Invisalign Attachments: Your Questions Answered

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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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Sarah Klein

Can I Eat Whatever I Want with Invisalign?

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One of the reasons why so many people prefer Invisalign over metal braces is that these clear aligners are removable. You’ll take them out before each meal and snack. This means that there’s no need to worry about crunchy, chewy, sticky, or hard foods damaging any part of your aligners. Essentially, you can eat whatever you want when your aligners aren’t in your mouth. Of course, any orthodontic treatment will affect your eating habits. Talk to a cosmetic dentist to find out what you can expect from daily life with Invisalign.

Enjoying a varied meal plan with Invisalign

Do you eat popcorn, chips, nuts, pretzels, crunchy cookies, hard taco shells, croutons, and thin crust pizza? You can’t eat these foods for the entire duration of your treatment with conventional metal braces—but you can with Invisalign! How about raw vegetables, apples and other fruit, burgers, sub sandwiches, and corn on the cob? If you had metal braces, you’d have to cut these items into very small pieces in order to eat them without damaging the oral hardware. Unless you enjoy the thought of eating a burger or a sub sandwich with a knife and fork, you’ll probably resent the dietary restrictions associated with metal braces.

With Invisalign clear aligners, you can discreetly pop out your aligners and place them securely in their special case before sitting down to enjoy your meal. Eat whatever you want, with no restrictions whatsoever. Then, brush your teeth, give your aligners a quick rinse or a thorough brushing, and pop them back in.

As an added bonus, many Invisalign patients find that they lose an unwanted inch or two around the midsection during their treatment, since the aligners dramatically reduce snacking between meals.

Taking care of your aligners

Your Invisalign treatment will consist of a series of aligners, and you’ll wear each set for about two weeks. It’s important to wear them for the length of time each day recommended by your cosmetic dentist. This is generally at least 20 hours each day. Because of this, it’s a good idea to consume hot beverages like coffee and tea, and pigmented beverages like juice or wine while you’re eating a meal. You’ll have to remove your aligners before consuming these beverages between meals. This is particularly important for hot beverages, because hot temperatures will warp the plastic. Pigmented beverages will stain the aligners, so stick to water or seltzer water when you’re wearing your aligners.

Adjusting to new aligners

There is no question that Invisalign aligners are far more comfortable than metal braces. There are no wires to come loose and poke your gums or cheeks, for instance. However, each time you put in a new set of aligners, they’ll feel tighter. This is because they’re gradually guiding your teeth in the right direction. For a brief period, your mouth may feel a little sore as you adjust to the new aligners. During this time, consider dining on mostly soft foods, such as oatmeal, soup, yogurt, and pudding.

Your source for Invisalign treatment on Long Island

Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry welcome new and current patients who are curious about straightening their smiles with Invisalign treatment. Our practice regularly offers free initial consultations, so get in touch today to schedule yours! Call our Long Island Invisalign dentistry staff today.

Additional resources on eating with Invisalign:

  1. Invisalign, Living with Invisalign Aligners, https://www.invisalign.com/how-invisalign-works/living-with-invisalign
  2. Invisalign, The Invisalign Advantage, https://www.invisalign.com/why-invisalign/invisalign-advantage

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Jacky Gale

Had Braces As a Kid? Why You May Need Them Again

Here at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we often get patients who are unhappy with the straightness of their teeth, despite having worn braces as a teen. It seems unfair to many adults who endured one or two years of “metal mouth” only to find their smiles – sometimes years down the road — less than perfect.

Is it normal for teeth to move after braces are taken off? And, more importantly, what can be done to prevent this?

One of the most crucial aspects to a successful orthodontic treatment is what you do after the braces come off. That’s right, we’re talking about your retainer, which should be worn nightly for a prescribed time period to keep teeth in position. Most kids are so thrilled to be free of metal contraptions that retainer compliance rates are low. For those who didn’t wear their retainer or stopped using it prematurely, it’s not unusual for the teeth to shift back out of alignment.

How long do retainers need to be worn?

For retainers to do their job correctly, they should actually be worn for the rest of your life! This is neither practical or convenient for most people, which is why they eventually find their way into the bottom of your closet. Retainers ensure that your bite stays in place after orthodontics. After your braces are removed, your teeth will continue to move, slowly shifting inward or outward throughout your lifetime.  Properly fitted retainers help to minimize this movement, keeping your new and improved smile picture perfect.

Why do teeth move?

