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By Colonial Dental Group
July 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Straightening your teeth is easy. You may have thought it needed to be done during your early adolescent years but if you're an older teenager or adult, it's not too late. Your dentist, Dr. Alexander Quezada, of Colonial Dental Group in Glenview IL, has the solution: Invisalign.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners work by applying gentle forces to teeth to move them into their right position. The flexible plastic is custom-made using specialized computer software called CAD/CAM.

Trays are replaced every two weeks as your teeth begin moving to their proper position but you must wear them about 20 to 22 hours/day for about nine months. You shouldn't remove the trays except to eat, and brush and floss. You, of course, can take them off for interviews, or other occasions, but that's unnecessary because they're transparent.

Note that your Glenview dentist is the one who can tell you how long the procedure will take and if it's the best option for you. If you have severe misalignment, traditional braces may be a better option.

Advantages of Invisalign

  • It's quite obvious that this transparent oral appliance is suitable for young adults and older teens who don't want a mouth full of metal. That's why your Glenview dentist recommends it.
  • Invisalign also works great for people who suffer from teeth-grinding at night because it can work as a nightguard to prevent damage to teeth.
  • Clear aligners are custom-made to fit over teeth, so you don't have to deal with the discomfort of metal wires irritating soft tissue.
  • The trays are removable so cleaning teeth is easier, unlike other oral appliances that trap food in metal wires and cause decay because they're not cleaned properly.
  • Special eruption tabs create more space for molars that have not fully grown in.
  • Compliance indicators built into the aligner material ensures trays are worn properly to maximize effectiveness.

Who to contact?

Contact dentist Dr. Alexander Quezada, of Colonial Dental Group at their Glenview IL office by calling (847) 729-2233 today!

By Colonial Dental Group
December 02, 2019
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Invisalign  

How Invisalign orthodontic treatment from your dentists in Glenview, IL, can straighten your smile discreetly

Unhappy with the state of your smile? One of the most popular orthodontic treatments available today, Invisalign lets you straighten your Invisalignsmile in a virtually invisible fashion thanks to its clear plastic aligners. Available from Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David B. Lewis Jr. here at Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, read on to learn what Invisalign treatment can do for you!

 

The Invisalign Process

You begin your Invisalign treatment with your first set of aligners, which you wear for two weeks. Then you move on to a new set of aligners, which you wear for another two weeks, continually repeating the process as your teeth gradually and comfortably move into the correct position. You will also visit your dentist every few weeks to monitor your progress toward your straight smile, which is complete after nine-to-fifteen months.

Invisalign offers amazing benefits. Consider that Invisalign is:

  • Aesthetically beautiful, because the aligners are clear plastic and are virtually invisible to people around you.
  • Extremely comfortable, because the aligners are made of smooth plastic, so they fit comfortably in your mouth.
  • Healthy, because you can remove the aligners to brush and floss normally which keeps your smile healthy while you achieve a straight smile.
  • Convenient, because you can remove the aligners to enjoy the foods you love

Invisalign aligners may look delicate, but truthfully, they are strong enough to correct many of the same issues as conventional brackets and wires. Invisalign is the perfect choice to correct issues with overbites, underbites, open bites, and crossbites, as well as to close gaps between your teeth and correct crowding problems.

 

Interested? Give Us a Call

Don’t settle for a less than ideal smile when you can have a straight, beautiful smile with Invisalign. You owe it to yourself and your smile to discover what Invisalign can do for you. To learn more about Invisalign, call Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David B. Lewis Jr, your dentists here at Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, today at (847) 729-2233.

By Colonial Dental Group
January 29, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic method for straightening your smile. Invisalign functions similarly to braces by exerting gentle Invisalignpressure on the teeth to gradually move them into the desired position over time. Where Invisalign differs is the use of soft, flexible aligner trays in place of hard brackets and wires to move the teeth. At Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, Dr. Alexander Quezada is more than happy to use Invisalign to improve your smile quickly and discreetly.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign utilizes sets of aligner trays to straighten the teeth, with each set including two trays. One tray fits over the top arch of teeth, while the other tray fits over the bottom arch. These trays are custom created for each patient, and a new set is provided every few weeks. With each new set of trays, the teeth move closer to the final position. On average, it takes about twelve months for the teeth to be fully straightened with Invisalign. Your Glenview dentist can discuss with you the estimated length of time needed to straighten your teeth with Invisalign.

Benefits of Invisalign

You can enjoy several benefits when you choose Invisalign to straighten your smile. A major benefit of Invisalign is that it is discreet. The aligner trays are made from a clear plastic material so they are not easily noticed by others when smiling, talking, or eating. Additionally, the plastic material used to make the aligner trays is soft and flexible, making them a more comfortable option than the hard brackets and wires associated with braces, which can sometimes poke and irritate the mouth and gums.

