An orthodontist in Oak Lawn may tell you that Invisalign® aligners are the best way for you to have straighter teeth. You may not know a lot about aligners, but you should learn more about these devices so that you can have the best outcome from your orthodontic treatment. Clear plastic aligners are appropriate for many types of dental malocclusions, so if you have mild to moderate misalignments, then ask our orthodontists if you can wear these devices instead of using braces to straighten your teeth.
Adults and teenagers can wear aligners to have straighter teeth, but the devices are not recommended for children. While braces have wires that can break or brackets that can dislodge from the teeth, aligners don’t have these problems. Aligners are made from a durable but clear plastic that rarely degrades during the two week treatment time for each set. If you do have a problem with the plastic aligners degrading, then our orthodontists will determine if you have a bite abnormality or if you grind your teeth. You will receive as many as 30 sets of aligners, so if one of the devices develops a hole, then you can switch to the next set in the series.
You Will Receive Multiple Sets of Aligners to Straighten Your Teeth
Invisalign® aligners in Oak Lawn are made using the molds of your mouth along with your facial X-rays. You should have healthy teeth without any cavities along with having no gum disease. If you do have these issues, then our orthodontists can provide treatment for the problems. A computer program will analyze your medical images and molds to make the aligners.
Every two to three weeks, you will switch to a new set of aligners, but you must wear each set for the majority of the day and night. You can remove the aligners while you chew food and drink beverages. We also recommend brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day along with sanitizing the aligners. Make sure to use toothpaste, floss and mouth rinses that are recommended by our orthodontists to avoid staining your aligners.
Select the Original Type of Clear Plastic Aligners for Your Teeth
When you choose Invisalign® treatment, you are selecting the original type of clear plastic aligners that were invented during the 1990s. This type of aligner has been worn by thousands of patients who have crowded teeth. After you receive your first set of aligners, our orthodontists will teach you how to insert and remove the devices carefully.
You will likely feel pressure on your teeth and gums, but you can take pain relievers or use dental wax to reduce your discomfort. To learn more about wearing Invisalign® aligners, get in touch with our team at Petty & Bielik Orthodontics in Oak Lawn. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!