Mint Dental

Young Kim, DDS

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Edgewater, NJ

As a teenager or adult with crooked teeth, the thought of traditional braces might make you put off getting a straighter, more uniform smile. That’s where the Invisalign® clear aligning system comes in. At Mint Dental in Edgewater, New Jersey, Young Kim, DDS, specializes in cosmetic dentistry and is a certified Invisalign provider. If you want straighter teeth without the hassle of metal braces, find out how the nearly invisible Invisalign orthodontic system improves your smile without metal. Call today to schedule an Invisalign consultation or use the convenient online booking tool.

Invisalign Q & A

What is the Invisalign straightening system?

Invisalign® is a revolutionary way to correct a variety of common cosmetic dental concerns without the use of metal brackets or wires. Instead, Invisalign clear teeth aligners are a series of removable dental trays made from a proprietary strong, yet comfortable, SmartTrack® plastic material. When you wear these custom-made aligners, they apply a gentle, constant force to your teeth as you wear them up to 22 hours each day.

As a result, your teeth gradually shift into place up to 50% faster than with traditional metal braces. The aligners fit snugly over your teeth and the smooth SmartTrack material won’t scratch your gums as metal wires can. Perhaps the best part is that Invisalign dental trays are clear, making them virtually invisible, so nobody notices you’re wearing them.

What types of dental issues can Invisalign correct?

Nearly all of the problems you would get braces to correct can be improved with the Invisalign system. Common problems the Invisalign system corrects include:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

Invisalign works on simple dental issues as well as more complex orthodontic problems. Nearly any teen or adult who desires straighter, more perfectly aligned teeth benefits from the Invisalign system.

What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?

In addition to being barely noticeable when you wear your Invisalign clear aligners, there are several advantages, including:

  • Fully removable trays so you can brush and floss your teeth as normal
  • Remove to eat and drink so you can enjoy your favorite foods and beverages without worry
  • Remove Invisalign for a special occasion, such as a wedding or a prom
  • Typically shorter treatment times, on average 12-18 months for most
  • No painful orthodontic appointments to tighten wires or brackets
  • Less irritation to the soft tissue in your mouth
  • Dr. Kim closely monitors your progress and makes necessary adjustments
  • Predictable outcome

To get started with Invisalign, typically all that’s required is an exam and 3D digital images of your teeth and jaw. Dr. Kim uses these images to create a customized Invisalign treatment plan. She orders your unique set of aligners and explains how often you’ll switch to a new set during your treatment.

Take the first step toward a straighter, healthier smile by scheduling an Invisalign consultation online or by calling the office.