Invisalign is a great way to straighten your teeth and has some advantages over traditional braces. Our office generally uses this modality of treatment to treat mild to moderate cases or cases that have been previously treated with traditional braces when the patient was younger. The benefits of having straight teeth go beyond the esthetic appearance – home care and cleaning appointments becomes easier, gums become healthier – even the overall health of the body improves.
The whole Invisalign process involves straightening out your teeth through consecutive, clear plastic aligners. These aligners slowly move your teeth into alignment in two week increments. The soreness throughout the process is significantly less when compared to traditional braces because the teeth are gradually and consistently moved throughout the whole treatment instead of having the wires tightened every 6 weeks all at once.
The aligners are expected to be worn for 20-22 hours, however they are removed for eating and normal brushing and flossing. The typical treatment time can span anywhere from 10-14 months however every case can vary.
Invisalign is able to treat the full spectrum of alignment problems including crowding and spacing. Wearing the aligners will not cause you to talk funny or create problems with speech. They can even be worn while playing instruments. We have treated patients from age 12 to age 70 so there typically is no age requirement however we do like to see the 12 year molars erupted into the mouth before beginning treatment.
Your first appointment will involve a complete examination and orthodontic consultation. If you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, we can proceed to orthodontic records at the same appointment. Necessary radiographs, initial impressions, and photographs will be taken for precise treatment planning.
Once the case has been designed, our office will schedule an appointment for you to come back and review your case. Specifics such as treatment time and cost will be discussed as well as a presentation of a 3-D animation of your actual teeth aligning through each stage of treatment. The patient can then decide whether or not begin treatment.
Once the case has been accepted, an initial appointment is set up to place the first aligners and review tips to ensure a perfect outcome and typical dos and donts during treatment. Each aligner typically lasts for two weeks and a new aligner is placed after each stage. Patients return to the office for a brief appointment every 4-6 weeks for a new set of aligners and confirmation that treatment is going according to our designed treatment plan.
Insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment just like they cover traditional orthodontics, however this is specific for each insurance plan. Some insurances allow coverage up to the age of 18 or may have a one time allowance that is not age dependent. During your initial consultation, we can find out more based on your individual coverage. Final treatment cost is presented at the Case Review appointment and is typically divided into payments over the course of treatment.
Invisalign is a very smooth, proven, and esthetic alternative to traditional metal braces, however it depends a lot on the compliance of the patient to wear the aligners every day for 20-22 hours. The Invisalign website contains a lot of great information and we encourage you to visit their site if you are considering orthodontic treatment through Invisalign.
If you are interested in scheduling an Invisalign consultation, please call our office today at Mentor Office Phone Number (440) 951-1318.
The invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. To discuss Invisalign in the Mentor OH area, please feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment.
For more information on Invisalign, please visit www.invisalign.com.
- Invisalign uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.
- The aligners are made through a combination of Drs. Budrys and Budrys’s expertise and 3-D computer imaging technology.
- You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
- As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position Drs. Budrys and Budrys has prescribed.
- You’ll visit Drs. Budrys and Budrys about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
- Total treatment time averages 9 – 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.