If you don’t want to begin orthodontic treatment because you’d prefer not to commit to having metal brackets and wires in your mouth for a year or more, you’re not alone. Many patients feel discouraged about starting an orthodontic treatment for this reason as well. That’s why Grand Dental – Lockport is happy to offer a discreet and even more comfortable solution: Invisalign from our Lockport, IL orthodontist! To learn more about this incredibly popular option for both adults and teens, give our dental office a call!
To create clear aligners, we capture a digital scan of your teeth and send these images to an Invisalign lab. Once you receive your series of aligners, you’ll wear each pair for about one to two weeks at a time. This slowly shifts your teeth into straighter positions, all without using metal brackets and wires. Since they can be easily removed, eating and drinking the foods you enjoy is easy. Additionally, there’s no need to relearn your brushing and flossing habits.
Invisalign’s custom trays are made from BPA-free plastic, and gently shift your teeth one day at a time. If you want your treatment to stay on schedule, you should wear them for at least 22 hours a day at minimum.
At your initial appointment, our dental team will capture photos, X-rays, and perform a comprehensive exam. This unique data is used to create a 3D model of your current teeth as well as create your final treatment plan. This plan is also used to simulate the path your teeth travel over time. By doing this, you can see the final result of your new smile as well. Additionally, Invisalign’s advanced planning technology allows us to confirm the number of visits you’ll need to complete, when it’s time to switch to a new set of trays, and the length of your realignment. When you come for your second appointment, you’ll be given the trays and taught how to keep them clear and in good condition. In most cases, you’ll only need to visit us every other month so we can confirm your teeth are shifting as planned. Typically, treatments take between 9 and 24 months.
Not only are both teens and adults eligible for Invisalign, but teens can receive aligners with blue compliance indicators on them. This helps parents confirm that the aligners are being worn enough to shift teeth on schedule. If you’ve always wanted to feel confident about your appearance while undergoing orthodontic care, Invisalign is likely for you. Thanks to advancements in Invisalign, even complex issues can be addressed with clear aligners! Furthermore, our dentists have completed additional training to handle more difficult cases. It’s our goal to ensure the way in which you complete treatment falls in line with your lifestyle.
Invisalign Teen is a system that works to not only replace the need for wires, brackets, and bands that are used in traditional braces, but make the treatment process nearly invisible from start-to-finish. Each pair of aligners is customized specifically for your teenager’s teeth.
When addressing common orthodontic issues, Invisalign Teen is just as effective as traditional braces. However, they need be work for at least 22 hours per day. While many parents are worried that their teenager won’t remain compliant with their clear aligners, clinical studies have shown that teens actually wear aligners more responsibly than most adults! If you still need convincing, we’re here to educate: all clear aligners from the Invisalign Teen system have blue dot indicators that fade when they are worn. This way, doctors and parents alike can track compliance and ensure the aligners are being worn for long enough.
At your first appointment, our experienced team members will capture photos, X-rays, and perform a detailed dental exam. Once this information is gathered, we can develop a 3D model of your smile and begin creating your treatment plan. This plan not only shows how your teeth will be adjusted, but determines how regularly you’ll need to visit our dental office, when you need to switch aligners, and the length of your treatment. During your next appointment, we provide you with your clear aligners and give tips on how to keep them clean and functional. In most cases, patients only need to visit every other month. While it can depend on the severity of the case, treatment generally last between 9 and 24 months.
If your child has mild to moderate cases of underbite, overbite, overcrowding, or gaps between teeth, Invisalign Teen is likely a great option for them. Each aligner is equipped with a blue compliance indicator (dots) that inform parents on whether or not the aligners are being worn for long enough. Invisalign Teen is so sophisticated, it can handle even complicated orthodontic cases! To give you even more confidence, our doctors have completed additional training specifically for handling difficult Invisalign cases. We are fully committed to ensuring your child receives the results they want, all while helping them maintain their lifestyle.
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