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FAQs: Invisalign Edition

Published on June 25th, 2019

We cannot stop smiling now that it’s summer, but do you have the straight smile that you want to show off during the warm weather? At Oakbrook Orthodontist, an orthodontist serving Westmont, we offer many options for straightening your teeth, including Invisalign. Read more for some information to see if you are an eligible candidate.

 

What Is Invisalign?

As a semi-invisible method of straightening your teeth, Invisalign differs from traditional braces and retainers. They are removable and custom fitted aligners that are crafted specifically to fit the shape of your teeth. Using 3D computer imaging, Invisalign has proven very effective for clients who are looking for a straighter smile while also avoiding braces.

 

How Does It Work?

Similar to metal braces, Invisalign is designed to put gentle force on your teeth in different areas over time, creating a more aesthetic and functional alignment. Aligners are swapped out roughly every two weeks and each new aligner only slightly adjusts your teeth. Over time, your teeth will move into their final positions that Dr. Neal has designed for your new smile. You are able to get the smile you’ve always wanted without the bulk and discomfort of traditional braces.

 

How Long Does It Take?

The entire treatment can last as little as nine months and may take up to fifteen months. There are between eighteen and thirty aligners that you’ll be swapping out for, but the amount of time and number of aligners both depend on the individual’s case.

 

What Are The Benefits Of Invisalign?

Invisalign is transparent and removable, meaning you do not have to worry about avoiding certain foods. Other benefits include:

  • Minimal Maintenance: They are comfortable to wear and unlike braces, you don’t have to come to the orthodontist to get wires tightened or any other maintenance. 
  • Subtlety: People most likely won’t be able to notice your Invisalign as you wear them. 
  • Your Teeth Won’t Stain: With braces, you may have small square marks on your teeth when the brackets are removed due to staining. However, with Invisalign, you are removing your aligners while you are eating and brushing your teeth. As a result, your teeth will be the same shade when you finish the treatment.

 

Our orthodontist serving Westmont knows how important it is to have a smile that makes you confident. Invisalign helps correct issues like overbite, underbite, gaps, and more. Contact us at Oakbrook Orthodontics to schedule a consultation regarding Invisalign today!

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