Invisalign increase risk cavities?
Proper hygiene is essential. Invisalign does not in and of itself increase cavities. Poor hygiene while wearing the trays can increase cavities.
Does Invisalign turn teeth yellow?
Invisalign does not cause yellowing of the teeth if proper hygiene protocols are maintained.
How will I look with Invisalign?
You will look exactly the same and as time goes on your smile will improve.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
Invisalign is a clear and invisible aligner system so no-one will know you are going through orthodontic treatment.
What are the disadvantages of Invisalign?
In rare cases, Invisalign is not recommended for certain dental malocclusions and conventional braces are needed.
What are the side effects of Invisalign?
Occasional side effects include dry mouth, excess saliva, headaches, clenching and grinding.
What happens in first week of Invisalign?
In the first week of Invisalign your teeth will start to move only slightly and you may not notice any difference.
Is Invisalign a permanent fix?
Our bite is dynamic and ever changing. If proper retainers are present, Invisalign can offer a permanent solution.
Is Invisalign really invisible?
It is clear and very hard to detect. If someone is very close to you, they may notice a shine on the teeth from the tray.
What are refinements Invisalign?
Occasionally, teeth do not move as anticipated. Refinements are adjustments in the treatment to compensate for discrepancies. They can occur mid-treatment or at the end of initial treatment.
Which is better braces or Invisalign?
One is not better than the other as they both move teeth into better function and esthetics. It depends on your individual needs.
Caring For Your Invisalign Aligners
Taking good care of your aligners means they will work effectively and transform your smile over time. Follow these care steps to make sure you achieve the straight and beautiful smile you’re hoping for:
- Wear your aligners for 20-22 hours throughout the day, except to eat
- Clean your aligners daily to prevent bacteria buildup
- Eat a healthy diet (cut back on sweets and soft drinks)
- See your dentist regularly
- Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes with a soft or electric toothbrush
- Floss every day or use a water flosser (Waterpik)
How Much Does Invisalign Cost in New York, NY?
The overall cost of Invisalign depends on factors including the specific type of Invisalign you require, the length and extent of your treatment plan, what your dental insurance covers, and other factors. In New York City, the cost of Invisalign ranges between $1,000-6,000. As an advanced technology, Invisalign tends to be slightly more expensive than traditional metal braces. Dr. Chern understands that everyone’s financial situation is different and is happy to provide a 12-month interest-free financing option!
Even with a higher price many patients prefer Invisalign because they are clear and discreet, and it is generally easier to maintain your oral hygiene with Invisalign aligners. For many patients, this makes the increased cost worth the investment. Dr. Chern can give you a more accurate cost estimate for your Invisalign treatment after a consultation.
What Makes Our Office the Right Fit for Your Dental Needs?
You’ll work with Dr. Chern to create the right treatment plan for you using advanced software to visualize your custom Invisalign smile transformation.
Straightening your smile doesn’t have to be scary or uncomfortable. We’ll be checking in on your Invisalign process along the way. We’re always here to answer questions.
Having a straight smile improves more than just your confidence. Our invisible braces treatments are focused on getting you results — whether it takes you 6 months or 12.