Even if you were a stellar patient and wore your retainer diligently after braces, your teeth can still shift with time. This is because our bite changes ever so slightly as we get older. The width and space inside of your mouth is affected by your changing facial muscles and jaw muscles which exert pressure on the teeth. In some cases, the teeth move into misalignment again, leading to aesthetic and functional problems.

Fortunately, there is good news for those who need braces a second time around. Effective orthodontic treatment no longer entails a mouthful or wires and headgear at night, thanks to the Invisalign system.

Correcting teeth with Invisalign

If you had braces as a kid and now find yourself with crooked teeth, Invisalign is a discreet and comfortable way to improve your smile as an adult. Using 3D computer technology, your Suffolk County Invisalign provider will have clear plastic trays custom made to fit over your teeth. The transparent aligners are hardly noticeable, making them advantageous to working professionals who don’t relish the idea of a mouthful of metal. Another major advantage of this teeth straightening system is the fact that the Invisalign trays are removable, letting patients pop them out during meals, for brushing and flossing, as well as for the special occasion.

Invisalign also depends on patient compliance, as the trays need to be worn for a minimum of 20-22 hours a day to ensure optimal results.

Cosmetic dentistry in Suffolk County

Whether you didn’t wear your retainer as a teen, or need a second round of orthodontic treatment, you can still achieve a dazzling smile the second time around! Invisalign has helped thousands of adults get the smile they’ve always dreamed of, without the discomfort or hassle of traditional braces.

Contact Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry for a free consultation about your smile makeover. Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick will outline the best treatment options to achieve your goals. Call 631.296.0588 today!

Additional Resources:

  1. Lavender Magazine, Do You Think You’re Too Old For Orthodontics? Think Again! https://www.lavendermagazine.com/our-lives/do-you-think-youre-too-old-for-orthodontics-think-again/
  2. Invisalign, Why Invisalign https://www.invisalign.com/
  3. Cosmopolitan, The Surprising Reason Why You Might Need Adult Braces http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/how-to/a17118/adult-braces/

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Ava Lawson

Crossbite Correction: 4 Treatment Options

invisalign clear aligners

The umbrella term for misaligned teeth is malocclusion, of which there are many types. Crossbite is the type of malocclusion that occurs when one or more teeth on one jaw don’t line up properly with the corresponding teeth on the lower jaw. For example, when a patient with crossbite brings the jaws together, a front tooth may rest slightly inside the corresponding tooth on the lower jaw. “Inside” refers to the side of the tooth closest to the tongue, rather than the lips.

Crossbite is a serious type of malocclusion that requires treatment. Otherwise, it can be associated with other dental complications, including temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), gum recession, worn down tooth enamel, and loosening of the teeth. It can even result in asymmetry of the face and jaw. Fortunately, there are effective ways to correct crossbite. The treatment option a dentist may recommend depends in part on the patient’s age.

1. Palatal Expander

A palatal expander may be used on children who are still growing. As the name suggests, it quite literally expands the upper palate. It’s an oral appliance firmly attached to the upper palate. Patients are instructed to use a special “key” inserted into a tiny hole in the device. The correct application of the key slightly expands the appliance, which in turn, gradually widens the upper palate and encourages the correct alignment of the teeth. After this treatment is completed, patients will generally wear braces or Invisalign trays.

2. Head Gear

Head gear is probably the least desirable option in terms of aesthetics. It’s usually only recommended for children and teens, as it’s intended to either increase or decrease the rate at which the jaws grow. Head gear consists of a device worn on the head and face, which attaches to the teeth with precisely placed wires. The device is removable, but must be worn for the prescribed number of hours each day in order to be effective.

3. Dental Restorations

If the teeth are only slightly misaligned, then a cosmetic surgeon may recommend certain restorations. Capping the affected teeth with crowns or adding bonding material to reshape the teeth may be good options, especially if the patient is an adult who won’t respond well to palatal expansion.

4. Invisalign

Invisalign is another excellent option for adults and teens with crossbite, especially for those who want good results without having to undergo oral surgery or wear bulky oral appliances. Invisalign treatment involves wearing a series of clear, custom-made aligners. Patients will switch to the next aligner in the series about every two weeks. Invisalign is as effective as metal braces for correcting malocclusion, and patients won’t have to worry about having that “metal mouth” look.

Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is pleased to be an authorized provider of the popular Invisalign clear aligners in Suffolk County, NY for patients who desire a straighter, more functional and beautiful smile. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot offer a full suite of dentistry services in Long Island, NY, including children’s dentistry and oral surgery. Get in touch today at 631.319.7891 and let us know how we can help you love your smile again.

