Discreetly Straighten Your Smile with Invisalign® 

Straightening your teeth can improve the health and appearance of your smile. But metal braces are inconvenient, uncomfortable, and draw attention.

At Astoria Dental Group, we an help straighten your teeth the easy, discreet, and comfortable way with Invisalign®

So why should you choose Invisalign?

Invisalign Straightens Your Teeth without Interrupting Your Life

The Invisalign trays are crafted from SmartTrack, a BPA-free plastic material. Since the aligners are clear, most people will never even notice you are wearing them.

At Astoria Dental Group, we carefully customize your aligners to fit comfortably over your teeth. In addition, there are no wires or metal brackets to irritate the inside of your mouth during treatment.

Invisalign trays are removable. During treatment, you can brush and floss normally and enjoy all of your favorite foods. Plus, there is no need for painful adjustments, which means fewer visits to our office during treatment.

Let's take a closer look at how Invisalign differs from braces...

Wondering whether Invisalign really works?

Millions of Patients Have  Straightened Their Smiles with Invisalign

So what can we treat with clear aligners?

When the lower teeth extend past the upper teeth, it is known as an underbite.

For patients with crossbites, the upper and lower teeth do not meet properly, which can cause painful symptoms.

If your upper teeth extend far beyond your lower teeth, you may have an overbite.

Excessive spacing between teeth can interfere with the health and appearance of your smile.

An open bite occurs when the upper and lower teeth do not line up, so a gap remains when the jaw is closed.

When there is insufficient space in the jaw, teeth become crowded and may overlap.

Is Invisalign Right for You?

Invisalign is an effective solution to most teeth alignment issues in teens and adults. Whether you have overcrowded, irregularly spaced or misaligned teeth - or more complicated issues such as an overbite, crossbite, or underbite - Invisalign can help.

However, it is important to undergo a full consultation with Dr. Clifford Degel or Dr. Carmen Every-Degel to ensure clear aligners are the right option for your unique smile needs.

You may be a good candidate for Invisalign if:

Many teenaged and adult patients choose Invisalign because the clear trays are much more discreet than traditional metal braces.

To achieve results with Invisalign, you must commit to wearing the aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours each day.

Clear aligners may not work for patients with severe malocclusion, rotated teeth, or large gaps. Our doctors may recommend another orthodontic treatment for these advanced concerns.

Wondering whether you can afford Invisalign?

The Cost of Treatment Depends on Your Goals and Needs

In some cases, Invisalign costs approximately the same as treatment with braces. However, Invisalign treatment is highly personalized. Depending on your needs and goals, it may cost more than other orthodontic treatment options. The best way to find out how much straightening your teeth with Invisalign will cost is to schedule a consultation at our practice and discuss your options with a member of our team.

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Take a look at how a clear aligner fits into your smile...

Bottom teeth and Invisalign tray

Highly Precise Treatment Plans with the Advanced ClinCheck Software

When you come in for your Invisalign consultation, our team will take precise impressions of your smile. The information gathered in these impressions will then be applied to the ClinCheck software. Using this advanced technology, we can plan a custom treatment down to the smallest movement of your teeth to ensure every tooth moves in exactly the right way for comfortable and aesthetically pleasing results. 

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How long does Invisalign take?

Results Typically Take 12 to 18 Months

Although each patient will be given a different timeline, the majority of treatments will range from 12 to 18 months. Once the treatment is completed, you will be provided with a retainer that can be used to help you maintain your straighter smile.

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During a consultation, we will fully evaluate your bite and determine if you are a good candidate for this type of treatment. At this time, Dr. Every-Degel can give you an estimated timeline.

During your follow-up appointment, we will take a series of digital scans of your teeth, which will then be used to create your custom aligners. 

The fabrication of the aligners will typically require anywhere between three to six weeks, at which point you will return to our office for fitting and adjustments.

At this time, your doctor will ensure that they are comfortable and fit properly over your teeth. You will receive instructions on how long to wear the retainers and proper maintenance techniques. 

Once you receive your new aligners, we recommend that you wear them for at least 20 hours per day. As you continue to wear them, your teeth will slowly begin shifting into proper position. Every other week you will start wearing the next set of aligners in the series.

About every six weeks, you will come in for an exam so that we can assess your progress and then make any necessary adjustments. 

Curious about the results of Invisalign?

