Orthodontist in Harlem
The most “clear” advantage of Invisalign braces, from Central Park North Orthodontics, is cosmetic. This makes the procedure especially popular among adults who want to straighten their teeth without the traditional look and discomfort of conventional metal braces. With a series of clear, customized, removable appliances, Harlem clear braces, Invisalign, straighten your teeth without the need for un-comfortable brackets and wires. Since Invisalign braces are virtually invisible, hardly anyone will notice that you’re straightening your teeth. Bradford C. Washington, DMD, MS is an orthodontist who spe-cializes in cosmetic dentistry, and along with our certified staff, will help you understand the procedure of using clear Invisalign orthodontics to straighten your teeth.
In preparation for your Harlem clear braces, Dr. Washington will take dental impressions, photographs, and x-rays of your teeth that will be sent to Align Technology. In order for a computerized three-dimensional model to be created, your impressions will be put through a CT scan. Custom software will then simulate the movement of your teeth in stages which will then be reviewed online. Once the simulation is approved, and before being shipped to our dental office, a plastic resin aligner is made for each stage of your treatment.
In addition to the Invisalign treatment plan from Dr. Washington, custom sets of plastic aligners will be made, using special 3-D computer software that will gradually move your teeth. As few as 12, or as many as 48 aligners are precisely calibrated, and designed, to fit your mouth at each stage of your treatment plan. Only removed to eat, floss, and brush, you should wear your Harlem clear braces for about two weeks. Unlike with Invisalign, 50% of patients who wear traditional metal braces develop tooth decay because they can’t be removed for eating and cleaning. Conventional metal braces can also prevent accurate x-rays from being taken.
Depending on how complicated your specific situation is, normal treatment time is about one year. When your Harlem clear braces treatment is complete, retainers are made from a similar plastic mate-rial and normally worn at night. Computerized treatment planning is an essential part of the Invisalign braces procedure, as this allows you to actually see your projected smile design, learn how long the treatment will most likely take, and allow Dr. Washington to make a more educated decision as to whether Invisalign is right for you or your family.