Category: Invisalign

How To Optimize Your Invisalign Results with Complementary Dental Treatments

17 Aug 2018 by  Ali Long in Invisalign

Invisalign can help people of all ages improve a variety of functional and aesthetic concerns with their smile. This cutting-edge orthodontic treatment has numerous advantages over metal braces and allows patients to straighten their teeth, correct overcrowding and gaps using discreet and comfortable clear aligners.

Invisalign is among the most requested procedures available here at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry. Depending on your concerns and desired outcome, we may recommend complementary cosmetic dentistry treatments to help you achieve optimal results.

Achieve Optimum Results with Invisalign

The custom-fabricated aligners move the teeth over a period of months by applying gentle yet consistent pressure. Because the trays are practically invisible and able to be removed for brushing, eating and special occasions, Invisalign is the treatment of choice for millions of Americans.

Invisalign can effectively correct many common orthodontic concerns, but it does have its limitations, which is why patients may be interested in the following procedures after their Invisalign treatment is finished.

Teeth Whitening

Professional tooth whitening is an excellent option for brightening up dull or discolored teeth after your Invisalign treatment. We offer both take-home kits and in-office treatments that use concentrated carbamide peroxide to gently lighten tooth enamel by up to 7 shades. Discoloration is most typically caused by coffee, tea, wine and smoking, though genetics and age can also factor in. For a luminously bright smile in just one visit, we’d recommend our in-office teeth whitening with Sinsational Smiles.

Dental Crowns

Crowns are custom-designed tooth-shaped caps that fit over a damaged, weak or misshapen tooth. This type of dental restoration can significantly enhance aesthetics after your bite is corrected with Invisalign. A crown can restore the strength, shape and appearance of a tooth that has been heavily filled over the years. Crowns can also supplement Invisalign by correcting the alignment of problematic teeth that did not shift completely into place. Of all restoration materials used in dental crowns, ceramic is the most natural-looking, since it closely resembles your own tooth coloring. Our Long Island practice offers high quality CEREC crowns that are manufactured at our office in just one visit.

Porcelain Veneers

A veneer is akin to a new face for your tooth. They are a superior option for correcting a tooth that is too small, too large or is resistant to dental whitening. Porcelain veneers are practically undetectable from your natural teeth and can add the finishing touch to a smile makeover with Invisalign. Once the Invisalign treatment is complete, veneers can create a beautiful, white smile that is uniform and cosmetically pleasing.

Comprehensive Dental Care in Long Island

For more information about cosmetic dentistry treatments offered at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we invite you to reach out for a complimentary consultation. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are experienced Invisalign providers on Long Island and are proud to offer this revolutionary treatment to patients throughout Suffolk County and Nassau County. We look forward to discussing your smile makeover goals at one of our two convenient office locations in Rocky Point and South Huntington.

Additional Resources on Invisalign:

  1. Invisalign, FAQ https://www.invisalign.com/frequently-asked-questions
  2. Dental Health.org, Tooth Whitening https://www.dentalhealth.org/tooth-whitening

The Whys and Hows of Wearing Your Retainer

29 Jun 2018 by  admin in Invisalign

InvisalignThe active treatment phase for Invisalign is typically about 12 months, which is shorter than the average treatment time for metal braces. Invisalign works by gently nudging your teeth into the positions they should be in. However, as soon as you remove your last set of clear aligners, it’s possible for your teeth to start moving out of position again. This is why your cosmetic dentist wants you to wear a retainer. By wearing your retainer on the schedule recommended by your dentist, you can greatly reduce your risk of needing orthodontic treatment again as an adult.

Why you need to wear a retainer

Your active treatment phase lasts as long as it takes to get your teeth to where they need to be. The purpose of the retainer is to keep your teeth in these desirable positions. Retainers are necessary because teeth will always follow the path of the least resistance if given the chance. They haven’t had enough time to get firmly anchored in place yet.

