Contact Jeff Dworkin, D.D.S.,
for superior orthodontic care in
University Heights OH.







Heights Smiles
14100 Cedar Road Suites 230
University Heights, OH 44121
Phone: 216.382.0061



Invisalign® braces, also known as “invisible braces,” are a popular alternative to traditional braces.

Invisalign® uses a series of invisible, removable, comfortable trays (called “aligners”) to straighten your teeth. These plastic aligners are customized by Dr. Dworkin and the Invisalign® company to fit your unique treatment needs. More comfortable than traditional braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed to eat, drink, brush, and floss.

Dr. Dworkin underwent specialized rigorous training to be able to provide his patients with Invisalign® services.

TOP FOUR QUESTIONS
How much does Invisalign cost?Does Invisalign really work?Does insurance cover Invisalign?Where can I see pictures of actual finished Invisalign cases?
GENERAL QUESTIONS
What is Invisalign? Does Invisalign really work? How does Invisalign work? What are the primary benefits of Invisalign?What are aligners made of?What do aligners look like?Is this a new way to straighten teeth? How old is the company? How old is this technology?How many patients are being treated with Invisalign? Do doctors need special training in order to use Invisalign? How does Invisalign effectively move teeth? Has the FDA approved Invisalign?

GETTING STARTED
Can I go to any orthodontist or dentist to be treated with Invisalign?Is Invisalign available outside the United States?

CASE SELECTION
What is the minimum age of a patient that a doctor can treat with Invisalign?I am currently wearing braces - can I make the switch to Invisalign?Have there been cases where a patient was treated for a case that is a little more severe than moderate crowding? Are there certain dental conditions that automatically exclude you from being an eligible patient?Are crowns a factor in Invisalign treatment?Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment? Can Invisalign close gaps (space closure)?Are bridges a factor in Invisalign treatment?

DURING TREATMENT
Will treatment be painful?Will wearing Invisalign Aligners affect my speech?Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?Will smoking stain the aligners?Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?What's the best way to clean my aligners?How often must I wear my aligners?Can patients use aligners for bleaching teeth while active tooth movement is occurring?How often must I see the orthodontist/dentist?What happens after treatment to prevent my teeth from moving again?

Q: How much does Invisalign® cost?

A: As with all treatments, the cost of Invisalign® is dependent on your individual orthodontic needs. Although many patients think that Invisalign® braces cost much more than traditional braces, surprisingly, the price ranges are close. An increase in cost of Invisalign® braces is due to lab fees that are not necessary with traditional braces. Insurance plans that cover standard braces will usually also cover Invisalign®.
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Q: Does Invisalign® really work?

A: Yes. Invisalign® has proven to be effective at straightening teeth in both research and clinical practice.
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Q: Does insurance cover Invisalign®?

A: Medical benefits differ significantly from policy to policy, so you’ll want to check with your provider. Usually, Invisalign® is covered to the same extent as conventional braces if you have orthodontic coverage.
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Q: Where can I see pictures of actual finished Invisalign® cases?

A: Click here to see what patients are saying about Invisalign® and to see their before and after pictures.
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GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q: What is Invisalign®?

A: Invisalign® is a way to straighten teeth without using metal braces. Invisalign® uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth.
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Q: Does Invisalign® really work?

A: Yes. Invisalign® has proven to be effective at straightening teeth in both research and clinical practice.
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Q: How does Invisalign® work?

A: Invisalign® uses 3-D computer imaging to plan a complete treatment for your unique orthodontic condition. These images are used to make a series of aligners that will straighten your teeth. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks.
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Q: What are the primary benefits of Invisalign®?

A: There are four primary benefits of Invisalign®.

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Q: What are aligners made of?

A: Aligners are made of almost invisible, strong, medical-grade plastic.
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Q: What do aligners look like?

A: Aligners are almost invisible. They resemble clear tooth-whitening trays, although they’re custom-made for a better fit. Sometimes they’re called contact lenses for teeth.
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Q: Is this a new method for straightening teeth?

A: Orthodontists and dentists have used removable devices for many years for minor orthodontic problems. However, Invisalign® treats a wide range of problems with better results
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Q: How old is the company?

A: Align Technology, Inc., the company that manufactures Invisalign®, was founded in 1997.
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Q: How old is this technology?

A: The idea for this technology was born in 1945, when Dr. H.D. Kesling envisioned that we would one day be able to use of a series of tooth positioners to align teeth. Align Technology was formed to carry out this vision in 1997.
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Q: How many patients are being treated with Invisalign®?

A: More than 135,000 patients are currently being treated with Invisalign®. This number grows daily.
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Q: Do doctors need special training to use Invisalign®?

