What Happens After Invisalign Treatment Is Completed?

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What Happens After Invisalign Treatment Is Completed?

Invisalign is one of the most popular orthodontic procedures because it removes the need for annoying, metal braces while still being able to perform the same function. However, there’s still a large question among patients wondering whether or not to get them, what happens once they come off?

How Can I Tell When My Invisalign Treatment Is Over?

Unfortunately, many patients make the assumption that once their teeth look straighter, they can stop wearing their aligners. However, it’s crucial to your treatment that you keep your aligners in until your orthodontist tells you otherwise. Since there could be minor misalignments that still need to be straightened, taking out your aligners sooner than you should cause your teeth to not be completely fixed. Additionally, if you stop wearing your aligners too soon, your teeth could shift back out of place. However, Invisalign straightens your teeth quickly, so your treatment will be over before you know it.

How Are Aligners Removed After Treatment?

Invisalign aligners aren’t like ordinary metal braces, where you need a long, sometimes painful appointment where you get your brackets and archwires removed. Getting your aligners removed is as simple as removing them in a matter of minutes. However, keep in mind that your teeth may have small blobs of resin on them, which were used to keep your aligners secured to your teeth. Your orthodontist can quickly drill away these globs and smoothen the surface of your teeth. The entire removal appointment can take less than 20 minutes and is completely painless.

What Should My Teeth Look Like After Invisalign Treatment?

Generally speaking, after your aligners are removed, your teeth should look straight. Gaps should appear minimal and there should not be any crowding between your teeth. If you noticed any crooked or twisted teeth before treatment, you should only see straight teeth when you smile. Plus, you’ll also be able to notice that chewing and biting things will be much easier.

Will I Have to Wear a Retainer After my Treatment?

Most people dislike the idea of metal retainers after their treatment. After all, they chose to wear clear aligners than metal braces in the first place. However, it’s incredibly important to wear retainers after your treatment. This will ensure that your teeth won’t head back to their old position. Also, wearing a retainer will make sure your jaw, while it’s now soft, has enough time to keep your teeth in their new position while it’s rehardening. Fortunately, there are some clear retainer options to choose from, if you’re really not into metal retainers.

How Long Do I Have to Wear a Retainer?

Once your aligners are removed, you’ll need to wear your retainers for at least 22 hours a day, or as recommended by your orthodontist. Usually, they’ll suggest that you wear your retainers for up to six months after your treatment is over. Once this period is over, you’ll only need to wear your retainer at night for another six months. However, in order to prevent your teeth from shifting back into place, it’s suggested that you wear your retainers a few times a night every week.

How Should I Care for my Retainers?

In order to keep your retainers in the best shape, make sure you take proper care of them. This will also help you save money from having to buy a replacement retainer.

One of the most important things you can do to care for your retainer is to keep it clean and keep track of where it is at all times. Bacteria can easily get inside your retainers and later infect your teeth. However, instead of using toothpaste, which can damage your retainer, here are some cleaning options:

  • Your first option is to use soap and water to scrub down your retainer.
  • Your second option is to purchase tablets that are designed to clean retainers.

Take extra care when eating and drinking. Take out your retainer when you are eating so food does not get stuck inside it. After you finish eating, brush your teeth, rinse your retainer, and put it back in your mouth. Also, if you have a plastic retainer, do not drink hot beverage with it in your mouth as the heat can cause them to melt and change shape.

Do not take part in any actions that can harm your retainer and your teeth. If you smoke, you should stop as soon as you can. If you cannot quit, you should at least avoid wearing clear plastic retainers as the smoke can turn them yellow. When wearing your retainer, you should also avoid chewing gum and eating sticky candy. Those who play sports should choose to wear the traditional wire retainer because it is much more durable.

Do I Need Any Other Procedures?

No, you will not usually need to undergo any additional procedures once your Invisalign treatment is completed. You will simply need to go back to your normal dental hygiene routine. Some patients may experience staining on their teeth, especially if they were not vigilant with their teeth brushing when they had their aligners on. If this is the case, you may want to schedule a tooth whitening appointment.

Do I Need To Visit the Orthodontist After My Invisalign Treatment is Completed?

After your Invisalign treatment is finished, you may be excited that you won’t need to spend as much time at the orthodontist’s office. Before you start planning out what you will do with all of your free time, keep in mind that you will still need to attend follow-up visits. Though you will not need orthodontic appointments as often, you will need to go for at least one follow up appointment within the few following weeks. During this follow-up appointment, the orthodontist will check on your progress and ensure that the treatment was successful. They may also recommend a second follow up appointment for six months or a year in the future.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers, and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585
https://drpapandreas.com/

 

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Having Braces

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LAST UPDATED: NOVEMBER 28, 2017

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Having Braces

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. Unfortunately, not everyone was born with perfect teeth. The same is true with children. Your child could have an overbite, and underbite, crowded teeth, or teeth that are spaced too far apart. When your kids are young and even after they grow up, if they are not happy with the appearance of their smile, it can affect the way they interact with people. They could feel self-conscious when they are talking to people and laughing. Just smiling at someone can make your child feel uncomfortable. Fortunately, the problem can be treated with braces. There are some people who know that their kids need braces but they don’t get them because they are afraid. Also, most kids dread getting braces due to fear. There are many different reasons that parents and children are afraid to get braces. If the only thing coming between your child and a perfect smile is a fear of getting braces there are a few ways that you can help them overcome the fear.

