Invisalign – Parma Heights, OH
Straighter, Healthier Smiles the Easy Way
With Invisalign, you can effectively straighten your teeth without having to negatively alter your daily appearance in the process. This treatment allows adults and older teens alike to correct their crooked, crowded, and gapped teeth using trays that practically disappear when worn as opposed to brackets and wires, enabling a patient to smile with complete confidence while improving their oral health. Extremely comfortable and often faster than traditional braces, it’s no shock that Invisalign is quickly becoming the most popular orthodontic treatment in the world. contact us today to learn more and schedule a FREE consultation to discuss Invisalign in Parma Heights.
Why Choose Advanced Dental Center for Invisalign?
- Custom-Made for Each Patient
- Discreet Appearance No One Will Notice
- FREE Invisalign Consultation
More than Just a Prettier Smile
Did you know that until the 1970s, all orthodontic treatment was considered cosmetic? This was due in part to the use of precious metals like gold or silver to correct alignment, but many people didn’t feel that having straight teeth was necessary. Bite correction was considered a vanity and a luxury available to only the wealthiest members of society. Today, more than 80% of US teens undergo some form of orthodontic treatment, and the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment has increased about 25% since the early 1980s. It’s clear that more patients want to correct their bite, but the reasons are about more than just looks. Patients correct malocclusion for numerous reasons including:
- Uneven bite surface puts excessive pressure on certain teeth leading to cracks, chips, or fractures
- Uneven pressure leads to TMJ dysfunction which leads to pain in the jaw, neck, back, and can cause severe migraine headaches
- Misalignment makes thoroughly chewing food difficult
- Misalignment makes it difficult to speak clearly
- Misalignment makes at-home oral hygiene more difficult allowing food particles and bacteria to remain in crevices and between teeth
At Advanced Dental Center of Parma Heights, OH, we know our patients don’t just want to straighten their teeth, they need to. That’s why we encourage adults, patients with sensitivities to metal, and young adults with sensitive teeth and gums or who struggle with self-esteem to consider Invisalign clear braces to correct their malocclusion.
The Invisalign Difference
Invisalign uses clear, plastic alignment trays to apply gentle pressure to your bite gradually shifting teeth into alignment over the course of 10 to 15 months. In addition to being virtually undetectable, the aligners relieve some of the discomfort associated with traditional braces as teeth are not made to pull against the surrounding teeth to shift.
Invisalign also requires a significantly smaller time commitment compared with other alignment options. Because you’ll wear your aligners daily and replace them about every two weeks with your next progressive alignment trays, you will not need to commit as much time to dental office visits that would be needed to tighten and adjust traditional braces. This is ideal for working professionals. Unlike traditional braces, there’s no need to change your diet or oral hygiene routine. Simply remove alignment trays during meals and while you brush and floss.
Invisalign in Parma Heights is a discreet, convenient alternative to brackets and wires. Despite the advantages, it’s normal to have a few concerns before you’re ready to agree to the treatment. Don’t worry, we will explain everything during your consultation to calm your nerves. In the meantime, here are the answers to the most frequent questions we are asked about Invisalign.
What does Invisalign look like?
Invisalign is completely metal-free. Instead, a series of clear aligners are designed using an impression of your mouth. While you can see the aligners when they are in your hand, they are difficult to detect when worn over your teeth. With the right maintenance and care, your aligners will stay transparent to enjoy a nearly invisible treatment.
How long does Invisalign take?
No two mouths are identical, so there isn’t any way to determine how long you’ll need to wear aligners without first creating your treatment plan. On average, patients are finished with their series in about 12 to 18 months, however, the duration of your treatment depends on various factors, like the complexity of your case. After examining your mouth and mapping the movements of your teeth, your cosmetic dentist in Parma Heights will explain the length of your journey. You can ensure there aren’t any delays by wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours daily and switching to the next one in the series on time. Your dentist will monitor your treatment progression to achieve a straight, healthy smile quickly.
Does Invisalign hurt?
As with any orthodontic treatment, you can expect mild discomfort when getting your new aligners. They may feel tight, but that’s a sign that they are doing their job. After a few days, your discomfort will improve; however, it can return briefly when switching to a new aligner, which will happen less often the further into your treatment. You can manage any tenderness using an OTC pain reliever. Applying a cold compress to the outside of your mouth can temporarily numb the area. Your dentist will recommend softer foods for a few days until any discomfort subsides. You won’t have to worry about the aligners irritating your gums because they are designed to fit your teeth like a glove. You also won’t have to deal with brackets or wires poking the inside of your mouth. Your aligners will be smooth and sleek for a comfortable fit. In no time at all, you may forget you’re even wearing them.
Is Invisalign cheaper than braces?
Believe it or not, both treatments are about the same because various factors affect the cost, like the number of arches being treated and the severity of your alignment issues. Not to mention, many dental insurance plans offer coverage for orthodontics, including clear aligners. After meeting your deductible, your benefits may pay a set portion of the cost to lower your out-of-pocket expenses. Our office offers multiple financial solutions for any remaining balance, like third-party financing. We will help you invest in the straight smile you deserve while staying within your budget.