Frequently Asked Questions about Invisalign for NYC Patients


The Invisalign system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the dazzling smile you’ve always wanted. Using advanced 3-D computer-imaging technology, Invisalign depicts your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth – and your teeth only – to move them little by little. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series, until the final position of your teeth is achieved. Your Invisalign treatment time will be determined by your doctor, based on your specific needs. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about Invisalign for NYC patients.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are practically clear. No one may even notice that you’re wearing these virtually invisible “braces,” making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others. You will not be self-conscience that your peers will be distracted.

Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and overall good oral hygiene.

Unlike braces, there are no metal brackets or wires with the Invisalign system that could cause irritation to your mouth. Plus, since your office visits during treatment don’t involve metal or wire adjustments, you’ll likely spend less time in the doctor’s chair.

Finally, Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

Like brackets and arch wires are to braces, Invisalign aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on your teeth. The main difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined by your doctor as he or she maps out your unique Invisalign treatment plan.

What are aligners made of, and what do they look like?

The invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to tooth-whitening trays. Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you and only you to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor.

How old is the company?

Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign, was founded in 1997.

How old is the technology?

In 1945, Dr. H.D. Kesling envisioned that one day modern technology would enable the use of a series of tooth positioners to produce the kinds of movements required for comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Technology has made this vision a reality. Using advanced computer technology, Align Technology produces Invisalign, a series of customized clear appliances, or aligners. Each aligner is worn sequentially by the patient to produce extensive tooth movements in both upper and lower arches.

How many patients are being treated with Invisalign?

More than 500,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. The number of Invisalign smiles and happy smiles grow daily.

Has the FDA cleared Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners are classified as Class II medical devices by the FDA, and Align Technology, Inc.has held the necessary 510K clearance from the FDA since 1998 to be able to sell and market the Invisalign system.

Do Invisalign aligners contain Bisphenol-A (BPA)?

No. Invisalign aligners and Vivera Retainers do not contain Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticizers. These aligners and retainers are made with USP Class VI medical grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. Tests have been conducted to determine the biocompatibility of these materials, and show that they are biocompatible and pass all applicable regulatory requirements and thresholds for human wear in the mouth. Of course, as with any medical device, you should consult with your health professional about your aligner or retainer treatment and any applicable risks of use.

How long will treatment take?

The length of treatment it determined by the doctor and depends on the severity of each individual case. However average cases takes about 12 months.

Will Invisalign treatment be painful?

There is a feeling of pressure and discomfort when first starting your Invisalign treatment. Patients may also experience pressure and discomfort at the beginning of each new stage throughout the treatment process. This discomfort and pressure is due to your teeth moving into place and is considered a good sign that your treatment is working. The pressure and discomfort lessens after a few days.

Are there food restrictions during the treatment process?

There are no food restrictions. You are required to remove your Invisalign aligners before eating every snack or meal. This allows our NYC patients the freedom to eat whatever they wish.

How often must the aligners be worn?

Aligners should be worn 20 to 22 hours per day. Preferably only removed when eating or brushing teeth.

Will the Invisalign aligners affect speech?

There is an initial adjustment period and it takes time to become familiar with having an object in your mouth. However, a vast majority of patients report no negative effects on speech.

How often is a visit to the orthodontist required during treatment?

Your orthodontist will request to see you every four to six weeks. This is necessary to keep track of the progress that is being made throughout the treatment process.

Will dental insurance cover the cost of Invisalign treatment?

Since dental plans vary, our New York City patients are encouraged to contact their dental insurance company to see if orthodontic treatment is covered under the plan.

Are payment options available for Invisalign treatment?

Most orthodontist offices offer their patients a flexible payment plan. These types of plans usually require a percentage of the cost and affordable monthly payments.

Is a retainer required after treatment is complete?

Yes. Your orthodontist will recommend that you wear a retainer to prevent teeth from shifting back to their original position. The frequency and duration depends on each individual case.

How do patients get started with Invisalign?

Those interested in beginning their Invisalign treatment should visit their NYC orthodontist for a consultation. The orthodontist will guide the patient through the process of Invisalign treatment and if it is best suited for their specific needs.

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