FAQ

Are you afraid of the pain caused by braces?

If the reason you are avoiding seeing an orthodontist is that your child is afraid of the pain and you are afraid of seeing your child in pain, you should not worry. Braces are not as painful as you might think. Orthodontic treatment does not involve wrenching or twisting the teeth into place. It is actually a relatively gentle process that gradually realigns the teeth. Having the braces put on is completely painless. When your child first gets their braces, the inside of the mouth can get poked by the metal brackets. The dentist will give your child wax to put over the brackets to keep this from happening. Over time, the skin on the inside of the mouth will harden up enough where the wax will no longer be necessary. The only time there would be discomfort is after an adjustment. After the braces are tightened, it can result in some pain and tenderness, but not anything too serious. If your child is in pain, an over the counter pain medication or a numbing ointment can help.

Are you afraid of what the orthodontist will do?

One reason that many kids are afraid to get braces if because they don’t know what is going on. They are lying horizontally with a bright light shining on their face. They have no idea what the orthodontist is doing. If you let your orthodontist know ahead of time that your child is afraid, the orthodontist will take the time to explain the procedure. When your child sees what each piece of equipment does and they understand what the orthodontist is going to be doing, it can make the fear of the unknown go away. This is often something that can be done during the consultation, before the actual day that the braces will be put on. When it is done before the big day, your child won’t have any anxiety leading up to the appointment.

Are you afraid of being embarassed by your braces?

Most kids are afraid to look different than the other kids, for fear of being bullied or teased. If this is the reason that your child doesn’t want to get braces, sitting them down to have a talk can help. Let your child know that having the treatment now will make them look better for their entire lives. You should also let them know that there are plenty of kids who have braces, many of them could be in their school. You can also let your child know what options they have to accessorize with their braces. Kids today have plenty of options, such as brightly colored rubber bands and brackets. They can have the dentist use their favorite colors. This could make wearing braces seem a bit more fun. If your child is really against wearing braces, you can speak to your dentist about Invisalign, which are completely invisible.

Are you afraid of getting food stuck in your braces?

Kids take things much more seriously than adults do. If an adult has food in their teeth, they get it out and move on with their lives. When a kid gets food in their teeth and the other kids see it, it can be devastating and the embarrassment can last for days. If this is the reason your child doesn’t want to get braces because they are afraid of this type of embarrassment, you can reassure them. A person who doesn’t have braces has just as much chance of getting food caught in their teeth as a person who does. You can let them know that drinking water after eating will wash all the food away. If they still aren’t sure, you can get your child a pocket mirror so that they can check their braces to make sure that there isn’t any food in their teeth.

Are you afraid of having braces for a long time?

While orthodontic treatment does take time, the amount of time that it takes could seem like forever to your child. Even though you cannot make the treatment go any faster, you can make your child feel better about it. You can tell your child that they may need to wear braces for a year or two, but it will result in a perfect smile for the next 60 years. Help them understand that in the long run, the treatment will be well worth it.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers, and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585
https://drpapandreas.com/

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Having Braces

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How Is [Invisalign] Different from Traditional Braces?

How Is Invisalign Different from Traditional Braces?
If you are suffering from any kind of teeth alignment issues, you probably want to find the best solution to the problem. Many solutions exist in the orthodontic world, and two of them are traditional braces and a system of correction called Invisalign. The following is some information on the differences between the two corrective systems:

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Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign: Design

Traditional braces have metal brackets and wires and are of an extremely sturdy texture. The Invisalign system is a system that uses plastic aligners that the person can easily remove. The plastic aligners are clear and are not easily visible to the naked eye unless another person gets very close to the person who is wearing the Invisalign. The textures between the two devices are quite different.

Benefits of Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign

The biggest benefit of getting traditional braces is the sturdiness and effectiveness that has been proven a million times over. A person can almost always count on traditional braces to produce the results that he or she wants. They are highly effective in resolving problems such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, gapping and so on. The advantage to having Invisalign is that the wearer gets to exercise discretion. They are amazing for people who want to receive their teeth correction is a low-key fashion.

Another benefit of Invisalign is that the aligners can be removed. That’s a huge help when it comes to keeping the teeth clean during the treatment process. The wearer can remove the aligners at any time for eating, flossing and brushing the teeth. That cuts down on the possibility of getting tooth decay and cavities during the treatment. Some clients have stated that their Invisalign aligners were very comfortable as compared to traditional braces, as well.

Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign: Treatment Length

The average treatment length for traditional braces is about two years. The clients sometimes have to wear retainers for an additional two years or less after the initial treatment ends. The Invisalign treatment is sometimes found to be faster than it is with the fixed appliances. There have been some Invisalign patients who have attested to being done with the treatment in nine or 10 months. The length of treatment can increase or decrease depending on the set of problems that the client has and how complete they are.

Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign: Cost

The prices for traditional braces are generally fair. Invisalign tend to be a little bit higher because of the technology. An exact estimate cannot be given at this time because each case is different. However, patients and prospective patients can get financing for the treatment from a variety of sources. The first and most obvious one is dental insurance, but there is also third-party financing and dental discount plans. Third-party entities do issue dental care credit cards that people can use to cover some or all of the costs. The repayment plants are sometimes 12 or 24 months. The dental discount plan is something that provides the member with discounts on a variety of procedures, and the member has to pay a monthly fee to get those discounts. Any of those resolutions can make the process easier and more manageable to someone who needs to get his or her teeth fixed.

Treatment Processes and Styles

Traditional braces have a tightening process that has to be done every eight weeks or so. The patient has to come into the orthodontist’s office and have him or her pull the device closer together so that they can continue to pull the teeth in the right direction. Invisalign has a similar process, but it’s carried out using aligner replacement. The patient wears one set of aligners for two weeks and then gets another set to wear. That continues every two weeks during the course of the treatment until the teeth are corrected as much as they can be.

Other Options for Teeth Alignment

A professional orthodontist’s office provides its prospective clients with a number of options for correcting teeth alignment issues. Some of the most common alternatives to traditional braces and Invisalign are Damon braces, ceramic braces and lingual braces. Lingual braces are discreet because they go behind the teeth. Therefore, a patient or client receives the treatment subtly but still get the same strength of the traditional braces. Ceramic braces are a bit less obvious than metal brackets are because they are the same color as the teeth. A few more options are also available for people who are interested in getting help for their alignment issues. There’s also a smorgasbord of other appliances that can resolve some problems like sleep apnea, thumb sucking and other issues. Some of those appliances may be a better fit than traditional braces or Invisalign. The way to find out what the best option is, is to speak to the orthodontist personally.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585
https://drpapandreas.com/

 

Why should I feel confident about [Invisalign]?

Why should I Feel Confident About Invisalign?

You may have heard that Invisalign is a teeth alignment corrective method that you can have a great deal of confidence in. That statement is 100 percent true because millions of people have used the Invisalign system and have successfully restored their smiles to something that they could be proud to display. If you haven’t gotten the full description of Invisalign and its many benefits, please take a minute to review this information so that you can make an informed decision about using this as a recovery device.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a fairly new and innovative tooth alignment system that uses clear plastic aligners to straighten to teeth instead of brackets. The system was created in 1997 by Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth, who wanted to give orthodontic patients an alternative to the usual corrective systems. Invisalign is now one of the top choices for teeth alignment correction for many people because of its unique qualities. If you choose Invisalign, you will be among many other people who also chose it. You can have full confidence in that choice.

Who Qualifies for Invisalign?

Invisalign is capable of resolving a vast assortment of alignment problems. Some of the problems that the system can try to correct are problems like crossbites, overbites, gaps, underbites and the like. Each person is a unique orthodontic case, however. Therefore, each person will have to have an examination by an orthodontist to determine whether Invisalign is indeed the best method for him or her. If you are interested in getting Invisalign, you would be wise to make an appointment so that the orthodontist can conduct an assessment to see if this system is the best fit for you. It may be perfect for you. Alternatively, there may be another method that the specialist can use on you that would suit you better.

What Is the Benefit of Invisalign?

Invisalign has many benefits over some of the other methods, which is why you can be confident about the system. The main benefit that people who wear Invisalign get is that they can live their lives and be totally discreet about the fact that they are having their teeth corrected. The clear aligners are virtually invisible to everyone except the person who is wearing them. Therefore, if you work with the public or just don’t want anyone to know that you have corrective devices in our mouth, the Invisalign aligners will be a good fit for you. They are especially popular among teenage populations and college students, as well.

Another benefit of wearing Invisalign is that they are less uncomfortable than some of the other methods because of the materials. The aligners are made of plastic as opposed to abrasive metals. Many people attest that they experienced a high level of comfort when they were wearing the plastic aligners. If you have a low discomfort threshold, then you may want to choose this system.

The third large benefit that Invisalign has to offer is the hygienic benefit. Patients have the ability to clean their teeth much easier because they can remove the aligners. Clients are only expected to wear the aligners for 22 hours out of every day. That means that there is a two-hour window to take them out and clean them and brush and floss the teeth to perfection. Invisalign patients find that they have fewer decay issues during their treatment than with some other methods.

The Cost of Invisalign?

Invisalign is still is very new technology as compared to some of the other methods. For that reason, the cost may be higher than a few of the other methods are. The good news is that you would have a variety of options for payment as a customer. You can use insurance, third-party financing, discount plans and even in-house financing in some cases. You can find out all of your options by speaking directly to the finance department of the orthodontist that is going to work on your teeth. They will want to work with you, so they’ll let you know what’s available to assist you with your treatment.

Does Invisalign Work?

