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By Laura Elliff, DMD
July 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: invisalign   clear aligners  

InvisalignHow Invisalign treatment from your dentists in Batavia can give you a beautiful smile

If your smile is suffering because of poorly-positioned, rotated teeth, Invisalign can help. If you are having troubling eating because of a poorly-positioned bite, Invisalign can help. In fact, Invisalign can help with many of the same issues treated by conventional brackets and wires, without the discomfort and unsightly look of brackets and wires.

Drs. Andrew and Laura Elliff at Elliff Dental in Batavia, IL, want to share how Invisalign can work for you to give you a beautiful, straight smile easily, quickly, and comfortably.

Invisalign is revolutionary because the system uses clear plastic appliances, called aligners, instead of brackets and wires. You receive an initial set which you wear for the first 2 weeks. Then you progress to another set of aligners which you wear for another 2 weeks. You move up to a new set of aligners every 2 weeks until your Invisalign treatment is complete.

Invisalign will work for you if you have:

  • An overbite or underbite
  • A crossbite or open bite
  • Rotated, poorly-positioned teeth
  • Crowded, overlapped teeth
  • Teeth that are gapped apart

When you choose Invisalign, you can count on:

  • Rapid results, because the entire Invisalign process takes only 9 to 15 months, compared to years with conventional brackets and wires
  • Comfortable treatment, because the Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic, with no sharp parts which can irritate soft tissue
  • Discreet straightening, because the Invisalign aligners are clear plastic, making them virtually invisible to people around you

Invisalign is also easier to maintain than conventional brackets and wires because you can remove the appliances to brush and floss your teeth normally. The appliances provide a convenient alternative because you can take them out when you eat, so you can enjoy the foods you love without worry.

If you want a straight smile, and you’re wondering if Invisalign will work for you, the answer is YES! To get started on your new straight smile, just pick up the phone and call Drs. Andrew and Laura Elliff at Elliff Dental in Batavia, IL, today!

ClearAlignersProvideaLessEmbarrassingOrthodonticChoiceforTeens

For decades, traditional braces were the only orthodontic choice for moving misaligned teeth. Although they’re quite effective, they can cause discomfort and, for teens especially, embarrassment due to their noticeable metallic appearance.

In recent years, though, technology has produced an alternative to braces that’s proven effective for many types of patients. Besides being less cumbersome and disruptive to everyday life than braces, clear aligners have another advantage that appeals to teens — they’re much less visible.

Introduced in the late 1990s, clear aligners are a system of individual trays made of nearly invisible polyurethane plastic worn over the upper teeth. The trays are computer-generated based on the patient’s individual mouth structure captured in photographs and x-rays. Each tray in the sequence is incrementally smaller in size; the patient begins wearing the first aligner in the series for about two weeks, 20 to 22 hours a day. They then switch to the next tray in the series for about the same amount of time, and continue in this fashion until they’ve worn each aligner in the series.

Besides their improvement in appearance, aligners also have another advantage: unlike traditional braces, aligners can be removed from the mouth for eating or on a limited basis for rare important social occasions. Brushing and flossing are also much easier with aligners, which don’t pose the same access problems as traditional braces.

Clear aligners were once only effective with select types of orthodontic patients, which didn’t always include teens. Over the last decade, however, significant changes to design and additional implements have widened their application to more patients, especially teens. For example, we can now add tiny “power ridges” to the aligner design that give greater precision over desired tooth movement to create a more controlled and efficient force on the teeth. More recent aligners are also being produced with a thinner, more comfortable material.

A thorough orthodontic exam will tell whether your teen is a good candidate for clear aligners. If so, they’ll benefit from a more comfortable and less embarrassing experience while gaining a new smile for life.

If you would like more information on clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners for Teens.”