Invisalign & Braces in NYC – Midtown West
Here at Jennifer Stachel Orthodontics, we consider ourselves an esthetic practice and do our best to make going through orthodontics as wonderful as the end result: a straight, beautiful smile!
Braces are used to assist in aligning and straightening teeth in order to not only improve appearance, but improve a person’s bite. Having braces isn’t just about improving your smile, but it’s also about improving your overall dental health.
Orthodontics may be used to correct malocclusions such as overbites, underbites, cross bites, deep bites, crooked teeth and other flaws of the teeth and jaws. Braces may be used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help with making corrections to a person’s bite.
Dental technology has improved over the years to include new options to help correct the above issues, and there are a number of techniques and products available today that were not available just a few short years ago. The patient experience has improved and today’s options are less conspicuous than the full braces that were common in the past.
Dr. Stachel is a proud provider of Invisalign® NYC clear aligners! Invisalign® is an excellent orthodontic treatment today because of the huge advantages it offers while still delivering the same quality as regular braces.
There are several new options in orthodontics today that produce high quality results and could be right for you. Clear Ceramic braces are popular with adults and teenagers who want the results of braces without the look of metal. Your visit will begin with a consultation with the doctor to go over the best alternatives for your orthodontic care. Dr. Stachel will address any questions you may have regarding your treatment and will provide a plan for orthodontic therapy.
Routine orthodontic treatment does not include invasive procedures, which means there are no needle injections. However, knowing that the universal precautions for infection control are being followed should reassure you that Dr. Stachel and her orthodontic team have your health and safety in mind. For this reason, we protect our patients against avoidable risks by utilizing the best safety and sterilization methods available.In our office, the following methods are used for preventative infectious disease control:
- Individually wrapped disposable toothbrushes are supplied for our patients.
- Gloves are worn for all patient procedures and are changed for each patient.
- Disposable masks are worn at all times.
- All sharp items such as arch wires and ligature ties are discarded in special puncture resistant containers.
- Properly disposing of waste items and contaminated material.
- Ultrasonic cleaning of instruments to thoroughly clean intricate instrument surfaces more thoroughly and more rapidly than by hand.
- All of our instruments are placed in a “cassette” and each “cassette” is individually wrapped; they are sterilized by Autoclave sterilization (steam under high pressure).
- The use of disposable items is another way Dr. Stachel maintains a sanitary and safe environment. Many orthodontic materials such as gloves, masks, disposable coverings, ligatures and arch wires are used only once and then disposed of in various ways that meet the recommended guidelines.
We welcome your questions about orthodontics and infection control. We want you to feel comfortable when visiting our office – knowing that your health is our foremost concern.
Orthodontic Frequently Asked Questions
How much do braces cost?
There are a few factors that can drive up the cost of braces. Your age, length of treatment time, the type of braces, whether or not you have dental insurance and retainers associated with your treatment. On average, the braces cost in New York City ranges between $5000 to $7000. This is because orthodontic treatment is highly individualized to the patient and the orthodontist.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of Invisalign can vary depending on the amount of correction needed, treatment time, age, whether or not you have dental insurance and retainers associated with your treatment. The Invisalign cost in New York City averages between $3500 to $8000. This is because orthodontic treatment is highly individualized to the patient and the orthodontist.
What age do kids get braces (Invisalign)?
Most kids get braces between 9 to 14 years old. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children visit an orthodontist for the first time no later than age 7. The orthodontist will evaluate if braces or other orthodontic treatments are necessary
Is there an age limit for braces (Invisalign)?
There is no age limit for braces. The only requirements are a healthy jaw bone, healthy gums and healthy teeth. For adults seeking treatment, there are alternatives to traditional metal braces such as Invisalign.
How painful are orthodontic (Invisalign) treatments?
You may feel discomfort while your teeth are straightening. There is minimal discomfort when you have the braces applied to the teeth. After your adjustment appointments, you will feel some pressure. Most people describe the discomfort as inconvenient but manageable.
What happens if I have a braces (Invisalign) emergency?
If you have a braces emergency, you should call your orthodontist or visit their website for instructions on how to deal with your emergency. Usually they will help make you comfortable and schedule you for an office visit for treatment.
How long is braces (Invisalign) treatment?
Braces treatment is highly individualized and unique to the patient and the orthodontist. On average, length of treatment time ranges between one to two years.
Should my oral hygiene routine be any different when I have braces (Invisalign)?
It is very important to maintain excellent oral hygiene while wearing braces. You should brush after every meal, floss twice a day and see your general dentist for cleanings and exams. There are risks such as scarring also known as white spots that can occur during braces treatment due to poor oral hygiene.
What types of payment plans are offered for braces (Invisalign) treatment?
Payment options for braces treatment is unique to every office. Most offices offer discounts if you pay for the full treatment up front. If that is not financially feasible for you, usually you will be required to pay an initial deposit and the remaining balance split over monthly payments. There are also lenders such as Care Credit that you can use toward health care. You would apply for credit as if you were applying for a credit card, and you can use it toward your orthodontic treatment.
Does insurance cover braces (Invisalign) treatment?
Some dental insurances do cover braces or pay a portion of the braces fee. Most orthodontics offices will help you with navigating your insurance plan.