Additionally, it’s possible that the force exerted by your tongue against your teeth will move your pearly whites out of position. Your tongue muscle is stronger than you might think, and it’s resting against your teeth on a 24/7 basis. Over time, it can push teeth out of position. Your retainer helps prevent this, and it also helps prevent the misalignment of teeth from the natural forces of biting, chewing, swallowing, and speaking.

Here’s how long you need to wear your retainer

The good news is that most people don’t need to wear a retainer forever. In fact, you won’t even have to wear it as often as your Invisalign aligners. Your dentist will customize your retainer usage recommendations, depending on your unique needs. Cosmetic dentists often recommend Vivera retainers, which are made by the Invisalign company. A Vivera retainer is much like your clear aligners. It’s custom made for you, and it’s virtually invisible.

The specific length of time you’ll be asked to wear the retainer depends on factors like your age and the complexity of your original malocclusion. A boilerplate schedule looks like this:

  1. First 3 to 6 months: Wear for 12 to 22 hours per day
  2. Six to 12 months after treatment: Nighttime usage only
  3. One year-plus: Wear 3 to 5 nights per week

Of course, you should always follow your dentist’s instructions if they differ from these recommendations.

How to take good care of your retainer

Just like your clear aligners, your retainer needs to be cared for properly so it will last. Otherwise, it can get discolored and you may need to have your dentist order a new one for you. Carry the protective case for your retainer with you when you leave home. You’ll need to take the retainer out before eating. You should also remove it before drinking anything other than water. Hot beverages in particular can be harmful to the retainer material.

Brush and floss your teeth before putting the retainer back on. If you’re using the Vivera retainer, it will pop on just like your Invisalign aligners did. Remember to clean the retainer every day using the Invisalign cleaning kit or non-abrasive toothpaste.

Quality dental care in Long Island, Suffolk County

Teens and adults alike can get the straight, beautiful smile they deserve with a little help from Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We’re proud to be an Invisalign provider on Long Island, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about wearing a retainer after your Invisalign treatment. Get in touch today at 631.319.7891.

Additional resources about straight smiles:

  1. American Association of Orthodontists, Will My Teeth Stay Where My Orthodontist Moved Them? https://www.aaoinfo.org/blog/post/will-my-teeth-stay-where-my-orthodontist-moved-them
  2. Invisalign, Vivera Retainers, https://www.invisalign.com/the-invisalign-difference/vivera-retainers

Invisalign vs. Braces: Which Takes Longer?

8 Jun 2018 by  admin in Invisalign

invisalign clear alignersTreatment time is an important consideration for patients who are choosing between Invisalign and traditional metal braces. Of course, every case is unique. The more complex a person’s malocclusion is, the longer it will take to straighten the teeth. This applies to both Invisalign and conventional orthodontic treatment. The best way to find out how long it will take you to achieve beautifully straight teeth is to talk to an Invisalign provider. You’ll receive a customized treatment plan.

Average treatment time for Invisalign

Most Invisalign patients achieve a straight smile in about 12 months, although more complex cases can take up to 18 months. Your total treatment time will be primarily determined by the amount of movement required to treat the “lead tooth.” In dentist lingo, the lead tooth is the most crooked tooth in any given mouth. It’s the one that requires the greatest movement to correct.

This is significant for your treatment time because each Invisalign aligner is capable of generating up to .25 mm of movement. This is equivalent to two degrees of rotation, or about 1/100th of an inch. Once the tooth that requires the greatest degree of movement has finished shifting, then the rest of the teeth will be done, too.

It’s always possible for a patient’s treatment time to take a little longer than expected if that person failed to wear the aligners as directed. To complete your treatment in the shortest time possible, you’ll need to wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours per day (your dentist will probably prefer 22 hours). Most patients will move on to the next set of aligners in the series at two-week intervals.

Average treatment time for metal braces

Like Invisalign, there are a few factors that go into determining the length of treatment time for metal braces. One is the age of the patient. On average, adults need more time with metal braces than children. A typical adult will wear them for 18 months to three years. Note that the average minimum time for braces is the average maximum time for Invisalign. A typical child getting braces between the ages of 11 and 14 might also need up to three years of treatment, but could be done in as few as 12 months.

