General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Astoria, NY
If you don’t want to wear traditional metal braces, Invisalign® provides an excellent orthodontic treatment option. At Master Dental in Astoria, Queens, general dentist Konstantine Malafis, DDS, proudly offers Invisalign treatment to both men and women. This discreet and effective orthodontic method can align your teeth and restore symmetry to your smile. To request your consultation at the New York City-based practice today, call the office or click the online scheduling tool.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign is a cutting-edge orthodontic treatment method that uses a series of clear, nearly invisible mouthpieces to gradually straighten and reposition your teeth. Invisalign doesn’t rely on brackets, wires, or rubber bands. Instead, it uses an FDA-approved thermoplastic known as SmartTrack®. SmartTrack is free of BPS, BPA, latex, and gluten, making it ideal for people with metal or other allergies.
What types of problems can Invisalign correct?
Dr. Malafis usually recommends Invisalign to correct mild or moderate orthodontic problems such as:
- Crooked teeth
- Misaligned jaws
He also uses Invisalign to close gaps and spaces between teeth.
What is the Invisalign treatment process?
Invisalign treatment starts with a thorough in-office consultation. During this appointment, Dr. Malafis completes an oral exam and asks you questions about your goals for treatment. He also takes a series of digital impressions and uploads them into a computer program. There, Dr. Malafis develops a custom care plan, mapping out the step-by-step movements of your teeth.
After approving your plan, Dr. Malafis sends your impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your first set of aligners. You wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day and gradually your teeth move into place.
How long does Invisalign treatment take?
The length of Invisalign treatment varies and depends on the underlying dental issues you’re trying to address. Most people achieve their desired results in 12-18 months, but it may take longer.
To achieve the best possible outcome, wear your aligners as prescribed and make sure to attend all of your follow-up appointments. Once you’re done wearing your aligners, you transition to a retainer. This appliance ensures your teeth stay in their new position.
How do I clean and care for my Invisalign aligners?
Caring for your Invisalign aligners is easy. Dr. Malafis recommends taking them out several times throughout the day and rinse them off with cool tap water. At night, before bed, you should also brush them with toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush. For more thorough cleanings, ask Dr. Malafis about the Invisalign Cleaning System.
In addition, you may want to avoid certain foods and drinks that stain. Invisalign aligners are clear, so they easily collect food particles and debris. Common foods and beverages known to stain include tomato-based pasta sauces, blueberries, coffee, and soda.
If you dream of having a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile, Invisalign can assist. Request your appointment at Master Dental today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.