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Invisalign Treatment


Clear aligners have become more and more popular over the last decade. Whether you have had braces or need them, you most likely have heard of clear aligners, such as Invisalign. It is a popular choice for those who want to straighten their teeth but wish to do it discretely. There is a lot to know about clear aligners, and we want to provide some knowledge about it if you are looking to get your dream smile.

How do they work?

Clear aligners are uniquely designed to fit each patient’s individual orthodontic needs. Our orthodontist will take a digital mold of your teeth. With this mold, aligners are created to fit your teeth. These aligners are made in a series that will straighten teeth over time. The orthodontist will inform you, but you will need to change out your aligners with a different set every few weeks. Each person is different, so the length of time in between aligners is going to vary.

Can people see clear aligners?

Teeth aligners are made from clear, flexible plastic. This plastic allows the aligners to fit comfortably in your mouth and around your teeth and makes them to be removable when it is time to eat. Because they are clear, they are not noticeable from most distances. A person may be able to tell you are wearing them if they are incredibly close to you or are looking for them on your teeth.

Do I need to remove them to eat?

Your aligners must be removed anytime you go to eat or drink colored liquids. As we mentioned, the aligners are made of plastic, so they can break if they are used while chewing food. We do not recommend leaving in your aligners at any time when eating. If you break your aligners, it does cost to have them remade, and you will add more time to your teeth straightening journey.

Overall, clear aligners are an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces. If you are interested in getting clear aligners in Westmont or Villa Park, contact us today to make a consultation appointment. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to us. Our team will be more than happy to answer your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Clear aligners are a popular form of braces that are used to straighten teeth. Our patients that use them, love them! If you are interested in getting clear aligners, please contact us so we can set up an appointment with our team.

Clear aligner treatment can take around two years for your teeth to go from misaligned to aligned. The process is slow, but the end result is worth it. If clear aligners moved your teeth too quickly, your teeth could become damaged, which can lead to your teeth falling out.

Clear aligners are not painful. However, over the first few weeks, there may be some discomforting pain. After you get used to your aligners, the pain or discomfort will go away. If you continue to experience pain even after the first initial weeks, please reach out to us so we can see if there is an issue.

Clear aligner treatment has a few steps. The first is that you will need to come in for a consultation where our orthodontist will examine your teeth and take x-rays. Then they will be able to tell you if clear aligners are right for you, if it is, then we will proceed to make a 3D mold of your teeth.

Clear aligner treatment is different from getting braces. Clear aligners use removable retainers where braces require brackets and wiring to connect teeth.