Invisalign® – Skokie, IL
Achieve a Straight Smile with Transparent Technology
Our dentists are certified Invisalign® providers for the orthodontic needs of our patients! Invisalign® clear aligners have been enhancing smiles for years, and this comfortable correction method can be a great way to get the smile you desire. Patients can restore the function and aesthetics of their teeth with our help, using Invisalign in Skokie, IL. Call us today to schedule your consultation and get started!
Why Choose Weiss Dental Arts For Invisalign® Clear Aligners?
- Eat the Foods You Want Without Worry
- Straighten Teeth Faster Than Ever
- No Metal Materials Needed
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Invisalign® clear braces are customized for each patient so as to fit their individual needs. We’ll be able to map out and plan your course of treatment by using computers to design your Invisalign® treatment plan. This system doesn’t use embarrassing metal wires or brackets like traditional orthodontics do, so it’s possible to keep your dignity intact while improving your oral health.
What Can I Expect from Invisalign Treatment?
The correction will be gradual as you wear Invisalign® clear aligners. Your teeth will slowly shift into place during your course of treatment. The average time it takes to achieve end results with Invisalign® clear aligners varies, as each case is different. You’ll wear each set of aligners for 20-22 hours every day, taking them out only to brush, floss, eat, and drink. After about two weeks, your mouth will adjust to the current set of aligners and you’ll switch to the next set. This process will shift your pearly whites into place by using low-impact technology, which will save you the pain and discomfort of having to get your braces tightened, like with the traditional metal kind. Because the aligner trays are removable, you’ll be able to take out your Invisalign® clear aligners during meals, so you can eat whatever you like!
What Issues Does Invisalign® Address?
Invisalign® in Skokie allows you to achieve a straight smile with transparent technology. It’s often used to correct the orthodontic issues listed below as well.
When teeth are too close together, they can wear each other down and weaken your smile. They also create small spaces that are difficult to clean, which raises your risk of oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease.
Spaces Between Teeth
Not only are gaps in your smile unattractive, but they also easily trap food debris, plaque, and bacteria. As these particles accumulate, they begin to cause bad breath, yellow teeth, and cavities.
Bite Alignment Issues
If your bite is misaligned, your jaw joints are exposed to too much pressure. Eventually, the stiffness and soreness can lead to complex issues like TMJ disorder. Thankfully, Invisalign can treat a variety of bite issues, including overbite, underbite, and crossbite.
Is Invisalign® Right for Me?
Invisalign® clear aligners are a big hit with adults and older teenagers, as it’s nearly impossible to tell if you’re wearing them. Your friends and coworkers might never know that you’re improving your smile until they see the fantastic results! Invisalign® clear aligners are also preferable to traditional metal braces because you’ll be able to retain your professional, grown up appearance.
How Much Does Invisalign® Cost?
No two smiles are exactly the same, and neither are any two Invisalign® treatments. Your unique needs will determine the cost of your treatment. Some of those factors include your age, the severity of your case, and whether or not you wear your aligners for a long enough time every day. During your consultation, your Skokie cosmetic dentist will closely examine your mouth and discuss your smile goals to give you a more personalized estimate.
What Happens If I Don’t Straighten My Teeth?
It’s important to receive the orthodontic care your mouth may need. Many problems with bites and alignment can complicate other aspects of your oral health over the years. Tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease can all develop if you allow your teeth to remain uncorrected. It’s a clear choice; Invisalign® clear aligners can save your smile before it’s compromised by other issues.
It’s very common for patients to have questions about Invisalign, and our Skokie dental team is here to answer them! Whether you want to learn more about your treatment timeline, the cost, or what life with braces looks like, you’re more than welcome to reach out to us directly. Otherwise, you can read on; we’ve answered some FAQs in this next section.
Who Invented Invisalign?
Back in 1997, Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth created Invisalign. Although neither were dentists or orthodontists, they both had a vision of creating a new kind of braces – ones that didn’t use metal brackets or wires. They ultimately founded Align Technologies, LTD with a few other students and the rest, as they say, is history!
What Does Invisalign Look Like?
The easiest way to explain it is that Invisalign aligners look like clear molds of your teeth. It’s also common for the trays to have spaces for attachments or buttons, which are extremely helpful when it comes to addressing more moderate cases of malocclusion. Once you’re wearing them, however, even those closest to you will have a hard time telling the difference!
How Long Does Invisalign Take?
That depends! Although Invisalign is well known for its treatment timelines being shorter (typically between 12 and 18 months), that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s how long it will take you to work through the series of clear aligners. After all, there are several factors that need to be considered, including the severity of your misalignment and how well you follow the treatment guidelines. With all of that said, we can provide you with an estimate of your timeline during your consultation so you know about how long you’ll have braces.
Does Invisalign Hurt?
Although Invisalign doesn’t hurt, it is normal to experience some soreness, particularly after switching to a new set of aligners. Since this is when your teeth are moving the most, we recommend sticking to softer foods, sipping on cool water throughout the day, and taking OTC pain medication as directed. As you progress in your treatment plan, the discomfort will get less and less.
Can You Eat with Invisalign?
If you’re interested in learning if you can eat with your aligners in, the answer is “no.” If you’re interested in learning if there are any dietary restrictions, the answer is “no” as well! In other words, you’re free to eat whatever you’d like as long as you remove your trays first.
Note: It is possible to get cavities with Invisalign, which will put a temporary pause on your teeth-straightening treatment. That’s why it’s important not to over-indulge in soda, candy, and other sweet treats!