Do You Want Straighter Teeth?

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DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Do You Want Straighter Teeth?

Everyone wants straight teeth, right? Straight teeth make you feel more confident about your smile and showing it off to the world. What better time than NOW to straighten your teeth and get the smile you always wanted. With everyone wearing a mask, it is the perfect chance to start your journey towards a straighter smile.

We have all heard of the traditional brackets and wires that most people get during their teen years. A lot of our adult patients have already had those. Often, we see teeth shifting into peoples’ 20’s and 30’s because they didn’t wear their retainer or have a permanent retainer put in. This is when a person’s career tends to take off, and they do not want to feel self-conscious about their teeth during interviews, presentations, or business meetings in general. Insert: Invisalign or Clear Correct.

Clear aligners are an excellent option for those who have had teeth relapse after braces or those who always wanted braces but never got them as children/teens. Invisalign, or Clear Correct, is a series of trays that you wear for two weeks at a time that slowly straighten the teeth. You must wear them for 22 hours a day to get the results promised and stay on track with estimated treatment time. Treatment time ranges from 6 months and under to 7-18 months. It all depends on how much needs corrected.

How To Get Started

If you are interested in clear aligners, your first step would be to schedule a consultation. We are currently offering complimentary consults so you can see if you qualify and get an estimate on cost and treatment time. We choose the company based on your needs and our experience with what they each have to offer. A consult involves taking a digital scan and photos of your teeth to send off to the company we choose so they can put together a treatment plan for you. It is really exciting once they send us back your treatment plan, and you can see a digital video showing the teeth moving and your expected final results upon completion of treatment. Contact Dental Reflections Dublin today at 614.799.5576 to schedule your complimentary consultation and get started on the dream smile you always wanted!!

Do You Want Straighter Teeth?

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Get Straighter Teeth With Invisalign

Have you wanted straighter teeth but didn’t want all of that metal and hardware in your mouth? Invisalign, or clear aligners, may be a great option for you! Clear aligners are exactly how they sound- they are clear, retainer-like trays that you wear over a period of time that slowly straighten the teeth in a safe manner. Maybe you’ve been thinking about some type of braces for a while now but didn’t know where to start. We are here to help you navigate getting started on your journey to the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

First Steps to Getting Straighter Teeth

The first step to seeing if you are a candidate for clear aligners is scheduling a consultation at our office. This involves taking measurements, photos, and a scan of the teeth to send in to the company we choose that’s best for you. We then have you back to go over your customized treatment plan with estimated treatment time and cost. The virtual treatment plan will show how your teeth will transform over the estimated treatment time. The amount of time in the trays can vary between as little as 6 months to 18+ months. A lot of it also depends on how compliant you are in wearing the trays as well. It is recommended to wear them for a minimum of 22 hours a day and only take them out when you are eating or drinking anything besides water.

Cost of Clear Aligners

The cost can vary greatly depending on the recommended treatment time and how much correcting/straightening of the teeth that need done. The range is similar to traditional braces and starts at around $3,000 and can go up to $5,000+. The good news is if you have orthodontic coverage on your insurance plan, you can also apply it to clear aligners. Be sure to check the age limit and amount of coverage. The average that we see on dental insurance plans is $1,000 towards any treatment which is a huge help! We do payment plans for clear aligners as well. 

The good news is, a consultation for clear aligners is free of charge at Dental Reflections Dublin! Call us today to get scheduled for your appointment to see if you are a candidate and can get started on your smile in 2020! 

Relapse After Braces? We Can Help!

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Relapse After Braces? We Can Help!

It is very common for us to see a patient in their early-mid 20’s come in with slight crowding. These are patients that have had braces as a child and didn’t wear their retainers. I mean we have all heard the story about the kid throwing his/her retainer away at lunchtime because it was folded up in a napkin, so we get it. Thankfully, nowadays there are more permanent retention options to prevent relapse.

Clear aligners, commonly known as Invisalign, are a series of clear trays that you wear for 22 hours a day that help align the teeth over a period of time. Compliance is super important, and the trays must be worn for the full 22 hours in order to be successful. They can be taken out when you eat or drink anything besides water but then are to be put back in right after you floss and brush after a snack or meal. Treatment time can range anywhere from a few months to a couple of years depending on how much correction is needed. Each set of trays is worn for approximately 1-2 weeks before switching out to a new set. This is a great alternative to traditional braces with metal brackets and wires.

