Invisalign is an alternative to traditional ceramic or metal braces, offering a clear and discreet design. The removable aligners are custom made for each patient for faster results and greater comfort compared to traditional options. Dr. Ben Elchami is an experienced provider of Invisalign treatment in Midtown East, Manhattan, offering customized, state-of-the-art care for adults and teens at Chami Dental.
Invisalign is a state-of-the-art orthodontic system that uses clear plastic aligners to gently move teeth into their proper positions during treatment. The aligners resemble the custom trays used in home teeth whitening treatments, but their custom design and medical-grade materials makes them virtually invisible while they’re being worn. During treatment, the aligners are worn in a specific sequence to keep teeth moving in the right directions.
Dr. Elchami takes impressions of the patient’s teeth, as well as photos, and x-rays, as a first step. He sends the impressions and other data to a dental lab that specializes in Invisalign aligner fabrication. A special computer uses the data to create a series of 3D images that show how the teeth need to move over time to come into alignment and what each aligner or tray will do during treatment. The aligners are created based on these models, and each set is completely unique to the patient. During treatment, patients wear Invisalign aligners for about 14 days, then “trade them in” for the next set of aligners in the sequence. Dr. Elchami sees patients about every 4-6 weeks to ensure the aligners are working properly and teeth are tracking well . Most Invisalign treatments can be completed in under 2 years.
One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign compared to metal or ceramic braces is their clear plastic design that makes them almost invisible while being worn. Many patients, especially adult patients who need their teeth aligned, name the visibility of metal and ceramic braces as the biggest drawback of treatment. Invisalign clear aligners do away with that concern. The aligners are also removable, making it much easier to maintain a dental care routine throughout treatment such as flossing and proper brushing. Plus, they can be removed when eating, which means patients don’t have to worry about dietary restrictions that go hand-in-hand with metal and ceramic braces. The aligners are also smooth, which makes them much more comfortable than metal and ceramic braces. And finally, because of the custom-design features, Invisalign treatment usually can be completed in a shorter amount of time than required by metal and ceramic braces. Dr. Elchami, also offers supplemental devices and treatments in combination with Invisalign to cut treatment time in half and also make movements more predictable.
Invisalign can be a great option for many patients, but they’re not ideal for all types of alignment issues. Having an evaluation is the best way to find out if Invisalign is the best choice or if another approach might be more effective.
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