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Find out everything you need to know about getting Invisalign in New York City. Learn step by step process, check out many amazing before and after pictures. Learn about one of the best VIP Invisalign NYC providers.

Or take advantage of 209 NYC Free consultation with Diamond Plus Provider, Dr. Ben Ahn. He created many beautiful smiles with Invisalign in Midtown East dental practice, 209 NYC Dental.

I have been going to this practice for many years now. I have seen a few different dentists here and they are all terrific. The staff is helpful, friendly and on top of things. The office is very nice, recently remodeled. They do a great job. I am now doing Invisalign there and it’s going great. I highly recommend this office if you are looking for excellent care and a nice, clean office with up to date equipment.

– Lisa A

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Dr. Ben (Sang-Hoon) Ahn is a Diamond Plus Provider, practicing Invisalign braces in New York City for 15 years.

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July 30, 2019

I came across 209 NYC Dental while cautiously searching for a new clinic after multiple disappointments with others. I’m so glad to have found this clinic as the experience, expertise and customer service has been #1 — from the Invisalign consultation down to the final day of removing my teeth ‘hooks’. I will be coming back for regular checkups. Thank you 209 NYC Dental for your services and trust!

Analee K
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June 20, 2019

I’ve been seeing Dr. Ahn for my Invisalign and I’m very happy about the service at 209 NYC Dental and the result.
Dr. Ahn is knowledgeable, detailed and patient. The result is great, when I saw a picture of myself after 6 months, I was very surprised how the teeth changed. All the staff is well trained and very friendly, Myra is very professional and helpful for any concern I have.
Highly recommend!

5.0 rating
June 10, 2019

Having Invisalign was honestly a wonderful experience and the smartest thing I’ve ever done for myself. Dr. Ahn is very easy to talk to and makes you feel like a close friend, which makes the process feel very quick and easy. The entire staff at 209 NYC Dental is very welcoming and makes you feel happy to go to the dentist, knowing you are getting closer to your goal. Overall, a very positive experience.

Brendan Prince

Getting InvisalignⓇ Braces in NYC

Free Invisalign Consultation

Choosing Invisalign treatment is an important dental and financial decision. Thus, it is critical that you find the best doctor for you. 209 NYC dental offers free Invisalign Braces consultation in Midtown Manhattan. It is a great way to learn about the Invisalign system, to have your smile evaluated, to meet the doctor and staff, and have all of your questions answered.

During your Free consultation, we will use the latest iTero 3D digital scanning system to develop fast, and precise 3D digital impression of your teeth. After the scan is completed, the simulation of your before and after results is available for you to see. Dr. Ahn will review your requirements, the length of the treatment to achieve desired results.

What are Invisalign Braces?

Invisalign Braces are clear aligners custom designed to perform tooth movements. They are trademarked and manufactured by Align Technology, a pioneer in research and development in invisible braces.

Invisible Braces NYC

Nowadays, having an invisible braces is the norm. Many adult and teen patients opt for invisible aligners to straighten teeth vs conventional braces or metal braces.  With ever-growing competition among invisible braces, it is getting harder to compare treatment options available to the patients.

You can learn more about clear braces or Invisalign alternative by browsing our website or talking to our doctor during your free Invisalign Braces consultation. The information you find here will answer all the questions you may have about Invisalign treatment.

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Who is a candidate for Invisalign?

Align Technology spends millions of dollars on research and development to find new techniques to improve the process, results, comfortable experience. In addition, they look for ways to grow the number of patients who can qualify for Invisalign treatment. Dr. Ahn is highly skilled in achieving excellent results with these aligners. There are very few cases, the majority of whom are kids with not established dentition, who are not candidates for this type of orthodontic treatment.

Following malocclusion problems can be addressed with clear aligners:

  • Overbite
  • Crowding
  • Gaps and spaces
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

How long does Invisalign take to straighten teeth?

Each treatment is customized to the needs of the patient. Thus treatment time can last on average 6-12 months. In some complicated cases, the treatment may last up to two years.

There are several factors affecting the length of the treatment:

  • Teeth positioning
  • Patient’s goals and desires
  • Patient’s compliance & diligence in wearing clear aligners

There are several treatment options to treat malocclusion with clear aligners from Full treatment to Invisalign Express.

Invisalign Full: it provides a complete transformation of one’s smile. It includes unlimited trays and refinements. Our New York City Invisalign office offers a Special on the Full treatment.

Invisalign Lite is a shorter treatment meant for limited movement (up to 14 aligners).

Invisalign Express 10 is a less involved treatment (up to 10 trays). Often suggested as an initial treatment prior to other dental procedures, like implants or veneers.

Invisalign Express 5 (up to 5 trays), Invisalign i7 (up to 7 trays) is designed for sight crowding or spacing.

If you are interested to learn about Invisalign Express NYC or Full Treatment cost or looking for affordable payments option check out our specials and 209 NYC Invisalign Cost.

Invisalign Process, Step by Step:

Below are the answers to the common questions that come up during the braces consultation or the treatment. We have listed them in the order of treatment so you can understand a step by step process.

On your second visit or during your free braces consultation, our doctor will take your before photos, and plan out the treatment plan, and the duration of your treatment.

You will receive your first set of trays two to three weeks later.

How does Invisalign work?

Every set of the Invisalign Aligners, also known as trays, are custom made. They are virtually invisible and fit snugly over your teeth. Each set of trays shifts your teeth slightly; they move your teeth horizontally and vertically and even rotate them when needed. Your aligners are well designed to use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time.

When you switch to the next set of aligners (usually every week), your teeth slowly start to move into the new position. Almost right away you should be able to see improvement in your smile.

What are Invisalign attachments made of?

