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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.

By Laura Elliff, DMD
September 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
MasterIllusionistBenefitsfromtheMagicofOrthodontics

Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”