However, it should also be noted that metal braces are highly susceptible to damage. There are many small components that can sustain damage, including the arch wire and the brackets. A person’s treatment time may need to be extended if repairs are necessary.

Here’s what you should know about wearing a retainer

Whether you choose Invisalign or metal braces, you can expect to wear a retainer afterward. A retainer doesn’t actively move the teeth. Rather, it prevents the teeth from moving out of their ideal positions. If you’ve chosen Invisalign, the Vivera retainer is recommended. It’s virtually invisible, just like your aligners were. Each patient’s retainer schedule is customized, but yours might look something like this:

  • Wear 12 to 22 hours/day for first 3 – 6 months
  • Wear only at night between months 6 and 12
  • Nighttime wear 3 – 5 nights per week beyond one year

After metal braces, retainers are generally worn for at least one full year, or for as long as the metal braces were worn. After that, they may be worn at night indefinitely.

Are you ready to start your Invisalign treatment?

Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are the go-to Invisalign providers for Suffolk County, Long Island. Get started on your path toward a beautiful, straight smile today! Call Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry at 631.296.0549.

Additional resources for Invisalign patients:

  1. Invisalign, FAQ, https://www.invisalign.com/frequently-asked-questions
  2. Invisalign, Vivera Retainers, https://www.invisalign.com/the-invisalign-difference/vivera-retainers

Why More Seniors Are Choosing Invisalign

25 May 2018 by  admin in Invisalign

Mature couple smiling

Here at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe that all our patients deserve a healthy smile they can be proud of, regardless of age. If you’ve been pining for a straighter smile but worry you may be too old for orthodontic treatment, we have some great news! Barring significant periodontal issues, it’s never too late to straighten your teeth, correct bite problems and enhance aesthetics with the Invisalign system.

Whether they appreciate the importance of maintaining oral health, or they want to improve their appearance, seniors are taking advantage of this discreet teeth straightening system. In fact, nearly a quarter of all Invisalign patients are older adults.

So what are you waiting for? If you’re tired of living with crowded or crooked teeth, and want to feel confident about your pearly whites, now is the time to book your Long Island Invisalign consultation!

Invisalign for seniors

Invisalign is designed for both teenagers and adults and carries no upper age restrictions. As long as your teeth, jawbone and gums are strong and healthy, we can recommend the best treatment plan to move your teeth into correct alignment. We have successfully treated patients well into their Golden Years with this revolutionary system, helping them to fulfill their dream of having a beautiful, confident smile.

Realize terrific cosmetic results with clear plastic trays that gradually straighten your teeth and correct bite issues.  Orthodontic treatment in your 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond isn’t only a great investment for your appearance, it also benefits your health! By correcting overlapping or crowded teeth, you can prevent oral health problems, gum disease and potential tooth loss down the line.

Special considerations

While age isn’t a determining factor for Invisalign treatment, there are some considerations that apply to older adults whose teeth aren’t quite as malleable as they once were. Rest assured, the treatment times are bearable, but you may be wearing trays longer than your grandchild would.

  • Longer treatment times: Mild to moderate malocclusion can usually be corrected within 18-24 months with Invisalign
  • Bone density is critical: Your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation to ensure you’re a candidate for Invisalign
  • Compliance is key: The plastic aligners, which are transparent are hardly noticeable, must be worn for 20-22 hours per day, as instructed. Patients who fail to wear their retainers as directed can expect a longer treatment period.

Benefits of Invisalign for older adults

Don’t want to attract unwanted attention as you straighten your teeth? Invisalign, as its name implies, is practically invisible and won’t interfere with your social calendar. Another advantage over regular braces: you can pop them out during meals, while brushing your teeth, and for the odd special occasion. This convenience is what has made Invisalign one of the leading orthodontic systems today.

