Do you want to straighten crooked teeth? At Premier Dentistry, Dr. Nechama Brand and Dr. Abraham Stein are Chicago Invisalign providers that can help teen and adult patients achieve a straighter, healthier smile. This orthodontic treatment is becoming more and more popular because of how discreet it is and its ease of use.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign clear aligners are used to straighten and reposition crooked teeth over time for a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile. About every week or two, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners. Each new set will gradually move your teeth into proper alignment. If you want to realign your misaligned teeth, learn more about this treatment during a consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists. It is never too late to enjoy a straighter smile.
Invisalign Treatment in Chicago
Prior to treatment, Dr. Brand or Dr. Stein will discuss your oral health, budget, and goals with you to determine if this clear aligner system is the right treatment for you and your dental needs. A treatment plan will be constructed based on the current position of your teeth and the desired position. To begin the process, they will take dental impressions that will be used to analyze your smile and plot the movement of your teeth.
Our Chicago based dentist office possesses top-of-the-line dental technology including a handheld digital scanner. This allows us to get impressions of your teeth without the use of messy trays. We will send the images of your teeth to the Invisalign laboratory when they are uploaded. Here, your custom clear aligners will be fabricated.
They will map out your treatment so that each aligner is worn and then switched to a slightly different aligner after a couple of weeks. This ensures that your results will be precise and predictable. We typically have our patients move on to the next set of aligners after about two weeks. Your teeth will slowly shift into a straighter and more balanced formation. After your last set of aligners, we will supply you with a custom made retainer that must be worn to ensure lasting results.
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
Depending on your individual needs, the treatment can take as little as six months but up to twelve or eighteen months. On average, a patient should expect there treatment to be shorter than if they had worn traditional metal braces. But, naturally, the length of your treatment is totally dependent on the severity of your misalignment. Patients should wear their clear set of aligners for about 20 to 22 hours per day. Dr. Brand or Dr. Stein will review how to care for the aligners for the best end results.
How Much is Invisalign in Chicago?
Most patients should expect to spend about $3,000 to $7,000. There are many factors that will determine the price of your treatment especially the severity of your misalignment. Extremely crooked teeth may require longer treatment time which means more aligners so it will cost more. The best thing to do is schedule a consultation with one of our Chicago dentists to get an idea about about long your treatment will last, how many aligners you will need, and an estimate.
Invisalign vs Metal Braces
Invisalign is a more practical treatment that will not interfere with your everyday life as much. The aligners are made of clear plastic and many people may not realize that you are even wearing them. Traditional braces, on the other hand, are very noticeable. The brackets are easy to spot since they are made of metal and protrude from the teeth.
The brackets are adhered to the front of the teeth and cannot be removed until the end of the treatment. Invisalign clear aligners can be removed for a few hours each day. You can remove them to eat, brush, and floss for up to 2-3 hours a day. Even though they typically cost more than metal braces, they are so much easier to handle.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign benefits patients who have mild to moderate tooth misalignment. We will evaluate your smile first so that we can recommend the appropriate treatment option for you. If you have severely overcrowded teeth, we may recommend tooth extraction treatment to make room in your mouth and prevent further problems such as gum disease and tooth decay.
How fast does Invisalign work?
If you follow all of our instructions and wear your aligners for the appropriate amount of time each day, you may start seeing results within the first month of treatment. Generally, Invisalign treatment can be completed from six to eighteen months. Your treatment time will depend on how crooked and misaligned your teeth are.
Will dental insurance cover invisible braces?
Dental insurance does not typically cover clear braces. However, we will help you with any billing and paperwork to maximize your dental insurance benefits for treatment.
Is Invisalign treatment painful?
Metal braces are reportedly more painful that this clear aligner system. Patients claim that traditional metal braces irritate the gums and cause pain. You may feel some mild pressure or discomfort as you wear each new aligner, but this will fade as your teeth adjust.
Can you eat with Invisalign?
Yes, you can remove the clear aligners to eat and brush your teeth. Because of this, Invisalign does not require any dietary restrictions. Remember to brush and floss your teeth after eating so you can keep your aligners fresh and clean.
Are you looking for a healthier and more balanced smile near Chicago? Call Premier Dentistry today to schedule a consultation at 312-726-1901! Dr. Brand and Dr. Stein are your local Chicago Invisalign providers.