Answers to Your Questions About Invisalign

February 26, 2014

If you’ve been delaying orthodontic treatment because of cosmetic concerns, it’s time to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist who offers the Invisalign system. Invisalign offers a significant cosmetic advantage over traditional metal braces; since the aligners are virtually undetectable, no one else needs to know that you’re having your teeth straightened.

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How does Invisalign Work?
Just like traditional orthodontic treatment, Invisalign works by applying gentle pressure to your teeth to gradually coax them into their proper positions. You’ll be provided with a series of clear plastic aligners that have been custom-made to fit your mouth. Your orthodontist will let you know when it’s time to switch to the next aligner in the series. As you progress through the series of aligners, your teeth will gradually become properly aligned.

How Can I Start Orthodontic Treatment?
Your first step is to schedule a consultation with an Invisalign provider . This orthodontist will thoroughly evaluate your bite pattern and take images to plan your treatment. During your consultation, ask the orthodontist any questions you have about the treatment. If you decide to go ahead with the treatment, a lab will create your customized aligners for you.

Are There Any Dietary Restrictions?
Unlike traditional metal braces, you do not need to restrict what you eat and drink. The aligners are removable. Since you’ll take out your aligners prior to eating, there’s no need to worry that a crunchy or chewy food will damage them. You can also chew gum; however, you’ll need to remove your aligners beforehand.

How do I Maintain Oral Hygiene?
After each meal and snack, you’ll brush and floss your teeth. You can clean your aligners with the Invisalign Cleaning System or with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste.

Dr. David Seligman of Seligman Orthodontics is pleased to offer the Invisalign system to residents of New York City—including teens! To learn whether Invisalign might be right for you, call our Park Avenue practice at (646) 681-8519. You can also learn more about orthodontic treatment on our website.

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