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Clear aligners are a tool to move teeth. There are different types of clear aligner systems, and there are many different types of crooked teeth. The aligner system must fit the needs of the patient.

Aligners can treat one tooth or many teeth, the whole smile, facial structure, and mouth function. Patients seek help to look better and to fix a problem.

The orthodontic specialist must listen to why the patient is seeking care and then evaluate the patient’s needs from a pro¬fessional perspective. The patient is then educated, and recommendations are made for the appropriate aligner system for their needs.

Some aligner systems utilize only three to five aligners and are only suggested for very limited movement with often moderate to good success. Other aligner systems use 10 or fewer aligners and can achieve better results. The systems with more aligners can accomplish more movement with greater detail.

The Invisalign® system offers the best opportunity for detailed movement because small bumps or “attachments” are bonded on specific teeth to create a better grip for the aligner to push the teeth. Several sets of aligners may be used to refine the movements for the best outcome. A computerized digital scan of the teeth offers the most accurate fabrication of aligners, compared to the old impression techniques, and it’s easier, faster, and more comfortable for the patient. We use the new iTero® Scanner.

After a scan of the teeth is made, Dr. Michael Sabat utilizes his years of experience in moving teeth to direct the specific movement of each tooth. A corrected placement of teeth is made according to the individual patient’s needs. Then all the aligners are fabricated for that set, to be delivered to the patient during treatment.

After treating 10,000 patients and teaching dentists to become orthodontic specialists in a university graduate department, I can tell you that the learning curve in orthodontics is very long. Treatment may take years to accomplish, and only after an additional number of years can treatment be fully evaluated. While no one can do perfect orthodontic treatment for every patient all the time, nothing improves the chance of successful comprehensive treatment like experience.

Being more specific, the knowledge, skill and experience of an orthodontic specialist who is dedicated to only the full-time practice of orthodontics is your best choice. With more knowledge comes more recognition of details and “the devil is always in the details.” Aligners are a tool, and the skill of an experienced orthodontist makes them work. Choose the best system and the most skilled specialist for your greater value — the first time.

If you have questions about orthodontics in Parma and Brecksville, Ohio, I invite you to a personal complimentary evaluation at our office. Call today.