Invisalign is the discreet and faster alternative to straightening your teeth to traditional metal braces. The treatment has proven to be just as effective as traditional methods but without the unattractive and painful process. Michael Roessler, DDS provides Invisalign treatment in Mundelein to patients of all ages, from younger children up to senior citizens. Every patient can be a good candidate for orthodontic treatment and it’s never too late to receive treatment. Find out the science behind Invisalign treatment at our Mundelein dental office and if it’s the right treatment plan for you.
Determining if Invisalign is Right for You
If you are considering Invisalign treatment from your Mundelein dentist, first, your dentist will need to evaluate your smile to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment. In order to do this, your dentist will ask you an array of questions, in addition to taking dental x-rays and evaluating your smile. Most patients who need orthodontic treatment are candidates for Invisalign treatment. Only in the event of severe bite issues or someone who is bad at holding themselves accountable for wearing the aligners for 22 hours per day will a patient be denied for Invisalign treatment.
Invisalign Can Treat Patients Who Have:
- Mild case of overbite, underbite or crossbite
- Gapped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
Candidates for Invisalign must also be good at holding themselves accountable for wearing their aligners for at least 22 hours per day. Patients must also remember to change their aligners every two weeks or when their dentist has instructed them to change them. Following your dentist’s strict instructions will ensure your treatment moves along at a timely pace and not taking longer than predicted. If for any reason you are denied for Invisalign treatment, Dr. Roessler will instruct you the best steps to take for your orthodontic treatment.
Yes, You Are a Candidate for Invisalign
Once your dentist has determined Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Roessler will take impressions of your mouth and send them to the Invisalign lab. With the impressions, he will also provide a mapped-out plan of your treatment process. This will help the lab design your aligners for the course of the treatment. Within a few weeks, the custom-made Invisalign aligners will be delivered to you. All you need to do at this point is wear them as your dentist has instructed and change them when also instructed. That’s the easy part. You’re probably wondering “How Does Invisalign Work?” Let’s answer that for you.
The Science Behind Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign aligners are made of thin plastic that is molded to fit your mouth perfectly. The comfortable plastic molds go over your teeth and are worn for at least 22 hours per day. Every two weeks, or as your dentist instructs, you will swap out your aligners for a new set. The new set will be slightly different than your previous one – working to slowly move your teeth into their ideal position. The science behind Invisalign is attributed to Dr. Roessler and his treatment plan he has created for you in his Mundelein office. The treatment plan involves planning when and where every tooth will move to during each new aligner set.
How Invisalign Differs from Traditional Braces
Invisalign differs from traditional orthodontic treatments in the way that it corrects your smile. With traditional braces, you will visit your orthodontist every 6 weeks for your braces to be tightened. This can be an extremely painful process since so much pressure is put on your teeth at once. With Invisalign, your aligners work to slowly move your teeth into their ideal position. This creates less pain in your mouth and works to align your teeth faster since the movement is occurring every 2 weeks instead of every 6. Your dentist may also instruct you to change your aligners even more often than every 2 weeks depending on your treatment plan.
Throughout your treatment plan, you will still need to visit your dentist in Mundelein every 6 weeks so that Dr. Roessler can evaluate that your smile is on the right track for treatment. During this time, he might adjust your aligners, or attach some composite resin to your teeth to attach rubber bands too if your bite needs to be corrected. Once you are reaching the end of your treatment, he will evaluate your smile once more to determine if extra aligners need to be ordered to help you reach your smile goals.
After Invisalign Treatment is Complete
Once your Invisalign treatment in Mundelein is completed, Dr. Roessler will provide you with Vivera or clear retainers to be worn. At first, you may be instructed to wear them all day, and then the total hours will be adjusted accordingly until they are only to be worn at night when you sleep. Although it may be a pain to continue wearing them after your treatment is “complete,” it’s important to continue wearing them while your teeth are still in a high retention mode. It takes months for your teeth to finally settle into their new position without quickly moving back to their old position. Without wearing your retainer, you may slowly see your teeth moving back to their old position.
Aesthetic Benefits of Invisalign Treatment
There are many benefits when it comes to Invisalign treatment. First off, regardless of your age, you will love how discreet and Invisible the aligners are. Younger adults love them because they can go to school without being teased and can remove them for formal events or dates. Older adults love them because the sight of metal braces holds a heavy stigma that they are only for children. Adults may feel very self-conscious at work or on dates when having a mouth full of metal. Invisalign aligners help patients maintain a high level of self-confidence during the treatment plan. The discreet and invisible appearance of Invisalign makes it the ideal solution for any patient who may worry about their appearance or struggle with self-confidence.