Imagine straightening your teeth without:

  • Food restrictions
  • Discomfort and gum irritation
  • A mouth full of metal
  • Complicated dental care
  • Food particles stuck in your braces

Learn more about Invisalign at all ages

Eat the foods you love, boost your confidence and enjoy a healthier, straighter smile with Invisalign. To learn more about Invisalign for seniors, we invite you to reach out to our office in Rocky Point, NY for a free consultation.

Call 631-296-0609 to schedule your Invisalign consult with award winning experts in cosmetic dentistry.

Additional Resources on Invisalign for Seniors:

  1. Columbia Edu, Open wide! More senior citizens opt for braces http://jscms.jrn.columbia.edu/cns/2007-03-27/taylor-geriatricbraces.html
  2. Invisalign, Invisalign FAQ https://ph.invisalign.com/faq

Dental Tips for Teens: 4 Steps To a Healthy Mouth and a Bright Smile

18 May 2018 by  admin in Invisalign

teen girl smiling high schoolYour smile is your most noticeable accessory. It’s the first thing new friends will notice and it’s the last thing you should neglect. Most people find that with each passing year, their lives just get busier and busier. It’s not always easy to find the time to floss or visit the dentist for a cleaning. But the better you take care of your mouth now, the less time you’ll have to spend in the dentist’s chair later.

Cigarettes are equally as addictive as heroin: Just don’t start.

During the 1920s, cigarette ads promised women they’d look glamorous if they smoked, and hinted to men that they’d have the vitality of a pro baseball player if they picked up a pack of Lucky Strikes. Camel proudly proclaimed that more physicians smoked it than any other brand. Don’t believe it? Just Google Image it and see for yourself. Fortunately, we know better now, and so do doctors and dentists.

Cigarettes are a public health crisis. They lead to disfiguring diseases and surgeries that can rob you of your beauty, your natural voice, and yes, your teeth and jaw. Since cigarettes are also equally as addictive as heroin (and according to some anecdotal reports, harder to quit than heroin), just don’t start. Period. You and your beautiful smile deserve better.

Wear a mouthguard when you play sports.

Lots of teens love sports as a way to have fun with friends, get competitive, get physically fit, and flesh out their college applications. If you’re one of them, talk to a dentist about getting a custom-fit mouthguard. It’ll protect your teeth and the soft tissues of your mouth from severe impact injuries. Even if you don’t play a full-contact sport like football, it’s a good idea to get and regularly wear a mouthguard. Those lacrosse players can get pretty aggressive on the field!

Make time for flossing.

We get it. Flossing is a pain. It takes time, and it’s the last thing you feel like doing when you’re exhausted and just want to get to bed. But it’s also super important. It’s impossible to clean between your teeth with just brushing alone. And if you skip flossing, you might have the remnants of your last few meals hanging out between your teeth. Pretty gross, right? Evict that food debris and bacteria with a nice long strand of floss every single night.

Ask about invisible aligners.

Metal brackets and wires are a nightmare for adolescents. It’s a difficult time in your life already—who wants to deal with braces when you’re worried about schoolwork, dating, and friends? Ask your parents to take you to a cosmetic dentist who offers Invisalign aligners in Suffolk County. It’s just as effective as regular braces, it’s affordable, and it’s discreet.

Answers to your cosmetic dentistry questions

As a teen with a bright future ahead of you, you’re naturally concerned about the health and beauty of your smile. At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, it’s our mission to give you the self-confidence that a great smile brings. Ask us about our popular cosmetic treatments, like Invisalign, teeth whitening, and dental bonding. You or your parent can call our office in Suffolk County, Long Island, at 631.319.9509.

Additional oral health resources for teens:

  1. American Dental Association, Concerns, https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/teens/concerns
  2. Council on Chemical Abuse, National Drug Facts Week: Nicotine vs. Heroin, http://www.councilonchemicalabuse.org/ndfw-nicotine-vs-heroin.html

Porcelain Veneers vs. Invisalign: Which Is Right for You?

