If you weren’t fortunate enough to be born with perfectly straight teeth and an even bite chances are you wore traditional braces to try and adjust your smile. Traditional metal braces work well and are great for younger children who can personalize them with colored elastics. However, for many adults and older teens wire braces, or even the newer clear ceramic braces are too much of a hassle and uncomfortable to wear. For these patients our dentist in Winnetka at White Smiles Dental Group offers the Invisalign System as an alternative to braces.
The Invisalign System does not places metal or ceramic brackets and archwires of any kind on the teeth. Instead the system uses clear plastic trays called aligners to gentle move the teeth into their proper position. Our dentist in Winnetka will take impressions of the teeth along with 3-D imaging and send these to Invisalign to fabricate a customized series of aligners for each patient. Each aligner will be worn 24 hours a day for approximately two weeks and then be replaced by the next aligner in the series. Once all the aligners have been used the teeth will be in their proper position. There are between 13 – 48 aligners in the series depending on the individual case.
Even through Invisalign aligners are worn all day and night they are taken out for meals and teeth brushing. This is an advantage over braces in that the user can eat whatever they want and not worry about bending wires or loosening brackets. Removing the aligner also makes tooth brushing and flossing much more effective. Invisalign is virtually invisible so no one needs to know that the patient is wearing the aligners or undergoing an orthodontic treatment. The patient gets straight teeth; an even bite and a beautiful smile without the wire mouth look. Call our dentist in Winnetka for a consultation to see if Invisalign can help your smile.