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Peter Jahn'Shahi, DDS -  - Orthodontist

Park Slope Orthodontics

Peter Jahn'Shahi, DDS

Orthodontist located in Brooklyn, NY

Invisalign® is a clear, comfortable alternative to traditional braces, using removable trays that are almost invisible while being worn. Dr. Jahn’Shahi at Park Slope Orthodontics has extensive experience using the Invisalign® system to help patients from Park Slope & Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York and throughout New York City enjoy straighter, more attractive smiles.

Invisalign® Q & A

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is a teeth straightening system utilizing clear, medical grade, BPA free plastic trays, to adjust the position of teeth over time. The aligner trays are custom made to fit the shape of the patient’s teeth using an invisible, smooth plastic that allows for comfort and discretion. This system can correct issues of misaligned, crooked, and overcrowded teeth.

What happens during Invisalign® treatment?

Treatment begins with impressions of your teeth, which are sent to a lab where the aligners will be created. Each aligner is created based on images developed using three-dimensional modeling software for a custom fit. Between 18 and 30 aligners will be created for most patients. During treatment, each aligner is worn for about two weeks, then exchanged for the next aligner in the series.

Does Invisalign® work the same way as traditional metal braces?

Invisalign® is designed to straighten and properly align teeth just like metal braces. However, instead of relying on metal bands or ceramic plates and wires that are attached to the tooth surfaces, the Invisalign® system uses a series of clear removable trays, similar to the trays used in teeth whitening procedures, to help move teeth into their proper positions over time.

What benefits does Invisalign® offer compare to other types of braces?

Invisalign® is made of clear, medical-grade plastic, so the aligners are very difficult to see while they're being worn. The aligners are smooth, so they don't irritate lips and other soft tissues, and they can be removed for cleaning, making it much easier to brush and floss for better oral health during treatment. Plus, they can be removed for eating, so there are no dietary restrictions. Finally, because each aligner is custom-made for the individual patient, Invisalign® may bring teeth into alignment faster than traditional braces.

Does insurance cover Invisalign®?

Some insurance plans provide at least partial coverage for Invisalign®, but other dental plans do not. When insurance doesn't cover the costs, there are financing plans available to help make the cost of treatment more affordable.