Many people have had success with the Invisalign treatment. The key to maximizing the recovery potential is using the Invisalign correctly. Wearing the aligners for the full 22 hours is a good way to ensure that they shift the teeth the way they’re supposed to. Another way to be sure that the Invisalign system takes is to listen to the orthodontist’s instructions. If you take good care of your aligners and listen to the specialist, you have a high chance of experiencing a full recovery with your alignment.

How Do You Sign up for Invisalign?

If you are interested in hearing more about this effective form of treatment, you can schedule an appointment with an orthodontic provider immediately. Papandreas Orthodontics can explain the process to you and examine your bite so that you can receive the most precise treatment. After you have a consultation and agree on the Invisalign solution, your orthodontist will create a strategy that is tailored just for you.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585
https://drpapandreas.com/

Things to Do When Experiencing Mouth Ulcer While Wearing Braces

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LAST UPDATED: OCTOBER 31, 2017

Things to Do When Experiencing Mouth Ulcer While Wearing Braces

So many teenagers and adults wear braces for correcting and straightening teeth. There are many concerns that come with having to wear them, too. Not only is there pain each time the braces are tightened, but there are also cleaning concerns. The greatest concern is the development of mouth ulcers, though. These sores can develop from the pieces of braces rub against gums or other parts of the mouth. They can be rather painful, but there are things that can be done to prevent and even cope with mouth ulcers.

FAQ

What are the symptoms of mouth ulcers?

Pain is not the only symptom of mouth ulcers. There are other pieces of evidence to be aware of when deciding if one exists. Mouth ulcers are often round, swollen, and can sport white, red, yellow, or gray colors. Certain colors can reflect infection, and if an infection is suspected, then contacting the orthodontist might be a good idea. There are plenty of ways to treat mouth ulcers are home, though.

What is Orthodontic Wax?

Many companies make orthodontic wax to prevent braces from rubbing against parts of the mouth by providing lubrication. These wax pieces can stop the sores from forming, or they can prevent sores from becoming even worse. Many brands make them, and they come in different flavors. Some options come with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to them to help soothe sores away.

How can I disinfect mouth ulcers?

Bacteria can cause ulcers just as much as they can infect ulcers that already exist to make them all the more painful. There are many ways to disinfect ulcers, including doing a warm, salt water rinse. While this mixture can be hard on teeth, it does help to dry out bacteria in severe cases. It should be spit out and not swallowed. Other options for disinfecting ulcers include rinses made by several tooth care companies. When worst comes to worse, swishing some hydrogen peroxide can also be helpful, though this option is a bit more painful than others already mentioned.

How should I brush my teeth with mouth ulcers?

The better a mouth is kept clean; the less likely an ulcer can form. If an ulcer does form than routine cleaning will make certain that the ulcers do not become infected with bacteria. Routine cleaning needs to be done, just not cleaning once a day. Cleaning should be done after every meal, at least, and it should be done thoroughly. Orthodontists provide plenty of education on how to clean a mouth with braces very well, and those steps should be followed as closely as possible to make certain bacteria does not form.

What is a natural solution for mouth ulcers?

A natural solution is to soak a tea in some warm water so it can be placed directly on a sore. Tea bags have antiseptic properties, and it also promotes removing inflammation, too. This option not only helps to keep the sores clean, but it also provides a pain relief method, too.

Are there foods I should avoid with mouth ulcers?

Spicy foods can burn or agitate an ulcer. Acidic foods can do much the same. They should be avoided as much as possible when an ulcer is present. Sodas and other such carbonated drinks can also irritate ulcers, so they, too, should be avoided. Bland foods are better for a mouth when ulcers are present. The easier these foods are to swallow, the better they are to eat when an ulcer is present. Yogurt is a great example. It also has probiotic cultures that can help the body fight off any infections that might come from bacteria in ulcers.

Can I take pain relievers with mouth ulcers?

The pain that comes with mouth ulcers can be pretty strong. Some over the counter medicines can help with this pain in the short term. Numbing the pain away with some oral gel can also be helpful. However, the gel should be specifically made for sores as certain gels that have numbing agents can worsen ulcer pain.

What are the causes of mouth ulcers?

Braces rubbing against the side or gums of a mouth are not the only causes of mouth ulcers. Some of the traditional methods behind ulcers in other parts of the body can also cause ones in the mouth. Injuries and tissue damage should be treated immediately, of course. However, another meal of relieving ulcers are also to reduce stress. There are many ways to deal with stress, including exercise, yoga, deep breathing, and meditation. A journal can be kept to pinpoint where sources of stress come from.

There are so many ways to treat mouth ulcers. These ways are some of the more simplistic ones, but there are other options. For the best guidance, consulting an orthodontist is always the finest source of information. If you are curious as to whether or not you need braces, or if you would like an evaluation regarding mouth ulcers from a second option, then you should contact Papandreas Orthodontics. They can help you find a path to a better smile in a less painful way today.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585

Why Should I Feel Confident About Invisalign?

