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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What is Invisalign?

A new alternative to traditional braces provides consumers with an "invisible" choice in orthodontia. Invisalign uses a series of molded plastic forms that you wear to reposition teeth, bringing them into proper alignment. There is no metal, no wires, no painful tightening procedures. The trays can be removed for short periods of time if necessary – in fact they should be removed each day for brushing and flossing.

How Invisalign works
The trays are created in a customized series using Invisalign software. Each tray gently nudges some teeth into a better position by applying continuous positive pressure. Every two weeks, you discard the current pair of trays (aligners) and begin wearing the next pair, which apply gentle pressure slightly differently. By the time you reach the end of the series, your teeth are well-positioned, your bite is comfortable, and your smile is even and attractive.

On our computer monitor, you can see the end result ahead of time. Your dentist will explain how your trays will work and why. Every six weeks or so you will have a progress visit with us, to keep things on track. The whole process takes about the same amount of time as traditional braces – in some cases less time -- but is not accompanied by the any social stigma or cleaning problems.

  • Improved hygiene during treatment – because you remove the aligners for brushing and flossing
  • No eating restrictions – you would remove them for eating
  • Improved appearance during treatment – they are invisible unless a person knows to look for them or peers at you closely. Nobody has to know that you are straightening your teeth.

Most people have a lot of questions about Invisalign. It seems too good to be true. Please feel free to contact us for a personal consultation and we will be glad to answer all your questions. Our office serves the entire Chicago area.

posted by Patti at 10:59 AM


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