More information on crossbite correction:

  1. Colgate, Crossbite Correction: How to Straighten Your Smile, http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/adult-orthodontics/article/crossbite-correction-how-to-straighten-your-smile-0916
  2. American Dental Association, Malocclusion, http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/dental-practice-parameters/malocclusion

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Jacky Gale

Are You a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

Have you always wanted a dazzling, movie-star smile? You’re not alone in the quest for straighter, more beautiful teeth, and Invisalign can help most patients get there.  This groundbreaking system uses a series of custom-made plastic aligners that gradually shift teeth into correct alignment. Invisalign is comfortable, virtually invisible and very effective for most orthodontic issues. While Invisalign is a convenient way to improve your smile without the hassle and discomfort of bulky metal braces, it’s not recommended for everyone.

Whether you have crowding issues, an overbite, or just a few crooked teeth, the best way to find out if you’re a candidate is by seeing a qualified Invisalign provider on Long Island. Until then, here are a few variables that can help determine if Invisalign is right for you.

Are you dedicated?

Improving your smile doesn’t happen overnight. While it’s true that Invisalign is much easier than conventional braces, the system still takes discipline. The aligners, which can be removed during meal times and while brushing, must be worn for a minimum of 20-22 hours a day, and post-treatment retainers may be necessary. If you’re not dedicated to following Invisalign treatment protocols, the system won’t work.

How severe are your orthodontic issues?

Your candidacy for Invisalign will also depend on the severity of dental problems to be addressed. Patients with crooked teeth, or those with crowding or spacing issues are generally great candidates for Invisalign. However, if you have a deep underbite, a pronounced overbite or teeth requiring more than 45 degrees of rotation, your dentist may recommend traditional braces for more predictable results.

Other cases in which metal braces may be more effective than Invisalign:

  • Severe malocclusion
  • Alignment issues involving impacted teeth
  • Significant gaps between teeth exceeding 6 mm

Generally speaking, the less severe the orthodontic problem, the more likely that Invisalign will work – even for people with dental implants and other restorations.

Are your teeth and gums healthy?

Healthy teeth and gums are extremely important before starting any type of orthodontic treatment. Gingivitis and/or gum disease can worsen with use of Invisalign or metal braces, which is why all periodontal concerns must be resolved first.

Are there age restrictions?

Short answer: no. Invisalign can be a wonderful alternative to conventional braces for both teenagers and adults well into their Golden Years. However, younger patients (typically under 13) whose teeth are still actively growing will have to wait until growth stops before beginning treatment.

Schedule your Invisalign consult today!

Still unsure if you’re a good candidate? Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliott are experienced Long Island Invisalign Providers who welcome the opportunity to help new patients on their way to a beautiful smile. Find out if Invisalign is the right match for you – call today for a free consult!

Additional Resources on Invisalign Candidacy:

  1. Invisalign, Invisalign® Smile Assessment https://www.invisalign.com/smile-assessment
  2. RealSelf, Candidate + Invisalign https://www.realself.com/invisalign/answers/candidate

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Ava Lawson

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

If you are like most people considering Invisalign, you’re probably wondering how long the treatment takes, especially if you’re trying to improve your smile for a special occasion. This revolutionary teeth straightening system has become increasingly popular among teens and adults who want to look their best for an upcoming wedding, a college graduation, or another milestone event.

For many of our patients, Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional braces, offering a more comfortable and convenient way to fix common dental issues. One of the primary benefits of Invisalign aligners is that they often take less time than metal braces, as the trays don’t have to be worn round-the-clock, 24/7. In fact, patients are allowed to take the aligners out during meals, while brushing their teeth, and for the occasional social gathering.

How long does Invisalign take?

So, how long does the Invisalign system take to make your pearly whites look their absolute best? The short answer: it all depends. Because each patient has their own unique set of orthodontic issues, treatment times will vary from case to case. That said, the typical duration for an adult Invisalign treatment ranges between 10 and 15 months.  Using these numbers, Invisalign – on average—will take up to one year to provide desired results. With adolescent patients, treatment time will also hinge on their needs in addition to how diligent they are wearing their Teen Invisalign aligners and following their dentist’s instructions.

The aligners – which are translucent and virtually undetectable — are custom-made and worn for approximately two weeks at a time. On average, the typical adult patient will wear between 20 and 35 sets of Invisalign aligners.