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A nice smile can mean the world to someone. It has the power to brighten the spirits of others, and it can even help improve self-esteem. There is a prerequisite though. You have to love your smile so that you can genuinely smile without feeling self-conscious. An orthodontist can help improve your smile, and one option available is Invisalign.

What can Invisalign do for You?

Yes, Invisalign is relatively new compared to other orthodontic devices designed to help correct smile issues. It might seem impossible that two aligners can actually improve your smile like braces can, but it is true. There is a lot that Invisalign can help with, and the following are a few examples worth noting:

Reduce Infection Risk

Those who have misaligned teeth or uneven bites can have their teeth straightened. Of course, one way to do this is with braces, but there are a number of other techniques that can be used such as Invisalign.

The reason you do not want to ignore this issue, even if it does not bother you much, is because misaligned teeth puts you at risk of other issues. For example, with misaligned teeth, there are normally a few areas where bacteria can hide. This means you are more likely to get cavities or even develop gum disease because your teeth are not aligned correctly.

Furthermore, people dealing with misaligned teeth may also be prone to infection. Teeth that are not aligned correctly can sometimes injure the mouth. The bacteria in the mouth can colonize the injury, which is how an infection can occur. You do not need additional worries in your life when all you have to do is correct this particular problem using the expertise of your orthodontist.

Deal With Misjudgment

Another thing that should be pointed out is that misaligned teeth can also cause others to misjudge you. Everyone knows how important first impressions are. Well, the state of your smile has a lot to do with first impressions, and misaligned teeth are not associated with positive attributes.

A person might subconsciously think you are not successful or that you do not care about yourself. Some people may judge your smile and think that you are not an ideal romantic partner, and others may pass you over should you be up for a job or promotion.


In short, a bad smile can actually curb your path in life, which is another reason dealing with your misalignment is vital. This is also the reason why the specialists at Papandreas Orthodontics will help you in any way that they can to ensure that your smile says exactly what you want it to say with Invisalign.

Why Should You Trust Invisalign?

So, now you know how important it is to deal with issues such as misalignments, but you are unsure about Invisalign. You know that braces work because you have seen the results, but you also do not want to wear those bulky things.

It’s okay, the specialists at this center know that getting braces as an adult is not ideal. One of the most popular alternatives to adult braces is Invisalign. This is a cutting-edge orthodontic device that is designed to help correct misalignments. The main reason some people have a hard time to trust Invisalign is that they do not know what it is or how it works.

In a nutshell, the device is made up of two aligners that are meant to sit on your teeth like mouthguards.

Now, the Invisalign aligners are not as bulky as mouthguards, and they are pretty much invisible. This means they are comfortable and unnoticeable. You can have the smile you always dreamed of without telling anyone you are having work done.

It is important to note a few things about Invisalign so that you go into this with eyes wide open. For one, they use pressure to align your teeth, and you will feel the pressure. It can feel uncomfortable, especially at the beginning, but most users get used to this after a few days or weeks of use.

You will also need to come in to see your orthodontist every few weeks for a new set of aligners to continue correcting the misalignment. Your orthodontist is going to measure your progress and design a new set of aligners based on this evaluation, which is what makes these visits vital. Most of the time, the Invisalign corrective process takes about a year or two to be complete.

The aligners that make Invisalin work are specifically designed for you, which requires an experienced hand and what makes an orthodontist like Dr. Papandreas ideal since he has 25 years of experience.

Just as a side note, this orthodontist is also part of the 1 percent of Invisalign Providers, so you know you are getting quality should you trust his orthodontic center. This is probably why the community of North Royalton in Ohio and surrounding areas have trusted his services for years.

Hopefully, some of these points help you understand why an orthodontic corrective device like Invisalign is important and why you can trust it. Of course, the good people at Papandreas Orthodontics are willing to talk to you more about Invisalign and answer any question that you may have about this device. Be sure to give them a call or visit so that you can further discuss this option. Do not be afraid to take this step towards the smile that you have always wanted.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585
https://drpapandreas.com/

What Happens After [Invisalign]Treatment Is Completed?

What Happens After Invisalign Treatment Is Completed?

When it’s time for your children to have their teeth straightened, there are several options to consider, one of the most popular of which is the Invisalign treatment. This treatment is a technologically-advanced form of teeth straightening that allows your child to wear clear, plastic aligners as opposed to metal brackets, making for a much more appealing look. You might wonder about what comes after wearing these aligners for months or years, as there are several guidelines you’ll need to follow in order to keep your teeth straight once you stop wearing the aligners.

How to Identify When treatment is Over

Some patients believe that they can save money or time wearing the Invisalign aligners by not continuing to use them once their teeth are no longer visibly misaligned or crooked. It’s important, however, to only stop wearing your aligners once you’ve been given the approval to do so by your orthodontist, as some misalignments aren’t automatically noticeable unless viewed by an orthodontist, which means that your teeth won’t be in their proper position, potentially causing the development of future problems. When using Invisalign, the movements occur rapidly, so you’re going to want to check with your orthodontist on a regular basis to identify whether or not you can stop wearing the aligners.

