Long Island Invisalign experts

Hidden Smiles Orthodontics is your trusted expert at straightening smiles for patients of all ages on Long Island, Huntington, and surrounding communities. Teens and adults who want the same results as traditional braces, but with more freedom and flexibility, need not look further than Invisalign.

What is involved in Long Island Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign on Long Island can straighten your teeth as effectively as traditional braces, as long as you follow all the directions our team will provide. The system uses a series of clear, removable aligners to correct orthodontic problems and improve your oral health. At your initial consultation, we will use x-rays and digital impressions to create a precise 3D image of the teeth at your initial consultation. This information will provide the building blocks for your customized treatment plan and custom made aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth. They design these trays to be switched out every 1-2 weeks to keep up with the teeth as they move into their desired new positions. 

What are the benefits of choosing Long Island Invisalign treatment?

The ability to remove your aligners is a tremendous benefit of Invisalign. You can take them off to eat, drink, brush, floss, and special occasions. Since keeping your teeth healthy is very important for orthodontic patients, brushing and flossing your teeth normally instead of having to relearn how to work around brackets and wires can make your treatment experience much more enjoyable. 

Invisalign aligners are designed to be removed before eating or drinking anything other than water. This means you’ll never have to worry about food getting stuck in brackets or wires. You don’t have to forego any of your favorite foods while you’re working on a straighter smile! Since you can remove your clear aligners, you can avoid any food restriction. This is significant because food restrictions are often the biggest learning curve with traditional braces. Aligners need to be removed before all meals to avoid staining. They should also be cleaned and rinsed out with warm water at least once or twice a day.  

Another significant benefit? No irritating or poking wires and you don’t have to worry about adjustment appointments to worry about. That means the treatment process is comfortable. We still expect Invisalign wearers to attend follow-up visits about every 6-8 weeks, however, Dr. Parikh can be sure everything is progressing on schedule. 

How does the Long Island Invisalign system work?

The Invisalign system is straightforward. You will wear each aligner for about two weeks, and should only be removed to eat, drink, brush, or floss. As you replace the aligners with the next one in the series, your teeth will move gradually, until they reach their final desired positions.

We’ll keep an eye out for any issues with your treatment progress at your follow-up appointments at Hidden Smiles Orthodontics. You can do your part by wearing your aligner as directed. This is the most important element to success with your Invisalign on Long Island. Your trays need to be changed on time to keep up with the shifts in your teeth. Not changing aligners as scheduled or skipping your appointments can quickly undo any progress that’s been made.

It’s important to remember that every patient will respond to orthodontic treatment differently. Treatment time depends significantly on patient compliance. Invisalign works in a slightly different and less invasive way than braces to straighten the teeth. This means it can be hard to say with certainty how long a patient will need to wear them before seeing results. Though the average tends to be somewhere between 6 and 18 months, this can vary widely from case to case. 

The average treatment time is estimated based on patients following the recommended guidelines. This means wearing aligners for at least 20-22 hours every single day, throughout the course of treatment. Any small deviation from instructions can add extra time to the overall process. Invisalign on Long Island can only work if patients stick to the program. 

To learn more about Invisalign on Long Island, or to find out if you are a candidate for the Invisalign aligners, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation.