How Does [Invisalign] Work?


What is Invisalign and How Does It Work?

The luck of the genetic draw means that sometimes you may have less than straight teeth. Or you might have an overbite, with the top front teeth coming down too far over the lower front teeth. Modern orthodontics and dental advances, however, now mean that you aren’t stuck with what Nature put in your gift bag.


Is It Really Necessary to Have Straight Teeth?

In a word – maybe. Straight teeth are definitely more attractive from an aesthetic viewpoint. People in the media, for example – whose appearance can make a difference in job opportunities – often choose to get their teeth straightened, even as adults. Those whose appearance isn’t as much of an issue may do just fine with slightly crooked teeth. For both adults and children, however, the real issue behind teeth straightening is oral health. Teeth that are jammed together and teeth that are widely spaced can both contribute to tooth decay. Closely spaced teeth are harder to clean and floss, while wide-set teeth may trap food particles in the spaces. When your teeth are crooked they are more likely to wear unevenly. Technically, this condition is known as malocclusion, and it can cause bite problems, jaw pain and headaches. For people with these kinds of oral health issues, teeth straightening moves over to the “it’s probably necessary” side of the equation.

What Are The Conventional Orthodontic Treatment Options?

The traditional treatment involves metal or ceramic braces that consist of brackets cemented or otherwise attached to the teeth. These brackets are connected with wire, rubber bands or both. They must be adjusted every two to three weeks to gradually move the teeth into the correct position. Since they are not removable, very careful attention to oral hygiene is vital. Food particles can get trapped in the brackets or wires and it can be hard to floss completely. Dietary restrictions are usually recommended to prevent breaking the brackets or wires – foods like popcorn, for example, are usually off the menu until treatment is completed and the brackets can be removed. For children who play sports, the risk of oral injury is a little higher, as even with a mouth guard, wires and brackets can come into contact with the gums. Wires and brackets can also rub on tissues of the cheeks and cause sore spots. For children who participate in band or play a musical instrument, conventional treatment can cause some problems using wind instruments like flutes or trombones. Traditional treatment is often less expensive, however.

How Is Invisalign Different?

The Invisalign system is a completely new concept in straightening teeth. The system consists of a series of plastic aligners that fit over the teeth. Each aligner moves the teeth just a little. The aligners are custom-made from a 3D computer-generated pattern based on molds of the patient’s teeth. The aligner is nearly invisible, as it is made from clear plastic. What patients often appreciate the most, however, is that the aligner is removable. Oral hygiene becomes much easier. If there’s something special on the agenda like a big date or senior pictures, the aligner can be temporarily removed. No dietary restrictions are required, as the aligner can be taken out for meals.

How Does Invisalign Work?

The first step in the treatment process is a visit with an orthodontist, who will assess your child’s mouth and make treatment recommendations. After he or she develops a treatment plan, molds of the teeth are used to enter digital pictures into the 3D computer software which is used to develop the aligners. Every two or three weeks, you or your child will put it a new aligner. In most cases, you only need to see the orthodontist every six weeks or so (much less frequently than with conventional treatment). After approximately 12 to 18 months, the teeth will have become straight. Many patients need to wear a retainer for another year or so to ensure the teeth will stabilize in the new position. This retainer is similar to the treatment aligner in that it is removable and made of clear plastic. Both aligner and retainer must be cleaned at least once a day, but this is easy since they can simply be soaked in the special cleaning solution or in vinegar for five minutes, then thoroughly rinsed with plain water.

Straight teeth – whether for cosmetic or oral health reasons – are possible for nearly anyone, no matter what their age. Please contact us at Papandreas Orthodontics if you have questions or need more information. We will also be happy to schedule you or your child for an appointment to assess your oral health and can discuss payment options or any other concerns you may have.

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

What’s the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?

Papandreas Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. An orthodontist is highly-skilled at using various techniques to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment.

Orthodontist v's Dentist - Happy child undergoing orthodontic dental treatment- bracesCorrecting bites, occlusion, and crooked teeth is orthodontist Samuel Papandreas‘ specialty. As an Elite Preferred Invisalign Provider, Dr. Papandreas’ mission is to provide superior speciality Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics for each one of his patients within a nurturing setting.

