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Frequently asked questions
Why should I go to Tend to get my teeth straightened?
With completely hidden Breezy Braces® and Invisalign® clear aligners, our orthodontists and dentists do more than straighten smiles. They inspire them. Whether you’re coming to Tend for smile straightening or just for routine dental care, we make the experience one you’ll actually look forward to. We have beautiful, modern studios, state-of-the-art technology, and 3000+ 5-star Google reviews.
Why should I go to the orthodontists at Tend?
Our orthodontists and dentists are experts in the art and science of moving teeth, and thousands of patients have trusted their smiles with us.
Why should I get Breezy Braces over Invisalign?
Your treatment should be as personal as your smile. That’s why our orthodontists and dentists offer two customized options. Breezy Braces are completely hidden: they go behind your teeth, so they’re all but invisible. They’re hands off: there’s nothing for you to do except come to your visits. They have fast results, with visible movement in as little as 2 weeks, and treatment finished quick. Invisalign aligners are slightly more visible: the plastic trays can be faintly seen. They have to taken out before meals and put back in after meals, and they need to be worn 22 hours per day. Finally, they have fast results too, but not quite as fast as Breezy Braces. It all comes down to lifestyle: if you like the idea of completely hidden, hands off, fast care, Breezy Braces may be the right choice for you. However, Invisalign also has its own set of advantages. Schedule a free smile straightening consult with one of our orthodontists to talk through your options.
Why should I get Invisalign over Breezy Braces?
Your treatment should be as personal as your smile. That’s why our orthodontists and dentists offer two customized options. Invisalign aligners are removable: you can them out and eat whatever you want. They have an easier transition period: you’ll adjust faster with fewer speech disruptions. Finally, they require fewer studio visits: in-person commitments are less frequent and require less adjustments by your orthodontist. It all comes down to lifestyle: if you like the idea of removable clear aligners with a fast transition period and fewer studio visits, Invisalign aligners may be the right choice for you. However, Breezy Braces also has their own set of advantages. Schedule a free smile straightening consult with one of our orthodontists to talk through your options.
What are the downsides of wearing Breezy Braces?
No matter what kind of orthodontic product you use to straighten your teeth, it can take a little while for your mouth to adjust. Most people who get clear aligners, traditional braces, or Breezy Braces have a few days where they feel like they’re talking a little strangely as their tongue makes the transition. After those first few days, though, you’ll forget your Breezy Braces are there. This is not true for other orthodontic products, which require adjustments and tray switching until your treatment ends.
Is my teen a candidate for Breezy Braces?
We treat patients aged 13 and up at our studios in NYC, and your teenager could very well be a candidate for Breezy Braces. Book a free consult to see if Breezy Braces are right for your child.
How long will Breezy Braces take to straighten my teeth?
Every mouth is different, but Breezy Braces can straighten your teeth in as little as six months, with visible results in as little as two weeks. And since your wires are hidden behind your teeth, the results are all you’ll see.
Is there anything I can’t eat or drink while wearing Breezy Braces?
With Breezy Braces, you eat and drink anything you want, whenever you want. No reaching into your mouth to (unhygienically) remove your clear aligners before a snack or a coffee. Nothing stuck in metal braces on the front of your teeth that you need to be worried about.
Will Invisalign aligners hurt?
With any orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign aligners, your teeth will feel sore while they’re actively moving. With Invisalign aligners, your teeth will be in active movement mode over the first 3-5 days after switching to a new set of Invisalign aligners. After that, you will finish wearing your Invisalign aligners until your dentist has instructed you to switch to the next Invisalign aligner set, while your teeth rest and settle into place in passive mode.
How many hours per day do I need to wear my Invisalign aligners?
Once you have Invisalign aligners, you should wear your aligners day and night, taking them out only to eat, drink, and brush. Your Invisalign aligners should be in for at least 22 hours per day.
What can I eat and drink with my Invisalign aligners?
Drinking water with your Invisalign aligners in is completely fine, but you should remove your aligners before consuming anything else. Eating or drinking with your Invisalign aligners in could cause cavities and stain your aligners, making them far more visible!