If you are like one–third of adults, you probably do not like how your teeth look. If gaps and alignment issues have you feeling insecure about your appearance, you have probably considered braces in the past. Although you know that they are effective, you do not want to deal with their restrictions, lengthy treatment, or their noticeable appearance. Now, you can get the results you want without brackets and wires. At Sunrise Dental Service, we provide Invisalign® in Bohemia, NY to help you achieve a confident, beautiful smile with a nearly invisible solution.
Invisalign® is far different than traditional braces. It does not use brackets or wires to move your teeth. Instead, we take impressions of your mouth to create a series of clear plastic aligners. You will wear them for about 22 hours per day, allowing your teeth to be gradually moved into their ideal positions. After about one week, you will switch to the next one in the series. On average, you will complete your treatment in about 12 months. Afterward, you will wear a retainer to prevent them from moving back into their previous positions.
Invisalign® has quickly become the preferred orthodontic treatment among adults because it is nearly invisible. The clear plastic aligners are virtually undetectable for a discreet and sophisticated treatment. Also, they offer a wide range of benefits that are not possible with traditional braces, including:
Invisalign® can be used to correct an array of bite and alignment concerns. As an FDA–approved treatment, you can rest assured that you can get the results you want with a customized treatment plan. Still not sure if it is the right choice for you? You may want to consider it if:
Although you are excited to straighten your teeth, it is normal to have several questions before you are ready to commit to Invisalign®. Dr. Makadia will take the time to explain the entire process and address your concerns during your initial consultation. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions about Invisalign®.
Only using Invisalign® on the top is rarely recommended. The clear aligners do not just close gaps or resolve overcrowding. Moving your teeth also changes your bite. If the top and bottom teeth aren’t moved at the same time, this can cause a poorly aligned bite. This can make it difficult to close your mouth fully, which can make it hard to chew.
Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to determine how long you’ll need to wear the aligners without having a consultation. The average treatment takes about 12 months to complete; however, several factors will influence the duration of your treatment, such as the severity of your case.
To ensure there aren’t any delays in your treatment plan, it is important to wear your aligners according to Dr. Makadia’s instructions. It’s best to wear them for at least 22 hours per day and switch to the next one in the series every week.
Yes. You will need to wear a retainer after you’ve finished your series of aligners. This prevents your teeth from moving back into their previous positions. Immediately after completing Invisalign®, your cosmetic dentist will recommend you wear your retainer all the time. After a while, you should only need to wear it at night.
Often, it’s believed Invisalign® is unaffordable for the average person, but this is untrue. In fact, it often costs around the same amount as traditional metal braces. There isn’t a specific cost because the amount you pay is determined by several factors, such as the complexity of your case, how many aligners are needed, and your insurance coverage.
Many dental insurance companies offer coverage for orthodontics. Depending on your specific policy, they may cover a portion of the cost of Invisalign® after paying your annual deductible. If you reach your annual limit, there are several ways to pay any remaining balance. Besides traditional methods, our dental office also accepts third–party financing with CareCredit. You’re given the funds you need, which are repaid using a plan that accommodates your budget.
If you have questions about Invisalign®, or you’re ready to learn more, a member of our team is only a phone call away. Contact our dental office today to schedule your consultation.