Category: Invisalign

What Is An Uneven Bite and How Can You Fix It?

19 Oct 2018 by  admin in Invisalign

Senior Woman Sitting In A Chair Looking At Her Teeth In The MirrorWhen you visit a cosmetic dentist because of crooked teeth, you’ll learn exactly which type of malocclusion you have. There are many different types, including overbites, underbites, and open bites. An uneven bite, however, simply means that the upper and lower teeth don’t fit together the way they should.

Signs of an uneven bite

The most telltale sign of an uneven bite is that your smile looks crooked or uneven when your upper and lower jaws meet. Some of your teeth may be too close to each other. Others may be too far apart. Some teeth might be rotated improperly.

Cosmetic dentists are trained to detect more subtle signs of an uneven bite. When the jaws are closed together, the teeth might not quite meet in the middle. This is an open bite. The dentist might also notice that your teeth fail to line up in the midline of the face. Even with your mouth completely closed, the dentist may notice facial asymmetries.

Why you should fix an uneven bite

An uneven bite can cause all sorts of problems, and undesirable aesthetics is just one of them. It’s important to get an uneven bite treated because the uneven wear on the teeth can cause the enamel to deteriorate over time. This will cause tooth sensitivity and leave the teeth more susceptible to dental decay. Similarly, uneven bites can lead to failed restorations like crowns and fillings. As restorations fail, these areas can invite tooth decay.

An uneven bite can cause the muscles of the jaw to become strained in an unbalanced way. The muscle tension can lead to chronic tension headaches. Some people with uneven bites have bruxism, which refers to clenching the jaw and grinding the teeth. This is often done during sleep, when the individual is unaware they are grinding their teeth down. Over time, an uneven bite can lead to chronic jaw pain and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

How to fix an uneven bite

Cosmetic dentists take a two-pronged approach toward fixing uneven bites. First, they must develop a treatment plan for the uneven bite itself. Second, they treat the complications of the uneven bite. Your cosmetic dentist may recommend Invisalign, which gently moves the teeth to form an even smile and symmetrical bite pattern. Invisalign is an excellent option for both teens and adults. Since the aligners are clear and removable, the treatment is highly discreet and convenient.  Additionally, some patients are good candidates for gentle tooth reshaping. Making slight adjustments to the length or shape of a few teeth may encourage the upper and lower jaws to fit together properly.

The rest of your treatment plan depends on the specific complications you’ve developed from the uneven bite. Your cosmetic dentist may need to replace a failed crown with a new CEREC crown. Old, loose fillings can be replaced with tooth-colored fillings. The end result is a smile you’ll love!

Schedule your appointment today in Suffolk County

Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry are certified Invisalign providers in Suffolk County, including Invisalign Teen and Invisalign Express. Schedule a one-on-one consultation at our Rocky Point or Huntington office to learn about your cosmetic dentistry treatment options. We can correct all types of uneven bites. We also offer other ways to improve your smile, such as teeth whitening, gum reconstruction, and CEREC crowns. Call us today!

Additional resources about uneven bites:

  1. MedlinePlus, Malocclusion of teeth, https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001058.htm
  2. Invisalign, Treatable Cases, https://www.invisalign.com/treatable-cases

Do Invisalign Trays Stain? Keeping Your Clear Aligners Clear

5 Oct 2018 by  Ryan Brown in Invisalign

woman clear aligners invisalignTeens and adults alike often choose Invisalign because it’s so discreet. Unless you tell someone you’re wearing your aligners, they probably won’t have any idea you have them. Invisalign is considered superior to metal braces because of its convenience, as well. However, before you start your treatment, you do need to know that there’s a possibility of Invisalign getting stained. Here’s your crash course in preventing stains, and how to whiten Invisalign attachments and aligners when they do become stained.

Invisalign staining 101

Your cosmetic dentist will instruct you not to consume any food when you’re wearing the aligners. Since you’ll take them out before each meal and snack, and brush your teeth before putting them back in, you really don’t need to worry about food staining the aligners. However, beverages can stain them. You shouldn’t drink anything but unflavored, plain water while wearing the aligners.

Even if you’re willing to risk a little staining, it’s not advisable to consume hot beverages like coffee or tea while wearing the aligners. This is because hot temperatures will warp the plastic and you’ll have to purchase a new pair.

Does red wine stain Invisalign attachments?

Do Invisalign attachments stain? You can eat and drink whatever you like when you’re not wearing the aligners. However, there’s a possibility of staining on the attachments. The attachments are tooth-colored “buttons” that your dentist will place at strategic points on your teeth. Not every patient needs them. If you do, it’s because they’ll help anchor the aligners and encourage your teeth to move in the right direction.

Note that you don’t need to worry excessively about staining the attachments. They’re made out of the same material that your dentist can use for simple restorations like composite bonding. This means that by the time they start to show stains, you might be nearing the end of your treatment. However, if you want to exercise an abundance of caution, try to minimize the attachments’ contact with pigmented beverages and foods. Or, swish some water in your mouth right after drinking red wine or coffee, and brush your teeth as soon as you can.

