Dr. Andolino is a Certified Invisalign Provider in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.invisalign-med

Consider Invisalign to get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted – without braces.

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment, as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3-D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective. More than 70% of orthodontists in the US and Canada are certified to treat with Invisalign.

Why would I want Invisalign®?

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. And, Invisalign doesn’t have any metal to cause mouth abrasions, so it is comfortable to wear and usually means you spend less time at Dr. Andolino’s NYC office getting adjustments.

How does Invisalign® work?

Our New York City patients wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Your teeth will move little by little, week by week as you replace one aligner with the next–– until they have straightened to their final positions. You’ll visit the orthodontist about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months, with somewhere between 18 and 30 aligners worn during treatment.


From one of our patients:

stephanie-invisalign-testimonialStephanie – Midtown Manhattan

Hello there! My name is Stephanie and I live in Midtown Manhattan. My Invisalign treatment, although short, has been a very exciting process. When I was a child I had braces for 2 years and when I finished and they were taken off, my orthodontist at the time told me I had to wear my retainers. I failed to do so and my teeth became crooked again, and my parents were mad at me.

Since my teeth had shifted, I was never pleased with my smile. So this past year I decided to try again with the new Invisalign system. When I first had the Invisalign aligners put on I was nervous that speaking was going to be difficult, but I was proven wrong and the aligners fit so accurately to my teeth that it literally felt like they were a part of my teeth. Yes, the first couple of hours I did feel the aligners because my teeth were starting to shift in to their proper space but it wasn’t nearly as painful as when I had my braces adjusted when I was a kid.

Being able to see the ClinCheck video on the Invisalign website and see how my teeth would be moving with each aligner change, I couldn’t have been more excited. Dr. Andolino, Melissa and Sunny all helped me in the process by making sure I was wearing my aligners and would send an email reminder on the days I was supposed to change into the new set. I now have 2 aligners left and I am so pleased with how smooth the process was and of course with my new straight beautiful smile!

Is Invisalign right for you?

Questions most frequently asked by patients considering orthodontic treatment with Invisalign versus fixed braces:

Which treatment option is least noticeable?

Invisalign is a clear tray worn over your teeth and virtually invisible.

Ceramic or “clear braces” are more esthetic than traditional metal braces. Both Ceramic and traditional metal braces are attached to the front surface of your teeth.

Lingual braces are attached to the tongue side of your teeth, so there is nothing to see.

Which treatment option is more comfortable?

Comparatively speaking, there is very little discomfort with Invisalgn treatment.

Fixed braces rub against your cheeks and lips if they are attached to the front surface of your teeth and rub against the tongue if they are on the lingual or tongue side of your teeth. Fixed braces can detach from your teeth and have wires that can distort and poke your cheeks or tongue, requiring an additional visit to the office for repair. Most discomfort caused by fixed braces subsides after seven to ten days.

Invisalign may employ small attachments on certain teeth during treatment. These attachments are covered by the aligners when properly worn, thus causing little, if any discomfort. There are very few, if any instances where additional visits are necessary with Invisalign and in some cases, there are less visits with Invisalign.

At the onset of treatment, both fixed braces and Invisalign may cause mild to moderate tooth tenderness which typically subsides within five to seven days.

Which appliance works better?

If a patient is a candidate for orthodontic treatment, they can be treated with either traditional, ceramic or lingual braces. Braces are braces and an experienced orthodontist should be able to straighten teeth with any fixed orthodontic appliance. The same holds true with Invisalgn with a small caveat – in some situations it may be necessary to use fixed braces for a short while to finish treatment started with Invisalign.

The most important “take home” point is that each person is an individual and needs to be treated as such. There are certain conditions that are best treated with Invisalign while others cases necessitate treatment with fixed appliances, for at least a portion of the treatment.

Dr Andolino will provide a careful analysis of your orthodontic needs and let you know at your complimentary consultation which treatment options are best for you.

Which appliance works faster?

There are several factors that determine treatment time. Having said that, patient cooperation is usually the primary determinant in finishing treatment within the time estimate provided.

Patient cooperation includes keeping regular appointments, avoiding restricted foods with fixed braces and wearing aligners a minimum of 20 – 22 hours each day.

Dr Andolino was the first orthodontist to offer Wilckodontics or Accelerated Orthodontics in New York City and one of the first to provide treatment with Acceledent in the Tristate area. If accelerated treatment is important to you, Dr Andolino will discuss how treatment with Acceledent or Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics can reduce treatment times by up to 50% at your complimentary consultation.

Is brushing and oral hygiene going to be difficult?

For your orthodontic treatment to be successful, Invisalign must be worn 20 – 22 hours each day. This means that Invisalign can be removed when you eat and when you brush and floss your teeth, therefore there are no dietary restriction and oral hygiene regimens remain the same.

Fixed braces can be damaged and break loose from the teeth if sticky, chewy, gooey foods are eaten. Foods of this nature must be avoided for the duration of your treatment. Proper oral hygiene is more difficult with fixed appliances as they can accumulate food and plaque if they are not properly cleaned.

Which option costs more?

The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on the severity of your case, the time involved and the appliance used.

Dr Andolino’s fees are the same for Invisalign and labial braces. Dr Andolino uses the most technologically advanced fixed braces available. The Incognito lingual braces are custom fitted for each tooth of each patient and a robotic arm bends the wire used to deliver the exact prescription that Dr Andolino designs for your orthodontic needs. The fees for lingual braces reflect the additional laboratory fees necessary to fabricate your custom appliance, however, with financing or when the laboratory fees are spread out over the treatment time, the cost is not that much more than if you bought Starbucks latte every day!

Which option is best for me?

Dr Andolino offers a complimentary exam and consultation where he will carefully listen to your needs and concerns and offer the best possible treatment options to fit your lifestyle.