Invisalign: An Overview

Do you wish there was a way to correct your smile without the noticeable look of braces? If you’re looking for a flexible and invisible orthodontic treatment option, consider Invisalign to get the beautiful, straight teeth you’ve always wanted. Vitagliano Orthodontics is your certified Invisalign provider in West Islip and Massapequa, NY, and a complimentary consultation with Dr. Joe can determine if Invisalign is right for you.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable, and comfortable aligners that are virtually invisible, so you can smile just as confidently during treatment as you will after. Treatment with Invisalign is proven to treat simple to moderate alignment issues just as effectively as braces.

Because Invisalign does require some responsibility on the patient’s part, it may not be for everyone. However, if you can remember to consistently wear your aligners as directed and properly care for your teeth during treatment, this option is excellent for those looking to discreetly straighten their smile.

Why Would I Want Invisalign?

We understand that our patients have busy schedules. Invisalign is designed to seamlessly fit into your everyday lifestyle without hindering your daily activities. Patients of all ages love Invisalign thanks to the benefits of this advanced aligner system.

  • Convenient: Invisalign is removable, making it incredibly convenient when brushing your teeth, exercising, and eating or drinking. The goal of Invisalign is to seamlessly fit into your lifestyle without disrupting your routine and busy schedule. Additionally, by switching out the aligners at home, Invisalign helps to reduce the number of visits to our office.
  • Comfortable: Plastic aligners make your treatment process much more comfortable. You may experience some discomfort as your teeth shift, but the plastic material is designed to fit perfectly to your teeth and prevent irritation.
  • Discreet: Traditional braces can make some people feel self-conscious about their smiles during treatment. Invisalign eliminates any anxiety with its perfectly fitting, transparent plastic material. Some people may not even realize you are wearing aligners.

How Does The Invisalign Process Work?

Invisalign uses a set of aligners to gently straighten your teeth over time. The first set is closest to your original teeth orientation while the final aligner will lead you to a completely straight smile. You’ll wear each set of aligners for around 22 hours a day and move to the next set of aligners every one to two weeks, depending on Dr. Joe’s recommendation. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to the final position. For the best results, try to only remove your aligners when eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. You should clean the aligners each time you brush your teeth to maintain excellent oral health and prevent buildup on the trays.

Using the fully digital scans taken at your initial consultation, Dr. Joe helps creates a customized “roadmap” for your smile journey. At your Invisalign consultation, we can use 3D images to preview what your teeth look like now versus how they will look after treatment.