Invisalign Specialist

Glen Dental Center

Dentists located in Glenview, IL

Although many adults and teens agree that straight teeth would improve their appearance and their chances of a healthy mouth, braces are a tough commitment to make. At Glen Dental Center in Glenview, Illinois, dentists Jeffrey Gilmor, DDS, and Verena Phillips, DDS, allow you to forgo the difficulties of a metal-filled mouth using the Invisalign® teeth alignment system. To learn more about Invisalign’s benefits and find out if you’re a candidate, call Glen Dental Center to make an appointment today.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a unique innovator in the field of orthodontics. Rather than using metal wires and brackets to uncomfortably force your teeth into alignment, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners custom created to fit over your teeth and straighten them over time.

At your consultation, the Glen Dental Center team takes a series of X-rays and pictures of your teeth for a complete view of their starting places. 

They use these images to evaluate your bite and your oral health, and then take impressions of your teeth to make the molds for your aligners.

Each aligner distributes pressure onto your teeth to push them into place. You must wear your aligners for at least 20 hours each day and progress to the next aligner every two weeks in order to keep up with your treatment plan. You can take your aligners out while you eat and to clean them as well as to brush and floss your teeth.

How long does treatment with Invisalign take?

Each case is different and your dentist can give you a more accurate idea of how long your Invisalign treatment will take. 

Some cases take as little as six months while others take a year or more. Your plan will consist of 11-30 aligners depending on the severity of the problems to be addressed.

What are the benefits of choosing Invisalign over traditional braces?

Many patients readily choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces for a number of reasons related to Invisalign’s convenience and inconspicuousness, including:

  • Invisibility
  • No sharp edges
  • Less discomfort
  • Fewer dental appointments
  • No dietary limitations
  • Easier cleaning

Many patients also enjoy seeing the progress of their alignment as it happens. Braces are difficult to see around, and you typically can’t see a difference in your smile until your dentist removes them. Some even start to wonder why they even have braces. 

With Invisalign, you’re rewarded with the view of straighter teeth each time you change to a new aligner.

Can anyone use Invisalign?

Invisalign covers many misalignment cases, from underbites to overbites and everything in between. You must have a generally healthy mouth free of gum disease and decay in order to begin the treatment.

Some cases, though, are beyond Invisalign’s abilities. If your teeth are seriously misaligned, the team at Glen Dental Center will most certainly recommend that you get traditional metal braces.

If you or your teen is interested in perfectly aligned teeth with Invisalign, request a consultation by phone at Glen Dental Center today.