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So, you ignored the orthodontist about retainers: Your guide to wearing braces (again) in Chicago

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For many people, it is one of the most memorable phases of adolescence – and not usually memorable for good reasons. First, there were the crooked teeth, the gaps, the jaw alignment problems… Then came the braces and suddenly smiling became an exercise in embarrassment, and oral hygiene became an epic battle to loosen the last bits of lunch from the clutches of the evil train track. When it was over, the reward was a beautiful smile. And retainers.

Wearing a retainer is a small price to pay for keeping teeth straight, but it can seem like a big hassle to a teenager. It seems like nothing happens if you don’t wear the retainer as recommended, but teeth are actually moving. Slowly, gradually, returning to their original position. Before you know it, your all-too-familiar crooked smile has returned. At this point, you have two options. First, you could get a time machine, and go tell your teenage self to listen to the orthodontist and wear your retainers. Unfortunately, working time machines seem to be out of stock across Chicago, leaving you with just one choice. Wear braces. Again. The good news? It won’t be a repeat of the metal-mouth years. In fact, it won’t even come close.

How Invisalign is different

Okay, so what’s better about Invisalign than the metal braces that you remember from your youth? Almost everything. They are lightweight, thin, and comfortable. There are no wires to poke you, and there is no metal for anyone to see. The aligners are removable, so there is no hassle when eating or when brushing your teeth. And, because the aligners are virtually invisible, there is no embarrassment when you smile.

How Invisalign isn’t different

Yes, we said almost everything about Invisalign is different. There is one very important similarity between clear aligners and traditional braces. That is – results. For most patients, the Invisalign system can correct any problem that metal braces can. And, one more thing: If you are told that you need a retainer, it means you need a retainer. Just like with traditional braces, failure to follow this instruction will lead to teeth shifting. Sure, by the time they are crooked again there will probably be another great revolution in orthodontics, but you don’t have to try them all.

Whether you are considering braces for the first or second time (or even third or fourth) call us at 773-772-8400 and schedule an appointment to find out if Invisalign is a good option for you.

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