shirley invisalign

When you have crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth, you likely want to strengthen your smile but worry about the impact of metal braces. But our team can offer teens and adults alike clear smile correction with Invisalign®. In today’s blog, your Shirley, NY, pediatric dentist talks about our clear aligners.

The Importance of an Even Smile

Dental misalignment could be due to a range of issues. Often, this occurs in childhood due to issues like thumb sucking, premature loss of baby teeth, and issues with the eruption of the permanent teeth. For teens and adults, this could occur due to injury, tooth loss, or the arrival of the wisdom teeth. Without treatment, misalignment is linked to a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The imbalance in your bite could also leave you vulnerable to TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding) in later years. This could also have a negative impact on you or your child’s self confidence levels. Which is why we recommend treatment!

Your Consultation

Our team offers orthodontic consultation for kids as young as age seven, so we can use phase one orthodontics to guide their smile’s growth and limit the severity of misalignment. For teens and adults however, we can offer treatment with the Invisalign® system, which uses clear and comfortable plastic aligners to gently shift the teeth into proper position. We will examine your smile to assess the cause and severity of your alignment concerns, so we can choose the best treatment option. For some, this may include the Invisalign® system!

Invisalign® Treatment

If clear aligners are right for you, our team will take detailed digital images of your smile to design and craft a series of aligners from a clear and BPA-free plastic material. Each set is worn for about two weeks, usually between 20 and 22 hours a day. The total treatment time could take as little as one year, half the time required for braces. The aligners are easy to wear, clean, and store, and will travel with you easily too. Our aligners can be removed before you eat, so no need to change your diet, and being removable also means a much easier time brushing and flossing your teeth.

If you have any questions about the Invisalign® system, or if you would like to schedule a visit so you can undergo a consultation and find out if this is right for you, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy an even and healthy smile, one that makes you or your teen feel confident!

Schedule Your Invisalign® Appointment Today

Call Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatrics in Shirley, NY, at 631.399.1600 to book a consultation to learn more about our clear and cozy plastic aligners. Our team also offers braces for those with more severe alignment issues, and phase one orthodontics for young children too.