As opposed to metal brackets, Invisalign wearers benefit from the fact that there’s no need for a separate procedure to remove the braces, as Invisalign consists entirely of removable trays. Once your orthodontist has given you the go-ahead that you can stop wearing your aligners, you can simply remove them and move on to the next phase of treatment, such as wearing a retainer. However, some people who use Invisalign will have been provided with a small amount of resin that’s designed to keep the aligners attached more securely. If this is the case with you or your child, this resin will need to be removed, but the accompanying procedure only takes a few minutes to complete.

What Your Teeth Should Look Like Once Treatment is Completed

Once you’ve progressed through the Invisalign treatment and are no longer wearing your aligners, your teeth should appear completely straight without any crowding or noticeable gaps. No matter what your tooth issue was at the beginning of Invisalign, such as misalignment, crooked teeth, twisted teeth, or crowding, these issues shouldn’t be present in any way, allowing you to smile assuredly with the knowledge that your teeth are straight.

How Long a Retainer Should Be Worn

Following the conclusion of your Invisalign treatment, you will most likely be required to wear a retainer in order to keep your teeth from shifting back to their previous and misaligned position. Although most patients don’t enjoy the thought of wearing a metal retainer, it’s necessary to do so after treatment because the bones in your jaw have yet to harden after the movements, meaning that they can move back to their old position. As you wear the retainer, these bones will harden, expediting the time in which you will be required to wear the appliance. Another added benefit of Invisalign is that you have the option of wearing a metal retainer or clear retainer tray after your initial treatment is complete.

It’s recommended that you wear your retainer for at least 22-23 hours every day though you can remove it when necessary for brushing, flossing, and eating. This is typically necessary for the first six months following treatment. After this time period, you usually only need to wear the retainer every night as opposed to during the day, which is another phase of treatment that tends to last anywhere from 6-9 months. Once the retainer has been worn for a little over a year, you can switch to doing so for just a few times each week at night. This should be continued for the rest of your life in order to keep your smile perfectly aligned and straightened.

Are Additional Teeth Straightening Procedures Necessary?

When you’ve finished wearing aligners, the only care that’s necessary is for you to continue practicing good oral hygiene on a daily basis. It’s important that you brush and floss at least twice daily, making sure that the toothpaste you use is comprised of fluoride for better whitening. Staining is common among Invisalign wearers who don’t immediately go back to practicing good oral hygiene, which might require you to schedule a tooth whitening appointment with your orthodontist.

When to Visit the Orthodontist Following Treatment

Everyone who wears braces or Invisalign looks forward to the day when they no longer need to visit their orthodontist on a regular basis. While the frequency of these visits lessens, you’ll still need to visit your orthodontist from time to time. The most important visits should occur a few weeks following treatment and around 6-9 months later, as your progress will need to be checked in order to ascertain whether or not the treatment was completed successfully.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585
https://drpapandreas.com/

How to Take Care of Your [Retainers]

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LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

How to Take Care of Your Retainers

Getting your braces off is a moment to celebrate! After all, you can now see the results of all your hard work every time you flash that beautiful smile. While this is an exciting time, it is important to remember that your treatment plan involves using a retainer to keep your teeth in proper alignment.

For most people, the retainment period lasts for about a year, but it could be longer or shorter depending upon your needs. At first, you will probably have to wear your retainer for most of the day and night, but you may be able to wean down to only wearing it at night as you progress through your treatment. Since your retainers are critical for keeping your teeth aligned, you will want to take special care of them throughout this time.

FAQ

When Can I Remove My Retainer?

While your orthodontist will tell you to wear your retainer for the majority of the day, there are times when it will be necessary to remove it from your mouth. Typically, you will need to remove your retainer when you eat, yet you can drink without having to remove it. If you play sports, then it is also essential to remove your retainer before practice or competitions since it could cause injuries to your mouth if it is hit. Your retainer should not be worn during swimming, either. You can, however, wear your retainer during mild forms of exercise that do not pose a risk of objects coming in contact with your mouth such as jogging.

How Can I Store The Retainer Properly?

Almost everyone has heard the horror story of parents who end up searching through the elementary school trash bin because their kid threw their retainer away. Unfortunately, this does happen all too often due to kids wrapping their retainer in a napkin during lunch. We understand that leaving your retainer on full display may be embarrassing, so just bring your storage container with you anytime you know that it will need to be removed. Keeping your retainer in your storage container not only keeps it safe, but it also keeps it clean so that you will not put as many germs into your mouth.

Do I Need to Avoid Heat Sources with My Retainer?

Retainers are fairly durable, but they are made of plastic that is sensitive to the effects of heat. Make sure to avoid placing your retainer in the dishwasher, and use lukewarm water when you are cleaning it. A retainer should also never be left in a hot car, especially on the dashboard where the heat levels tend to be the highest. For the most part, wearing your retainer as outlined by your treatment plan will ensure that it does not come into contact with many heat sources, but you need to be careful if you leave it on the bathroom counter along with heat styling appliances. Sitting too close to curling irons and straighteners have ruined many retainers.

How Do I Clean My Retainer Properly?