But you may hate the idea of wearing bulky-looking metal braces! Choosing Invisalign is a great solution if this your concern. Not only are these teeth appliances virtually undetectable, they’re also removable. As a result, you can eat and drink as well as brush and floss at leisure during treatment.

Dr. Papandreas also offers iBraces, which are installed behind your teeth and away from onlookers’ view. Each patient’s iBraces are 100% customizable, which results in effective, efficient tooth movement. iBraces are ideal for athletes who play contact sports, adult professionals, musicians who play wind instruments, or individuals concerned about the effect braces would have on the front of their teeth.

Making a Decision

Choosing the right orthodontist is an important decision. The Papandreas Orthodontics website is designed to make this decision easier. We encourage you to browse our online office to find the right treatment method for you. Take a few minutes to read our patients’ testimonials, and read about our philosophy, state-of-the-art services and expert staff. We can schedule a free orthodontic consultation to:

• Diagnose your dental issue(s)
• Explain your treatment options and answer your questions
• Empower you to successfully reach your goals once a treatment option is chosen



Dr. Papandreas falls within the top 1 percent of Invisalign providers in North America, for expertise and experience. His practice offers braces and Invisalign for kids, teens and adults in the North Royalton and Brunswick, OH area including Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Brunswick, Independence, Middleburg Heights, Parma Heights, Parma, and Strongsville.

Contact us by phone North Royalton: 440-582-8585Brunswick: 330-558-9092, fill out our online request form today or in person at a practice.

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212

What’s the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?

Smile Quote Santosh Kaur

I Was Smiling Yesterday, I Am Smiling Today and I Will Smile Tomorrow

Smile Quote Santosh Kalwar

Believe it or not, but your smile has a huge impact on your self-esteem. The happier you are with yourself and your appearance, the more you smile. Having crooked teeth could cause you to shy away from smiling, but that does not have to be the case. An experienced orthodontist can help you get the oral care that you need, in order to keep smiling, brightly.

Bracing Yourself for a Smile

Your smile is something that cannot be taken off each day, in comparison to an article of clothing or your favorite accessory. You carry your smile with you daily, which is why you should get the treatment that you need from a professional orthodontist who will work hard so that you can keep smiling.

Correcting a bad bite can help restore your smile, and it all begins with orthodontic treatment. Malocclusion (bad bite) can be treated through braces. The main purpose of this corrective procedure is to:

• Straighten your teeth
• Correct your jaw line alignment
• Put a smile back on your face

You will receive the information necessary to maintain great oral hygiene while your braces are on. An orthodontist will also go over the importance of a well-balanced diet, and what foods you should avoid completely while wearing braces. You want to do everything that we can to ensure that your corrective treatment is a success so that you can smile since life is too short to frown.

Other Orthodontic Needs

An orthodontist is skilled to help you receive the oral care and treatment necessary to put a smile on your face. Some of the other orthodontic needs that an orthodontist may specialize in are:

• Overbites
• Underbites
• Hyperdontia
• Grinding of the Teeth (Or clinching of the teeth)
• Gaps

Do not put off getting your Orthodontic braces any longer. Your oral care should always be a huge priority. Dr. Samuel Papandreas can provide you with the orthodontic care that you need, and deserve. Contact Dr. Papandreas’ office today, in order to get rid of your frown so that you can smile as the smile quote says life is too short for anything else!

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

“I was smiling yesterday, I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow. Simply because life is too short to cry for anything.” ― Santosh Kalwar

Smile Quote

“Smile at strangers and you just might change a life.” – Steve Maraboli

Smile Quote Steve Maraboli
If your child has crooked, misaligned or crowded teeth, getting him or her fitted for braces is probably the best option to correct his or her teeth. Braces improve your child’s oral health and they give him or her the confidence to smile at strangers, friends, and family without hesitation.

Here is some information about braces:

Types of Braces

Traditional Braces

The braces are made with wires, attached to the teeth, and adjusted by the orthodontist as the teeth move into their correct positions. Read more