Cost of Clear Aligners

The cost of clear aligners can cost the same as traditional braces depending upon the length of treatment time needed. An express case – 6 months or less – is going to run around $3,000. So, a full case – over 6 months – is going to run around $5,000. So, if you have dental insurance, you may actually have some coverage available. Some plans do not have an age limit, allowing you to utilize the typical $1,500 benefit towards the cost of braces, which applies to the clear aligners as well. Therefore, call your insurance company to see if you have this in your plan. Unfortunately, some plans are up to age 19 only on their ortho coverage, but it’s definitely worth looking into!

Lifelong Investment

Don’t get hung up on the cost. There are affordable payment plans available. Think of it as a lifelong investment in yourself!! Confidence is important and can make a world of a difference in the way you carry yourself. We hate to see the person that never shows their teeth when they smile or covers their mouth when they laugh. Straight teeth also help prevent gum and bone problems down the road and make it a lot easier to keep things clean. The nice thing is after you are finished with the trays, we put in a permanent retainer to ensure the teeth do not shift back.

Call Dental Reflections Dublin to Schedule

We are currently offering complimentary consultations to see if you are a candidate for clear aligners. This involves an exam, digital scan of the teeth (no more goopy impressions), and photos of the mouth to send off to Invisalign. This is a great opportunity to see if you qualify to get that straight smile you have been wanting for years. So, call Dental Reflections Dublin today at 614.799.5576 to schedule your free consultation and get started on a new you.

Benefits of Clear Aligners

clear aligners benefits

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought about wanting straighter teeth? A more confident smile? If you answered yes, I’m sure a few concerns come to mind. How much would it cost? How long is treatment time? Would I have to get braces with all of that metal? We have some answers and are here to tell you the benefits of having straight teeth and the solutions we have for YOU.

Straight teeth allow a person to clean their teeth much more effectively and lead to overall healthier gums and bone that support the teeth. This also means less bleeding, inflammation and decay depending on the persons alignment.

We love to see people’s teeth when they smile and we want them to feel confident. Crowded or crooked teeth is the #1 reason why people hide their teeth when they smile. They may be embarrassed about the position of their teeth and not want them to be visible in pictures. Straight teeth allow a person to smile and laugh out loud and feel good about themselves.

Straight teeth can also mean less headaches or jaw pain. A lot of times, when teeth are misaligned, this can cause increased headaches and tooth sensitivity. Teeth were designed to chew and bite together a certain way and when they aren’t in that favorable position, we often hear of these symptoms.

So you ask….what is the solution?

Clear aligners are trays that help straighten your teeth over a shorter time period than traditional braces. The trays are expected to be worn for 22 hours a day and are to be taken out for meals and while drinking anything besides water. This will allow the teeth to move at the proper speed and prevent delayed treatment. Each upper and lower tray are worn for 2 weeks at a time and 3 sets of trays are given to the patient at each visit. This allows for 6 weeks between visits to the dentist. The cost of clear aligners varies depending on how many sets of trays you need. A full case (Over 6 months) is similar to that of traditional braces. A limited case (6 months or less) is about half the price of traditional braces. Some insurances also offer a lifetime coverage allowance for orthodontics which does apply to clear aligners.

We are currently offering free consultations which involves a digital impression of your teeth (no more gooey, squishy stuff in the trays!!) and photos of the teeth to send in to see what type of case you qualify for. We are offering $500 off a full or limited case until the end of April. Now is your chance to get that beautiful smile you have dreamed of!!

What are you waiting for?

Dental Reflections Dublin Does Dentistry Differently

Dental Reflections Dublin

If you’re inclined to think that all dental offices are the same, you’ll find that there is a lot more to a dental office than meets the eye. Every dentist has a unique personality as well as their own style in caring for patients. Also, with all the innovations in dental technology, you’ll find that some dental offices are better equipped with more modern tools and equipment than others. Lastly, it comes down to relationships. How do you feel when you leave your dentist?