Most Patients Achieve  a Healthy, Beautiful Smile in Less Than 18 Months

Depending on the severity of your misalignment, you will likely complete your treatment within 12 to 18 months. Most patients experience dramatically straighter teeth as a result of treatment with Invisalign.

In addition to a beautifully symmetrical smile, Invisalign can also:

  • Make it easier to brush and floss
  • Improve the comfort of your bite
  • Reduce headaches 
  • Prevent excessive wear on your teeth
  • Raise your self-confidence

See what a difference clear aligners can make...

Straighter, Healthier Smiles

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How to Maintain  the Results of Your Treatment

You play a major role in keeping your teeth straight and healthy after Invisalign. Once you complete your treatment, Dr. Every-Degel will recommend you continue wearing your last set of aligners or create a custom retainer. This device can keep your teeth in their proper positions. 

Typically, patients only have to wear their retainers overnight. Because you will need to wear a retainer on an ongoing basis, make sure to take your retainers with you when you travel and keep them safe and clean.

Clean, Welcoming, and Modern

I have been a patient at Astoria Dental for over 15 years, along with my son. We love the doctors and the staff, many of whom have worked there for just as long. It's not one of those big, fancy doctor's offices, but you'll find it's clean, welcoming, and keeps current with modern technology. They accept most insurance plans and will help you arrange financing if you need help with copays. Astoria Dental is the Best! 

Marianne C.

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The Plentiful Advantages of Invisalign

List of Invisalign® benefits

Old-style metal braces are inconvenient, painful, and unsightly. Invisalign® clear plastic aligners are none of these. During your course of treatment, you will not need to have our dentists perform the painful adjustments associated with metal braces — you simply switch aligners every two weeks and come to our office periodically to check on your progress.

Invisalign® aligners are invisible and comfortable to wear. You can remove them when brushing, eating, or drinking — they do not complicate oral hygiene or your daily routine. In addition, Invisalign aligners have no metal to irritate your mouth, making them easy to wear around the clock. You’ll forget you’re even wearing them!

About Invisalign®

Invisalign® is an increasingly popular option for patients with crooked teeth. Invisalign® consists of clear aligners and are custom made. Invisalign® is ideal for people who don't want to wear conventional braces. Watch this clip and learn all about the many benefits of Invisalign®.

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Dr. Carmen Every-Degel is one of the country's top Invisalign dentists

Invisalign Patient Transformation

Factors that Determine the Cost of Invisalign®

If you are considering Invisalign® to discretely adjust the alignment of your teeth, you may be curious about the associated treatment costs. Invisalign® cost will vary from patient to patient, depending on a number of factors, some of which include:

  • Which teeth need to be corrected
  • Orthodontic insurance coverage
  • The length of time that you are treated
  • The extent of treatment; i.e. the complexity of your case
  • The experience of your Invisalign® provider

The cost of Invisalign® treatment is generally higher than that of traditional metal braces. However, adults tend to prefer Invisalign® due to the discreet clear aligners and convenience of being able to remove them. Inquire about various payment options and financing plans offered at our practice. Also, make sure to consult with your insurance company to determine if your coverage applies to any part of Invisalign® treatment cost.

Dramatic Results

As an actor, Dominick's appearance is very important. In this clip, Dominick talks about why he decided to get Invisalign® and how Invisalign® allows him to improve his smile while still going on casting calls. What does he think of it? He simply says, "it's fantastic!"

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Choosing between Invisalign and Braces

Orthodontics are able to provide many benefits to both the health and appearance of your smile. Many patients choose Invisalign® for its practical and cosmetic benefits, but others may require traditional braces because of their ability to treat more severe issues. Drs. Degel and Every-Degel, can explain the benefits of Invisalign® vs. braces at their office in Queens. 

Traditional Braces

Traditional metal braces consist of brackets attached to the front of your teeth that are connected with a metal wire. The metal wire is held in place by a series of rubber bands, which help the wire exert pressure on your teeth, and shift them into proper position. The treatment time for braces is longer than with Invisalign®, with the average treatment period lasting two years. For patients with bridgework, significant bite issues, rotated teeth, vertically misaligned teeth, and other severe alignment issues, braces may be the only solution. 

The smooth plastic used for Invisalign® trays is virtually invisible, custom fit to your smile, and will not irritate gums or other soft tissues.