3 May 2018 by  admin in Invisalign

bright smileIt’s no secret that straighter teeth can improve your smile and boost self-confidence. But did you know that they can also help maintain oral health? If you’re looking for an effective and lasting way to fix crooked or crowded teeth, you may be considering either porcelain veneers or Invisalign. Both are terrific options for many patients, helping them achieve the beautiful, healthy smile they’ve always wanted.

But how do you know which cosmetic dentistry solution is really right for you? Let’s look at the advantages of veneers vs. Invisalign.

What do porcelain veneers correct?

Dental veneers are micro thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain or ceramic that are affixed to the front surface of the teeth. Individually made for each patient, these restorations are crafted from material that mimics the appearance of your dental enamel.

Porcelain veneers are best suited for:

  • Correcting chips, cracks or damaged teeth
  • Correcting small imperfections like front teeth that are slightly crooked
  • Correcting teeth that are severely discolored or stained
  • Disguising small to moderate gaps between teeth
  • Correcting shape irregularities for a more uniform appearance
  • Correcting teeth that are mildly overlapping

Durable and aesthetically pleasing

Porcelain veneers offer a number of advantages for those in search of a quick but lasting solution to common cosmetic concerns. Veneers are deigned to be durable and can last anywhere from 15-20 years. They are stain-resistant and last much longer than dental bonding or tooth whitening.

Veneers are incredibly versatile, and while they do help with minor orthodontic issues, they are more often used to address healthy teeth that are stained, cracked or misshapen.

Benefits of veneers:

  • Quick, painless procedure involving only two dentist visits
  • Provide beautiful, natural-looking results
  • Custom-made for a seamless smile
  • Very strong and lost lasting
  • Versatility of cosmetic uses

What can Invisalign correct?

The Invisalign system utilizes transparent plastic trays to straighten teeth and correct bite issues. More comfortable and less noticeable than traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners can be taken out during meals and for brushing teeth, making oral hygiene much easier. Every two weeks, patients receive a new set of custom-fitted clear trays that gradually move teeth into the correct position over a series of months. Invisalign is a true orthodontic treatment that delivers permanent results.

Invisalign is best for:

  • Correcting spacing issues
  • Correcting overbite, underbite or crossbite
  • Straightening crooked teeth
  • Correcting tooth crowding and overlapping

Invisalign corrects malocclusion and bite imperfections, whereas porcelain veneers simply cover these issues. Because the aligners are made of clear plastic, they are discreet and don’t draw attention. Invisalign is often recommended to patients who want to change the placement and spacing of teeth, whereas veneers are best suited for cosmetic concerns like chips, cracks or discoloration.

Cosmetic dentistry in Suffolk County

The easiest way to identify the ideal course of action is to schedule a consult here at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, where we offer porcelain veneers and Invisalign in Suffolk County, Long Island. Call us today at 631-319-7891!

Additional Resources on Veneers and Invisalign:

  1. WebMD, Dental Health and Veneers https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/veneers#1
  2. RealSelf, Invisalign or Veneers? https://www.realself.com/question/invisalign-veneers1
  3. Invisalign.com, Invisalign Smile Assessment https://www.invisalign.com/get-started/smile-assessment

A Cost Breakdown of Invisalign on Long Island

28 Mar 2018 by  admin in Invisalign

Orthodontic treatment has a reputation for being pricey, and it’s not always fully covered by insurance. But don’t let that stop you from consulting a cosmetic dentist about your crooked or crowded teeth. You might be surprised at just how affordable it can be to get Invisalign teeth straightening in Long Island.

Know that costs do vary from patient to patient, and depend on many different factors. To find out how much your Invisalign treatment will cost at our practice, you can schedule a consult with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot.

Typical range of orthodontic costs

The cost of orthodontic treatment varies widely. Conventional metal braces, for example, average over $5,000. Ceramic braces can cost nearly $5,000, but they’re also prone to breaking, which would require additional expense. Lingual braces aren’t widely offered, and they can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $13,000 or even more.

