Dr. Jacqueline Fulop-Goodling, D.M.D., P.C., also known to her patients as Dr. Jacquie Smiles, is an orthodontist in NYC who offers Invisalign for her patients near Astoria, Queens, NY to help straighten teeth and improve smiles.
Ideal Invisalign candidates are those with an open bite, gap teeth, crowded teeth, overbite, crossbite, and underbite.
Invisalign is an FDA approved treatment. The process begins with your orthodontist taking digital impressions of your teeth and then carefully customizing your clear aligners.
Astoria, Queens, NY patients who are interested in scheduling a no-obligation Invisalign consultation with Dr. Jacquie Smiles, please call 212-972-3522.
What Dental Issues Can Invisalign Treat?
Invisalign can treat most of the oral health alignment issues, from crooked teeth to overbites.
During the development of your teeth gaps can form for several reasons. Prominent gaps leave portions of your gums unprotected, placing you at a greater risk for periodontal pockets and gum disease.
When your upper and lower jaw does not align, you have what is called a crossbite. This causes your upper teeth to clamp down on your lower inside teeth in at least one location. If left untreated, over time a crossbite can cause excessive tooth wear, bone loss and lead to gum disease.
If your jaw is not large enough to accommodate all of your teeth, crowding will begin to occur. This causes your teeth to grow in crooked as they push up against one another, fighting for the limited space in your mouth. The longer teeth are allowed to crowd your mouth, the more crooked they will become.
Your lower jaw extending out past your upper jaw, causing your front teeth to sit in front of your upper teeth, characterizes an underbite. This can place excessive pressure on your jaw, creating discomfort, excessive tooth wear, and even TMJ disorder.
When you close your mouth, if your upper teeth extend past your lower teeth you have an overbite. This can be solely a cosmetic issue but in some cases, it can lead to gum issues, jaw problems and unnecessary wear on your lower teeth.
When your mouth is closed and your top teeth don’t reach to meet with your bottom teeth you have an open bite. Too much thumb sucking as a child or a genetic abnormality in your jaw structure can cause an open bite. If not addressed this can lead to discomfort, TMJ disorder, speech problems, and difficulty chewing.
Schedule your no-obligation Invisalign consultation and receive a free smile simulation.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign aligners are practically clear. No one may even notice that you’re wearing them, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others in Astoria.
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 dental 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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign we receive from Astoria, Queens, NY patients about Invisalign invisible aligners.
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 clear aligners are custom-made for you and only you to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor.
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 grows daily.
Dr. Jacquie Smiles has successfully treated many patients located near Astoria, Queens with Invisalign to help them straighten their teeth and improve their smiles.
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 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 is determined by the doctor and depends on the severity of each individual case. However average cases take about 12 months.
Will Invisalign treatment be painful?
There is a feeling of pressure and discomfort when first starting your Invisalign treatment. Patients from 07030 may also experience pressure and discomfort at the beginning of each new stage throughout the treatment process.
This discomfort and pressure are due to your teeth moving into place and is considered a good sign that your treatment is working.
The pressure and discomfort lessen 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 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, the vast majority of patients report no negative effects on speech.
How often is a visit to the orthodontist required during treatment?
Dr. Jacquie Smiles 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?
Since dental plans vary, Astoria patients are encouraged to contact their dental insurance company to see if Invisalign and orthodontic treatments are covered under the plan.
Call our office at 212-972-3522 to speak to one of our friendly staff to learn more about using insurance for your Invisalign treatment.
Are payment options available for Invisalign treatment?
Most orthodontist offices offer their Astoria, Queens patients with a flexible Invisalign payment plan. These types of plans usually require a percentage of the cost and affordable monthly payments. Dr. Jacquie Smiles offers her Astoria patients with Invisalign financing with CareCredit.
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 depend on each individual case.
How do patients get started with Invisalign?
Those interested in beginning their Invisalign treatment should visit their orthodontist for a consultation. The orthodontist will guide the patient through the process of Invisalign treatment and if it is best suited to their specific needs.
Is Invisalign Right For You?
Invisalign is truly one of a kind, allowing you to live your life freely while still obtaining the straight teeth you’ve been dreaming about. Invisalign isn’t right for everyone, but it can effectively treat many orthodontic patients in Astoria, Queens, NY.
To schedule an Invisalign consultation, please call us at 212-972-3522 for more information.