Even if you’ve never had orthodontic treatment before, you probably have some idea of what kind of commitment metal brackets and wires usually entail. The aesthetic issues and various inconveniences associated with traditional braces drive many older patients to look for an alternative. Here at Grand Dental in Channahon, you’ll find just that in the form of Invisalign from our Channahon, IL orthodontist, a different kind of orthodontic treatment that straightens your smile and corrects your bite while staying virtually invisible so that most people only notice your ever-improving smile.
The Invisalign process begins with a digital scan of your teeth. The aligners will be made ahead of time so that you can change to the next one every one or two weeks. Unlike braces, Invisalign trays can be taken out of your mouth at any time, which means you can eat and drink what you want without risking damage to your orthodontic appliance. Furthermore, you won’t have to adjust your oral hygiene routine to account for brackets and wires.
The trays are made out of a transparent plastic that practically vanishes when against the teeth. The trays will adjust the teeth a little at a time, but they work best when they remain in your mouth for at least 20 to 22 hours every day.
Your first Invisalign appointment will start with a dental examination. During this time, we’ll also take a number of pictures and X-rays that can be used as a basis for a three-dimensional model of your mouth. Not only will this model help us create aligners that fit as comfortably as possible, but they also allow us to show you what sort of adjustments your smile is going to go through over the course of the treatment. You’ll get a preview of how often the treatment will last and how often you’ll need to switch to a new aligner. After a separate lab has made the aligners and sent them to us, you’ll come in for another appointment where we can teach you the best Invisalign care techniques. Periodic visits to check your progress will be held every six to eight weeks.
To be considered a candidate for Invisalign treatment, you need to have the self-control to not take out the aligners when you don’t need to. Thus, the treatment is usually reserved for teenagers and adults. Anyone who has aesthetic concerns regarding braces can feel more confident when wearing Invisalign instead. Clear aligners are usually more suitable for minor to moderate oral health issues; that said, our orthodontic specialist is accustomed to handling a wide variety of difficult cases while helping you achieve the results you want.
Both adults and teenagers can benefit from Invisalign. The process is largely similar for both age groups, but Invisalign Teen has a couple of additional features that makes it easier for parents to make sure that the treatment is being adhered to as needed.
Like the normal treatment, Invisalign Teen requires the patient to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours every day to keep the treatment on track. But how can you be sure that your teenager will stick to the plan? Studies indicate that teens are actually more responsible on average than adults when it comes to sticking with Invisalign treatment. If you’d like more assurance, though, there is a blue indicator on each alignment that will slowly fade as the aligner is properly used; this can be used to make sure that the treatment is still on track.
The Invisalign Teen process is more or less the same as the normal one. A model of your teen’s mouth will be created by combining a series of photos and X-rays. We can then go over the treatment plan and show you what sort of adjustments are expected. Your teen will learn how often they’ll need to switch out aligners and how long the entire process is expected to take. This is also a chance for us to go over any concerns you might have as a parent. The aligners will be made outside of the dental office; we’ll get in touch with you once they arrive so that you can set up another appointment. During this visit, we’ll teach your teen how to clean the aligner and go over the best strategies for taking care of them.
We may recommend Invisalign teen in mild to moderate cases of bite problems or misaligned teeth. It’s generally a good option if your teen has reason to be concerned about their appearance and don’t want to be stuck with metal braces for the next year or so. Some cases are more complicated than others, but our team will be here to help guide you through the process and personalize the treatment based on your teen’s needs. The blue compliance indicator makes it more likely that your teen will wear the aligner for as long as necessary.
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