Straighten Your Teeth with Invisalign
by Dr. Howard Golan and Dr. Alex Shvartsman

With Invisalign® not only can you improve smile aesthetics, but more importantly, you can positively effect your occlusion (bite), periodontal health, tooth health and overall health.
When teeth are misaligned, they can be difficult to clean. Gaps and crowding can exacerbate the buildup of bacterial plaque and tartar, making the development of periodontal problems more prevalent. In fact, gum disease has been linked to many health issues and diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and a host of other systemic troubles by increasing the overall level of body inflammation. This illustrates the need for straighter teeth – not just for cosmetics, but more importantly for your health.

You can even begin to reap the benefits during treatment because with Invisalign®, unlike braces that cannot be removed, the aligners can be removed before eating and before you brush and floss your teeth. The removability of Invisalign® aligners allows for proper brushing and flossing which reduces your risk of gum disease and tooth decay and those dreaded white spots sometimes seen when traditional braces are removed.

With Invisalign®, you can better maintain your oral care more effectively. People with metal allergies or who do not want metal in their mouth are great candidates for Invisalign®. Once Invisalign® treatment is complete, your bite may be improved as well as chewing and possibly even speech. Realignment also relieves stress on the supporting bones and jaw joints, preventing future problems such as gum recession. And of course, your proud smile will be bright and beautiful.

Invisalign®, treatment is a 21st century application of an old technique to move teeth. With advanced computer software and aligner production and new innovative features, “something old” has become a better “something new.” Unlike traditional braces that rely on square metal brackets to pull teeth using wire, Invisalign®, aligners wrap clear, nearly invisible plastic around each tooth to move teeth by gentle pushing and rotating. With the help of an advanced computer technology presenting 3-D images, Dr. Shvartsman and Dr. Golan can create a visual representation of the entire oral arch with the exact actual measurements. In this way, fabricated aligners are custom-fitted to be worn snugly around the teeth, giving just the right pressure to the misaligned tooth to help lead it back to the desired position. The application of pressure is done in such a way that the brace gently presses on to the teeth.

The succeeding series of aligners exerts the right amount of pressure that makes it effective. The aligner is replaced every two weeks, with the succeeding series of aligners pre-packed and available to the patient. Dr. Shvartsman and Dr. Golan have found that patients need to come in every 2-3 months. With this, dental visits are not as frequent as the customary monthly visits required with traditional metal wire braces. This is very convenient for college students or people with busy schedules or travel commitments.

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign® does not cause gum and lip irritation because the bracket aligners are constructed with soft edges. The major feature that makes Invisalign® work and helps in avoiding dental plaque formation is that it is removable. People who wear Invisalign® can proceed with the usual lifestyle of eating and drinking, without worrying about discomfort by removing the aligner during mealtimes. This is also helpful in thoroughly cleaning out the teeth and avoiding cavities.

Once proper brushing is done, the removable, clear braces can be put back in place. Invisalign® only works when the aligners are worn. The required number of hours of aligner wear is 22 hours per day. And with the transparency feature, no one will ever find this rule difficult or uncomfortable to follow. What makes Invisalign® work is the painstaking process of custom fitting aligners with the right measurements. This is achieved in the initial stage of assessment where the patient’s set of teeth is recreated in 3-D models that enable Dr. Shvartsman and Dr. Golan to come up with the right treatment plan. Each aligner is worn for two weeks after which it will be replaced by the next aligner stage.

The repositioning and alignment is done by the precise measurements done on these invisible braces. As each week passes, the teeth are moved and their alignment corrected a millimeter at a time. Depending on the seriousness of the dental malocclusion, Dr. Shvartsman and Dr. Golan have found that Invisalign® treatment can take from 9 to 15 months. Longer treatment times are usually the result of poor patient compliance. With recent advancements in Invisalign® research and development, tooth movement has become more efficient and treatment times shorter. In fact, patients that were not candidates a few years ago can be treated effectively today by experienced Invisalign® providers like Dr. Shvartsman and Dr. Golan.

Many patients are concerned that Invisalign® treatment is more costly than conventional braces or that their insurance will not help pay for Invisalign® to straighten their teeth. Dr. Shvartsman is the most experienced General Dentist in the Smithtown area for Invisalign® treatment and proudly holds the status in Invisalign® Premiere Preferred Provider. Dr. Golan is also an Invisalign® Prefered Provider. Contact Dr. Shvartsman and Dr. Golan to find out more about their Invisalign® specials with savings of $2200 off their original fees. Included in the price are free records, free tooth whitening, free x-rays and $100 off retainers. Your orthodontic insurance benefits can be used towards payment.

The staff will submit all the paperwork and help maximize your benefits. Monthly Payment Plans are also available to fit most everyone’s budget. Patients are welcome to come in for a free consultation to see if they are a candidate for Invisalign® treatment. As an added bonus, those patients who accept treatment will be entered into a raffle for a $250 gas card!

Alex Shvartsman, DDS, MAGD is located at 260 E Main Street, Suite 109, Smithtown NY, 11787. Call Dr. Shvartsman at (631) 361-3577 or visit www.SmithtownSmiles.com; Howard Golan, DDS, MWCLI is located at 369 Old Courthouse Road, New Hyde Park, NY 11040. Contact Dr. Golan at 516-627-1687 or visit www.enamelrules.com