In sum, most Invisalign treatments take about one year. By contrast, the average treatment time for traditional braces is up to 24 months.

Invisalign Refinement

In some cases, patients who have already finished an Invisalign treatment may want additional refinement to fine-tune their results. The goal is to optimize the position of the teeth by using additional aligners. For minor adjustments, patients may need three or four sets of aligners (up to two months), while more substantial enhancements can add up to three months to the total treatment time.

Invisalign Express: shorter duration

Invisalign Express is a fantastic option for qualified patients who want a fast yet effective way to correct minor aesthetic concerns. Invisalign Express is treatment that can be completed in three to six months, and is recommended for patients who require minor adjustments for crowding and spacing issues. While not recommended for everyone, Invisalign Express is often successful in patients who previously wore metal braces and need help correcting teeth that moved out of place. This system is much quicker and available in 5 or 10 stage options.

Feel confident about your smile

Here at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we want our patients to feel confident about their smiles. If you are looking for an experienced Invisalign Provider in Suffolk County, we invite you to reach out for free consultation today.  Use our online form or call our Rocky Point office at 631.296.0549. 

Additional Invisalign Treatment Time Resources:

  1. Invisalign, Frequently Asked Questions https://www.invisalign.com/frequently-asked-questions
  2. Invisalign, Treatment Options http://provider.invisalign.com/product_details/treatment_options
  3. Real Self, How Does Invisalign Express Work? https://www.realself.com/question/how-does-invisalign-express-work

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Ava Lawson

3 Surprising Habits That Cause Crooked Teeth

TMJ graphic of jaw

Crooked teeth are often blamed on genetics, but a surprising number of cases of malocclusion may be at least partially attributable to everyday habits. To understand the impact of these habits, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of how the teeth move. They can move in two primary ways: Forcefully and suddenly, or gradually over time. Facial trauma, for example, can cause a tooth to drastically move in very little time. But it really doesn’t take much pressure for the teeth to shift; all that’s required is for the pressure to be applied for a substantial length of time. These habits are one reason why your teeth can shift out of place after orthodontic treatment, and why a bite alignment that was nearly normal in adolescence can become gradually worse over time.

1. Sleeping on your stomach

The majority of people sleep on their sides. Lying on one’s back is the second-most popular position, with the least common position being sleeping on the stomach. This last sleep habit is the most destructive—both in terms of neck pain and bite alignment. If you sleep on your face, the gentle pressure exerted on your teeth for hours every night is sufficient to shift them out of their proper alignment.

The best way to address this problem is to try sleeping on your back or side. Pile up extra pillows alongside your body to keep yourself in the right position. If you just can’t manage to fall asleep, consider looking for a pillow designed especially for stomach sleepers. It should feature cut-out areas for your mouth and nose, with support to either side.

2. Slouching

Slouching is another bad habit that can contribute to malocclusion over time. Specifically, slouching forward to rest your chin in your hand can exert gentle, yet steady pressure on your oral structures. It can also contribute to back pain, headaches, jaw pain, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

3. Biting your lip

Oral habits of compulsion include nervous habits that people often engage in without realizing they’re doing it. Examples include tongue thrusting, lip biting or sucking, and thumb-sucking. Just like slouching and resting your chin in your hand, and like sleeping on your stomach, these oral habits of compulsion can lead to bite misalignment over time.

Tongue thrusting can be particularly problematic, as people often don’t realize they’re doing it. Tongue thrusting isn’t necessarily the active pushing of the tongue against the teeth. Rather, it means the tongue is improperly positioned while at rest. When you aren’t speaking or eating, your tongue should rest gently against your upper palate, with the tip of the tongue just behind your front teeth.

Get the smile you deserve

Whether you never had orthodontic aligners before, or your teeth have shifted out of place after your treatment, we can help you. Make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, and let us know how we can help you get a smile you’ll love. We’re proud Invisalign providers and smile makeover experts. Call our Suffolk County cosmetic dentistry office at 631.296.0588.

More on what causes crooked teeth:

  1. American Dental Association, Malocclusion, http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/dental-practice-parameters/malocclusion
  2. Stanford Children’s Health, Malocclusion, http://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=malocclusion-90-P01860

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Jacky Gale

Digitizing Your New Invisalign Smile

Invisalign vs braces

For years, dentists relied on polyvinylsiloxane (PVS) to make dental impressions. Polyvinylsiloxane is quite a mouthful, literally and verbally. PVS is a liquid that rapidly dries to form a sort of rubbery putty. As it cures or hardens on the teeth, PVS retains the shape of the teeth. Dentists have used PVS since the 1970s, but it isn’t always the best choice for patients. For starters, it can be a little uncomfortable. Perhaps more importantly, it isn’t precise. Precision matters for a perfect smile, which is why cosmetic dentists who provide Invisalign treatment have switched to digital technology.