Another major benefit of Invisalign is that the aligner trays are removable. They can be temporarily taken out when eating and drinking to prevent bits of food from getting trapped in between the trays and teeth. The trays can also be removed to brush and floss for easier oral hygiene. For individuals with braces, it is not always easy an easy task trying to brush and floss around the brackets and wires. Invisalign eliminates such oral hygiene challenges, making it much easier to maintain optimal oral hygiene while simultaneously straightening your smile.

With Invisalign, you can comfortably attain a straighter smile and experience a boost in confidence, as well. For Invisalign in Glenview, IL, schedule an appointment with Dr. Quezada or Dr. Lewis by calling Colonial Dental Group at (847) 729-2233.

By Colonial Dental Group
March 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   Invisalign  

Invisalign allows people of any age to straighten their smile without those metal brackets and wires telling the world what they're about. invisalignDr. David Dooley, Dr. David Lewis, Jr., and Dr. Alexander Quezada at Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, offer orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. Here are five reasons to consider Invisalign.

Correct Smile Problems- A Glenview dentist can fix your smile problems. The Invisalign system corrects the same dental problems as conventional metal braces. The Invisalign system effectively corrects a variety of dental problems, including, gapped teeth, an underbite, overbite, cross bite, overcrowded teeth, protruding teeth and crooked teeth.

Avoid Embarrassment- Are you too embarrassed to wear metal braces? Traditional metal braces are the most noticeable type. You can straighten your smile without a mouthful of metal wires and brackets. Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your smile. Invisalign gradually moves your teeth using a series of virtually invisible aligners.

Improve Oral Health- Invisalign can improve your oral health. The removable Invisalign aligners make it easy to brush and floss your teeth to maintain proper oral hygiene. Conventional metal braces make cleaning teeth difficult because food particles and plaque can adhere to the teeth and brackets.

Eat Your Favorite Foods- With conventional metal braces, you have to avoid eating certain foods like popcorn, nuts, chewing gum and candy because they can easily become stuck next to your teeth. With the Invisalign system, you will be able to eat all your favorite foods with confidence.

Improve Your Speech- A speech disorder that is causes by crooked teeth can be easily treated with orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign. A speech disorder can have a devastating effect on a person's confidence, which is one of the many reasons you should consider Invisalign. 

Are you ready to take your smile from ordinary to extraordinary? Millions of individuals have straightened their teeth with Invisalign. Perhaps it's time you joined them? Call Colonial Dental Group at (847) 729-2233 to schedule an appointment in Glenview, IL. Remember, it's never too late to straighten your smile.

By Colonial Dental Group
October 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

If you have been wearing Invisalign clear aligners and are nearing the end of your treatment, you may wonder if you will wear retainers. The answer is yes, and David L. Dooley DDS, David B. Lewis, Jr. DDS and Alexander Quezada DDS of Colonial Dental Group strongly recommend that you do.Invisalign Retainers

So, how often should you wear your Invisalign retainers? The answer to this common question impacts how straight and beautiful your newly refurbished smile remains. The dentists at Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL want your teeth to stay healthy, your bite correct and the jawbone strong; so they advise their Invisalign patients wear retainers according to their specific instructions.

Typically, Invisalign patients use Vivera retainers, durable thermoplastic appliances resembling the invisible aligners used during orthodontic correction. Dentists design the retainers from impressions and photos taken with an intra-oral camera, producing a snug, custom fit that keeps teeth in their corrected positions. Just like the Invisalign aligners, the retainers are comfortable, strong and unobtrusive in appearance.

When to Wear

Usually, patients wear their retainers according to a definite schedule such as:

  • 12 to 22 hours for the first 3 to 6 months after treatment
  • night time only for the next 6 to 12 months and beyond
  • 3 to 5 times per week after one year and beyond

The timetable varies depending on the complexity of the original orthodontic problem and on the patient's age. Colonial Dental Group sometimes advise retainers for additional correction of minor tooth alignment issues.

Why to Wear

For best retention, patients use retainers for the long term, protecting the investment of their time and family budget, too. Bite, spacing issues, closed gaps and other issues corrected by Invisalign aligners stay corrected when patients wear their retainers as instructed. The American Association of Orthodontists states that teeth remember their original positions, correct or not. So, no retainer means tooth drifting.

Retainers strengthen the underlying jaw bone and supporting ligaments, too Not only do teeth change position while wearing braces or clear aligners, the bone and connective tissue changes. Retainers definitely benefit and reinforce the new bone configuration.

Contact Colonial Dental Group

Every orthodontic patient has questions. Feel free to call Drs. Dooley, Lewis and Quezada with your concerns about retainers or any other aspect of orthodontic care. They really want your new Invisalign smile to function well and remain beautiful forever. Contact the office today for a consultation: (847) 729-2233.