However, having a smile full of metal hardware can affect self confidence in children and adults alike. Braces remain attached to the teeth until the correction process is complete. This aspect means patients must avoid various foods and drinks that can damage brackets and wires. Brushing and flossing also requires extra effort to clean around the delicate hardware. In addition, braces require regular adjustments and appointments that can be prove painful and inconvenient. Traditional braces can also cause pain, sores, and discomfort from wires and brackets coming into contact with soft tissues. 

Invisalign®

Invisalign® treatment uses a series of clear aligner trays to gradually shift your teeth into proper position. These trays are able to address a variety of concerns such as:

  • Misalignment
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding
  • Bite issues

You will typically move on to the next tray in the series every two weeks, and have follow-up appointments every four to six weeks. The total treatment time takes about six to 18 months based on correction needs, with the average treatment period lasting about a year. 

The smooth plastic used for the aligner trays is virtually invisible, custom fit to your smile, and will not irritate gums or other soft tissues. The trays are can also be quickly and easily removed. This feature allows you to eat all the hard, crunchy, or sticky foods you love, without having to worry about damaging any orthodontic hardware. You can also undergo cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening while receiving treatment. In addition, brushing and flossing will continue to be as easy as before.  

Although Invisalign® is a highly convenient option, it does require dedication to the prescribed treatment plan. Patients need to keep trays in for at least 22 hours daily, removing aligners only during meals and when brushing or flossing. 

Who is Eligible for Express Treatment?

Invisalign Express is appropriate for patients:

  • With minor crowding or spacing concerns
  • Who have had prior orthodontic treatment and whose teeth have started to shift 
  • With two or three misaligned teeth 
  • Who want to remove braces for a special occasion but have not completed the length of their treatment 
  • Who need to straighten teeth prior to undergoing cosmetic procedures such as dental bonding or veneers
  • Who require minimal rotation of their teeth 

Although many patients prefer the quicker timeframe that Invisalign Express offers, it is important to remember that the treatment is not appropriate for all patients. If you have severe misalignment or spacing issues, you may be a better candidate for traditional Invisalign treatment. To better understand which treatment is right for you, you can complete a complimentary smile assessment on the Invisalign website. However, the only way to accurately determine whether you are a good candidate is to visit our office for a consultation. 

While a Full Invisalign case typically lasts 11 to 12 months, Invisalign Express treatment can usually be completed within three to six months.

"Surprisingly Painless"

John talks about how Invisalign® almost seemed like a procedure that "was almost too easy." Cosmetic dentist Dr. Every handled John's procedure at our Queen area practice.  John was very surprised to find out how painless the Invisalign® process is and how easy having Invisalign® is compared to traditional braces .

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Is Invisalign Right for Your Teen? 

One of the major benefits of Invisalign is its removability. However, in order for treatment to be effective, aligners must be worn for a minimum of 22 hours each day. When considering Invisalign, it is important to factor your teen's level of commitment to the treatment. Failing to wear aligners can result in ineffective results, a longer treatment timeline, or a completely redesigned treatment plan. 

Achieving a straighter smile can not only help your teen build self-confidence. A straighter smile has also been linked to improved oral health and a reduced risk of cavities. 

Invisalign Teen vs. Traditional Invisalign 

Invisalign Teen works just as efficiently and effectively as traditional Invisalign for adults. However, the treatment is designed with a few special features to suit the active lifestyle of your teen. These updated features include: 

Blue compliance indicators
These markings transition from blue to clear as your teen wears his or her aligners, allowing you to visually confirm that they are wearing their trays as needed. 
Eruption tabs
Invisalign Teen is outfitted with spaces for your teen's ever-changing smile. This allows your teen to begin treatment while they are still waiting for permanent teeth to grow. The spacers also guide growing teeth into their proper positioning. 

Similarly to traditional Invisalign, teen treatment can help your youth achieve a straighter smile in approximately 12 months. 

Creating the Trays

At our Queen area practice, Invisalign® dentist Dr. Carmen Every-Degel is one of the country’s top Invisalign® Certified Dentists.  In this clip, Dr. Every explains how the Invisalign® trays are created.

