How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign® is a simple yet sophisticated orthodontic system that produces beautiful results without the hassle of traditional braces. It works faster than standard braces and lets you straighten your teeth discreetly. 

Guided by 3-D digital scans, the dentist creates a sequence of graduated clear aligners that gently shift your teeth into new positions. Within 12 to 18 months, most Invisalign® patients complete their treatment.

The Invisalign® System

The first step in receiving Invisalign® is a digital 3-D scan of your teeth. Your dentist will analyze the placement of your teeth and determine how to move them to create the best results.

After the dentist designs the aligners, they transmit the data to the company's lab, which will take approximately four to six weeks to make the aligners.

The company constructs its aligners from a special medical-grade plastic for maximum comfort and durability. The aligners do not contain BPA or phthalates.

The aligners are thin enough to be comfortable while retaining their strength in shifting your teeth to the best positions.

When the aligners arrive, the dentist will have you wear each one for one to two weeks before switching to the next. Gentle, gradual pressure will move your teeth and create your new smile. The dentist will want to see you approximately every six weeks for a progress check.

You will need to wear your aligners for 22 hours daily to achieve the desired results. You can remove the aligners to eat, drink, and care for your teeth.

Advantages of Invisalign® Over Braces

Faster than Braces

Invisalign® often provides results in 12 to 18 months, unlike traditional braces, which can take from 18 months to 3 years.

Invisalign® is faster than braces because the system applies constant, gentle pressure that moves teeth. Braces need regular adjustments to keep the teeth moving.


Busy adults and teens appreciate straightening their teeth without drawing unwanted attention. Unless you tell someone that you are using Invisalign®, it's unlikely that they would be able to tell you are wearing your aligners.

Easy Oral Care

Since the aligners come out to brush and floss, keeping your teeth clean during treatment is much simpler. Brushing and flossing around standard braces can be a problem, and braces patients' oral health may suffer.

Eat What You Like

Invisalign® patients do not have restrictions on what they can eat and drink, unlike braces patients who need to avoid crunchy, chewy, and hard foods. The aligners come out at mealtimes, and as long as you brush and floss after meals, you can choose your favorite foods.

Call Chimon Family Dentistry

If you want to know how Invisalign® can help you look your best while improving your oral health, call Chimon Family Dentistry at 516-877-2737. We can arrange a consultation with one of our expert dentists and help you understand your options for straightening your teeth.

How Much Does Invisalign Cost on Long Island?

As a highly-effective treatment for mild to moderate orthodontic issues, Invisalign has risen in popularity among those seeking an alternative to traditional braces. Whether the need is to straighten teeth or realign a bite, this treatment can be just as effective and timely as other options. 

While many patients are interested in what Invisalign can do, the first question is often, “How much does it cost?” We’ve got the answers you are looking for. 

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign works in much the same ways as traditional braces. Instead of brackets and wires, however, it uses clear aligners that encourage your teeth to move into straight, proper alignment. 

During your office visit, a digital 3-D model of your teeth will be taken. This will then be used to create a series of aligners that will move your teeth from where they currently are to where you want them to be. 

Your dentist will provide you with a set of aligners and provide you with instructions on how often to change them. Typically, this is every two weeks or so. The new aligner will be slightly tighter which is necessary to keep the transformation happening in the right direction.  

Occasional follow-ups with your dentist will confirm that everything is going according to plan. And, if any changes or adjustments need to be made, this is when that will happen. 

Invisalign treatment is simple and effective without causing too many disruptions or changes to your life. 

How Much Does Invisalign Cost on Long Island? 

On average, the cost of Invisalign on Long Island is roughly between $3,500 and $5,500. Where you fall in this range can depend greatly on the extent of your orthodontic treatment. 

Setting an appointment with your dentist to discuss whether or not Invisalign is right for you is a great way to uncover the cost of your treatment. Remember, Invisalign aligners are made custom to meet a patient’s orthodontic needs. Depending on what those needs are, your dentist will be able to give you a much more specific cost. 

Is Invisalign Worth the Cost? 

There are many advantages to investing in Invisalign that sets them apart from other options. And for those patients who have undergone this treatment for their orthodontic issues, reaping the benefits is often enough to agree that Invisalign is worth the cost. 

When worn as they should be, Invisalign can provide the same results as traditional braces in about the same amount of time. 

Invest in Invisalign at Chimon Family Dentistry

At Chimon Family Dentistry, we offer high-quality dental solutions - and that includes Invisalign. We have watched many patients find success with a transformed smile and a healthier mouth thanks to this treatment. 

If you are interested in learning more, contact us today at 516-877-2737. Or, request an appointment online.