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Orthodontist in Joliet IL

If you are looking for an aesthetically pleasing alternative to fixed braces, then perhaps Invisalign® invisible braces are for you. The Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of clear, removable aligners that shift your teeth into a straighter position. The patient will wear an Invisalign® aligner for around two weeks before progressing to the next set. Each aligner is designed to gradually move teeth into place, with patients collecting new aligner sets every six to eight weeks at their Invisalign® check-up at Dental Avenue. You will need around 12 months to complete your treatment, but your dentist will advise you on the treatment duration during the consultation.

Invisalign uses 3-D computer imaging technology to depict the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position from which a series of custom-made “aligners” are produced. Each aligner, worn for about two weeks, moves teeth incrementally and is then replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.

This revolutionary procedure has allowed many adults to correct both aesthetic and orthodontic concerns more subtly and speedily than traditional braces offer. Within twelve months most patients have completed their treatment.

Invisalign has been proven effective at straightening teeth in both clinical research and orthodontic and dental practices around the world. Over a million patients have either been treated or are in treatment and over 44,000 orthodontists and dentists have been trained on how to use Invisalign.

Invisible Braces

Standard braces are placed on the teeth themselves. In addition to the actual braces, there are several various attachments. These can include bars, elastics, rubber bands, and springs, all of which can catch food, prevent you from brushing or FLOSSing correctly and keep you from getting your teeth as clean as they could be. Food caught in braces can also cause bad breath and may result in more frequent cleanings that can add to your dental expenses.

When braces are not cleaned properly, the patient may experience tooth decay and decalcification. Even if the patient practices good dental hygiene, it is common to end up with cavities or yellowing.

On the other hand, Invisalign trays are easily removed to allow for normal brushing and FLOSSing during treatment. This greatly reduces the risk of tooth decay. Many people refer to this solution as the invisible braces and given how difficult they are to detect it’s not a bad nickname.

In severe cases, the patient may require other teeth straightening techniques along with Invisalign.

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