How to clean stained Invisalign aligners

Most patients will only wear one set of aligners for two weeks before moving on to the next set of aligners in their treatment series. So if your aligners do become stained, the stains won’t stick around for very long. But if the stains bother you, you can get into the habit of soaking your aligners in a cleansing solution while you’re eating a meal. You can use the Invisalign cleaning kit. When you’re done eating, brush your teeth and then lightly brush the aligners. Rinse them with cool water before popping them back in your mouth.

Are you ready to transform your smile with Invisalign?

Then schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry! Our dental office is an official Invisalign provider on Long Island. We use advanced technology to plan your treatment, and you can even see what your smile will look like when you’re done! During your consult, we’ll determine whether Invisalign is a good choice for you and explain what to expect.

Additional information on Invisalign staining:

  1. Health, 11 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Got Invisalign, https://www.health.com/beauty/11-things-i-wish-id-known-before-i-got-invisalign
  2. Very Well Health, How to Clean and Care for an Invisalign Retainer, https://www.verywellhealth.com/how-to-care-for-invisalign-retainers-1059347

3 Methods of Correcting an Overbite

16 Sep 2018 by  admin in Invisalign

woman clear aligners invisalignAn overbite is a common type of malocclusion in which the upper teeth stick out too far ahead of the lower teeth. It’s possible for some cases to be hereditary. However, most overbites are caused by jaw development problems. A young child’s habits, like thumb-sucking and tongue-thrusting, can cause the jaw to develop atypically. The lower jaw may be under-developed or the upper jaw may be over-developed. Overbites can even be acquired later in life from years of engaging in harmful habits like chewing on the fingernails.

Regardless of how you acquired your overbite, your dentist can fix it for you. There are three primary methods of correcting an overbite: Orthognathic surgery, teeth extraction, and orthodontic treatment.

Some patients may need orthognathic surgery

Orthodontic treatment can resolve many cases of overbite. However, patients with severe jaw issues may benefit from orthognathic surgery, also called jaw surgery. Orthognathic surgery is intended to correct the jaw’s irregularities, and to realign the jaws and teeth. After a full recovery from orthognathic surgery, patients may also notice that their facial symmetry has been greatly improved.

Patients may be more likely to benefit from orthognathic surgery if they suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, have obstructive sleep apnea, have facial imbalances, or have trouble closing the lips comfortably.

Typically, patients who have orthognathic surgery will first receive orthodontic care for about 12 to 18 months before the surgery. Then, after the initial healing period from the surgery, patients will again wear their invisible aligners to complete the repositioning process.

Some patients may consider teeth extraction

Dentists never enjoy recommending that patients have a tooth extraction, as they prefer preserving the natural teeth whenever possible. However, for patients with a severe overbite who wish to avoid orthognathic surgery, teeth extraction may be recommended. One or two teeth may be extracted to allow the rest of the teeth to move into a more ideal, natural position that corrects the overbite. After a patient undergoes a tooth extraction, orthodontic care with invisible aligners can complete the process of shifting the rest of the teeth.

Invisible aligners are often effective for correcting an overbite

Not all patients need intensive orthognathic surgery or tooth extraction. In many cases, an overbite can be corrected with orthodontic treatment alone. If you’d like to avoid surgery, talk to a cosmetic dentist about getting started on Invisalign treatment on Long Island.

When you do, you’ll receive a series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners. Your dentist will show you how to insert them, remove them, and keep them clean. One of the many benefits of Invisalign compared to traditional metal braces is that you’ll require fewer dental visits overall.

Fix your overbite without surgery or braces!

Overbites can often be corrected without orthognathic surgery. And metal braces are definitely not a necessity. Instead, talk to the dentists at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry about your malocclusion correction options, like Invisalign. We use state-of-the-art digital technology to precisely map every stage of your treatment, so you’ll know exactly how your smile will look when you’re done. Call today at 631.246.4992 to request a consult at our office in Long Island, Suffolk County.

Additional resources about overbites:

  1. Colgate, When Overbite Correction Can be Beneficial, https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/teen-oral-care/when-overbite-correction-can-be-beneficial-0215
  2. Invisalign, Overbite, https://www.invisalign.com/treatable-cases/overbite

Smile Makeover Options with Amazing Results

12 Sep 2018 by  admin in Invisalign, Whitening

Before and after teeth whitening.Your smile is your most important accessory. It can show the world you’re a friendly, warm person who is full of self-confidence. But if you’re less than satisfied with the appearance of your smile, you probably aren’t showing it off as often as you’d like. It’s time to give yourself the smile you deserve with a comprehensive cosmetic dentistry makeover. Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry offers a complete selection of smile makeover options, including teeth whitening, clear aligners by Invisalign, dental implants, and much more!

Teeth whitening

In-office teeth whitening is the fastest and most effective way to get a brilliantly white smile. You won’t get results like these from over-the-counter products. Your cosmetic dentist will use a professional-grade whitening application, taking special precautions to protect the sensitive gum tissue. At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we use Sinsational Smiles®, which is both chemically activated and laser enhanced to produce incredible results in less than one hour! Plus, you can take home a potent whitening gel to prolong your results—at no extra charge!

