If you have slightly crooked teeth, gaps between your teeth, or tooth crowding, but you want to avoid chunky metal braces, Invisalign from Dr. Shertok at Shertok Smiles may be the right choice for you! Unlike metal braces, Invisalign is nearly invisible, so you can wear it anywhere, without anyone noticing. With faster treatment times and a number of other benefits, Invisalign has become one of the most popular ways to correct minor orthodontic issues.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces. Rather than brackets, metal wires, and rubber bands, Invisalign uses extremely thin, yet durable clear plastic aligners. These aligners, which are similar to a retainer, gently and gradually shift the position of your teeth, according to a personalized treatment plan developed by Dr. Shertok. This option is ideal for adults who wish to correct their teeth, but would like to avoid the stigma of having metal braces as an adult.
The Invisalign Treatment Process
If Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Shertok will take impressions of your mouth, and work with Invisalign to create your plastic aligners.
When you come in for your next appointment, you’ll put in your first set of aligners and Dr. Shertok will ensure a proper fit. From that day forward, you’ll have to wear your aligners for 22 hours (preferably longer) each day. They should only be removed for brushing and flossing, eating and drinking, and to play contact sports (if you wear a mouthguard).
Every 2 weeks, you’ll switch to your new aligner, as instructed by Dr. Shertok. And about every 6 weeks, you’ll come in for an exam so he can track your progress, and give you your next sets of aligners.
It usually takes between 20-24 sets of aligners to complete treatment, so you’ll likely wear Invisalign for about a year, though this varies from patient to patient.
The Benefits Of Invisalign
So, why should you choose Invisalign over braces? Here are a few of the best reasons:
- Comfortable and convenient – There are no wires, brackets, or any other metal that will poke your mouth. In addition, Invisalign exerts a more gentle, even pressure on your teeth, so you avoid the discomfort of having your braces “tightened” and adjusted.
- Faster than braces – Braces can take 2 years or longer for the best results. Invisalign delivers comparable results in just one year.
- Completely unnoticeable – You can speak normally when wearing Invisalign, and due to how thin the aligners are, they will be completely unnoticeable in most situations. Nobody has to know about your treatment if you don’t want them to!
Know Your Options- Traditional or Clear Orthodontics?
Both Invisalign and traditional braces have their own pros and cons, so it can be difficult to know what is the best choice for your orthodontic needs.
If you’re in Cincinnati, the team at Shertok Smiles will gladly walk you through your treatment options and help you learn more about the cost of treatment, the results you can expect, and the expected length of treatment. To get started, schedule an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Shertok today!
Invisalign vs. Braces – How Much Does Treatment Cost?
The overall cost of treatment with both Invisalign and braces is usually pretty similar. However, it’s difficult to give you an accurate price estimate for the cost of each method of orthodontic treatment.
Each patient is different. Depending on the extent of your orthodontic issues, your expected treatment time, and additional orthodontic treatments that you may need, the price can vary quite widely.
However, if we find that you are a good candidate for treatment with either Invisalign or traditional metal braces, the costs of each treatment are usually pretty comparable, so it’s best to choose an orthodontic treatment based on what will best fit your needs.
Invisalign vs. Braces – What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
Both Invisalign and braces can deliver a straighter smile and a better bite position. However, braces are more versatile and powerful than Invisalign when it comes to treating complex orthodontic issues.
Invisalign can be used for the majority of minor to moderate orthodontic issues and can correct crooked teeth, crowded and rotated teeth, gaps in your smile, and minor bite position issues.
However, braces provide better results if you have more serious bite problems, or issues like large gaps in your smile, extremely crooked teeth, or very uneven teeth. For those who have severe orthodontic issues, braces are usually the best choice.
Invisalign vs. Braces – How Long Does Treatment Take?
When it comes to overall treatment time, Invisalign is usually a better option if you’re a qualified candidate for treatment. You’ll usually go through about 20-24 sets of aligners in a typical Invisalign treatment. (This may vary based on your condition). Each set is worn for about 2 weeks, so most patients have a straighter smile in under a year.
In contrast, braces usually have to be worn for at least 12-18 months, and in some cases, you may have to wear braces for 2 years or longer.
If Dr. Shertok finds that you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment with either braces or Invisalign, Invisalign will typically offer you a shorter overall treatment time.
Get Your Consultation Now – Come To Shertok Smiles!
If you’re interested in Invisalign in Cincinnati, don’t wait. Your dream smile is just an appointment away, with Shertok Smiles. Dr. Shertok has years of experience with Invisalign, he’ll help you understand if this treatment is the right choice for your orthodontic needs. Schedule your appointment today at (513) 721-5924, or feel free to come to our office, at 19 Garfield Place, Suite 414, Cincinnati, OH 45202, to get started.