Central Avenue Dental is one of New York’s premier dental practices, with convenient locations in Financial District, Manhattan and Valley Stream, Queens. Our experienced dentists and staff are experts in cosmetic dentistry procedures, including Invisalign. Dr. Alevtina Edgar and Dr. Igor Ilyabayev are both certified in Invisalign treatment and members of the American Dental Association and New York State Dental Association. Furthermore, we always put your satisfaction first and have been recognized as a Patient’s Choice Winner on Opencare.

Do you have misalignment? Uneven teeth can hurt both the appearance and overall health of your smile. However, few people are eager to sign up for a year to two years of wearing metal orthodontics. In order to offer smile correction without relying on metal braces, we can provide Invisalign® clear braces. We offer this clear braces alternative, Invisalign, at our Valley Stream and New York practices.

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. Using advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to project tooth movement, Invisalign® creates a series of clear, custom-made aligners (repositioners) that gradually move your teeth. You wear each aligner for about 2 weeks, moving to the next set, until the goals you agreed upon with your dentist are reached.

Traditional braces require brackets to be attached to the front of the teeth. An arch wire connects the brackets and the dentist or orthodontist uses tension to reposition the teeth. With Invisalign®, a series of clear plastic aligners will be worn daily to move the teeth to a more optimal placement. With clear aligners patients can experience a number of benefits, including:

  • The ability to eat all your favorite foods
  • Barely noticeable orthodontics
  • Easier brushing and flossing
  • Less tooth sensitivity or gum/cheek irritation
  • A shorter treatment time
  • Fewer office visits
  • A blue dot on the aligners that wears away with time, allowing parents to make sure their teens are wearing the aligners properly

How Do Clear Braces Work?

First, we take impressions and photographs of your teeth. We send these materials, along with any specifications from the doctor, to an Invisalign® lab. There, experts create your aligners. Each day you wear them for between 20 and 23 hours, only removing them for special occasions before meals.

Approximately every two weeks you will upgrade to a new set. The entire treatment periods takes about a year for adults and up to 18 months for teens. In all, patients can expect a practically invisible, comfortable, and convenient orthodontic treatment system.

Can Anyone Wear Clear Aligners?

While many people will be viable candidates, not everyone can wear the aligners. If you have severe malocclusion, braces or another orthodontic solution may be best. Typically, we recommend clear braces for patients over the age of 16 who have minor alignment issues.

To see if this is the best option for your smile we will need to assess the cause and severity of your misalignment. We can also answer any questions or address any concerns you may have about treatment.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Igor Ilyabayev and Dr. Alevtina Edgar, please contact our Valley Stream, Queens office at 516 887-0020 or our Financial District Manhattan office at 212 571-0033.

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