Invisalign treatment

Few treatment options work as quickly as teeth whitening, but you can get straight teeth in less time than you might think. The average adult who gets Invisalign achieves their ideal smile within 12 to 18 months! And unlike metal braces, you can enjoy noticeable improvements in your smile along the way—there are no metal brackets or wires to obstruct your smile!

Many people choose to add Invisalign to their smile makeover treatment plan because they are discreet, effective, convenient, and comfortable. Little about your daily lifestyle will change. You can continue to eat and drink whatever you want, play sports, smile for pictures, and travel.

Dental implants

If you’re currently wearing dentures, missing one or more teeth, or expect to have a tooth extraction, you can talk to the cosmetic dentist about dental implants. For patients with missing teeth, dental implants may be the single most impactful treatment option for improving both the look and function of the smile.

This treatment is more than a makeover—it’s a restoration of your smile. The dental implant is anchored firmly within the jawbone, which allows it to mimic the natural root of a tooth. This is ideal because it preserves bone mass and allows for superior functioning. The implant is topped by a crown, which looks just like a natural tooth. Once you receive your new dental implants, no one will be able to tell that you lost your natural teeth!

Begin planning your smile makeover today!

You deserve a beautiful, brilliant smile that you can feel confident about showing off. Let Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry help you achieve the smile you deserve with our customized treatment plans. Call our office in Long Island, Suffolk County today at 631.296.0588. During your one-on-one consultation, we’ll discuss your aesthetic goals and determine which smile makeover options are right for you. Teeth whitening, dental implants, and Invisalign aligners are just a few of the treatment options we specialize in.

Additional resources about smile makeovers:

  1. Invisalign, FAQ, https://www.invisalign.com/frequently-asked-questions
  2. Mayo Clinic, Dental Implant Surgery, https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/dental-implant-surgery/about/pac-20384622

5 Orthodontic Problems That Invisalign Can Fix

22 Aug 2018 by  admin in Invisalign

InvisalignYou’ve undoubtedly heard that Invisalign can help you get a straighter, more beautiful smile. But did you know that it can also improve your dental health? By fixing malocclusion (an abnormal bite pattern), Invisalign may help you reduce your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and even gum recession! Talk to a cosmetic dentist today to find out which type of malocclusion you have.

Crossbite

A crossbite is one of the many types of malocclusion that Invisalign can treat. It occurs when the upper and lower jaws don’t meet properly. It causes the teeth to wear down unevenly and to develop small chips. It can even contribute to the recession of the gum tissue and to the formation of small notches above the gum line.

Overbite

It’s normal for the upper front teeth to rest about one to two millimeters in front of the lower front teeth. But in the case of an overbite, the distance of the overlap is about four to 10 millimeters—or sometimes even more. Some dentists refer to this as a “deep bite” or “deep overbite.” If left untreated, an overbite can lead to tooth wear and tear damage and to jaw pain.

Underbite

In a normal bite, when the jaws are closed, the front upper teeth should rest just slightly forward of the front bottom teeth. If the upper teeth are behind the bottom teeth instead, it’s referred to as an underbite. If left untreated, an underbite can cause all sorts of problems. It can cause a person to have difficulty biting and chewing food, and speaking clearly. It can also lead to tooth wear and tear damage. Invisalign is capable of fixing most underbites. However, in severe cases, patients may require surgery along with Invisalign. This is because these patients may have malocclusion caused by anatomical problems of the jaw.

Gap Teeth

Gap teeth are quite common. This type of malocclusion simply means that there is a gap between two teeth that is larger than normal. Some people have multiple gaps at different points along their smiles. Most people consider gaps in their teeth to be primarily a cosmetic problem. It can contribute to self-consciousness and low self-esteem, and may make a person want to avoid smiling in pictures. But these gaps are also a health problem. Gaps encourage food to get stuck in the crevices, may increase the risk of gum recession, and can increase the risk of gum disease.

Crowded Teeth

People with crowded teeth have the opposite problem of people with gap teeth. In this type of malocclusion, the teeth don’t have enough space, causing them to overlap, twist, or bunch together. Crowded teeth are particularly difficult to keep clean. It’s challenging to properly brush and floss crowded, overlapped teeth, and as a result, people with this type of malocclusion often have tooth decay and gum disease.

Become the next Invisalign success story!

Countless people enjoy straighter, more beautiful smiles thanks to Invisalign. Will you be the next success story? Talk to Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry today to find out if Invisalign is a good choice for your orthodontic issues. Our dental offices in Suffolk County combines state-of-the-art technology with a friendly, personalized approach because we believe our patients deserve nothing less than healthcare excellence. You can schedule your Huntington, Long Island Invisalign consultation by calling 631.296.0549.

Additional resources for orthodontic patients interested in Invisalign:

  1. Invisalign, Treatable Cases, https://www.invisalign.com/treatable-cases
  2. Colgate, Crossbite: Effects and Treatments, https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/early-orthodontics/crossbite-effects-and-treatments-0516

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
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