SureSmile in Columbus

If you’re interested in a braces-free alternative for orthodontic correction in Columbus, the team at Pawlus Dental is here to help. At our office, we specialize in SureSmile treatment for patients of all ages. Contact us now to set up your consultation.

Am I a Good Candidate for SureSmile?

SureSmile is a great option if you have a healthy mouth, and you have minor-to-moderate orthodontic issues. 

Your mouth must be free of gum disease, tooth decay, and damaged or broken teeth to undergo SureSmile treatment. If you do have oral health issues and wish to be treated with SureSmile, we will take care of any decay or gum concerns prior to starting Invisalign.  

In addition, SureSmile may not be an appropriate treatment if you have severe orthodontic problems, such as a major overbite or underbite, or very crooked or crowded teeth. For these types of issues, orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces may be a better option.

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The Benefits of SureSmile

Why choose SureSmile over traditional metal braces? There are a wide variety of benefits to Invisalign treatment.

SureSmile is removable, so you can brush and floss easily, and continue eating your favorite foods without any dietary restrictions
Your SureSmile aligners will not irritate your mouth, and shift your teeth more gently compared to braces
Straightening your teeth helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and jaw-related issues like TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder)
SureSmile is completely invisible when worn and does not affect speech
Treatment with SureSmile is typically faster than with braces, with an average treatment time of 12 months

The SureSmile Treatment Process

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Initial Consultation

First, you’ll come into our office for a comprehensive oral exam. Our Columbus dentist will determine if you’re a good candidate for SureSmile. If you’re approved, he will take impressions of your teeth, and work with SureSmile to develop your treatment plan.

Receive & Wear Your Aligners

You’ll come back to our office after a few weeks to pick up your first several sets of aligners, and instructions on how to wear them. Each set is usually worn for 20-22 hours per day for one weeks, but wear time may be customized based on your specific needs.

Come in for Checkups

You’ll come into Pawlus Dental for a checkup every 6-8 weeks. We will ensure your treatment is on track, and provide you with your next few sets of aligners. This process will continue until your treatment is complete.

Frequently Asked Question

How Long Does SureSmile Take To Straighten Teeth?

The time it takes for SureSmile to straighten your teeth can vary depending on your individual case. For some, noticeable changes can be seen within weeks, while others might need a few months to achieve their desired results. On average, SureSmile treatment can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months. It's important to remember that the effectiveness of the treatment largely depends on how consistently you wear your aligners and follow the provided treatment plan. Regular check-ups with your dentist at Pawlus Dental are also key to ensure your teeth are moving as planned.

How Do I Care for My SureSmile Aligners?

Proper care for your SureSmile aligners is essential to keep them clean, clear, and effective. To care for your aligners, rinse them with lukewarm water every time you remove them. Brush them gently with a soft toothbrush to remove any buildup, but avoid using toothpaste as it can be abrasive and cause scratches. Soak your aligners in a clear aligner cleaning solution or denture cleaner regularly to keep them fresh. Always store your aligners in their case when not in use to prevent loss or damage. By maintaining a good cleaning routine, you can ensure your aligners stay in optimal condition throughout your treatment.

Does Insurance Cover Clear Aligners?

Insurance coverage for clear aligners like SureSmile can differ greatly depending on your insurance provider and specific policy. Some dental insurance plans may cover a portion of orthodontic treatments, which can include clear aligners. It's recommended to contact your insurance provider directly to understand what your plan covers. Additionally, the team at Pawlus Dental can assist you in understanding your coverage and exploring other financing options if necessary.

How Often Do I Need To Wear Clear Aligners?

For optimal results, it's recommended that you wear your SureSmile clear aligners for 20-22 hours each day. This allows your teeth to gradually shift into their new positions. The aligners should only be removed when eating, drinking anything other than water, and for cleaning both your teeth and the aligners. Consistent wear is crucial to the success of your treatment. The more dedicated you are to wearing your aligners, the quicker and more effective your treatment will be.

Can I Drink Coffee With Clear Aligners?

No, it's not recommended to drink coffee or any other colored beverages with your clear aligners in. The reason behind this is twofold. First, these types of drinks can stain your aligners, which can make them noticeable when you're wearing them. Second, hot beverages like coffee can potentially warp the plastic of your aligners, affecting their fit and effectiveness. It's best to remove your aligners when drinking coffee or other colored beverages, and to clean your teeth before reinserting them to prevent any potential staining or damage.

How Often Do I Need to Change My Aligners?

Typically, you will need to change your SureSmile aligners every one to two weeks. Your dentist will provide a specific schedule based on your individual treatment plan. It's important to follow this schedule closely to ensure that your teeth continue to move as intended. Regular check-ups with your dentist will help monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments.

What Should I Do If I Lose an Aligner?

If you lose an aligner, it's important to contact Pawlus Dental as soon as possible. Your dentist may advise you to wear your previous set of aligners to prevent your teeth from shifting back, or they may have you move on to the next set in your treatment plan. Depending on your situation, a replacement aligner might be needed. Prompt action is crucial to avoid disrupting your treatment.

Can I Play Sports with My Aligners In?

Yes, you can play sports with your aligners in, but it's recommended to wear a mouthguard over them to protect your teeth and the aligners from damage. If your sport involves heavy contact or poses a high risk of impact, it may be best to remove the aligners during play and wear a protective mouthguard instead. Always consult with your dentist for personalized advice.

How Do I Know If SureSmile Is Right for Me?

SureSmile is suitable for many people, but the best way to determine if it's right for you is to schedule a consultation with your dentist at Pawlus Dental. They will evaluate your teeth and discuss your orthodontic needs and goals. SureSmile can effectively treat a range of issues, including crowded teeth, gaps, and bite problems, but every case is unique.

Are There Any Dietary Restrictions with SureSmile?

One of the benefits of SureSmile aligners is that there are no dietary restrictions, as you remove the aligners when eating or drinking anything other than water. This allows you to enjoy all your favorite foods without worrying about damaging braces or wires. However, it's important to brush and floss your teeth before putting your aligners back in to maintain good oral hygiene.

Will SureSmile Affect My Speech?

It's common to experience a slight adjustment period when you first start wearing SureSmile aligners. You might notice a slight lisp or change in speech as you get used to having the aligners in your mouth. This usually resolves within a few days as your tongue adjusts to the aligners. Practicing speaking with the aligners in can help speed up this adjustment period.

Can I Smoke While Wearing SureSmile Aligners?

It is not recommended to smoke while wearing your SureSmile aligners. Smoking can stain the aligners, making them more visible and less aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, the heat from smoking can warp the plastic, affecting the fit and effectiveness of the aligners. For best results, remove your aligners before smoking and brush your teeth before reinserting them.

How Do SureSmile Aligners Compare to Traditional Braces?

SureSmile aligners offer several advantages over traditional braces. They are nearly invisible, more comfortable, and can be removed for eating, drinking, and cleaning your teeth. This means no dietary restrictions and easier oral hygiene. However, traditional braces may be recommended for more complex orthodontic issues. Your dentist at Pawlus Dental can help determine the best option for your specific needs.

What Happens After I Complete My SureSmile Treatment?

After completing your SureSmile treatment, you will likely need to wear a retainer to maintain your new smile and prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original positions. Your dentist will provide specific instructions on how often and for how long you should wear your retainer. Retainers are a crucial part of maintaining the results of your orthodontic treatment.

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