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Invisalign®

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You’ve likely seen commercials or heard from friends about Invisalign® orthodontics. This innovative orthodontic system offers patients an esthetic alternative to the traditional method of aligning teeth with brackets and wires. Invisalign® offers the same high quality of care with beautiful results as traditional braces by moving the teeth into their ideal position using a series of clear, removable aligners. For those patients who have allergies or sensitivities to metal, or who want to maintain a professional image during orthodontic treatment, Invisalign® is an ideal smile alignment option. Like any other orthodontic treatment, there is no one size fits all solution for every patient, but with continued improvements in materials and methods, Invisalign® is a popular treatment option for more patients every year. Call Dr. Marissa Mikolich and her team to learn more about Invisalign treatment or to schedule your complimentary Invisalign® consultation today. We’ll examine your smile, answer questions, and help you find the best orthodontic treatment option. Mikolich Orthodontics welcomes patients from Canfield and surrounding communities including Columbiana and Austintown. 

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How Does Invisalign Work?

Dr. Mikolich uses advanced 3D computer technology to create a sequence of finely calibrated clear and removable aligners that place continuous pressure on the teeth resulting in gradual straightening of the teeth over time. Each aligner is typically worn for approximately two weeks and removed while eating, brushing and flossing. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will gradually move until ideal alignment has been achieved as prescribed by Dr. Mikolich. You will typically visit Dr. Mikolich for a routine evaluation every 6 to 8 weeks during Invisalign treatment to ensure that the teeth are aligning as planned.  

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What are the Benefits of Invisalign?

There are numerous advantages for patients who choose to straighten their smiles using the Invisalign® system including:

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Am I a Good Invisalign Candidate?

Invisalign® treats many mild to moderate orthodontic concerns, and the treatment process is personalized to meet the needs of individual patients. Almost anyone can be a good candidate for orthodontic alignment using the Invisalign® system. Some of the many issues that can be addressed using Invisalign® aligners include:

 

If we determine Invisalign® will address your orthodontic concerns, treatment with aligners can be completed quickly and comfortably by Dr. Mikolich and her friendly, caring orthodontic team. 

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Invisalign FAQs

Invisalign in Canfield is widely known as a popular orthodontic treatment, but is it right for you? After learning more about the benefits and process of wearing Invisalign aligners, you likely have additional questions as to whether you should agree to this type of treatment or an alternative such as traditional braces or clear/ceramic braces. If you find that you are leaning more toward Invisalign, here are a few additional questions and answers you may want to review. Our team at Mikolich Orthodontics wants you to feel confident and comfortable in your decision to receive a new smile with the help of clear aligners.

What is the difference between Invisalign and DIY aligners?

You’ve likely seen commercials for many do-it-yourself aligner systems. While these convenient, at-home solutions promise a straighter, more perfectly aligned smile, you may not realize just how damaging they can be without proper guidance from a professional. What makes Invisalign different (and the better choice) is:

What is the best way to clean my aligners?

There are two effective ways to clean your Invisalign aligners:

Both will get the job done but ultimately, it is up to you as to how you want to keep your aligners clean. No matter which one you choose, make sure to never rinse your trays using hot water, as this can easily warp the plastic. Also, avoid toothpaste, as most are abrasive and will scratch/dull your aligners, making them more noticeable to others.

Why is it important to wear the trays for 22 hours a day?

The reason is simple: your teeth need continuous pressure in order to move. Invisalign trays are designed to be worn 20-22 hours each day. You are only to remove them when eating, drinking, or cleaning them. If you have a special event and would prefer not to wear your aligners, this is fine, but it should only be for a short duration.

Your teeth need to be able to move in the right direction and to ensure that they do, they require the gentle pressure of your aligners. If you opt to leave them out for too long, you will experience a delay in treatment.

Will I need a retainer once I’m finished with Invisalign?

Although not all Invisalign patients require one, it is highly likely that you will need to wear a retainer after you’ve completed your treatment. The reason is that your teeth can move back into their original position without having something there to hold them in place. A retainer does just that and will be an easy oral device to wear.

In the beginning, your orthodontist will recommend wearing it all the time; however, after several months, you may be able to wear it only at night while you sleep.

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