Centre Dental

Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry located in Chinatown, New York, NY

Not confident about your smile because of crooked teeth, but think you’re too old for braces? Centre Dental provides Invisalign® for patients in New York City, Chinatown area, who want to correct their teeth’s alignment in a way that isn’t noticeable. Dr. John Shi is an experienced Invisalign Preferred Provider who can help put a smile back on your face. Call the office or make an online appointment for a complimentary consultation.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that straighten teeth without any metal hooks or bands. Because the Invisalign aligners are clear, no one notices you’re wearing them. This way you can correct your teeth without being self-conscious.

The aligners are custom-created digitally with each new aligner designed to move your teeth a small amount toward your ultimate goal. Dr. Shi, who is an Invisalign Preferred Provider, maps out a precise, customized plan to show you your smile’s anticipated transformation step-by-step.

How does Invisalign compare to braces?

The Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them off when you eat and drink. You have no restrictions on the types of foods you can eat, which can be a limitation with traditional metal braces. You can also brush and floss easily with Invisalign and maintain good oral hygiene.

Unlike traditional braces that require regular dental office visits to make adjustments, the Invisalign system provides a new set of aligners every one or two weeks, which you can replace at home. Changing your aligners doesn’t require an office visit, so you spend less time at the dental office. However, you do need some checkups to check your progress.

How long does it take for Invisalign to work?

Every case is different, and how long it takes Invisalign to work depends on how much change is necessary to meet your goals. The average time span for Invisalign treatment is approximately 12-18 months.  

You must wear your Invisalign 20-22 hours a day. If you don’t wear them the required amount of time, which is necessary to create the right amount of pressure on your teeth to move them into position, your treatment plan could take longer.

How can crooked teeth affect my health?

Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite may interfere with proper chewing, causing strain to the teeth and jaws, and may cause your teeth to break. Crooked teeth are also more challenging to keep clean, increasing your risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontitis, which can result in heart disease, stroke, or other health problems.

Dr. Shi'd expertise and experience make him the top choice for patients interested in invisibly correcting their teeth at an affordable price. Make an appointment for a consultation at Centre Dental’s downtown Manhattan office today.

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