Why are digital impressions more accurate?

Invisalign aligners achieve the desired results by precisely shifting the teeth over time. In order to produce that sort of precision, it’s essential to start with flawless treatment planning. To capture a digital impression, your cosmetic dentist will place an intraoral digital scanner inside your mouth. This process isn’t uncomfortable, and it certainly won’t make you gag the way PVS putty can. The handheld device will only remain in your mouth for a few minutes, and there is a greatly reduced risk that additional impressions will need to be taken afterward.

The handheld digital scanner has a small camera that captures exact images of your teeth and their positions. This information is then sent to the computer to create an exact, digital replica of your teeth. Unlike PVS material, digital scanning doesn’t pose the possibility of not capturing a crevice or gap accurately.

You can see your new smile visualized

The traditional way of making dental impressions didn’t allow patients to see what their results would look like. Now, thanks to digital intraoral technology, your cosmetic dentist can use the advanced software to create an animated “movie” that shows how your smile will progress step-by-step, with each new aligner you switch to.

Even better, your dentist can show you multiple animations with different options for getting to your preferred results. This means you are in charge of your own results! Of course, your cosmetic dentist will give you all the guidance you need to make the best decision for your smile.

When you have selected your preferred treatment option, your cosmetic dentist can instantly send this information to the Invisalign company. Because there is no need to mail PVS impressions the old-fashioned way, Invisalign can begin making your custom aligners right away—and you can get started that much sooner.

Visualize your beautiful, straight smile today

Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is committed to bringing our valued patients the very latest in dental technology. We’re pleased to be an Invisalign provider on Long Island offering digital teeth impressions for more accurate results and a more beautiful smile. With digital impressions, you are in full control of how your smile will look once your treatment is complete. Get started today by scheduling a one-on-one consult with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot on Long Island. You can reach our office at 631.296.0609. Ask us about our special discounts and financing options!

More on Invisalign Digital Impressions:

  1. Dental Economics, Why Digital Impressions? http://www.dentaleconomics.com/articles/print/volume-102/issue-1/features/why-digital-impressions.html
  2. iTero Element, Making a Great First Impression, http://storagy-itero-production-us.s3.amazonaws.com/download/practice_marketing/M20453_iTero_Element_Patient_Brochure_Ortho.pdf

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Jacky Gale

Get Straight Teeth Faster with Invisalign Express

Invisalign

Some of the main complaints people have about traditional braces is that they look unflattering and take too long. Now, Invisalign clear aligners can solve both of these problems. With Invisalign Express, you’ll get the same see-through plastic aligners that have made the Invisalign name famous, but the treatment time is limited to three months or less! “This is an incredible advantage for our patients, many of whom want straighter teeth for an upcoming special event, like a wedding or school reunion,” says Dr. Elliot of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. “Invisalign Express can work wonders, but it isn’t right for everyone. Only a cosmetic dentist can determine if an individual patient will benefit from this approach.”

What is Invisalign Express?

Invisalign Express is a game changer for people who want straight teeth, but don’t want to wait more than a year to get them. This new system is a five-stage approach that works well for people with minor orthodontic misalignment problems. It straightens the teeth that are visible when you smile. Essentially, it’s a light generation of orthodontics.

If you become an Invisalign Express patient, you’ll receive five sets of clear plastic aligners custom-made to fit your mouth. You’ll switch to the next aligner in the set about every two weeks, or as often as your dentist recommends. By the time you’re finished with the set, you’ll have perfectly straight teeth that you can’t wait to show off.

Is Invisalign Express right for me?

One of the drawbacks of Invisalign Express is that it isn’t appropriate for every patient. Your dentist will recommend the original Invisalign approach if you have major malocclusion issues, such as open bite, underbite, overbite, crossbite, or significant gapping or crowding. It may take longer to solve these problems, but the end result will be well worth it.

If you have less severe malocclusion problems, then Invisalign Express might be a great choice for you. Many of the patients who choose this treatment already had orthodontic treatment years ago, but their teeth have gradually shifted out of place over time. Invisalign Express can effectively correct:

  • Negligible rotation of the incisors, cuspids, and bicuspids
  • < 2 mm of crowding or spacing per arch
  • < 2 mm of midline correction needed
  • < 1.5 mm of dental expansion needed per arch

How much does Invisalign Express cost?

