Invisalign in Sylvania and Swanton, OH
Straightening teeth no longer requires bulky, conspicuous metal braces. Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment that uses clear, nearly invisible aligners to gradually move crooked teeth into the desired position. Invisalign has helped millions of people straighten their teeth more comfortably and inconspicuously than ever before. Trusted orthodontist Dr. Paul Hwang is pleased to offer Invisalign to our Northwest Ohio and Toledo patients who desire a straight and even smile — without braces.
How Does Invisalign Straighten Teeth?
Invisalign treatment involves wearing a series of clear, thermoplastic aligners that look similar to teeth-whitening trays. Custom-crafted to match your unique specifications, the aligners fit snugly yet comfortably over your teeth. Each set of aligners works to gradually shift your teeth to the proper position. The aligners are swapped for a new pair after a number of weeks. The exact time that each pair is worn for will be determined by Dr. Hwang during the evaluation and planning phase of your treatment. The treatment time with Invisalign ranges from six months to 24 months, depending on the degree of correction needed.
Invisalign aligners are preferred by many patients thanks to their design. The aligners are removable, which makes cleaning much easier than traditional wire braces. In addition, the aligners are clear, making them barely noticeable to those around you. With Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth discreetly and without feeling self-conscious of the way you look.
Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign is designed to treat minor to moderate tooth misalignment and bite irregularities including:
- Crowded teeth
- Gaps and spaces between teeth
- Overbite (i.e., when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth)
- Crossbite (i.e., when the upper and lower jars are misaligned)
Patients with severe orthodontic issues may require more extensive treatment like traditional braces. Dr. Hwang uses the most advanced methods to evaluate you and determine the best treatment option for you.
The first step of your Invisalign treatment is conducting a dental examination of your teeth and mouth. Dr. Hwang will take photographs, X-rays and measurements to get a clear idea of the severity of your case. This information will also be used to plan the sequence of your aligners.
Once your aligners are ready, you will return to our office for placement. The aligners will fit securely over your teeth, allowing you to speak and smile comfortably. Minor discomfort in the form of slight pressure is normal each time you put on a new set of aligners. This is temporary and should go away after a few days once your teeth get used to wearing the aligners.
Each set of aligners should be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. You should only remove them for brushing and flossing teeth, eating, drinking and cleaning your aligners.
Teens are constantly on the move — and so are their teeth! Invisalign Teen is designed with a special feature that guides erupting second premolars and second molars into position without affecting the alignment of other teeth. This treatment option also comes with six replacement aligners at no extra charge, in case any are lost.
Invisalign Cost and Dental Insurance
The cost of Invisalign is comparable to that of traditional metal wire braces. The exact cost of your Invisalign treatment will depend on several factors, including the number of aligners you will need to straighten your teeth.
Your dental insurance may cover a portion of your Invisalign treatment if your coverage includes orthodontics. Our team can help you understand the specifics of your dental insurance plan during your initial consultation with us.
To learn more about whether Invisalign can help you get the straight and even smile you desire, please schedule a consultation with us. To accommodate your busy schedule, we offer appointments in the evenings and on Saturdays. Call our Swanton office at (419) 825-3779 or our Sylvania office at (419) 885-4796.