If you want a straighter, more attractive smile, but don’t want to spend years with uncomfortable metal braces, Invisalign® treatment may be right for you. Using clear aligners to slowly shift your teeth over time, Invisalign is one of the most popular orthodontic treatment options. Led by Bradley McCormack, DDS, McCormack Dental Group is proud to offer Invisalign to patients at its three state-of-the-art locations in North Royalton, North Ridgeville, and Columbus, Ohio. To learn more about Invisalign treatment, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment system that uses clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth over time. These aligners have a variety of advantages over traditional orthodontic braces, most notably that they are nearly invisible, meaning you can be comfortable and confident in your smile while still straightening your teeth.
The first step is making sure that Invisalign is the right treatment for your teeth. Your dentist first examines your teeth and takes X-rays of your teeth and jaw. Invisalign treatment is best suited for teens and adults, and can address the following orthodontic problems:
However, some orthodontic issues require a more traditional approach to orthodontic treatment. If Invisalign will not be effective for you, McCormack Dental Group can offer you traditional braces instead.
Instead of making an uncomfortable traditional mold of your teeth, McCormack Dental Group uses scans of your teeth to make a digital model of their current appearance and the path they take as the Invisalign aligners reposition them. Once this model is complete, your first set of aligners is created and sent to you within a few days.
For best results, you need to wear your aligners as often as possible, typically about 22 hours a day. Unlike traditional braces, you can remove your aligners to eat and brush your teeth, meaning you can keep them clean much more easily and enjoy meals.
You also don’t have to visit the dentist for adjustments. As your teeth begin to shift, you receive new aligners every one to two weeks. You have periodic check-ups with the team at McCormack Dental Group to check your progress.
When you first switch to a new aligner, you may experience some soreness as your teeth slowly change position, but this should subside after a couple of days of consistent wear. Most people find clear aligners are generally more flexible and more comfortable than metal braces.
Treatment plans typically last between 10 and 24 months, but if you had orthodontic treatment in the past and are only making small adjustments through Invisalign, you may need treatment for as little as 10 weeks.
If you’re interested in Invisalign aligners and how they can help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile, call McCormack Dental Group today, or request an appointment online.