A: Yes, special training is required. All orthodontists and dentists who want to treat patients with Invisalign® must attend a workshop before cases will be accepted from their office. Dr. Dworkin is proud to be a premier provider of Invisalign®. He has treated over 100 cases using Invisalign®.
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Q: How does Invisalign® effectively move teeth?

A: Like traditional braces, Invisalign® aligners move your teeth by applying force to the teeth. However, Invisalign® not only controls how much force is used, but also controls when the force is applied. Only certain teeth are allowed to move at certain times, as determined by the orthodontic treatment plan. This results in an efficient teeth straightening system.
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Q: Has the FDA approved Invisalign®?

A: Yes, the FDA approved Invisalign® in August 1998.
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GETTING STARTED

Q: Can I go to any orthodontist or dentist to be treated with Invisalign®?

A: Specific training is needed to use Invisalign®. As a result, orthodontists are required to be certified by Invisalign® before they can start treating patients.
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Q: Is Invisalign® available outside the United States?

A: At this time, Invisalign® is available in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe.
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CASE SELECTION

Q: What is the minimum qualification age to use Invisalignv?

A: As long as the patient has their permanent molars, doctors can use Invisalign® in their treatment.
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Q: I am currently wearing braces - can I make the switch to Invisalign®?

A: Doctors can treat patients with a combination of braces and Invisalign®. Dr. Dworkin can help you to decide which treatment is best for you.
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Q: Have there been cases where a patient was treated for a case that is a little more severe than moderate crowding?

A: Yes, in clinical studies, complex cases have been treated using Invisalign®.
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Q: Are there certain dental conditions that automatically exclude you from being an eligible patient?

A: Dr. Dworkin can help you to decide which treatment is best for you.
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Q: Are crowns a factor in Invisalign® treatment?

A: Although crowns usually aren’t a factor in Invisalign® treatment, in some cases, Dr. Dworkin will need to carefully evaluate the location of any crowns you may have to ensure optimal treatment.
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Q: Will TMJ affect Invisalign® treatment?

A: TMJ refers to the temporomandibular (or jaw) joint. Some patients experience problems with this joint. Sometimes, such problems could be worsened by orthodontic treatments like Invisalign®. Dr. Dworkin can help determine if TMJ would affect your treatment.
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Q: Can Invisalign® close gaps between teeth?

A: Yes. Gaps are generally easy to close with Invisalign® aligners.
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Q: Are bridges a factor in Invisalign® treatment?

A: Since bridges firmly link teeth together, they can resist tooth movement. Dr. Dworkin can help determine whether bridges will be a factor in your treatment.
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DURING TREATMENT

Q: Will treatment be painful?

A: Most people experience some short-term minor discomfort with each new aligner. Most patients describe this normal discomfort as a feeling of pressure. This is a sign that Invisalign® is working. After a couple of days with your new aligner, this discomfort will go away.
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Q: Will wearing Invisalign® aligners affect my speech?

A: As with most orthodontic appliances, you may experience some difficulty in speaking for a couple days after beginning treatment. As your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, these problems should go away.
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Q: Are there restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?

A: Unlike patients treated with traditional braces, you can eat whatever you want because aligners can be taken out. Thus, there is no need to avoid any of your favorite foods and snacks, unless Dr. Dworkin instructs you otherwise. Remember to brush your teeth after every meal and before you put your aligners on.
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Q: Will smoking stain my aligners?

A: Yes, smoking can discolor your aligners. Dr. Dworkin discourages smoking while being treated with Invisalign.
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Q: Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?

A: Gum will stick to your aligners. You should remove your aligners before eating or chewing gum.
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Q: What's the best way to clean my aligners?

A: Brush and rinse your aligners in lukewarm water to keep them clean.
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Q: How often must I wear my aligners?

A: Aligners should be worn all day, except when eating and cleaning your teeth.
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Q: Can patients use aligners for bleaching teeth during treatment?

A: While some patients have used aligners for bleaching, the company that makes Invisalign has not examined whether this is safe or effective. Talk with Dr. Dworkin for more information on safely whitening teeth.
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Q: How often must I see the orthodontist?

A: Dr. Dworkin will schedule appointments about once every six weeks to make sure that your treatment is going well.
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Q: What happens after treatment to prevent my teeth from moving again?

A: This will depend on your unique treatment needs. Some patients might need a positioner, while others will need a retainer. Other patients might use an invisible plastic retainer, similar to the ones Invisalign® makes. Every patient is different and will have different treatment outcomes.
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Please call us at 216.382.0061 or send an email to info@heightssmiles.com to schedule your free initial consultation. 

Dr. Dworkin and staff look forward to hearing from you!