Invisalign – Beachwood, OH
A Cosmetic Alternative to Gaps and Crowding Teeth
Modern orthodontics have helped individuals straighten teeth for decades now. While they have set an industry standard, they are not without their setbacks. For one, many people do not enjoy having a “metal mouth” or changing their brushing and eating habits, which traditional braces require. Thankfully, when braces do not meet your needs, Invisalign fills the void. Learn how Dr. Hornstein uses a series of clear aligners to straighten teeth safely and quicker than traditional braces!
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that use gentle force to shift teeth and their underlying structures. This is much like traditional braces, except there is no metal hardware used whatsoever to complete treatment. During your consultation, Dr. Hornstein will examine your smile and look for imperfections Invisalign can fix. These typically include crowding or rotated teeth, gaps and even uneven bites! He will collect diagnostic images and X-rays and use them to create your custom alignment trays with Invisalign. After the entire series is fabricated, you can begin treatment.
Throughout the process, patients wear one set of trays for about two weeks at a time, only removing to brush, floss and eat meals. Each pair must be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours per day in order to achieve optimal results in the shortest amount of time possible. Once your treatment is complete (averaging about 10 to 18 months), you will wear a retainer to prevent your new smile from shifting back to its original state.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign offers many benefits you cannot expect from traditional braces. For one, Invisalign takes far less time to complete; traditional braces require a minimum of two years of wear and can take as long as three years to complete.
Aligners are made to be transparent so you don’t have to worry about changing your appearance during your treatment. This makes them ideal for both teenagers and adults who want to maintain a professional image. Just make sure to keep them clean so they maintain their transparent appearance.
Finally, Invisalign does not require as many visits to the office to manage. Instead of seeing the dentist every month like you would for traditional braces, you only need to visit once every six to eight weeks to ensure the aligners are shifting your teeth properly.
Who Should Consider Invisalign Treatment?
Invisalign is ideal for patients of all ages. What matters most is the current state of your oral health. For example, those with tooth decay or gum disease will need to have it treated before receiving Invisalign treatment or any other cosmetic services. Furthermore, those who need to solve severely uneven bites or misaligned teeth may want to reconsider traditional braces as Invisalign can only do so much.
The best way to find out which treatment is best for you is to schedule an Invisalign appointment at the Center for Advanced Dentistry today. Dr. Hornstein sees patients from the Beachwood, Cleveland, Shaker Heights, Solon, Pepper Pike and nearby Ohio neighborhoods.