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Invisalign Benefits

To straighten teeth without braces, your best choice is using Invisalign aligner trays. In as little as six months, depending on the severity of your malalignment, you can get straighter teeth without anyone else noticing. The aligner trays are made of clear plastic that’s virtually invisible. Learn about all the many benefits of the Invisalign process over wearing braces from an expert: Dr. Alex Shalman in Lower Manhattan. Call today for a consultation.

What Is Invisalign Clear Aligners?

An orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is a branded dental appliance that straightens teeth over time without the need for metal or ceramic braces. The Invisalign method uses a series of removeable clear plastic trays that have to be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. But you can take them out to eat, clean your teeth and clean the appliance.

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Because Invisalign isn’t made of metal or cemented to your teeth, you experience many benefits over traditional teeth straightening treatments, including braces. While not everyone qualifies as an ideal Invisalign candidate, it’s appropriate for both teenagers and adults. Turn to Dr. Alex Shalman, who runs a boutique practice in Lower Manhattan that specializes in family dentistry and cosmetic procedures.


What Are the Benefits of Invisalign Teeth Straightening?

You have options when it comes to getting your teeth straightened. Choose the one that suits your lifestyle and your budget. While Invisalign isn’t the least expensive option, its benefits surpass expectations both in terms of its teeth straightening process and its amazing results. Consult your Downtown NYC family dentist regarding whether to get Invisalign or traditional braces. While traditional braces do the job, you may be put off by the idea of wearing a mouth full of metal for up to 18 months. This is where Invisalign shines. Review the frequently asked questions about Invisalign before contacting a dentist. The invisible trays correct most crooked teeth problems just as effectively as traditional braces. Other benefits include:

  • The clear aligners are nearly invisible when you wear them. This gives you the confidence to smile without embarrassment during your treatment.
  • You can eat whatever you want. Because you take the Invisalign aligners out to eat, no food sticks to them.
  • You can play sports and wear a mouth guard without worrying about injury. There is no metal to cut your cheeks.
  • Your gums and inner soft tissue don’t get irritated, as there are no metal parts.
  • The aligners require fewer dental appointments for check-ups.
Invisalign Teeth Straightening Before and After
Invisalign Teeth Straightening Before and After

Who Benefits Most from Invisalign?

The best Invisalign candidates are determined and patient, so they’re not ideal for young children. While Invisalign trays work faster than traditional braces, you do need to adhere to the instructions. Deviation can result in delayed results. Adults and mature teenagers make the best candidates. The more misaligned your teeth, the longer the treatment may take. Traditional braces are necessary for severely tipped or rotated teeth. Invisalign benefits teeth alignment problems that include:

  • Overbite, when your upper teeth hang in front of the lower teeth
  • Underbite, when the lower teeth hang in front of the upper teeth
  • Crossbite, when the upper teeth sit inside of the front lower teeth
  • Open bite, when the upper and lower teeth in the front don’t meet
  • Gaps in between teeth, when small gaps appear between your teeth

How Does Invisalign Work?

Metal braces have several components that are tightened using wires. It may require several sittings to get the right fit. Invisalign uses 3D imaging to get a picture of your teeth. Then the technology produces a series of custom aligners to match your teeth. It may take only six months to complete the treatment. While Dr. Shalman provides instructions, it’s up to you take responsibility for the results. If you follow the instructions, you’ll see visible results in just two to three months. You may feel some tooth pain initially with each new aligner, but it lessens as you keep wearing them. Other conditions of wearing the Invisalign aligners include:

  • You have to wear the aligners for at least 20 hours per day, but 22 hours a day is optimal.
  • You change to a new set of aligners every few weeks. Because you receive several sets at each dentist visit, you have fewer visits during the course of your treatment.
  • You must brush and floss after every meal and before putting on the aligners to ensure you don’t develop a tooth infection or get tooth decay.
  • Because the trays are removable, all regularly scheduled dental check-ups and cleanings can proceed as normal. If you have a cavity, you can get a filling easily and without interrupting your Invisalign treatment.

Who Offers Invisalign Aligner Trays?

Orthodontists and some family dentists can provide you with custom-fit Invisalign trays. Dr. Shalman’s expertise and history of success make him a clear choice when you’re considering Invisalign in Downtown Manhattan. As an experienced family dentist and among the best New York cosmetic dentists, he ensures your treatment leaves you with an attractive smile and healthy teeth. He also offers smile makeover treatments that include:

For the best teeth straightening without braces, contact Dr. Alex Shalman today to schedule a consultation at his Downtown NYC boutique dental practice. He spends time with you to ensure you make the right decision. He provides personalized services geared to your lifestyle and budget. And his track record for success is phenomenal.

Updated on Mar 27, 2024 by Dr. Alex Shalman (Dentist) of Shalman Dentistry

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44 W 10th St #1A
New York, NY 10011
(10th St, between 5th & 6th Avenue)
(212) 658-1093
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