Invisalign in Swanton, OH

If you’re looking to straighten your teeth discreetly and quickly, Invisalign may be the best option for you. They are a virtually invisible and removable alternative to traditional orthodontics designed around convenience and flexibility. Invisalign treatment at DHA Swanton is safe, comfortable, and as effective as braces.

What Are Invisalign Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are an alternative to traditional braces designed to help guide teeth into their proper position. Invisalign functions like metal braces by gently pushing your teeth into their correct positions, but instead of permanent wires and brackets, Invisalign treatment uses transparent, removable aligners. Aligner trays are custom-made for every patient, depending on the severity of tooth misalignment, and you’ll get a new set of aligners every few weeks to continue moving the teeth into the desired position. On average, a person needs approximately 25-40 sets for complete alignment.

What Does Invisalign Treat?

Invisalign can be used to treat several conditions, including: 

  • Crossbite
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite
  • Crowding
  • Open bite

Invisalign Treatment Process

  • Consultation and X-Rays: The Invisalign treatment starts with a consultation with our dentists to determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. We’ll examine your teeth and take X-rays of your mouth and impressions of your teeth. 
  • Prep work and fitting: We’ll then use the digital images and impressions to create a custom treatment plan that showcases the step-by-step transformation of your smile. Once your plan is approved, your unique aligners will be created and fitted.
  • Changes to your mouth: Your teeth and jaws may feel a little bit tender when you first receive your aligners, but the soreness will subside after a few days, and you’ll get used to wearing the aligners.

How Long Does Invisalign Take?

On average, Invisalign treatment time is 12 to 18 months, though the treatment for simple cases can be as short as six months. You will need to wear your aligners for about 22 hours every day throughout the process, though you can remove them for short periods, usually to eat and drink or to brush and floss. Failure to wear your trays for the required amount of time each day can negatively affect how long Invisalign takes to work, and you won’t achieve your desired outcome as quickly.

Invisalign Vs. Braces

While invisible aligners and braces achieve the same goal, they have several distinct differences: 

  • Discreet: Clear aligners are virtually invisible, and it’s almost impossible to tell you’re wearing the trays. Traditional braces, on the other hand, are highly noticeable.
  • Removable: One of the major advantages of Invisalign is not having to alter your diet. Invisalign aligners are taken out before eating, so you can eat whatever you like. You can’t eat sticky, hard, or crunchy foods with traditional braces because they could break a bracket or wire. 
  • Oral hygiene: Because clear aligners are removable, it’s much easier to take care of your oral health. The wires and brackets of braces make it difficult to brush and floss properly. 
  • Treatment time: Unlike traditional braces, which take about 24 months to straighten your teeth, Invisalign only takes about 18 months. 
  • Comfort: Braces can cause abrasion in the mouth, while Invisalign fits smoothly in the mouth.

Caring for Your Teeth With Invisalign

Maintaining your oral health is vital when undergoing Invisalign treatment. Here are a few tips for caring for your teeth while using Invisalign

  • Brush daily: Brush your teeth twice daily using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, being sure to get all surfaces of your teeth. If possible, brush after each meal or rinse your mouth before putting back the aligners. 
  • Don’t forget to floss and rinse: Flossing your teeth gets any excess food out from the crevices of your teeth. Rinsing your mouth with a fluoride antibacterial mouthwash also helps clean and strengthen your teeth and removes any residue. Floss and rinse.
  • Clean your aligners: Cleaning your invisible aligners keeps them looking fresh and free from bacteria.

Invisalign Cost

Invisalign treatment costs vary depending on the severity of your condition. Many insurance plans cover a portion of this cost. At Dental Health Associates of Swanton, we will always go over treatment costs before you commit to anything.

Need Invisalign in Swanton, OH? Call Now to Schedule a Consultation!

If you’re considering straightening your teeth with Invisalign, our highly experienced dentists at DHA Swanton are here to help. Our Swanton, OH dentists, Allison Johnson, DDS, Joseph Brennan, DDS, have both had Invisalign and fully understand the patient’s perspective. We will guide you through the entire process, explaining what you can expect from the treatment and how you can achieve the best results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us help you achieve the straight, beautiful smile you deserve.