Many people want a straighter smile without the look and feel of traditional metal braces. Invisalign® offers a solution and is among the services provided by Shara Miller, DDS, at her self-named practice in the Midtown area of New York City, New York, and Miami, Florida. Book your visit today using the easy online tool, or call during normal business hours.
Many adults and teens choose Invisalign because they want to improve the appearance of their smile without spending a year or more in metal braces. Invisalign is a tray-based alignment system that can correct numerous orthodontic issues.
Some of the alignment problems Invisalign can treat include:
Not long ago, straightening your smile meant a gleaming metallic grin. Today, Invisalign offers a more subtle way to achieve your orthodontic goals. There are some cases that are best treated using traditional metal braces, but your practitioner advises you on the best course of action during your initial visit.
During your consultation, an intraoral scanner captures digital imaging of your teeth and bone structure. This information allows the Invisalign software to create your customized treatment plan. Your dentist can even show you what your smile might look like after Invisalign.
Once your first few sets of aligners are ready, you come in to learn how to place and remove them. You wear your aligners around the clock, taking them out only while brushing and flossing and during meals.
Every couple of weeks switch to a new set of aligners. This keeps your treatment moving forward and slowly shifts your teeth into optimal alignment. Periodic office visits allow your practitioner to keep an eye on your progress.
The answer depends largely on your unique alignment needs. More advanced needs take longer than correcting simple misalignment. How well you adhere to your treatment instructions also plays a considerable role in your treatment timeline. Invisalign aligners can only work while they’re being worn.
Forgetting to put your aligners back in or removing them when your teeth feel sore slows your treatment time considerably. A degree of soreness is normal for a day or two after changing to a new set of trays. This is a sign your treatment is moving forward.
If you’d like to learn more about what Invisalign can do for you, call the office to check appointment availability. Shara Miller, DDS, also offers online scheduling that’s fast and easy.