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.
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 Invisalign 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, IL
Prior to treatment, Dr. Brand or Dr. Stein will discuss your oral health, budget, and goals with you to determine if Invisalign 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 Invisalign process, they will take dental impressions in order to fabricate your first custom aligner.
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. As teeth shift, the clear aligners are changed every two weeks into a straighter and more balanced formation.
Depending on your individual needs, Invisalign treatment can take six months to twelve or eighteen months. 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.
Invisalign vs Metal Braces
Invisalign is a more practical treatment that will not interfere with your everyday life as much. Many people may not realize that you are even wearing Invisalign aligners since they are made of clear plastic. 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 or 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?
Invisalign treatment is often touted as less painful than treatment with traditional metal braces that can irritate the gums. 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, Illinois? Call Premier Dentistry today to schedule your Invisalign consultation at 312-481-6859! Dr. Brand and Dr. Stein are your local Invisalign providers.