Another advantage of Invisalign Express is its affordability. Since each patient has a unique set of teeth, the cost will vary a little. In general, this five-step system costs far less than either traditional braces or a full course of Invisalign treatment. These days, many dentist offices offer a few different financing options. At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, patients can receive assistance with insurance claims, sign up for a low monthly payment plan, or pay with credit.

Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry are proud to be helping patients change their lives through better dental care. Invisalign Express is just one of the many cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer here on Long Island. We are Suffolk County’s one stop shop for brighter, straighter, more radiant smiles. Call today for an appointment!

More Information on “Invisalign Express”:

  1. Invisalign, No more excuses for crooked teeth: Invisalign introduces new “Express” option to make minor straightening easier and more affordable, https://www.invisalign.com/news-and-events/2012/invisalign-express
  2. Mouth Healthy, Orthodontics, http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/o/orthodontics

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Jacky Gale

Bride-to-Be Invisalign Success Stories

A Wakefield Research survey commissioned a few years ago by Invisalign revealed that 40 percent of brides plan to post a selfie to social media as their first picture as a married couple. Unfortunately, the same survey revealed that 73 percent of brides would like to Photoshop their wedding photos, particularly their smiles. However, some advanced planning and cosmetic dentistry services can help brides-to-be prevent wedding photo regrets. Invisalign is an excellent choice for getting an enviable smile on your big day. When you have an Invisalign consultation at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, you could be the next Invisalign success story!

Jensy wanted a new smile for her new life

When Jensy got engaged, she and her beau planned a 15-month engagement—two months longer than the average 13 months that most couples plan for. She decided that it only made sense for her to give herself a gift that made her feel confident and radiant on her wedding day, and so she opted for Invisalign treatment.

Fifteen months later, Jensy was happily flashing her gorgeous smile throughout her bridal shower, bachelorette party, and of course, her wedding day. And yes, Jensy posted a selfie that put the spotlight on her perfectly aligned smile. She and her new husband went to Tuscany for their honeymoon.

Aimee chose Invisalign to avoid “metal mouth”

Aimee from Auckland, New Zealand had metal braces as a child, but she couldn’t stand wearing her retainer and so her teeth gradually shifted out of position. She chose Invisalign specifically because of its discreet nature. As a doctor, Aimee couldn’t afford to look like a teenager, flashing a mouth full of metal at her patients. With Invisalign, Aimee achieved the beautiful, straight teeth that she wanted for her wedding day. Her new husband notices that Aimee is smiling now more than ever before. According to Aimee, the investment in Invisalign is definitely worth it. “It’s a beautiful smile that can last a lifetime and you can’t put a price on that,” she says.

Katrina chose Invisalign before getting engaged

Katrina is another radiant bride-to-be who started her Invisalign treatment before getting engaged. Thanks to Invisalign, she enjoyed a beautiful wedding in Puerto Rico—and had plenty of great wedding photos to show for it. As an actress, Katrina points out that the confidence that Invisalign treatment gives her is essential every day—not just on her wedding day. Katrina highly recommends Invisalign, and notes that her treatment time seemed quite short and manageable.

Get started with your Invisalign treatment today!

Invisalign treatment is usually fairly quick, but you still won’t want to delay getting your clear aligners if your finger was recently graced with an engagement ring. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot of Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry invite you to schedule an Invisalign consultation in our Suffolk County dental clinic. If you have only minor adjustments to make before your big day, ask us about our Invisalign Express treatment. It can give you the results you want in three months or fewer. Call us today!

More on “Invisalign for brides”:

  1. Invisalign, “Smartphone Brides” On The Rise: New Survey Finds That 40 Percent Of Brides Posted Or Will Post A “Selfie” As Their First Wedding Photo, https://www.invisalign.com/news-and-events/2014/invisalign-finds-brides-post-selfies-as-first-wedding-photos
  2. Invisalign, Aimee’s Story, https://www.invisalign.co.nz/is-this-for-me/success-stories/aimee
  3. Invisalign, Success Stories, https://www.invisalign.com/why-invisalign/success-stories
  4. Born to Be a Bride, Get a Perfect Wedding-Day Smile with Invisalign® http://www.borntobeabride.com/smile-ever-after-with-invisalign-pin-to-win/

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