Sure, a dishwasher may seem like a hygienic way to sanitize your retainer, but the hot water and strong water movement can damage it beyond repair. Cleaning your retainer properly should become a part of your normal oral hygiene routine, and the extra step will ensure that bacteria and food debris do not stay in contact with your teeth when you place your retainer in your mouth. To clean it, simply use your toothbrush along with some toothpaste and warm water to brush it like you would your teeth. Remember to use gentle strokes, and take your time if you see obvious debris. Your retainer should be cleaned at least once a day, but it may need to be cleaned more if you notice that it tastes odd or looks dirty.

Don’t Let It Dry Out

Similar to the effect of heat, drying out can warp the plastic used to make your retainer. When your retainer is not in your mouth, keep it wet by storing it in your container. If you are wearing your retainer and notice that your mouth gets dry, then simply drink some water to rehydrate it.

Be Careful During Insertion and Removal

It is important to use a gentle touch when you insert or remove your retainer. This is because using too heavy of a touch can result in broken wires. Many kids think it is cool to use their tongue to flip the retainer in place, however this is one of the most common causes of damage to retainers so please use the technique your orthodontist has showed you in their office.

Schedule an Exam at the First Sign of Damage

Sometimes, kids will delay telling their parents about a broken retainer because they are afraid of getting in trouble. However, doing so can have serious consequences for your teeth. A broken or ill-fitting retainer will not hold the teeth in the correct alignment, and all that hard work done by the braces will go to waste. Broken wires on a retainer can also lead to mouth injuries. For this reason, it is important to schedule an appointment quickly if damage is suspected. Your orthodontist may be able to simply repair the retainer in the office so that no delay in your treatment occurs.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585
https://drpapandreas.com/

How to Take Care of Your Retainers

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When Do I Get My [Braces Off]?

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The Amount of Time Required For Orthodontic Treatment Varies

If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces, then you probably wonder when your orthodontist will remove the devices. The amount of time required for repairing malocclusions can vary, depending on the type of abnormality along with the individual patient. Children have extremely soft bones, so when they are undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is typically a fast process unless they have major abnormalities. A teenager will experience a faster treatment time than an adult.

Treatment Time Depends On Your Malocclusions

By having a complete examination at an orthodontic facility, you can determine what type of abnormalities you have. Repairing these abnormalities of the mouth can improve your smile to give you a more attractive facial appearance, but more importantly, orthodontia will improve your bite. With a good bite, you won’t develop problems such as temporomandibular joint dysfunction or migraine headaches. Many individuals have bad bites that are caused by these malocclusions:

  • Rotations
  • Crossbites
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Open bite
  • Misplaced midline
  • Crowding or overlapping
  • Overjet

You Need Medical Images and Molds Of Your Mouth

In addition to having one or more of these abnormalities, it is essential to determine where these problems occur in the mouth. While visiting an orthodontic facility, you will have many medical images collected to understand your abnormalities. In addition, a hygienist will collect molds of your mouth and teeth to see additional abnormalities.

Maintain Delicate Brackets and Wires To Reduce Treatment Time

When you need braces or Invisalign aligners, the items are 100 percent customized to repair your malocclusions. By following the recommendations of an orthodontic team, you will repair abnormalities faster. Some of these recommendations will include wearing the aligners as much as possible or following a healthy dietary plan. If you eat sticky or hard foods, then it can dislodge a bracket or break a wire, disrupting your orthodontic treatment.

There Are Different Types Of Orthodontic Treatments

There are numerous types of orthodontic treatments available, including:

  • Clear plastic aligners that are removable
  • Traditional metal wires and brackets
  • Ceramic brackets and clear wires
  • Lingual brackets and thin wires
  • Self-ligating brackets and wires
  • Expanders for the palate or lower jaw
  • Retainers used after regular orthodontic treatment ends

Take Care Of Wires and Brackets To Avoid Disruptions In Treatments

By have the proper type of arch wires along with taking care of your brackets and wires, you will have faster orthodontic treatment. However, if you break wires while sticking pencils in your mouth or dislodge a bracket while chewing on gum, then you will disrupt your orthodontic treatment plan.

Keep Your Orthodontic Appointments

Brackets and wires move your misaligned teeth by applying pressure against your teeth. Occasionally, you must visit an orthodontic office to have the wires tightened so that the brackets will continue to apply pressure on your teeth. When you fail to visit an orthodontic facility to have the wires tightened, it will lead to an increased treatment time.

How Long Does It Take To Repair Malocclusions?

An adult with severe malocclusions may need to wear brackets and wires for as long as four years, but the average amount of time required for treatment is two years. Children and teenagers tend to have faster treatment times because the alveolar bone in their jaw is softer and will regenerate faster.

Consume a Nutritious Diet For Faster Orthodontic Treatment

If you consume a nutritious diet, then your bones will regenerate faster, helping your teeth to shift into the correct positions. While undergoing orthodontic treatment with wires and brackets, you must eat softer foods, so you should learn how to prepare numerous recipes. You can’t eat hard or fibrous foods because these items will break your wires and damage your brackets. When preparing meals, you must cook the ingredients until the meat or vegetables are soft. Some of the foods that you can eat include soups, stir-fries or casseroles that have tiny sections of carrots, potatoes or beef rather than large chunks of these ingredients. In addition to eating healthy snacks and meals, you can benefit from using dietary supplements that contain an assortment of minerals and vitamins.