In some cases, the doctor may place Invisalign attachments or Invisalign buttons on your teeth to facilitate the proper movement. They are made out of the same material as dental bonding, tooth-colored composite. They will be removed once they are no longer needed.

How often do you have to visit the dentist with Invisalign?

Years of experience have proven that there is no need to come in more frequently than every eight to ten weeks. However, if you have questions, you can always call the office and talk either to the doctor or his treatment coordinator, who is very knowledgeable.

Invisalign at Home

Invisalign treatment is not an at-home treatment. The patient has to come to the office for scans and periodic visits. However, periodic visits are very quick and infrequent. If you are out of the country or have another reason why you cannot make it to the office we can mail you your trays.

Invisalign Refinements

Often after major movement is achieved the doctor will advise to scan you for refinements. Refinements are necessary to fine-tune the alignment of the teeth and the new bite. As for the patient, the process is not any different than before. The patient will continue with the new set of trays as before, changing them every five to seven days and visiting our Invisalign Manhattan doctor eight to ten weeks.

Taking care of your new smile with Invisalign Retainers

When your treatment is complete, just like with any orthodontic treatment it is strongly recommended to wear retainers after Invisalign. Often patients refer to them as Invisalign retainers, however, there are different options for retainers. The retainers look the same as the invisible aligner, but the materials used to manufacture them are different.

Some offices may offer inexpensive retainers that are made out of soft acrylic. They are an affordable option but not long-lasting.

In our Manhattan office, we offer top of the line Vivera Retainers, these are manufactured by Align Technology. They are made out of more durable material. Average New York City price of Vivera retainers is $500 – $800. 209 NYC Dental is able to offer them as a part of the Full Invisalign Special to our Midtown East Invisalign patients.   

How to clean Invisalign retainers?

Rinse your aligners every night with lukewarm water and brush them with your toothpaste and toothbrush.

Invisalign vs Braces

As we mentioned before, in the hands of experienced and skilled doctor any adult patient willing to comply can achieve the same beautiful smile with Invisalign as they would with traditional braces. Thus, as we compare the two types of orthodontic treatments we would like to point out the positive and negative effects of each type on the patient’s daily routine. These daily concerns often will determine the choice.

Benefits of Invisalign vs Braces


The main reason why many Manhattan patients choose Invisalign over metal braces or even ceramic clear braces is that they are practically invisible! No more humiliation because you decided to wear braces after you turned 21.


We all are aware of the fact that the traditional braces are on until the whole process is over. What does this mean for your smile after that quinoa bowl you had for lunch or that chocolate bar you inhaled for a snack? Well, there is a lot of cleaning to do before you can go back to your office. Food particles easily become lodged around and in between metal brackets; this makes the cleaning process more difficult for the patient and brings an unwanted build-up of plaque.

To eat, brush and floss when you wear clear trays a patient must remove them to ensure that oral hygiene is not affected by braces. Another hailed benefit of having removable aligners is the ability to eat whatever you want. No exceptions!


Metal braces not only the reasons behind many emergencies from a poking wire or broken bracket but these kinds of braces are also uncomfortable. Having metal continually rubbing up against the side of your mouth can produce irritation, discomfort, and sometimes even open sores. Invisalign trays have a smooth plastic surface that produces no discomfort to the mouth lining.


The emission of toxins in the mouth from metal braces has long provided confusion to various health professionals. However, Align Technology presented a solution to the whole issue with their BPA-free plastic liners, free of any harmful toxins.

Invisalign Results

Results are starting to be visible within weeks of the treatment. Being able to remove the trays and see what teeth are starting to look like is inspiring to someone who has never before had straight teeth.

Cons Of Invisalign


Wearing removable aligners requires the patient’s compliance. Just like any orthodontic treatment, to get desired results braces must be worn! Aligners must be worn 22 hours a day regularly. If you don’t follow this rule, the treatment may have to be extended until the result is achieved.


As discussed above, the aligners must be removed before eating or drinking anything apart from water.


Gentle brushing and flossing must be done after eating any food. While this may feel like an inconvenience at first, many patients have seen an unanticipated benefit of better oral hygiene and whiter teeth during treatment because of the frequent teeth brushing. Additionally, some patients reported weight loss as they tend not to snack to avoid the trouble of removing trays and frequent teeth brushing.

Is Invisalign worth it?

Invisalign journey is a lengthy process that requires consistency and dedication. Is it worth undergoing it?

Look in the mirror, the answer is in your reflection. Will a straight beautiful smile make you more confident when you talk to your colleagues, or maybe next time you take a selfie you will not need to strategically position yourself to hide your teeth? You can look at the Invisalign reviews, before and after pictures but ultimately the answer lies with you.

Invisalign transfer case, and how do I avoid becoming one

There are two reasons why someone may become a transfer case:

  1. The patient is moving away, and no longer can commute to the treating provider.
  2. A treating doctor is unable to complete the treatment, and the patient needs to see another provider to complete the case.

We are proud to say that Dr. Ahn is a skilled clinician in clear braces. His completion rate with beautiful results is 100%. Every year Align Technology conducts a contest among all providers. Out of thousands of participants, Dr. Ahn was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2017 Invisalign Summit.

See for yourself his amazing results in our before and after gallery and book your Free Invisalign Braces Consultation!

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What Our Patients Are Saying

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This is a wonderful dental office with very professional and friendly staff and up to date technology. They took me at a very short notice when I needed emergency dental work, they were so nice and accommodating. The office itself is bright and modern, all staff are welcoming! All doctors are absolutely fantastic! The best part is that they have all Dental specialists at that office, so they’ll be able to help you with any dental issue without you leaving the office. I highly recommend 209 NYC Dental!
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