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Invisalign combines the best of traditional braces with the latest technology for a better smile

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Dr. Theodore M. Siegel Describing How Invisalign combines the best of traditional braces with the latest technology for a better smile

You can straighten your teeth without the discomfort and obvious appearance of conventional metal braces. Get a more symmetrical and beautiful smile by wearing dental appliances customized to your mouth.

Since these appliances are customized to your mouth, they fit teeth snugly and comfortably for the best results and most pleasant experience possible while straightening.

Known as Invisalign aligner trays, these powerful tools are made from BPA-free plastic. They won’t irritate delicate gums like traditional brackets and wires. The “Invisalign” part of the name comes from the aligners being nearly invisible because the plastic is clear. All that others see is your gradually more attractive smile instead of silver-colored brackets and wires.

Invisalign is highly versatile. You don’t need very crowded teeth to be a candidate. Likewise, Invisalign can address more serious alignment and bite related problems. It is not exclusively an option for those with minor spacing issues. On average, Invisalign can straighten in a year or about half the average treatment time of conventional braces. Treatment time depends on your specific needs, including the severity of crowding and other alignment-related concerns.

In many respects Invisalign is like braces, only better. You may even hear these aligners referred to as “invisible braces.” It’s a fitting term, because Invisalign uses the same basic concept as the metal braces you may have come to know and loathe.

Braces use wires, brackets, and bands working together to deliver the gentle, consistent force that gradually moves teeth into alignment. Invisalign treatment also delivers gentle force consistently to teeth to gradually move teeth into proper place. The aligner trays offer powerful straightening instead of a system made from metal.

The secret is in the design.

A digital rendering of your mouth will be created before these aligners are worn. This rendering guides every step of treatment. Several aligner trays are required to effectively straighten teeth. Each tray corresponds with a stage of treatment. Every 2 weeks you will wear a new set of aligner trays. Each new set incrementally moves teeth. You get progressively closer to your goal. Aligners not only control the amount of movement, but also target specific teeth for movement. At each stage only some teeth are moved, as illustrated on the 3-D treatment plan.

While Invisalign trays are proven, reliable straighteners, treatment stays on track with your help. Be sure to follow the dentist’s instructions, which may address the following:

  • The aligners are removable. You should only remove them for eating and cleaning. They should be out of your mouth for no longer than a total of four hours each day.
  • Generally, patients visit Big Smile every six weeks. The dentists will make sure treatment is progressing as planned.
  • Avoid the use of chewing gum and tobacco, as these habits can damage the aligners.

Since you can take the aligners out for cleaning, the brushing and flossing that is vital to maintaining your oral health during treatment is easy. Existing restorations such as bridges can be highly resistant to straightening. Dr. Siegel and his team can discuss these and other considerations specific to your situation during a consultation. Specialized cleaning tools may be recommended.

Invisalign isn’t quite like straightening without braces in Chicago IL, but it is like merging the best of “old” techniques with “new” technologies for a positive experience. Call 773-772-8400 to schedule an appointment.

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