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Woman with smileWhat is standing between you and the stunning smile of your dreams? For many people, the answer is braces. If your teeth are only slightly crooked, porcelain veneers may be an option. However, severely crooked teeth can't be corrected without braces. And that means months, or even years of looking like you ate a wire basket for lunch, and forgot to brush. Not anymore! Orthodontic treatment isn't what it used to be, thanks to Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Simply put, Invisalign is a different type of orthodontics. However, "different" isn't a strong enough word. Invisalign is unlike any braces you've ever seen, or any that you will ever see. That is because braces have to be visible before you can see them, and Invisalign are clear. Treatment involves no brackets, no wires, and no embarrassment. The only thing between your teeth and the world is a thin layer of transparent plastic.

How it works

Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit the contours of your teeth. Each one is a single unit that you slip over your teeth like a clear cover. It will fit snugly, and apply a small amount of pressure on specific teeth. Within a couple of weeks, those teeth shift a little to fit the aligner. Since it has done its job, you just throw that aligner in the trash and start wearing the next one. This process continues, changing aligners every two weeks, until your teeth are straight.

How well it works

You are probably wondering how a thin piece of plastic can hold its own against a strong, healthy, determinedly crooked tooth. The answer lies in advanced science and technology. First, this isn't the flimsy plastic like you see in disposable cups or plastic storage boxes. It is formulated to be clear enough to be discreet, thin enough to be comfortable, and tough enough to overpower even the most stubborn tooth. Additionally, Invisalign's exclusive ClinCheck software makes treatment efficient and predictable.

Invisalign can straighten crooked teeth, correct bite problems, and correct gapped or crowded teeth. For most patients, Invisalign can achieve the same results that metal braces would. To find out if you are a good candidate, call 773-772-8400 and schedule an appointment at Big Smile Dental today.


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