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Invisalign: The Clear Alternative to Braces
March 2, 2012

Invisalign Oak BrookTraditional orthodontics such as braces is a common and effective way to correct crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth. Some adults, however, prefer other methods that aren’t as unattractive or uncomfortable as traditional braces. One popular orthodontic treatment for adults is Invisalign.

Invisalign and How it Works

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign uses trays made of clear plastic that can be removed. The trays are virtually invisible while they’re being worn, so you won’t feel self-conscious about your smile. The full treatment uses a series of trays, each one slightly different from the previous one. The slight difference in shape causes minor shifts in position of the teeth. The cumulative effect of these small shifts is to move the teeth into the proper permanent position.

Invisalign trays are custom made to fit your teeth. The trays are constructed based on molds of your teeth and digital images that represent the progression of your treatment. You will wear each tray for about two weeks. The final tray represents the ideal position of your teeth. After your treatment is complete, you will wear a retainer periodically to ensure your teeth remain in the correct position. Your dentist will provide guidance as to when and how long you should wear your retainer.

Advantages to Invisalign

The numerous advantages of Invisalign make the treatment appeal to many adults who need orthodontic treatment. The most obvious advantage is its virtual invisibility for adults who do not want their treatment to show. Options like lingual braces or porcelain braces reduce the visibility of treatment, but neither are as undistinguishable as Invisalign.

Invisalign trays are removable. Traditional, lingual, or porcelain braces are all affixed to the surface of the tooth and remain in place until the treatment is complete. Invisalign trays can be removed from time to time—for a special occasion, for example. The trays should be worn an average of twenty-two hours every day for the best results.

To find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, please contact our dental team serving Oak Brook.

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