When you have mild to moderate dental malocclusions (meaning imperfectly aligned teeth), you may be eligible to wear clear aligners in Oak Lawn rather than braces. You should understand what aligners are and how the items are designed for your teeth.
First, our specialist will examine your mouth and collect medical images. We will evaluate your overall dental health in a consultation, which will determine more about the misalignments of your teeth. You might have minor gaps between your teeth, or you might have teeth that overlap slightly, and these are some of the problems that clear aligners can repair. At both of our office in Oak Lawn, we offer the Invisalign® treatment, which can work wonders towards improving your smile and bite.
Your orthodontic evaluation will determine if you can wear removable aligners rather than braces, but this type of orthodontic treatment is designed for mature teenagers and adults. If you choose to wear aligners, then you must follow our professional recommendations and instructions for the devices.
Clear aligners are less visible and more comfortable than braces, with neither metal nor wires, meaning you spend less time in our office getting adjustments. Brushing and flossing pose no problem, and while in treatment, you can eat whatever you like.
Each set of clear aligners is meant to be worn for approximately two weeks, and removed only for brushing, flossing, drinking, and eating. As you wear each new aligner, your teeth move bit by bit over time until settling into their final, improved positions.
If you think clear aligners might be right for you, and if you wish to learn more about your various options regarding braces, reach out to make an appointment with Petty & Bielik Orthodontics, located in Oak Lawn, IL! Our mission is to give you a grin you love to bare. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!