Invisalign® FAQ in Beachwood, OH
Orthodontics is the section of dentistry that focuses on effectively repositioning crooked teeth and misaligned jaw motion. This not only helps with restoring lost jaw function but also helps the outward appearance of the patient. Orthodontic assessments are recommended for any child seven years of age or older. These are done prior to the eruption of the patient’s adult teeth. Also, this is done to potentially avoid further complications that can occur once the teeth fully erupt.
Using metal brackets that cause pain, wires, and having to constantly adjust no longer are needed in the field of dentistry. Patients now have more options than ever, either to stick with traditional braces or to get Invisalign clear aligners.
For those patients weighing their options, they should come in for an evaluation at our office location Aspire Dental Spa. We can provide them with all of the information necessary to make an informed decision about their treatment. Come see us today.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a popular orthodontics treatment for adults and teenagers. It works in a similar way to traditional dental braces but offers more flexibility. Due to Invisalign aligners being clear and removable, Invisalign can be a better option than braces for many people looking to correct their teeth. Aspire Dental Spa offers Invisalign and other orthodontic treatments, and we are ready to help you decide which treatment is best for you.
Invisalign is a type of dental aligner treatment, which is an alternative orthodontic treatment to dental braces. Like braces, Invisalign aligners reposition and realign your teeth over time. The aligners fit snugly on the teeth and put small amounts of pressure on the teeth. As such, your teeth gradually shift to the next position towards the target alignment. Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners are made of a clear material that fits over your teeth and can be removed when needed. Invisalign treats the same conditions braces treat, such as overcrowded teeth, gaps between your teeth, overbites, and underbites.
What Does Invisalign Treatment Involve?
Invisalign treatment involves wearing a series of clear aligners that are custom-made to fit your teeth. During your first appointment, you will have a scan taken of your mouth using special software that helps map out a path for getting your smile where you want it to be. The scan produces a 3D model that is sent to a laboratory where your Invisalign aligners will be made. The model also shows how your Invisalign aligners will correct your teeth over time.
After you receive your first aligner, you can expect to receive new aligners every one to two weeks. When done with the current aligners, you switch to new ones. It takes about two weeks to get to a new aligner in the series. You do this for several months more until the teeth, jaw, and smile achieve proper alignment.
Your Invisalign aligners should be worn about 18 to 22 hours a day and should only be removed when you eat and drink, and when you brush and floss your teeth.
Dental appointments are usually scheduled every four to six weeks to make sure your Invisalign treatment is progressing as expected. Invisalign treatment usually takes between 12 to 18 months. In some cases, treatment can take as little as six months. However, you will begin seeing progress in just a few weeks. There are other issues that may influence the amount of time taken to straighten the teeth. The severity of the misalignment and your commitment to wearing the aligners can also affect the duration of treatment.
Invisalign aligners are usually more comfortable than traditional braces because they fit so precisely on your teeth. They are clear in color, so you can smile and carry on your daily activities with the assurance that no one around you will even know that you are having your teeth corrected. Invisalign clear aligners also support good dental hygiene because they can be removed when you want to brush and floss your teeth.
Invisalign treatment can sometimes be completed more quickly than treatment with traditional braces, and it generally requires fewer dental appointments than traditional braces. Invisalign treatment also offers benefits that some other clear aligners do not, including in-person consultations and aligners that are carefully trimmed to your gum line in order to provide better comfort.
When people think about straightening their teeth, they may immediately think of the cosmetic benefits of undergoing treatment. While that is certainly an important consideration, it is just one of many advantages of getting Invisalign. Yes, these clear aligners can help improve the appearance of your smile, but they can also help dramatically improve the function of your teeth. Malocclusion - when your teeth do not fit together properly when your mouth is closed - can make it harder to bite and chew. Treating it can help make this possible for you once more.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Invisalign?
You may be a good candidate for Invisalign clear aligners if you want to correct your teeth but remain discreet about the fact that you are wearing braces. Invisalign could be a good choice for children and teenagers who feel uncomfortable wearing traditional braces in front of their friends or classmates. You might also consider Invisalign if you are concerned that traditional braces will prevent you from cleaning your teeth correctly, as it can be hard to brush and floss your teeth when wearing traditional metal braces.
Many patients mistakenly believe that getting orthodontic treatment is something that is reserved exclusively for children and teenagers. However, that could not be further from the truth. More and more adults are electing to undergo orthodontic treatment, and getting Invisalign clear aligners as an adult is a fantastic way to help restore your smile. If you are considering getting braces, then we here at Aspire Dental Spa would be more than happy to help guide you through the process.
Interested in Learning More About Invisalign?
If you are considering Invisalign for your smile correction needs, please contact us at (216) 616-9009. Our team of dental professionals at Aspire Dental Spa will be happy to discuss Invisalign and other orthodontic options with you.