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InvisalignEvery smile is unique. Therefore, every patient deserves a customized orthodontic treatment plan designed to meet his or her unique smile needs.

While traditional braces or other types of braces like ceramic braces offer great results, a system of brackets and wires may not be the best orthodontic solution for you. As such, Dr. Goodman—your premier Manhattan and Riverdale orthodontist—is proud to provide Invisalign as an alternative form of treatment.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a teeth-straightening system that relies on a series of clear aligners to move teeth, rather than on metal wires and brackets. These aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position. Each Invisalign aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of your treatment plan.

Benefits Over Braces

In addition to the great smiles that Invisalign provides, some of the benefits of this type of orthodontic treatment include:

  • Aesthetic Elevation—Invisalign aligners are made from a clear material, making them virtually invisible and undetectable.
  • Superior Comfort—Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit your smile and do not utilize any metal, wires, or brackets that can irritate the mouth.
  • Easy Removability—Invisalign aligners need to be changed regularly, so they are not attached to your teeth. You need to wear them for approximately 22 hours a day; however, you can take them out to brush and floss your teeth, eat and drink, and for special social occasions or photos.

The Invisalign Process

Invisalign is not intended for children and is not appropriate for every adult. Only an orthodontist can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you. To see if Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted, your first step is to visit our Manhattan or Riverdale office and be evaluated by Dr. Goodman.

If you are good candidate for treatment, your orthodontist will utilize advanced computer technology to translate his precise treatment instructions into a sequence of finely calibrated aligners—as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner will be worn for about two weeks. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move gradually until the final alignment is attained. Then you'll be smiling like never before.

The Goodman Orthodontics Difference

If you are looking for Invisalign treatment in the Manhattan, New York City, or Riverdale areas, there is no better place to go than Goodman Orthodontics.

To ensure the best possible results, only an orthodontist like Dr. Goodman who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign. Beyond that, Goodman Orthodontics is proud to be the #1 Invisalign provider in the Tri-State area. A leader in the orthodontic community, Dr. Goodman is known as one of the foremost experts on Invisalign treatment and is actively retained by the Invisalign Corporation to teach and train other dentists across North America. 

Smile Brighter Today

If you are interested in attaining a straighter smile without the metal wires and brackets of traditional braces, contact the Manhattan, NY office or Riverdale office of Dr. Goodman. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about Invisalign. Or, book an appointment online and come in for your Invisalign consultation today. A straighter, more confident smile awaits you.

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Q. How often must I wear my aligners?

A. You must wear your aligners for up to 22 hours daily. You may remove them for eating, drinking and regular oral hygiene.

Q. Are there any restrictions to what I can eat while in treatment?

A. No. Unlike braces, you may eat whatever you like as long as you remove the aligners before eating. Prior to placing the aligners back on, it is important to brush your teeth and the aligners after you eat.

Q. Will wearing the aligners affect my speech?

A. Like any orthodontic treatment, there is a short adjustment period. The more you speak with the aligners on, the quicker you will adjust.

Q. Is there any discomfort with Invisalign® treatment?

A. There will be some pressure and minor discomfort for a day or two after each initial insertion. This is a sign that your teeth are moving sequentially into their final position.

Q. Can I chew gum?

A. It is recommended that you remove your aligners prior to chewing gum as the gum will stick to the aligners.

Q. Can I smoke with the aligners in?

A. We discourage smoking with aligners as the cigarette smoke will tend to discolor them.

Q. How do I keep my aligners clean?

A. Brushing them with toothpaste will keep them fresh and clean.

Q. How often do I see an orthodontist while wearing Invisalign®?

A. Regular office visits are every five to six weeks. This will ensure that your Invisalign treatment is progressing as planned.

Q. What happens after my treatment is complete? Do I need retainers?

A. All orthodontic patients are instructed to wear their retainers at night indefinitely. Sleeping with your retainers in at night will ensure a healthy bite and maintain the new position of your teeth.

Q. How long does Invisalign treatment take?

A. Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the misaligned teeth. Treatment time can be shorter than traditional braces, between six and 18 months.

Q. Does Invisalign work for kids?

A. Yes, if their teeth, including second molars, have grown in completely.