Wearing metal braces used to be a requirement for straight teeth. Fortunately, that's no longer the case, thanks to Invisalign, an innovative orthodontic system offered by your La Grange, IL, dentists, Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of removable aligner trays that fit snugly over your upper and lower teeth. Your aligners are custom-designed to meet your orthodontic goals. In fact, your La Grange dentist creates a 3D image of your mouth that helps plot the course of your treatment.
Will people be able to tell that I'm straightening my teeth?
Your aligners are made of clear plastic to make them practically invisible. Your friends and acquaintances may not realize that you're improving your smile unless you tell them.
Do I have to wear the aligners constantly?
For best results, the aligner trays should be worn 20 to 22 hours per day. You'll take them out when you eat, brush, and floss your teeth. You can leave the aligner trays in when you drink water but should remove them when you consume other beverages. After about two weeks, you'll stop wearing your current set of aligners and replace them with the next set in the series.
If you're playing sports and need to wear a mouthguard or are planning a special evening out, you can leave your aligners at home. Going without your aligner trays for a few hours every once in a while won't harm your results, but you'll want to stick to the schedule recommended by your dentist as much as possible.
Is Invisalign a good choice for me?
Invisalign corrects orthodontic issues in older teens and adults. If you have severe issues, you may need traditional braces instead. Although you'll need to visit your dentist to determine if you're a good candidate for the Invisalign treatment, the system is great for those with a mild-to-moderate dental problem.
How long will Invisalign treatment take?
Adults may only need to wear aligner trays for about six to nine months, depending on the severity of the problem. If you're a teen, you'll most likely wear the trays for about the same time you would have worn metal braces.
Makeover your smile with Invisalign. Call your La Grange, IL, dentists, Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos, at (708) 351-1335 to schedule an appointment.