Invisalign® in Naperville
Braces are a widely used treatment for correcting the alignment of teeth. However, many patients are put off by the extended treatment time, appearance, and discomfort that can come with braces. Invisalign from Dr. Don Jonker at Naperville Family Dental provides an effective solution for straightening and aligning teeth free from those concerns.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a clear aligner system that has been in use for over 20 years. Instead of the metal wiring used in conventional braces, this technique uses a series of specialized plastic clear aligners that are practically invisible in order to move teeth into proper alignment. Invisalign is effective for patients of all ages.
The technique can provide a solution for a variety of dental issues. Patients with crowded or gapped teeth, overbites, underbites, and crossbites are all potential candidates for Invisalign treatment.
The Invisalign process makes use of the latest technology to deliver effective results. Our team uses specialized equipment to generate a 3D scan of your mouth in order to develop a fully customized Invisalign treatment plan.
From that scan, we create clear aligners that will guide your teeth into proper position. These aligners apply steady but gentle pressure to your teeth, shifting their alignment over time in much the same way that conventional braces do.
While conventional braces require regular tightening appointments, Invisalign aligners are switched every 1-2 weeks in order to continue guiding your teeth properly. Each patient will require a different amount of trays and therefore treatment time. Most Invisalign treatments take between 6 and 12 months, depending on how much tooth movement we are aiming to accomplish. But you’ll start seeing results in a matter of weeks. Dr. Don Jonker creates a personalized treatment plan for each individual patient.
One of the primary benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners can be removed briefly, although you need to keep them on for about 22 hours each day during the treatment. This makes cleaning your teeth and eating with Invisalign much easier compared to conventional braces.
Can you drink with Invisalign? It’s perfectly safe to drink water while your aligners are in place, but it’s best to remove them before consuming anything else. Other beverages can cause buildup underneath the aligners, which causes staining and allows bacteria to grow.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Many patients are interested in Invisalign because they want to avoid the appearance of braces. Conventional braces are very noticeable, while Invisalign is unlikely to be noticed without close inspection. This makes them particularly popular among adults who are in need of realignment.
The ability to remove the Invisalign aligners makes cleaning much more straightforward. You can brush and floss normally without the need to work around braces. In many cases, braces allow bacteria to build up in their nooks and crannies. Invisalign solves this problem.
Patients are also less likely to see complications during Invisalign treatment. The wires and brackets of braces can sometimes break, or food can become stuck in them. When this happens, patients must visit the orthodontist to resolve the issue right away. Invisalign has no such problems, thanks to its simple construction.
Many foods need to be avoided with conventional braces. Many hard foods, chewy foods, and granular substances can become lodged in the brackets and wires. Because Invisalign is removed when eating, it does not affect what you are able to eat.
In most cases, Invisalign treatment is similar in cost to conventional braces. This means that Invisalign can deliver similar benefits to braces at a comparable price with less hassle and discomfort.
Invisalign isn’t always the best treatment option for every patient. While this treatment can address a variety of problems, some issues are too complex. In these cases, conventional braces or other orthodontic interventions might be the only option for the patient.
Dr. Don Jonker and the team at Naperville Family Dental have extensive experience with Invisalign and will help you determine whether it’s the right treatment option for you. We have the latest technology available to provide personalized care to all of our patients and provide top Invisalign treatment that Naperville residents can count on to comfortably realign teeth.
Are You Considering Invisalign?
If your teeth are misaligned or have other issues, Invisalign might be the right choice for you. You can reach out to Naperville Family Dental today to schedule an examination. Our expert team will evaluate your teeth, answer your questions, and determine whether Invisalign is the right treatment option to realign your smile.