Invisalign gives you two big reasons to smile - they're clear and removable. Dr. Kristine Hyon at KHL Orthodontics, LLC., located in Northvale, NJ, and New York, NY, recommends Invisalign to straighten your smile.
What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign system uses clear aligners to straighten your teeth comfortably, rather than metal brackets or wires of braces. The best advantage of using this system over braces is that they are virtually undetectable.
How Does the Invisalign System Straighten My Smile?
The Invisalign system uses computer technology and 3-D imaging to detect tooth movement in your mouth. The imaging allows Dr. Hyon, of KHL Orthodontics in Northvale, NJ, to create a series of clear and customized aligners that will gradually move your teeth in line with one another.
You will wear each aligner, or repositioner, for about two weeks, and then move onto the next set, and then the next, until you are happy with your smile and the position of your teeth.
What Can Invisalign Treat?
Not only can the Invisalign system straighten any crooked or misaligned teeth, but it can also eliminate crowding or gaps in your smile. In addition, Invisalign can also correct overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign Over Regular Braces?
The Invisalign repositioners offer many benefits over metal braces. They may include:
- Lower cost
- More cosmetically appealing
- Little impact on daily life
- Less pain
- Remove them anytime, allowing greater flexibility
- Easy to keep clean and healthy
- No dietary restrictions
Am I a Good Candidate for the Invisalign System?
The fantastic alignment system is very effective in straightening your smile and is suitable for patients fourteen years of age and older who want to:
- Straighten misaligned or crooked teeth
- End teeth crowding
- Close up large spaces, or gaps, between teeth
- Correct underbites, overbites, or crossbites
How Does Treatment Begin?
When you come in for your appointment with Dr. Hyon, she will decide whether the Invisalign system is right for you. If so, she will map out your treatment course.
The steps in the treatment plan are:
- Bite impressions are made using computer technology and sent out for processing.
- Aligners are created based on bite impressions.
- You receive your custom-made aligners.
- You wear your clear and removable aligners both day and night.
The aligners should only be removed when you are eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. The more time they spend outside of your mouth, the longer it may take to achieve your desired goal.
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?
You can expect to wear your aligners for about a year. Within that year, you will also have brief visits with Dr. Hyon every 6 to 8 weeks to monitor your progress.
The Invisalign system of aligners is highly effective in straightening teeth. To learn more, call Dr. Hyon at KHL Orthodontics at her office in Northvale, NJ, at (201) 767-4555 to discuss if Invisalign is right for you. You can also call her office in New York, NY, at (347) 556-5337.