 

 

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585
https://drpapandreas.com/

When Do I Get My Braces Off?

What are [Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD’s)]?

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How effective a patient’s orthodontic treatment turns out to be is largely dependent upon the anchorage method employed. Previously, orthodontists used intraoral auxiliary appliances like braces and extraoral auxiliary appliances like headgear with the teeth to control anchorage. These posed many problems that interfered with ideal results being achieved. For example, the effectiveness of extraoral anchorage devices demands that patients participate fully in their use, which is sometimes an unrealistic expectation. Fortunately, the field of implants, and miniature implants, in particular, have yielded the solution to many of these problems.

What Are Implants?

Implants have become one of the most reliable forms of anchorage in orthodontics. Implants are devices made of alloplastic that an orthodontist surgically affixes onto or inserts into the jawbone. The introduction of miniaturized implants has revolutionized the orthodontics field. One such form of miniaturized implants is temporary anchorage devices.

Introducing Temporary Anchorage Devices

Temporary anchorage devices (TAD) are biocompatible devices that are fixed to the bone in order to facilitate movement of the teeth. They do this either by supporting the teeth being used as the anchorage points (ie. the “reactive unit”) or by preventing the need for such a reactive unit in the first place. These miniature implant devices can be adhered to the bone either biochemically (using a procedure called “osseointegration”) or mechanically (through cortical stabilization). These TADs can also be positioned in a number of regions of the jaw, depending on the anchorage and movement needed. After treatment is completed, these devices are then simply removed from the mouth.

Benefits of Temporary Anchorage Devices

Upon introduction of temporary anchorage devices into the field of orthodontics as an alternative to standard anchorage methods, it was shown to be possible to overcome the previous limitations of the anchorage. Numerous case reports emerging since the early 2000s about the promise of this new technology attest to this fact. Perhaps the greatest contribution temporary anchorage devices have made to the field of orthodontics is that they make what’s known as “infinite anchorage” possible, which means that no movement (i.e. no loss of the anchorage) is sustained during the treatment.

What Does a Temporary Anchorage Device Look Like?

A TAD is a tiny titanium screw, generally between 1 1/2 and 2 millimeters in diameter, that’s been engineered specifically to be compatible with human tissue. Orthodontists then place this screw into a patient’s gum and jaw in order to serve as an anchor that supports the movement of the teeth.

Do Temporary Anchorage Devices Cause Pain or Discomfort?

Before an orthodontist inserts a temporary anchorage device, he or she uses local anesthesia to numb a small section of the gum where the TAD is to be placed. Therefore, when the implant is inserted, you should feel only a light sensation of pressure, if anything at all. There may some slight discomfort after the anesthetic wears off and for the first 24 hours following the procedure. But acetaminophen or ibuprofen should be enough to alleviate it.

When the temporary anchorage devices are no longer needed, their removal is simple and generally painless, requiring no anesthesia. Within just a few days after a TAD’s removal, the site typically heals with no residual pain.

How Long Do Temporary Anchorage Devices Remain in the Mouth?

Each patient is different, and every orthodontist will base his or her determination of the duration of TAD treatment on the specific needs and conditions of each respective patient individually. In most instances, a temporary anchorage device is kept in place for about a few months, unlike braces which are generally left in the mouth for 18 months to two years or longer.

What Possible Problems or Side Effects Can Occur with TADs?

Research has shown that temporary anchorage devices cause no damage to the teeth, gums or other tissues of the mouth. Furthermore, most remain rigidly in place for their duration, although occasionally a TAD can come prematurely loose. If this occurs, it’s generally painless and all that’s likely needed is for a replacement to be issued.

In very rare cases, some irritation may occur. If this happens, simply place a bit of orthodontic wax over the TAD’s head until the irritation disappears. If it doesn’t disappear, then contact our office immediately.

What Care and Maintenance is Involved with Temporary Anchorage Devices

After temporary anchorage devices are inserted, it’s recommended to rinse the mouth twice each day for the first five days with an anti-bacterial mouthwash. For the remainder of the treatment period, dip a toothbrush into the same type of solution and gently clean the area around the top of the implant each day. Don’t use an electric toothbrush while TADs are installed in your mouth. And don’t fidget with the implants either.

Temporary Anchorage Devices and Invisalign

While Invisalign braces are becoming more and more widespread due to their improved aesthetics, hygiene, durability, and comfort, they do present an anchorage issue. Fortunately, temporary anchorage devices solve that anchorage issue. Therefore, more and more orthodontists are starting to use Invisalign and TADs in tandem with one another to improve results over using either on its own. There are multiple ways to use these two technologies in combination with one another, depending on the individual patient’s specific situation and needs.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585
https://drpapandreas.com/

What are Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD’s)?