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Invisalign® FAQ In Beachwood, OH

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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.

If you are thinking about clear aligners, your first step would be to contact our office. We can arrange an appointment for you to come in for a consultation. We will need to take some x-rays of your mouth and use 3D mapping to get an exact picture of your mouth. Then our dentist at Aspire Dental Spa can discuss your treatment plan with you. Are you ready to consider getting your picture-perfect smile with clear aligners? We can help. Why not give our office a call at (216) 342-4388 to schedule an appointment with us today?