Discreet Orthodontic Treatment in Glenview & Chicago, IL
At Yummy Dental & Orthodontics, we're passionate about helping our patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. That's why our doctors and highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work so hard to design unique treatment plans that perfectly suit our patients orthodontic needs, and why we take a holistic approach to creating healthy smiles that will last our patients a lifetime. But while you may be familiar with the more conventional forms of treatment we offer, there's an exciting treatment alternative you may not have heard about: Invisalign.
A New Way to Straighten Teeth
When you hear the word "orthodontics," chances are you think of braces - the stainless steel appliances composed of brackets and wires that have come to typify the field over the years. While braces are still the most popular treatment we offer, they're no longer the only option. Invisalign is a revolutionary treatment alternative that does away with metal brackets and wires altogether, instead using a series of clear, removable plastic trays - called aligners - to straighten teeth. They're virtually invisible when worn and can be popped in and out to eat, drink, brush, and floss, which conveys a number of distinct advantages:
● Oral Hygiene: Maintaining proper oral hygiene is critical during treatment, and Invisalign makes it as easy as ever to brush and floss your teeth.
● Discreet Appearance: Invisalign aligners are clear and virtually invisible when worn, so almost no one will notice you're straightening teeth and you won't have to worry about all the metalwork of braces.
● Eat the Foods You Love: With braces, you have to be very careful about your diet, avoiding any foods that are hard, sticky, or full of sugar. Invisalign makes this easy. Because you can take them out to eat, you can still enjoy all your favorite foods like crunchy pizza crust or chewy caramels.
● Comfortable: Aligners are soft, flexible, and smooth, so you won't have to worry about irritation from metal brackets and hooks.
● Protection from Grinding: For patients with bruxism, or chronic tooth grinding, aligners provide a layer of protection that keeps teeth safe.
The Invisalign Process
Ultimately, Invisalign works the same way as all orthodontic treatments: it applies precise, gentle forces on individual teeth over a period of time to move them into a more optimal position – it just does it with plastic trays instead of metal brackets. The treatment process is simple.
First, we'll perform a comprehensive orthodontic examination and make a diagnosis on what, if any, orthodontic problems exist. We'll use this diagnosis to formulate a treatment plan, and with the help of advanced computer software, we'll break this plan into phases and use them to create a set of Invisalign aligners. You'll wear each pair of aligners for about two weeks before moving on to the next, and with each new set of aligners, your teeth will get closer to their final position. At the end of your treatment, you'll have a beautiful, healthy new smile!
Caring for Your Teeth During Invisalign Treatment
The removable trays of Invisalign offer a lot of advantages, but they can also create problems, as well. During treatment, it's critical that you keep your teeth and aligners spotlessly clean. You'll need to brush your aligners thoroughly every time you remove them or put them back in, and it's critical to brush your teeth thoroughly before putting your aligners back in. If you don't, food particles can trap themselves under the aligners, which can cause dangerous tooth decay and derail your treatment.
Once you're finished with your treatment, you can use your last pair of aligners as a retainer - just be sure to wear it diligently. We'll give you detailed wear instructions, and following them is critical to ensuring that your new smile lasts you the rest of your life.
Contact Your Chicago & Glenview, IL Orthodontists
Have more questions about Invisalign or want to find out if it's right for your child? We'd love to speak with you. Feel free to call us at 773-281-8100 for our Chicago office or 847-729-4700 for our Glenview office, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at either of our offices. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping your child achieve a beautiful, healthy smile that'll last them a lifetime!
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