Invisalign Treatment in Manhattan's Upper West Side
Imagine the dazzling smile you’ve always wanted…without braces!
Today’s technology makes it possible to achieve the smile you've always wanted without living with unattractive, traditional braces. Invisalign treatment utilizes a series of clear, safe, surprisingly comfortable, and convenient aligners. They have no metal, are virtually invisible, and can be removed with ease! With Invisalign, you don't just smile when your treatment is over, you smile as it happens, too!
Dr. Kuncio is a Premier Provider of Invisalign in Manhattan and is the only New York City orthodontist who has published clinical research on Invisalign in an international research journal. He also teaches Invisalign treatment to other skilled orthodontists at Bronx Lebanon Hospital/Icahn School of Medicine and frequently lectures to general dentists in the NYC metropolitan area. Dr. Kuncio’s expertise in Invisalign has also been published in the peer-reviewed New York State Dental Journal.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an innovative dental treatment option for straightening crooked or crowded teeth. The clear aligner system is a popular alternative to having traditional metal braces adhered onto a patient's teeth. Invisalign is a great solution for people who may be self-conscious about their braces, especially teenagers and older adults who might feel they are "too old" for this kind of treatment. Invisalign is also a great option for those who may have a tough time with the dietary restrictions or oral hygiene challenges common with braces.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign works just like traditional braces, applying gentle forces to move teeth, but with clear aligners instead of metal wires. The entire treatment is based on a set of 3D images that are taken of the patient's entire mouth. Throughout the course of treatment, the patient receives a series of aligner trays (worn 1-2 weeks at a time) that move the teeth towards a more optimal position. This type of treatment is not only more attractive, but patients also report significantly less discomfort in the mouth and jaws, and have an easier time keeping teeth and gums clean and healthy.
What is the Invisalign treatment process like?
Gone are the days of messy dental molds! Invisalign begins with a painless, radiation-free 3D imaging of the mouth done with a modern machine in the comfort of the orthodontist's chair. These images are then loaded into a computer program, which allows the doctor to simulate the treatment plan. Before you start the process, you can see the smile that you will be working to achieve over the course of your treatment!
After the doctor and patient review the images, they are sent off to the dental lab where a series of aligner trays are created. The Invisalign aligners are made from a special kind of plastic that is safe and durable. Once the aligners arrive at Dr. Kuncio's office, he will fit them on the patient's teeth and teach you how to care for them. One of the advantages of Invisalign aligners is that, unlike traditional braces, they are not adhered to the teeth and can therefore be easily removed to eat or drink for up to two hours per day. Every few weeks, the patient will return to the office to be fitted for the next set of aligners until the treatment is completed.
How long does it take to see results with Invisalign?
One of the largest advantages of Invisalign treatment as compared to traditional braces is that, for many cases, Invisalign cuts treatment time almost in half! This is great news for adults who are worried about having to wear traditional braces to work and in their everyday lives. Typical treatments last between 9 and 15 months, but can go as long as 24 months depending on the amount of change that is required to achieve the desired result. Patients can expect to see a positive change in just a few months after beginning treatment. One potential risk of the removable system is that patients who fail to wear their aligners as often as they are supposed to could experience a longer treatment period. The estimated time of your individualized treatment will be discussed with you during your initial consultation.
Choosing the Right Invisalign Specialist
It is important to seek out knowledgable medical advice from a trusted professional before beginning Invisalign treatment. While there are many mail-order aligner options available today, these services fail to examine the patient's mouth and can result in injury, as well as simply a less than optimal final result. Dr.Daniel Kuncio is well experienced and trained in the art of treating patients with Invisalign, and is the only doctor in the NYC area to publish research on the treatment. It takes careful consideration of many factors in order to determine if a patient good candidate for Invisalign, and it requires close case management to ensure that the treatment is going as planned. Contact us today to discuss whether Invisalign is right for you!