The evolution of orthodontics: Before and after invisible braces in Chicago

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Your smile is the focal point of your face, and central to your image. Even if your teeth are sparkling clean and beautifully white, misalignment can ruin the appearance of your smile. Minor spaces or slightly crooked teeth can often be visually corrected with porcelain veneers, allowing you to avoid the need for braces. However, if you have jaw alignment problems, or severely crooked teeth, the answer is braces – but not just any braces. Unlike previous generations, today’s image conscious dental patient has beautiful alternatives to metal braces.

Braces just aren’t what they used to be

If you’ve been doing some internet research about cosmetic braces, you have surely come across Invisalign. But, if you are relying on childhood memories, or common myths and beliefs about braces, you could be in for a very pleasant surprise. Metal braces are better designed, and made from better materials, so they are more comfortable and gentler than old-fashioned models. But, they are still metal, and that’s still a problem for many people. Invisalign invisible aligners are the choice of Hollywood stars, professionals who work with the public and anyone else who is less than thrilled with the idea of a silver smile.

What you need to know about invisible braces

Invisalign is the clear alternative to metal brackets and wires. The high-tech system begins with a consultation and examination, during which your dentist will take impressions and necessary records. The information is sent to the Invisalign laboratory, and video, featuring a virtual simulation of your treatment plan, is created. This gives you the opportunity to know what to expect, and if the plan needs altering, it can be optimized before treatment even begins.

Once your treatment plan has been chosen, a series of aligners are created. They are custom made for a comfortable fit and maximum effectiveness. Each aligner is made of thin, transparent plastic and it slips right over your teeth. You can take it out to eat, and while your brush and floss, but it should be worn at all other times.

For more information, or to request an appointment, please call Big Smile Dental at 773-772-8400.


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