If you’re considering braces for your child, you may not realize that an orthodontist can offer more than one type of treatment, including one called Invisalign. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment system offered by Dr. Sam Papandreas of North Royalton, Ohio, that straightens the teeth without braces.
An Invisalign device is a clear, removable, and nearly invisible plastic aligner that fits over the teeth. Each Invisalign device is made to fit the individual patient, using 3-D computer imaging and technology. Since it’s invisible, you can keep on smiling right through your treatment.
Why Would I Want It?
Invisalign has many benefits compared to regular braces.
- The computer modeling allows you to see exactly what your teeth will look like after treatment.
- Since the devices are removable, you can take them out to eat, and it’s also much easier to clean your teeth. For example, you can easily floss your teeth — something that is much harder to do with conventional braces.
- Unlike conventional braces, which can break if you eat certain foods, Invisalign allows you to eat and drink whatever you want to.
- You’ll spend less time in the orthodontist’s office, since no adjustments are needed to the wires (because there aren’t any wires!).
- No wires or metal also means no mouth abrasions and none of the discomfort that occurs when wires are tightened.
How Does It Work?
Invisalign is a complete system to move the teeth into position. Each set of aligners is slightly different. You’ll wear an aligner for about two weeks, although you remove it to eat or clean your teeth. Each time you change to a new aligner, your teeth move a little. Expect to see Dr. Papandreas about once every six weeks. Most patients will be in treatment about nine to 15 months and will wear 18 to 30 different aligners during treatment.
What About Cost?
Invisalign may be a little more expensive than conventional braces, but it also offers many benefits you don’t get with conventional braces, since it’s invisible, removable, more comfortable and easier to keep your teeth clean. The actual cost depends on the individual case. Most insurance plans will cover all or part of the cost, and if you have a Flexible Spending Account — a program through your employer that allows you to put aside up to $2,500 or pre-tax dollars each year for medical and dental expenses — it can help cover the cost. We will work with you on this issue. Contact Dr. Sam Papandreas’ office for your free consultation today.