We all have a few things we try to hide from the world, but some things just can't be hidden. Metal braces are a perfect example. Virtually no adult wants a smile that looks like a car's grille, but it's practically impossible to keep your mouth shut.
You can refuse to smile or laugh, cover your mouth, or turn your head, and avoid conversation. Then someone will ask a question, tell a joke you weren't expecting, or say something and you just have to comment. Sooner or later, the world will see your teeth, looking like they are about to drive right out of your mouth!
There's a better way to hide orthodontic treatment: wear Invisalign clear aligners and a big grin. That's right – you can smile, laugh, scream, and shout without embarrassment (at least not about your teeth) because there is no metal to hide. The concept is simple, yet revolutionary. Traditional braces consist of a wire attached to brackets, which are glued to your teeth. Tension on the wire puts pressure on the brackets and therefore on your teeth. Aligners are one-piece appliances that slip right over your teeth.
Invisalign is a good option for most patients. It can be used to straighten teeth for cosmetic enhancement, and adjust your bite alignment. You may be a good candidate if you have:
- Crooked teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Spaced teeth
The dentists at Big Smile Dental in Chicago use 3D imaging software to plan Invisalign treatment. A series of trays are designed to achieve tooth movement or bite correction in precision increments. You can see and approve the projected results before treatment ever starts. Once you and your dentist have decided that clear aligners the best way to straighten up your teeth, the plan is sent to the Invisalign laboratory. Your trays are manufactured in a sophisticated, computer-guided process for precision accuracy.
The length of treatment depends on the adjustments being made. You will progress to a new aligner every two weeks, and come see us for a progress check every six weeks. You can take them out while eating, brushing, or flossing, but they should be worn at least 22 hours a day.
Invisalign aligners are easy to wear, easy to remove, and hard to see! If this sounds like what you're looking for, call Big Smile Dental at 773-772-8400 and schedule a consultation today.