Given these significant expenses, it’s commonly thought that Invisalign treatment is even pricier, as it’s a technologically advanced system. But actually, Invisalign costs are comparable to those of conventional metal braces– and sometimes even less. This is impressive considering that Invisalign is often the preferred method because it’s discreet, convenient and comfortable.

Assessing insurance coverage

Since dental plans aren’t universal, you’ll need to consult your insurance carrier about your specific policy to determine coverage. Unless you’re an accomplished interpreter of insurance policy jargon, it may be best to call the company directly. Let the representative know that you specifically want Invisalign treatment, and find out what’s covered. Some insurance plans may cover a couple thousand dollars or more toward the cost of Invisalign treatment.

Considering your orthodontic requirements

Your total cost can depend on the length of your treatment, as this determines how many Invisalign trays you’ll need. And the length of your treatment depends on the complexity and severity of your malocclusion. If you only have minor alignment issues that can be fixed quickly, your estimate will be on the lower end of the cost range (anywhere from $2,500 to $3,000 on average). You’ll need to visit a cosmetic dentist for an evaluation.

Using pre-tax dollars

One smart way to lower the cost of your Invisalign treatment is to use your pre-tax dollars. Your employer may offer a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA). You can choose to contribute a portion of your wages to your account, before taxes are taken out. You’ll be able to use your pre-tax dollars toward healthcare costs, such as dental treatments like Invisalign.

Invisalign providers in Long Island

You can get a personalized estimate for Invisalign during your one-on-one consultation at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Suffolk County. Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot will conduct an in-depth smile examination, explain the treatment process, and answer any questions you might have.

Our office focuses on providing a positive, stress-free dental experience for our valued patients. Give us a call today at 631.319.7891, and let us know you’re curious about getting Invisalign in Rocky Point, NY.

Additional resources for Invisalign patients

  1. Colgate, What Do Invisalign Braces Cost? Are They Worth It? https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/adult-orthodontics/what-do-invisalign-braces-cost-are-they-worth-it-0113
  2. Angie’s List, How Much Do Adult Braces Cost? https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-much-do-adult-braces-cost.htm

How to Clean Your Invisalign Trays: Dos and Don’ts

17 Mar 2018 by  admin in Invisalign

Invisalign is among the most popular teeth straightening systems. Patients tend to prefer it as an alternative to metal braces because the aligners are discreet. In fact, they are virtually invisible, and they can be easily removed for restriction-free eating and thorough cleaning. Your cosmetic dentist will give you instructions for cleaning your Invisalign aligners, but here’s a quick primer to help you become familiar with the dos and don’ts.

Do brush your teeth too

Each time you enjoy a meal, you should brush your teeth for at least two minutes. Placing your aligners back in without brushing your teeth isn’t a good idea because the aligners prevent saliva from reaching them. Saliva is necessary to wash away food particles and bacteria. In other words, if you don’t brush your teeth too, they’ll be bathing in bacteria inside the aligners. Maximize your oral health by flossing each time you brush.

Don’t use toothpaste on your aligners

Toothpaste is too abrasive for the aligners. Instead, some dentists recommend using a mild, antibacterial hand soap or dish soap. (Only use mild cleaning products!) Use a soft-bristled toothbrush—preferably, a different one than the toothbrush you use on your teeth—and gently clean the aligners.

Do multitask

Another option is to let your aligners soak in a cleansing solution while you eat. You could try denture cleaner, but some patients think this makes the plastic look cloudy. Another option is Retainer Brite, which is formulated differently than denture cleaner, making it more plastic-friendly.

Other Invisalign patients prefer soaking the aligners in mouthwash. If you try this, choose a clear mouthwash, like a whitening solution. Even cheaper options are hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. Make a half-water, half-hydrogen peroxide mixture (or a 50-50 water and vinegar mixture) and let the aligners take a bath while you eat.

Whichever method you choose, always be sure to rinse the aligners very well before putting them back in your mouth.

