Invisalign® Teeth Straightening in Sylvania
Serving patients in Swanton & Toledo
When it comes to innovative options for straightening teeth, the name Invisalign® says it all: Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic solution that uses nearly invisible plastic aligners to achieve beautifully arrayed teeth — taking much of the discomfort, inconvenience and social awkwardness out of the traditional orthodontic experience.
Trusted orthodontist Dr. Paul Hwang is pleased to offer Invisalign to patients in the Toledo area and throughout Northwest Ohio who desire a straight and even smile without braces.
How Does Invisalign® Straighten Teeth?
Invisalign technology uses computer design to customize a series of clear, thermoplastic aligners that look similar to teeth-whitening trays. Crafted to match your unique specifications, the aligners fit snugly yet comfortably over your teeth. Each aligner features a slightly different configuration for the tooth imprints that gently nudge crooked teeth into place over a period of months. Gentle, incremental pressure ultimately brings your teeth — and smile — into perfect alignment.
By taking the manual tightening process out of orthodontic treatment, patients spend less time at the dental office. And because the aligners are inconspicuous and removable, the product provides greater freedom, versatility and comfort.
Am I a Good 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 (when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth)
- Crossbite (when the upper and lower jaws are misaligned)
Patients with severe orthodontic issues may require more extensive treatment, such as traditional metal braces. Dr. Hwang uses the most advanced methods to evaluate your case and determine the best treatment option for you.
When you begin the Invisalign process, Dr. Hwang will take an impression of your bite, along with X-rays; these will be used to create a three-dimensional model of your mouth that will allow precise customization of your aligners.
Each newly calibrated aligner is worn for one to two weeks, 20 to 22 hours a day. In general, you will only remove the aligner for eating or brushing and flossing your teeth. New aligners are provided regularly, and Dr. Hwang will monitor the movement of your teeth during periodic appointments. Most patients are able to reach their goal of beautifully arrayed teeth in 18 months or less, a significantly shorter time than with metal braces.
Invisalign’s customization extends to the product line itself: The company markets six types of aligners, each providing a solution tailor-made for a specific orthodontic issue.
Invisalign Full is designed for the upper and lower mouth, and is ideal for more complex cases. Invisalign Lite and Invisalign Express are appropriate when less tooth movement will be necessary. Invisalign Express uses about 10 aligners, compared with the 20 to 30 that are typical of full Invisalign treatment. Invisalign i7 is a good choice for moving small numbers of teeth. It is often used in cases where some teeth have drifted over time.
Invisalign Teen can benefit adolescents and parents alike: Teens appreciate a treatment solution that is specifically designed for the growing years, and parents value the “color indicator” feature that allows them to check whether their son or daughter is wearing the aligner the prescribed amount of time each day.
Invisalign with mandibular advancement is a new addition to the product line that treats overbite while realigning teeth, eliminating the need for the noticeable elastics that are often used in traditional treatment. It works by progressively moving the lower jaw forward with gentle pressure.
Invisalign generally costs more than the standard metal braces approach, but patients gain time, freedom and convenience. They spend less time in the dental office and wear the aligners for months, not years. Final cost depends on the degree of alignment necessary, which impacts duration of the treatment. Dental insurance will often cover part of Invisalign treatment. In addition, our office provides several flexible payment options.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about whether Invisalign can help you get the straight and even smile you desire, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Hwang in our Sylvania or Swanton office. To accommodate your busy schedule, we offer appointments in the evening and on Saturdays.