For adult patients dreaming of a straighter smile without relying on metal brackets and archwires, Invisalign is often offered as a way to achieve the desired result. At Grayslake Orthodontics, Dr. Ben can help you determine whether Invisalign is right for you during a FREE consultation. Are you bothered by crooked teeth, small gaps, or a misaligned bite? Call our office or submit a consultation request online today to set up an appointment and learn how Invisalign could help you finally gain confidence in your grin.
Invisalign treatment involves wearing several virtually invisible aligners that most people won’t be able to see while in your mouth. In addition to the improved aesthetics, Invisalign is also removable. While the aligners should be left in place for at least 22 hours each day, you can take them out for meals as well as your oral hygiene routine. Dr. Ben is a certified Invisalign provider.
Aligners are created in batches of trays customized to each patient. Most comprehensive patients will need two or three batches of trays to reach their final result. Each set of trays will be worn for about one week. During that time, the trays will exert pressure on the teeth and slowly move them closer to their ideal locations. To make sure the treatment is progressing as planned, you’ll visit Dr. Ben once every six to eight weeks or check in via virtual progress checks. Compliance is key for a successful Invisalign treatment; make sure you are only taking out your aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
With our iTero scanner, we’re able to take a highly accurate digital impression of the teeth in a matter of minutes. This is not only much faster and more comfortable compared to the traditional mold-and-putty method, but it also yields a better impression that shows more detail. This allows Dr. Ben to greatly improve the fit and effectiveness of an Invisalign treatment, and he can also show a patient what their teeth will look like after the process is completed. This gives someone a preview of their new smile, which can be tremendously motivating and give them the energy to keep their treatment on track (this is especially helpful with younger patients).
Anyone worried about their misaligned teeth and would like to avoid the inconvenience of braces should ask Dr. Ben about Invisalign clear aligner treatment. However, you might not be a candidate depending on your orthodontic issues. We’ll need to thoroughly examine your mouth before deciding whether Invisalign, another aligner system, or a more traditional orthodontic treatment is suitable for you.