Don’t use hot water

From an early age, we’re taught that washing things in hot water is best for killing germs. But this isn’t necessarily the case, and in fact, hot water is damaging to aligners. It will warp the plastic, and you’ll need another pair of aligners made. Only use cool water or mildly lukewarm water.

Don’t shy away from dining out

Keeping up with your cleaning routine can be more challenging when you’re going out to a restaurant or traveling, or if you’re an on-campus student who relies on the dining halls. Don’t let this stop you from taking good care of your teeth. Simply go into the restroom, discreetly remove your aligners, and store them safely in their case. When you’re done eating, you can return to the restroom to clean your teeth and your aligners.

When it’s time to transform your smile, get in touch with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot—two experienced and friendly Invisalign dentists on Long Island. We pride ourselves on extensive patient education, and we’ll be happy to introduce you to life with Invisalign. Contact Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry at 631-296-0588. Our modern dental office in Suffolk County is committed to unsurpassed patient care within a comfortable setting.

Additional resources for Invisalign patients

  1. Invisalign, Living with Invisalign Clear Aligners, https://www.invisalign.com/how-invisalign-works/living-with-invisalign
  2. Invisalign, Is Invisalign Treatment Right for You? https://www.invisalign.com/get-started/is-invisalign-right-for-me?variation=1

How to Keep Your Teeth Clean with Invisalign

5 Feb 2018 by  admin in Invisalign

When you feel good about your smile, you project confidence to those around you. Thanks to Invisalign, you can achieve your goals of having beautiful, straight teeth in a way that is comfortable and doesn’t disrupt your lifestyle. These clear plastic aligners are one of the best things you can do for your teeth, and compared to other orthodontic treatments, they are incredibly discreet. Get the teeth straightening benefits of traditional braces without the mouthful of metal. It doesn’t take long to see noticeable results with the Invisalign system, and the removable trays mean there are no restrictions on what you can eat!

Invisalign may be the teeth straightening treatment of choice nowadays, but there are a few caveats to consider when it comes to keeping your teeth clean and plaque free. Most people can get away with a 2-minute brush and floss session twice a day, but during your Invisalign treatment, you’ll want to set aside some extra time for oral care. This is a tiny price to pay for maintaining plaque-free teeth while correcting those orthodontic problems.

Sweep away odor-causing bacteria and keep your teeth ultra clean by following these 5 simple tips.

Brush teeth after every meal

You’ve just polished off a delicious sandwich and fries and could do so without worrying about food sticking in your “braces.” The fact that the aligners can be removed while eating/drinking is one of the greatest advantages of the Invisalign treatment. However, it’s essential to brush your teeth after every single meal – or sugary drink –before reinserting the trays. Why? Food particles trapped between the teeth and the aligners are the perfect recipe for foul-smelling bacteria, plaque build-up and an increased risk of dental problems.

Floss and Rinse

Equally important is to maintain a steady regimen of flossing after meals. It’s easy to do after brushing and goes a long way toward maintaining oral hygiene. In the event that you are pressed for time or simply cannot brush and floss, the next best option is rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash – preferably one that is alcohol-free. When this isn’t feasible, swish your mouth with a glass of cool water before reinserting the aligner.

Only drink water while wearing your trays

Always take your Invisalign trays out if you are drinking any beverage other than water. Juice and energy drinks contain lots of sugar that will sit on the enamel for hours, potentially leading to tooth decay. Other beverages like coffee, wine and soda can stain the aligners along with your teeth.

Clean the Invisalign trays before reinserting

Just like a sports guard or retainer, Invisalign trays need regular cleaning to prevent bacterial growth and unpleasant odors. Before popping them back into your mouth, take an extra 30 seconds to gently brush the aligners with lukewarm water. This removes any residue and will help keep your teeth clean. Ask your dentist about denture bath soaks and other specialty products that disinfect and remove bacteria from  Invisalign trays.

