Sikora Family Dentistry

23755 Lorain Road

North Olmsted, OH 44070



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Monday 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 8 am - 5 pm
Wednesday 7 am - noon
Thursday 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Friday Closed
Saturday* 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
* One Saturday per month


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Will Invisalign Work For Me?

smiling young lady holding invisible braces and a silicone trainer in each hand

We offer a wide range of orthodontic, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures at Sikora Family Dentistry in North Olmsted, Ohio, including the Invisalign clear aligner system. Similar to traditional metal braces, Invisalign straightens your teeth and improves your smile. Invisalign is the easiest, most comfortable option to correct orthodontic issues, but it's not for everyone. Determining whether Invisalign will work for you depends on several factors, including your level of discipline and the severity of imperfections in the teeth.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a type of dental brace that uses custom-made, clear tray aligners. The aligners have a solid piece of plastic that you wear over your teeth, putting pressure on your teeth and moving them slowly to an ideal position. Invisalign has become a common, less noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces, but it only serves to correct mild to moderate misalignment of the teeth.

Severity Of Problem

The biggest reason why you might not be a good Invisalign candidate is the severity of the issues with your teeth. Invisalign can treat mild to moderate gaps, overcrowding, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. However, you'll need more advanced orthodontic procedures for large overbites that require shifting of the jaw and other severe orthodontic issues too severe for Invisalign to fix effectively. If Invisalign doesn't work for your teeth, our caring dental professionals will discuss alternative treatment options, which may include traditional metal braces or clear braces.

Discipline Is Vital

Because you can remove your aligners, choosing Invisalign also requires strong discipline to work successfully. You must wear your aligners continuously, approximately 22 hours every day, and only take them out when you're brushing, flossing, eating, or drinking anything besides water. If you're not disciplined enough to consistently wear your aligners, you won't achieve your desired results within the suggested treatment timeline. Neglecting to wear your aligners could lengthen your timeline or even completely alter the course of your treatment.

If you think you'll be tempted to take out your Invisalign products more frequently than you should, you may want to consider another option. Once your Invisalign treatment is complete, you must also have the discipline to wear a retainer, if required. Although you usually only wear a retainer while you sleep, if you're not committed to your follow-up care, you could reverse the effects of your treatment.

Time Commitment

The Invisalign process often requires a shorter time frame than metal braces if you diligently adhere to your treatment plan. Since the aligners are virtually invisible, making it less noticeable that you're undergoing straightening treatment, the shorter time commitment may not be a major deciding factor. However, if you prefer to straighten your teeth faster, possibly for a special event, Invisalign might be right for you. The average Invisalign treatment time is about nine to 15 months, while traditional braces can take anywhere from one to three years.

Comfort Consideration

Metal braces are notoriously uncomfortable and often irritate your gums and cheeks. You must be careful with what you eat with metal braces because the wires can make them challenging to clean. Since you can remove Invisalign aligners, you don't have to deal with diet restrictions or be inconvenienced by eating, brushing, or flossing around wires and brackets. Invisalign aligners are custom-made around your gum line, so there shouldn't be any irritation of your cheeks or gums. Because Invisalign moves your teeth more gradually than traditional braces, you may have less discomfort overall.

Budget Concerns

Invisalign may be more expensive than traditional braces, but it's typically comparable in price. However, there's a chance you'll break or lose your tray aligners, which would increase the cost of treatment. If your dental insurance covers orthodontics, it may cover part of the cost of your Invisalign treatment. We accept a variety of insurance plans and offer low-interest and no-interest payment plans through CareCredit.

Trust Our Dental Experts

Online assessments are available to help you determine whether you're a good candidate for Invisalign. You must receive a professional evaluation from our dentists to learn whether Invisalign will work for you. At Sikora Family Dentistry, our experienced and compassionate team is dedicated to delivering the best dental care available in a soothing, friendly environment. Contact us at 440-779-8730 to learn how we can help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile, or schedule an appointment today to see whether Invisalign is right for you.