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By Laura Elliff, DMD
August 09, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: invisalign  

Invisalign is the exciting way to straighten your smile discreetly. Invisalign works like braces to straighten teeth and close gaps between them, but is much more discreet. Instead of brackets and wires to straighten teeth, Invisalign relies on removable clear aligner trays that are barely noticeable. At Elliff Dental, Dr. Andrew Elliff and Dr. Laura Elliff are your dentists for Invisalign in Batavia.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign straightens the teeth with custom aligner trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. Each set of trays is worn for a few weeks and is then replaced with a new set of trays. Each new set of trays moves the teeth closer to the desired position. The trays help the teeth move into the proper position by gently exerting pressure on the teeth, which is similar to how the brackets and wires of braces help move teeth. Your Batavia Invisalign dentist can help you decide if Invisalign is the right teeth-straightening option for you.

Advantages of Invisalign

There are numerous advantages to choosing Invisalign for straightening your smile. One of the most exciting advantages is that Invisalign is extremely discreet. The aligner trays are significantly less noticeable than traditional metal braces since the trays are clear. Additionally, the aligner trays are removable so they can be taken out temporarily, such as when posing for photos.

The ability to remove Invisalign’s aligner trays is another major advantage. Maintaining optimal oral hygiene can be more challenging with traditional braces since food particles can get stuck between the brackets and wires easily. The brackets and wires also make it difficult to brush and floss away trapped food particles. With Invisalign, removing the trays when eating can help prevent trapped particles. Additionally, being able to remove the trays when brushing and flossing makes it easier to maintain better oral hygiene.

Another advantage of Invisalign is that the aligner trays are comfortable to wear. With traditional braces, the hard metal brackets and wires can sometimes poke and irritate the mouth and gums. Invisalign’s custom aligner trays are made from a soft, flexible plastic material. The trays fit comfortably in place over the teeth with nothing to poke or irritate the mouth. An additional advantage of Invisalign is that, for most patients, it is possible to achieve the smile you desire in just 12 to 18 months.

Speak with your dentist right away if you are ready to straighten your side discreetly with Invisalign. For Invisalign in Batavia, IL, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Elliff or Dr. Laura Elliff by contacting Elliff Dental at (630) 482-7200.

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!

By Laura Elliff, DMD
September 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   invisalign  

Straight, healthy teeth have always been important. As one of the first things that people notice when they first meet you, damaged teeth invisaligncan send the wrong message and impact everything from your social to professional life and prospects. In the age of Instagram and social media, straight teeth and an attractive smile are even more important than ever. But making the decision to fix crooked and misaligned teeth can present a Catch 22 for teenagers and adults who do not want to get traditional braces. The solution to this problems is Invisalign clear aligner trays. The dentists at Elliff Dental Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Batavia, IL, recommend Invisalign for teenagers and adults looking for a discreet, minimally invasive and affordable way to get straighter teeth.

Straighter Teeth (No Braces Required) in Batavia, IL

The Invisalign system consists of a set of custom aligner trays made of high-grade clear plastic that gently and discreetly shifts your teeth into the correct alignment over time (the typical treatment period for Invisalign is approximately 15 months). The trays must be worn for 22 hours every day but can be removed for up to two hours to eat and brush and floss your teeth and each tray is worn for approximately two weeks.

In addition to being discreet and minimally invasive, Invisalign trays do not require significant changes to your diet or oral hygiene routine, which allows you to keep up with your oral health needs as your teeth get progressively straighter. With Invisalign, teenagers and adults who wish to skip traditional metallic braces no longer have to give up on the prospect of a better smile.

Find a Dentist in Batavia, IL

It is never too late to invest in your smile and oral health. For more information about Invisalign clear aligners, and to find out if they are the right option for you, contact our office by calling (630) 482-7200 to schedule an appointment today.