Clear Orthodontics and Invisalign Treatment in NYC

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that fit over the teeth. These custom made aligners gently straighten teeth and shift them to the desired positions. The clear aligners are removable like retainers for eating and brushing your teeth. You can wear Invisalign from multiple angles so no one will know you're wearing them! The personalized plan strategy maps out exactly how this series of aligners are going to help transform your smile.

How does Invisalign compare to braces?

Clear aligner orthodontics offer clear advantages beyond obvious cosmetics, oral hygiene and patient comfort. Clear aligners are smart plastics that are customized with sophisticated computer software and AI technology. Compared to metal braces, clear aligners are more conservative, more scientific, more precise and more importantly more efficient in teeth movement. You can preview the end results before the start of treatment and you can compare multiple treatment plans before aligner manufacturing. The patient has total control of the entire process, including the end results.
Invisalign or other clear aligner systems do not require frequent office visits, and there is no need for emergency visits as everything can be controlled and managed by patients. In addition, remote or virtual visits are possible.

Invisalign in Chinatown, NYC

How long does it take for Invisalign to work?

With Invisalign, the amount of time it takes to treat your teeth will depend on what is necessary for you. The average span from start to finish is in an 12-18 month treatment plan with straight aligners; however this may be longer or shorter depending upon how much change needs done compared with other clear aligners.

Does Centre Dental offer other clear aligner systems?

Invisalign is a pioneer in the field and has nearly perfected its orthodontic technology while other clear aligner systems are made by newer companies, but their products offer the same benefits. Centre Dental had been exclusively offering Invisalign for many years. Recently, However, realizing newer companies play good catch up, Centre Dental started to offer SureSmile (Dentsply Sirona) and Reveal (Henry Schein) clear aligners. While the treatment results are similar, the cost of SureSmile and Reveal are lower. By offering other clear aligner systems, more patients can benefit from clear orthodontics, and patients have more choices.

How can crooked teeth affect my health?

Crooked or misaligned teeth have three major risks to your health: 1) Oral hygiene challenges making you more prone to cavities or gum diseases2) Abnormal forces causing gum recession, bone loss, cracked teeth or even TMJ issues3) Smile disharmonies affecting self-confidence, social-economical achievement and inter-personal relationships

Why should you choose Dr Shi for your Invisalign treatment?

Dr. Shi was highly trained in orthodontics. He has many years of traditional braces experience. He started to use Invisalign about 20 years ago. He was one of the few dentists who participated in the doctor panel to help evaluate and develop new features of Invisalign. When developing the treatment plan, he looks beyond just tooth movement and includes gum and bone conditions as well so that your future smile is built on sound foundations.