3 Facts You May Not Know About Invisalign®

Having a great smile makes you feel attractive and confident, and allows you to smile big for all of your selfies! Unfortunately, very few humans are born with perfect teeth. In fact, most people need a dentist’s help to improve them. Luckily, there are a number of treatment options that can help straighten your teeth and give you a gorgeous smile.  

Most people are familiar with braces — metal brackets that are glued to your teeth and are connected by wires. Braces work well for straightening teeth, but are uncomfortable, unattractive, and typically take years to work. However, Invisalign® is a discreet, easy treatment that can fix your teeth more quickly, with less fuss and discomfort.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a teeth-straightening system that uses a series of clear retainers that fit over your teeth and gently shift them into a more ideal position. It’s estimated that 6.8 million people have used the Invisalign system to straighten their teeth. So, you can have confidence in the fact that the Invisalign technology is cutting edge but also has been tested and approved by millions of others. 

Dr. Melissa Daza and Dr. Michelle Schwartz of Bucktown Wicker Park Dental are Invisalign experts who take the time to understand your smile goals and develop a treatment plan that fits your needs. They will explain Invisalign treatment to you and answer your questions so you can decide if it’s right for you. 

What can Invisalign treat?

Invisalign can be used to treat a number of dental issues, including:

Even if you don’t have any of these conditions, Invisalign can still be used to give you straighter, more beautiful teeth, and deliver that beautiful smile you’ve been wanting.

3 facts you may not know about Invisalign

Invisalign is high-tech

Once you’ve determined your dental goals, Dr. Daza or Dr. Schwartz uses computer software to map out your treatment plan, showing exactly which teeth need to be realigned. Your dentist then designs a series of aligners that will be used to complete your treatment.

The trays that are used to straighten your teeth are custom made to fit your teeth, using the latest computer technology. Before you begin your treatment, your dentist uses a special 3D scanner to take an image of your teeth. She then uses that image and a 3D printer to print your unique aligners onto a SmartTrack® material. 

Invisalign is comfortable and convenient

Since your trays are custom made to fit your teeth, they will be comfortable. Unlike chunky metal braces, the Invisalign trays are made out of a thin, clear, flexible plastic that won’t irritate or cut your lips or gums. 

Unlike with braces, you won’t have any restrictions on what you eat and drink. In fact, you can take out your aligners for a couple of hours each day in order to eat and drink, as well as to brush and floss your teeth. You can even take them out for special occasions. 

Invisalign is quick!

Our dentists will send you home with your aligner, as well as a second aligner that you will shift to using when your treatment with the first one has been completed. This means you won’t have to come back into the office when you need to move on to the next tray, which is a great time saver!

Although the exact length of treatment varies from person to person and depends on your specific treatment plan, most people can complete Invisalign treatment in just 12 months! This means that the smile you’ve always wanted can soon be yours.

Don’t delay having the smile of your dreams! Call our office to set up an appointment at Bucktown Wicker Park Dental.

You Might Also Enjoy...

The Best and Worst Foods for Your Oral Health

You probably already know that sugary candy is bad for your teeth, but did you know that bread and alcohol can be just as damaging? Find out more about the best — and worst — foods for your oral health.

Complications of Sleep Apnea

CPAP isn’t the only treatment option for sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy is an alternative to traditional sleep apnea treatment to keep your airway open and relieve your symptoms of this dangerous disorder.

Veneers: The Ideal Cover-Up for a Great Smile

Do you wish you could give your smile a boost with prettier teeth? Dental veneers might be your answer. Keep reading to learn more about how this option can cover up your cosmetic dental issues.