Teenagers and adults are often hesitant about starting orthodontic treatment because that means they’ll need to commit to having metal brackets and wires in their mouth for up to 24 months. For our patients who are more image-conscious, we offer Invisalign in our Franklin Park, IL dental office as a discreet and more comfortable alternative to traditional braces. That way, you can maintain your regular appearance while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign treatment begins with a consultation with our on-staff orthodontic specialist at Grand Dental in Franklin Park. Every two weeks, you’ll advance to your next set of easily-removable Invisalign trays that will apply slightly more pressure on your teeth to shift them into their ideal positions. You’ll need to wear them for at least 22 hours every day, being sure to only take them out of your mouth when you eat, drink anything besides water, or brush and floss your teeth.
You will receive several series of customized Invisalign trays that are made from BPA-free, clear plastic. Each set of aligners will provide a gentle and strategic amount of pressure on your teeth to address crowding, gaps, misalignment, and bite problems. Every six to eight weeks, you’ll visit our dental office to pick up your new series of trays and get a quick progress check.
During your initial consultation, we’ll take X-rays, impressions, and photos of your mouth as well as conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to make sure that you’re a good candidate for treatment. Once you start the process, you’ll visit our dental office every six to eight weeks, depending on our recommendation, to collect your new series of trays and so we can make sure that you’re staying on track with your treatment timeline. These visits are relatively quick, only lasting 15 to 30 minutes, so you can easily squeeze them into a lunch break.
During your initial consultation, our orthodontist will examine your mouth to determine if you have all of the characteristics for a good Invisalign candidate. In some cases, we may recommend a different appliance to address orthodontic problems, including:
The best way to learn whether Invisalign is right for you is to schedule an appointment with our team today!
Invisalign Teen works in the same way as traditional Invisalign treatment, but the aligners feature small indicators on the trays that alert your teen when they need to be replaced. It’s also a great way to help teach your teen about responsibility and reaping the rewards of their efforts! To learn whether your teenager is a good candidate for this advanced orthodontic treatment, schedule a consultation with our board-certified orthodontist today!