Dr. Joseph T. Hung DMD, MMSc. is a Invisalign® Elite Preferred Provider in New York, NY. Dr. Hung has been recognized as a top Invisalign provider every year since 2003.
Consider Invisalign in NYC to get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted — without braces. A consultation with Dr. Joseph Hung at Rock Center Orthodontics can determine if this is the right orthodontic treatment option for you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a revolutionary system employing a sequence of undetectable, easily removable, and comfortable aligners that remain discreet while straightening your teeth. These aligners, crafted using advanced 3-D computer imaging, boast proven effectiveness. Remarkably, over 70% of orthodontic specialists in both the US and Canada have received certification to administer Invisalign treatments.
Why choose Invisalign?
With its invisible and removable aligners, you’ll enjoy the freedom to indulge in your favorite foods and beverages throughout your treatment. Maintaining oral hygiene is a breeze, and these aligners, free of metal components, ensure a comfortable orthodontic experience without the risk of mouth abrasions. Moreover, the absence of metal and wires typically means fewer trips to the doctor’s office for adjustments. Visualize your journey to straighter teeth right from the start by accessing your personalized virtual treatment plan, offering a glimpse of your dazzling smile post-treatment.
How does Invisalign work?
Each set of aligners is worn for approximately two weeks and removed solely for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene routines. As you progress through the series, replacing each aligner with the next, your teeth gradually shift week by week. This incremental movement, meticulously designed by Dr. Hung, guides your teeth toward their prescribed final position.
Regular visits to RockCenter Orthodontics, typically every six weeks, ensure your treatment stays on track. On average, treatment spans 9-15 months, and the number of aligners worn generally ranges from 18 to 30, though this varies based on individual cases.
The Daily Invisalign Experience
Invisalign involves some initial discomfort in the first few days of each treatment stage as your teeth adapt to the gentle pressure, akin to what traditional braces users feel after adjustments. This discomfort is normal and signifies the aligners are effectively guiding your teeth.
However, it’s crucial not to be tempted to remove the aligners to alleviate pressure, as this could prolong your treatment. Consistent wear, except during meals, snacks, and oral care routines, is key to achieving timely results.
Are you concerned about speech clarity with aligners? While most wearers experience minimal difficulty speaking clearly, an adjustment period is expected as you acclimate to wearing them. Rest assured, the aligners shouldn’t significantly hinder your ability to speak once you’ve adjusted to their presence in your mouth.
Maintaining Your Invisalign Trays
Keeping your aligners pristine is simple. Gently brush and rinse them with lukewarm water, or opt for Invisalign Cleaning Crystals or specialized cleaning tablets. Remember to brush and floss your teeth after each meal before reinserting your aligners.
One standout benefit of Invisalign compared to traditional wire braces is the absence of food restrictions! Indulge in all your favorite foods without worry, provided you brush and floss before reapplying your aligners.
Avoid chewing gum while wearing aligners, as it can adhere to them. Remove your aligners for every meal and snack. We also advise against smoking during Invisalign treatment to prevent potential staining and discoloration of the aligners while reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Retainers After Treatment
Wearing retainers post-orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign, is crucial for maintaining the beautifully aligned smile achieved during the procedure. Retainers help teeth adapt to their new positions and prevent them from shifting back. After completing Invisalign treatment, your orthodontist will likely recommend wearing retainers to ensure long-term results.
Initially, retainers are worn consistently, gradually transitioning to nightly wear. Consistency is critical; neglecting retainer use could lead to teeth shifting back to their previous alignment. Embracing the retainer routine is fundamental in safeguarding your investment in a straighter, healthier smile, preserving the outcome of your Invisalign journey for years to come.
RockCenter Orthodontics | Invisalign in NYC
For patients seeking an alternative to traditional braces in NYC, Dr. Hung highly recommends Invisalign. While it may not address every orthodontic issue, it’s an exceptional choice for individuals dealing with dental crowding or alignment concerns who prefer an alternative to conventional braces.
Invisalign’s clear aligners represent a contemporary method for achieving a straighter smile without the limitations of braces. They offer the freedom to flaunt your smile confidently while discreetly aligning your teeth.
Our goal is to assess if Invisalign is the ideal treatment for you. Contact us via phone or email to schedule a personalized smile consultation and explore this innovative teeth-straightening solution tailored to your needs.