Invisalign in Glenview IL
Having crooked, misaligned, or improperly spaced teeth can make a person feel self-conscious about their smile, but many people don't realize that an improperly aligned bite can lead to other oral health problems as well. Leaving an abnormal bite untreated can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, abnormal wear on enamel, and jaw problems.
Many adults are reluctant to seek orthodontic treatment for many reasons. Traditional metal braces are considered unattractive and embarrassing as well as being difficult to clean. They require changes to a patient's diet and eating habits to accommodate the metal brackets and wires. Traditional braces are also a significant time investment, requiring frequent visits to the orthodontist for adjustments, which can be uncomfortable.
At Gallery Park Dental, our Glenview dental office, we understand our patients' concerns, and we want to offer a solution that allows patients to get needed treatment for a range of bite issues without all the trouble and sacrifice needed for traditional braces. That's why we are both certified Invisalign treatment providers.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system that replaces the uncomfortable brackets and wires used in metal braces with a series of clear BPA-free plastic trays. These trays are custom-crafted to fit each patient's bite and gently straighten crooked or misaligned teeth. Invisalign can be used to treat overcrowding, underbites, overbites, gapped teeth, and other dental alignment problems. We are happy to evaluate patients on a case-by-case basis to determine if Invisalign is the right option for them.
Invisalign replaces the frequent orthodontist visits by providing patients with multiple sets of aligner trays at each visit. Every two weeks, a new set of aligner trays is used, each with small adjustments to a patient's bite. This allows patients to keep follow-up visits to our office for approximately every six weeks, saving time and hassle.
What Is the Invisalign Treatment Process?
To begin Invisalign treatment, we take digital photos, x-rays, and impressions of the patient's mouth. This information is used to create a 3-D model, which is then used in combination with our custom treatment plan to craft the personalized aligner trays. At each visit, we will provide approximately three new sets of aligner trays, depending on each patient's individual treatment needs.
A follow-up visit is necessary approximately every six weeks, in most cases. During this appointment, we check the treatment progress to ensure patients stay on track. We also provide the next series of aligners. Wearing the aligner trays for 20 to 22 hours per day provides the best results, and the trays are removed during meals and while brushing.
What Are the Advantages of Invisalign?
Invisalign's treatment system offers many advantages over traditional braces, including:
- Clear plastic trays are virtually invisible – no unsightly brackets and wires.
- Aligner trays are easily removed during meals, eliminating the need for diet modifications.
- Invisalign gently and gradually adjusts teeth, causing less pain and discomfort than traditional braces.
- Adjustments during the treatment process are done by replacing the aligner trays every few weeks, leading to fewer follow-up visits.
We believe that Invisalign can be an ideal way to treat alignment issues for our patients, and we are happy to provide additional information and answer questions at our Glenview dental office.
Improve Your Smile Today with Invisalign
If you are interested in finding out if you are a good candidate for the Invisalign treatment system or if you have questions about Invisalign, call Gallery Park Dental today to schedule a consultation.