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Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic method for straightening your smile. Invisalign functions similarly to braces by exerting gentle pressure 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.
Invisalign allows people of any age to straighten their smile without those metal brackets and wires telling the world what they're about. Dr. 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.
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.
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.
Wouldn't it be great to get your teenager's smile straightened in the easiest way possible? Wouldn't you like to track your teen's progress accurately? You can have both with Invisalign clear aligners!
The Wonderful Advantages of Invisalign
Both teens and adults often object to the look of metal or ceramic brackets and wires used in orthodontics. While treatment with traditional braces may be necessary for certain tooth and jaw alignment issues, virtually unnoticeable Invisalign aligners can be used for:
- closing small gaps
- straightening mildly overlapping teeth
- re-positioning rotated teeth
- bite or malocclusion problems with the jaw
- adults who had braces as a child but whose teeth have shifted
Even teens whose jaws have not stopped growing can be candidates for Invisalign. Dr. Alexander Quezada has the training and clinical experience to determine if these comfortable and customized aligners are right for your teen or for you!
How Invisalign Corrects a Smile and Marks Treatment Progress
Dr. Quezada will start with an oral examination and complete smile analysis. This evaluation can include impressions, x-rays, photos and other imaging. If Invisalign is appropriate for the patient, the dentist will proceed with customized sets of BPA-free aligners which will gradually shift teeth into a functionally healthy and great-looking smile.
The patient sees Dr. Quezada every 4 to 6 weeks, and they are given new sets of aligners to wear until the next appointment. Between visits, the individual wears the aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, taking them out for eating, brushing, flossing and cleaning of the appliance.
Invisalign aligners are truly unobtrusive and very comfortable, with none of the tooth or gum soreness that usually accompanies treatment with metal braces. Also, the aligners can come equipped with 2 special features helpful to the teenage patient:
Eruption tabs. Molded right into each aligner, these tabs accommodate incoming molars. The innovation allows many adolescents to take advantage of Invisalign, as the tabs eliminate the need to wait for all the teeth to come in.
Compliance indicators. Somewhat similar to wear bars on car tires, these food-grade capsules of color, located toward the back of each aligner, tell the dentist, teen and parent if the appliance is being worn for the appropriate amount of time. They are a great tool to get the usual 9 to 18-month treatment with Invisalign completed.
Invisalign is Offered Through Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, Illinois.
Alexander Quezada, DDS has exceptional academic preparation and pursues clinical excellence in all areas of modern dentistry. He is happy to offer Invisalign aligners to both teens and adults. Come to his office in Glenview to discuss treatment options. Call Dr. Quezada at 847-729-2233 to set an appointment.