Dental Reflections Dublin sets itself apart from other Columbus area dentists by creating an environment that feels much like home. It’s not flashy, but you can’t help but be impressed when you come here. The moment you step in, you’ll automatically feel relaxed and at ease. Every member of the staff will treat each client with care, respect and warmth. Most importantly, this Dublin dental office is committed to providing not just superior dental care but also the highest standards of client service.

Everybody in the staff is interested in you and strives to know you really well; this way, you can be provided customized services at all times. The entire dental team fully understands that each patient has a unique personality and preference, and so it’s crucial to take that into consideration in order for a pleasant experience to be delivered to each and every patient.

It must be noted as well that Dr. Rudi As-Sanie never tires in improving her practice. She continuously pursues advanced learning opportunities so that all patients are provided the most accurate treatments for their dental woes. She even takes into consideration the psychology of providing treatments that she is able to effectively treat patients with special needs. Dr. Rudi deals with every patient with great kindness and sensitivity. Consequently, through the years she has steadily grown her highly satisfied and loyal clientele.

The office is worth commending as well. Having recently undergone a slight makeover, the space has become even more inviting for patients and visitors now. The modern, contemporary design appeals to people of all ages – it’s a far cry from the traditional dental office. The moment you step in, you’ll automatically get the impression that Dental Reflections is not your typical dentist. From the child focused table and play area to the writing on the walls, your entire family, especially your children will love coming to see Dr. Rudi and her team.

So, if you are committed to maintaining excellent oral health, then Dental Reflections is the Dublin Ohio Dentist for you. It’s highly recommended by all its patients and is constantly given five-star ratings for the quality of its service.

If your family is in need of a fantastic dentist in Dublin, OH, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to check your insurance and provide you with the excellent dental care you deserve.

How Invisalign Works

How Invisalign Works

Dublin Dentist, Dr. As-Sanie has been helping patients achieve beautiful smiles for years. People always ask her how do they achieve those perfectly straight teeth as an adult without having to wear braces. The fact is, Invisalign is more convenient for many reasons. Teeth aligners are becoming the more popular option over traditional metal braces because orthodontic treatment is carried out in a really discreet manner – nobody really has to know you’re getting your teeth fixed.

Invisalign works very similarly to metal braces except for the fact that it’s virtually invisible and removable. It fixes the same issues that traditional braces do. The aligner trays for Invisalign put pressure on teeth in the same way that metal brackets, wires, and elastics do so that teeth can move to their proper places.

The Invisalign Evaluation Process

The first step in the process is to talk with your dentist about the possibility of Invisalign treatment. At this point your Dublin, OH Dentist will take X-rays. Once you have decided to move forward with the treatment she will order impressions of your teeth to create an accurate 3D image.

From these images, we determine the appropriate plans for treatment. As effective as Invisalign is, there are conditions that we must consider in order to determine if it’s the most practical treatment to use for patients. Typically, for really severe and complex alignment issues, we lean toward other treatments. This is not because Invisalign wouldn’t work, but more because treatment may be completed faster with other options.

Once we make the determination that Invisalign treatment is the right solution for you,(especially if you have no bridgework and bite issues with your back teeth), and verify that it remains to be your preferred orthodontic treatment, we create a precise treatment plan. The treatment plan covers the exact movements of the teeth as well as the approximate duration or length of treatment.

Following all that is the virtual representation of the different stages of treatment. This will help you understand how the treatment will progress so you can properly anticipate the changes that will take place during every stage of the treatment.

The aligner trays will then be prepared; this usually takes several weeks, but the moment they’re ready, actual treatment will officially commence for you. Changing trays is done every two weeks.

Ensuring the Effectiveness of Invisalign

Since Invisalign aligners are removable, you have the liberty to take them off as you wish. However, if you want this form of orthodontic treatment to work properly, you need to follow the treatment plan created for you. According to Dr. As-sanie, Invisalign should be worn for at least 20 hours a day. You’re only supposed to remove them during meals and when you need to clean the aligners before putting them back on.

If you have more questions about Invisalign, we will be more than happy to answer them for you. Contact us today and schedule an appointment for a consultation or to receive the dental care you need.