Invisalign is a clear aligner system that can provide effective orthodontic treatment for patients with mild to moderate concerns related to the bite or tooth position. Invisalign can also be the perfect solution for teeth that are crooked or have shifted over time and may be part of a smile makeover treatment plan. Clear aligners are an alternative to traditional metal braces and offer key benefits for adult patients seeking to improve the appearance and health of their smiles:
- Clear, discreet orthodontic treatment
- Faster treatment when compared to traditional methods
- NO dietary restrictions
Dr. Gayed and Dr. Shaw are Lincoln Park, Chicago Invisalign providers. Our dental care team is equipped to address your orthodontic concerns and help you achieve the smile you desire. We welcome you to schedule a consultation and discuss your needs with one of our dentists.
Invisalign: How does it work?
The Invisalign process is relatively simple and non-invasive. The first step is a consultation and evaluation of your dental health needs, the fit and function of your bite, and your cosmetic goals. While most interested patients are candidates for Invisalign, it is important to thoroughly evaluate the bite to ensure a successful and stable result.
After taking dental impressions of your bite, we will submit our treatment plans to the Invisalign lab. A custom set of clear aligners will be made for you according to your treatment plan. Each aligner is specially designed to gently move your teeth. Over the course of your treatment, you will change aligners on a pre-determined schedule or approximately every two weeks.
Invisalign aligners are convenient and can be removed when you are eating so that you can enjoy your normal diet during treatment. It is also easier to maintain your overall oral health with the ability to remove the aligners when brushing and flossing your teeth daily.
The aligners are clear, comfortable, and effective when worn as directed. We will schedule periodic checkup appointments to monitor progress. Most patients will complete treatment in 12-15 months. Afterward, a retainer should be worn as directed for the rest of your life to keep your teeth in position and maintain your beautiful new smile.
Are Invisalign aligners painful to wear?
While the aligners themselves are not painful and will not irritate the gums or soft tissues in the mouth, you will likely experience mild discomfort or pressure when a new set is placed. This is typically managed with over-the-counter pain medication on an as-needed basis for the first 24 hours.
How do I keep the aligners clean?
We will demonstrate how to maintain your aligners and keep them clean before placing the initial set. There are products available to disinfect and clean Invisalign trays, and we will also recommend rinsing and brushing them whenever you brush your teeth.
Is Invisalign covered by dental insurance?
Some dental insurance plans will include partial coverage for Invisalign. Our front desk can work with you to determine if you have available benefits. We also offer third-party financing to cover treatment costs.