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Why Choose Invisalign for Your Teen

Achieving a straighter smile can not only help your teen build self-confidence. A straighter smile has also been linked to improved oral health and a reduced risk of cavities. With Invisalign, your teen can enjoy: 

  • Improved comfort: While traditional braces are susceptible to broken brackets, Invisalign aligners are made with smooth, BPA-free SmartTrack™plastic. The trays fit snugly and comfortably without the risk of gum and cheek irritation, especially for teens who play contact sports. 
  • Flexible diet: While certain, crunchy foods are discouraged for traditional braces patients, Invisalign trays can be removed for eating to allow your teen to enjoy their favorite foods with friends. 
  • Improved oral hygiene:  Due to the obstructive metal and brackets, traditional braces make it hard for your teen to access many areas of their teeth during brushing and flossing. Aligners are removable and allow them to maintain thorough oral hygiene throughout treatment. 
  • Fewer office visits: While you will still have to visit our office periodically to evaluate your teen's progress, Invisalign requires less in-office visits than traditional braces. This allows your teen to keep their school and extracurricular schedule without worrying about missing important events.
  • Heightened self-esteem: Braces can make teens feel self-conscious while smiling in photos. However, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and allow your teen to continue to enjoy a natural-looking smile. 

Thanks to the plentiful benefits offered by Invisalign Teen, convincing your teeth to undergo orthodontic treatment may be simpler than ever before. 

No Metal Braces

Exploring the Pros of Invisalign Treatment

Aside from the cosmetic benefits of Invisalign, patients who choose this treatment can enjoy added functional benefits. 

Removability 

Invisalign aligners are completely removable. This allows you to enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about breaking your brackets and having to schedule an emergency dental visit. Removable aligners also allow you to access the entire surface of your teeth when brushing and flossing. The ability to maintain your oral hygiene can reduce the risk of cavities and other oral health concerns. 

Increased Comfort 

Aligners are made with a smooth, BPA-free plastic material known as SmartTrack®. This advanced material gently but powerfully moves your teeth into a more desirable position without the discomfort of traditional brackets and wires, which can irritate your gums. 

The Potential Downsides of Treatment 

Although Invisalign is an innovative treatment option which has been chosen by over 5 million patients, it may not be right for everyone. During your consultation, Dr. Every-Degel will also discuss the potential downsides of treatment with you. 

Although Invisalign is an innovative treatment option which has been chosen by over 5 million patients, it may not be right for everyone.

Removability

While the versatility and removability of Invisalign are among the advantages of treatment, the ability to freely remove aligners can be a problem for some patients. Patients who remove their aligners can forget to put them back into place. Although forgetting to wear your aligners for a couple of hours will likely not affect your treatment, if this becomes a pattern you could confront problems. If your teeth shift outside of the proposed treatment plan, you may require expensive, unnecessary retreatment. 

Candidacy Restrictions

Although Invisalign has been shown to effectively treat moderate to severe misalignment, gaps, and crooked teeth, there are certain cases where traditional orthodontics may be a better option for you. A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that Invisalign did not treat malocclusion as effectively as traditional braces. Additionally, while children can receive early orthodontic treatment to help guide their growing teeth into proper positioning, Invisalign treatment is generally restricted to teens and adults. 

Timeline

Many patients find the expected treatment timeline of 12 to18 months attractingly short compared to traditional braces. However, if you need a straighter smile for an upcoming important event such as your wedding, Invisalign cannot provide the same fast results as porcelain veneers and other cosmetic options. 

Why Choose Astoria Dental Group

We have helped many patients transform their lives through Invisalign treatment. As a certified Invisalign provider, Dr. Every-Degel is able to offer many treatment options tailored to your unique smile. Our office can also work with you to help you pay for treatment. In addition to accepting insurance, checks, and credit cards. Our helpful office team will work with you to ensure you can pursue your ideal smile.

Start Working on Your Smile Today

Dr. Carmen Every-Degel is one of the country’s top Invisalign® dentists. She has the ability to design a beautiful new smile for you, and to work with you to make your new smile a reality. Choose an experienced Invisalign® dentist for the best results! If you live in Long Island, Queens, or elsewhere in New York City, get started on improving your smile with the Invisalign® system by contacting Astoria Dental Group online. You can also call our office at (718) 278-1123 to schedule your appointment today.

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Drs. Degel and Every-Degel

Our doctors are widely recognized for their contributions to the field of dentistry. They are members of various prestigious organizations, including: 

  • Academy of General Dentistry 
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry 
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists 
  • American Dental Association

If you are ready to transform your smile with Astoria Dental Group, request a consultation online or call us at (718) 278-1123.

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(718) 278-1123