Orthodontic care is the treatment to correct misalignments and malocclusions of the jaws and teeth. Although the majority of the population of the United States goes without orthodontic care, at least 1 in 5 people need an orthodontic appliance like braces to correct problems like overbites and underbites.
People choose to avoid orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons, including the expense and the fear of being mocked. At Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates in Great Neck & Hicksville, NY, we want all of our patients to be comfortable with their smiles. Besides offering comprehensive professional care, we also have options like Invisalign®️ to achieve this goal.
Invisalign®️ is an alternative to traditional braces made of a series of clear aligners. These aligners sit over your teeth and apply gentle pressure to correct misalignments and crookedness. Each aligner is custom made to fit your bite and can be placed and taken out at your convenience. Over a period of 6 to 18 months, you can be expected to wear between 7 and 8 different aligners that are made to adapt to your shifting teeth.
Invisalign®️ is designed for individuals who are over the age of 16 and only have minor misalignments. Unfortunately, the aligners will not fit over the smile of someone with a moderate to severe overbite or underbite.
Many individuals who choose to wear Invisalign®️ do so because the aligners are practically invisible, meaning they get to keep their natural smiles and avoid having a mouth full of metal. The aligners can also be removed to clean the teeth, making it easier to avoid decay and gum disease than when wearing traditional wires and brackets.
Finally, many like Invisalign®️ because they don’t have to undergo the discomfort of tightening appointments. They can also enjoy a broader range of foods, including apples.
If you are interested in Invisalign®️ in Great Neck & Hicksville, NY, the first step is to make an appointment for an exam at one of our locations. Our dentist can determine whether or not Invisalign®️ is the right fit for you and get you started on the path to a healthier, straighter smile.