Stay hydrated

Sipping water throughout the day is one of the easiest things you can do for your overall health and your teeth! In addition to removing cavity-causing bacteria, water helps increase saliva production, which helps fight dry mouth and risk of tooth decay.

Learn more about Invisalign in Suffolk County

If you want to improve your smile without traditional braces, our Suffolk County Invisalign providers invite you to schedule a free consultation. Here at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we’ll explain everything you need to know about Invisalign and dental care during treatment.

We are conveniently located in Rocky Point and look forward to answering your questions today!

More Information on Invisalign & Oral Care:

  1. Invisalign, Living with Invisalign Aligners https://www.invisalign.com/how-invisalign-works/living-with-invisalign
  2. Real Self, Invisalign: How to Eat when Can’t Brush Right Away? https://www.realself.com/question/invisalign-eat-brush
  3. Shape, 10 Invisalign Truths to Know Before You Try https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/beauty-style/10-invisalign-truths-know-you-try

Invisalign Attachments: Your Questions Answered

4 Jan 2018 by  admin in Invisalign

Roughly four million Americans wear braces, and about one-quarter of these are adults. Invisalign provides an alternative to traditional metal braces. These clear aligners are invisible to the eye, making them especially attractive solutions for those who are conscious about appearances. We find that many teens, adults and seniors have questions about Invisalign, including about the bumps, buttons, bands and other attachments that are sometimes required.

What Are the Attachments and What Is Their Purpose?

Attachments are small sticky dots about the same shade as the color of teeth. These are placed at certain points on the teeth to provide a firmer grip for the aligner and prevent it from slipping off. The attachments serve as the anchor points that are required for applying the force of the aligner.

Similarly, there are also buttons. These are miniature brackets that also act as anchors so the dentist can add rubber bands at regular intervals of the treatment. The rubber bands are small elastics that provide additional force to move the teeth and align them in their proper position in the jaw. There are also bumps that serve a similar purpose. Bumps are small dabs placed near the center of the teeth and apply extra rotational force. This helps straighten teeth twisted at an angle.

Will I Need Invisalign Attachments?

Aligners often require additional auxiliaries, such as attachments, buttons, bumps, and rubber bands to help straighten the teeth. Depending on the extent of teeth misalignment, the aligner on its own may not provide the necessary pressure to push the teeth back in position. An examination from an orthodontist will determine whether your aligner requires these additional add-ons.

Do Invisalign Attachments Cost Extra?

Invisalign cost varies depending on the complexity of your specific needs. Normally, the cost of attachments and other additions, such as bands and buttons, is higher than if you only need the aligner itself. Only your orthodontist can determine the final cost after an evaluation has been performed.

Do Attachments Hurt?

The aligner and attachments do not cause major pain or discomfort. The attachments, though, may feel slightly awkward and out of place at first. Aligners and attachments are not designed to be a perfect and snug fit. They’re supposed to feel a bit strange, especially at the point of the misaligned teeth. The aligner is shaped to how your teeth are supposed to appear once they’re straightened out, and not how your teeth are currently positioned.

Can the Attachments Be Removed?

Your orthodontist may remove them if a specific treatment is required. However, you should not make any attempts to remove the attachment at home. DIY removal may cause damage to the underlying tooth enamel the attachment is anchored to.

Can You Eat with the Attachments On?

Yes, you can eat with attachments on. Just be aware that food at times may get caught in and around the attachments. We recommend brushing after eating and before you put the aligner back on.

Contact Us for a Consultation

Contact LI Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry for a consultation with one of our Long Island Invisalign Dentists. An initial examination will determine whether you require an aligner with an additional attachment and other add-ons.

Additional “Invisalign Attachment” Resources:

  1. Real Self, What Are Invisalign Buttons and Where Are They Attached?, https://www.realself.com/question/what-invisalign-buttons-and-where-they-attached
  2. Health, 11 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Got Invisalign, http://www.health.com/beauty/11-things-i-wish-id-known-before-i-got-invisalign
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