New York Invisalign
Get Straighter Teeth with Discreet, Removable, & Practically Invisible Aligners
Are you interested in teeth straightening but reluctant to go down the road of getting metal braces with brackets and wires? You’re in luck because with Invisalign’s clear aligner trays, you have the perfect alternative with the modern revolution of virtually invisible orthodontics. This advanced tooth-straightening method helps fix bite problems as well as the appearance of crowded or widely spaced teeth. Invisalign is an attractive option for many teens and adults because you’ll be able to remove the aligners to clean your teeth and eat. The trays are comfortable, smooth, and minimal interference with your daily life. Most people won’t even be able to tell you’re wearing Invisalign trays!
Looking to straighten your teeth on the Upper East Side or the Upper West Side? Contact NY Center for Esthetic & Laser Dentistry to book an appointment by calling (212) 371-1414.
How Does Invisalign Work?
You should wear your trays a minimum of 22 hours per day, every day, and only take them out to clean your teeth or eat. You will swap out your trays every 2 weeks for a new, tighter pair that ensures your teeth will move gradually until they shift into the prescribed position your dentist determined at the outset of treatment. Typically, treatment up to 18 months, during which you will see your dentist every few months to monitor your progress as your teeth shift bit by bit.
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A dentist is a specialist who works to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Your dentist has completed at least eight years of schooling, and received either a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree, or a DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree. If your doctor is a pediatric dentist, this means that he or she specializes in caring for children from infancy through their teen years. A pediatric dentist has received the proper education and training needed to work with young kids. Other specializations include:
- Endodontics (root canals)
- Oral and maxillofacial (including pathology, radiology, and surgery)
- Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
- Periodontics (gum disease)
- Prosthodontics (implants)
A cavity is a small hole that forms inside the tooth because of tooth decay. Cavities are formed when plaque buildup on the outside of the tooth combines with sugars and starches in the food you eat. This produces an acid that can eat away the enamel on your tooth. If a cavity is left untreated, it can lead to more serious oral health problems. Cavities can be prevented by remembering to brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss between teeth at least once.
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is mostly caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not treated in its early stage. Other causes of periodontal disease include tobacco use, teeth grinding, some medications, and genetics. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Gingivitis left untreated may turn into gum disease. Advanced gum disease will lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent condition. Brushing your teeth regularly and visiting the dentist every six months will help prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of periodontal disease. Common signs of gum disease:
- Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Receding gum line
- Abscessed teeth
A filling is a synthetic material that your dentist uses to fill a cavity after all of the tooth decay has been removed. Fillings do not generally hurt because your dentist will numb your mouth with an anesthetic. Fillings are made from a variety of different materials, including composites, gold, or ceramic. If you need a filling, be sure to talk to your doctor about what type is best for you and your teeth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children first see a dentist as early as six months of age and no later than one year of age. During this time, your child's baby teeth will be coming in and your dentist can examine the health of your child's first few teeth. After the first visit, be sure to schedule regular checkups every six months.
Dentistry is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions, disorders, and diseases of the teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw. Often considered necessary for complete oral health, dentistry can have an impact on the health of your entire body.