Another aesthetic benefit of Invisalign is the ability to remove your aligners whenever you please. You have a date tonight or a special event? Remove your aligners. As long as this isn’t a daily ordeal, you can remove your aligners for a special day or occasion as long as you follow your normal wearing schedule the rest of the time. This is like having orthodontic treatment without having the commitment of 24 hours wear. You can also remove the aligners for taking pictures, or feel free to smile with them in since they are completely invisible and barely noticeable. Patients with traditional braces hate having their photos taken which can really put a damper on their social life and make them miss out on special moments they normally would have loved to have photographed. Continue enjoying your life normally with Invisalign treatment.
Hygienic Benefits of Invisalign
Another important benefit of Invisalign is the increased dental hygiene. With traditional metal braces, patients will find it hard to clean around the brackets and wires with brushing. In addition, it’s very difficult to floss with braces, most patients end of stop flossing altogether during their treatment because it’s so time-consuming and difficult. With Invisalign on the other hand, the aligners are removable for cleaning and flossing. This allows the patients to have easy access to keeping up with their dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing are completed normally like they were before orthodontic treatment.
In addition, Invisalign aligners make dental cleanings with Dr. Roessler in Mundelein a lot easier too! All you must do during your bi-yearly cleaning is remove your aligners and it’s completed like normal. With traditional braces, patients would have to have their wire removed, then visit their hygienist, then return to their orthodontist to have the wire put back in. Maintaining your dental hygiene during treatment is important as it will prevent you from getting cavities, gum disease, tooth decay and staining which is quite normal with traditional braces.
In addition, you can maintain a white smile throughout the whole treatment as whitening products aren’t off limits. This will give you a bright white smile as soon as treatment is complete, instead of needing to schedule a teeth whitening visit after completion. If you are looking for a hygienic and time-saving way to straighten your teeth, Invisalign is the orthodontic treatment for you.
Eat Whatever You Want with Invisalign!
Another huge benefit to Invisalign treatment is the ability to eat whatever you want, whenever you want. As long as you are wearing your aligners for 22 hours per day, you can use those other two hours for munching on popcorn, nuts, chewy candy, corn on the cob or crunchy apples. With traditional braces, there is a long list of restricted food that patients cannot eat without potential breaking their brackets. With Invisalign, you can eat all these foods whenever you please as long as you brush your teeth before putting the aligners back in. This plays a large role in patients deciding if they want to go with Invisalign over braces.
Comfort and Convenience of Invisalign
Those who don’t do well with pain will usually opt for Invisalign treatment over metal braces. Since Invisalign gradually moves your teeth into their ideal position, this prevents any severe pain from occurring during treatment. When patients have metal braces tightened every 6 weeks, their mouths will be sore for up to a week following the appointment. By gradually moving your teeth, you will be in little to no pain after swapping out your aligners. In addition, Invisalign is completely comfortable to wear all day every day. The thin plastic is highly unnoticeable in your mouth and you won’t find yourself cutting your tongue or cheek on sharp metal brackets and wires as you would with metal braces. Invisalign also prevents you from experiencing painful blisters or canker sores. Clear braces are the most pain-free solution for obtaining straight teeth.
What About Porcelain Veneers?
Many patients come in and don’t want to commit to orthodontic treatment and instead ask for porcelain veneers to correct their smile. If you have a crooked tooth and place a veneer over it, yes it will cover the problem, but it won’t correct it. You will need to replace that veneer every 10 years or so. In the long run, it’s more cost efficient to receive orthodontic treatment than pay for porcelain veneers in Mundelein. Dr. Roessler will explain the benefits of each treatment and give you all the information you need to know to complete your smile makeover.
Benefits of Straight Teeth
Having straight and perfect teeth are not just about aesthetics. Straight teeth come with many health benefits! One of the benefits is having a perfect bite. Having a proper bite can uneven wear of your teeth, it can even stop tooth grinding and clenching at night. In addition, orthodontic treatment has been known to provide relief for sleep apnea patients. Other benefits of Invisalign treatment are increased dental hygiene. Since your teeth are aligned perfectly they are no longer gapped or crowded, you and your Mundelein dentist will be able to properly clean your teeth. This ultimately leaves you with a healthier smile and helps prevent other dental issues from forming.
Interested in Invisalign Treatment?
If you want to achieve perfect and straight teeth with the science of Invisalign, contact Dr. Roessler at our Mundelein dental office today. We will schedule you an Invisalign consultation where we evaluate your smile and determine if you are the right candidate for the treatment. From there we create your treatment plan and then send off all necessary items to the Invisalign lab for your aligners to be made. Slowly over the course of 6 months to 2 years, your smile will gradually shift into its ideal position. After months of comfortable treatment, your smile will be complete! If this sounds like the right solution for you, give our dental office a call at 847.566.9330 or fill out our contact form and we will begin your Invisalign process.