Mita A. Parikh, DMD

864 W Jericho Turnpike | Huntington, NY 11743

631-824-6353

Teeth Straightening the Modern Way With Invisalign

A smile can help you make friends easier and it can also brighten the day of almost everyone you come in contact with. Scientists say that smiling tightens up the skin on your face, making you more appealing.

However, it’s difficult to smile when you have crooked teeth, as they may have the opposite effect on those around you.

The good news is that you can take advantage of a modern solution to straighten your teeth, this solution is called Invisalign.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a new and advanced method of straightening teeth which consists of a series of transparent plastic aligners. These aligners are custom made for each patient, and they have to be worn over the teeth day in, day out in order for  them to gradually make your teeth shift to the desired position. At Hidden Smile Orthodontics in Huntington, Long Island, this movement of your teeth is closely monitored by Dr, Mita Parikh during regular visits. With Invisalign, you can see your computerized treatment plan and your final result right from the start, so you don’t have to wait for years to see your new smile.

The aligners are clear, so they are barely visible. This enables you to go on with your life, without having to fear that people around you are going to know you’re wearing these aligners over your teeth. Besides, the plastic is smooth and comfortable, so it won’t irritate your gums or your cheeks.

The Treatment

Now that you’ve found an orthodontist who is trained and certified in the Invisalign treatment, you can schedule an initial appointment to discuss your case. The Dr. Parikh will make an assessment of your situation, and will decide whether Invisalign is indeed the best treatment for you. If the answer is yes, you’ll review all of your payment options — which are many making this particular procedure much more affordable than most people think. Once you agree to these costs, the doctor is going to make your teeth’s impression.

This impression will lead to the creation of a 3D image of your teeth. Starting from this image, the doctor will create your custom treatment plan, so you’ll know approximately how much time it would take to have your teeth straightened, and what kind of progress you can expect at each stage of the treatment. Next, the aligners are going to be designed for you, and you’ll need to wear them all the time, except for the moments when you brush your teeth. In most cases, you have to switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks, and visit Hidden Smiles once a month.

Cleaning

The Invisalign aligners are easy to clean. You’ll have to brush them using special cleaning tablets and then rinse them thoroughly with warm water. You’ll have to brush your teeth each time you eat something, so you may want to cut out snacking between the main meals of the day.

Who Can Use Invisalign?

Invisalign can correct a wide range of problems such as gaps between teeth, an overbite, an underbite, cross bites, and crowded teeth. Invisalign can also correct cases when the top and bottom teeth don’t make contact for a proper bite. As teeth tend to migrate back to their old positions once the treatment is over, you’ll need to wear retainers to prevent this from occurring.

It’s clear that Invisalign is a terrific option for so many people. Hidden Smiles has had great success using them on children and teenagers, as well as adults who prefer to hide the fact that they’re wearing braces. So, if this option sounds interesting to you, call Hidden Smiles Orthodontics to schedule a free consultation.

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