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3 Invisalign Benefits that Might Surprise You


These days, if you want straighter teeth, braces are not your only option. More than 12 million people just like you have used Invisalign® to straighten their teeth, improve their smile, and enjoy better oral health. If you’ve researched orthodontic treatment, you probably already know about Invisalign®. Patients choose this method because the aligners are transparent and removable. There are other advantages to choosing Invisalign® in Lake Forest to straighten teeth, and we explore three of those benefits in this article.

How does Invisalign® work?

Invisalign® is an orthodontic method that uses plastic aligners to straighten teeth. These aligners are customized to make a snug fit over your teeth, then use gentle pressure to guide your teeth into a preferred, straighter alignment. You receive a new set of aligners every few weeks until the process is complete.

Benefit 1: Protecting dental restorations

If you want or need to straighten your teeth, but you also have existing dental work such as fillings and crowns, then your restorations can be risked if you opt for braces. Installing or adjusting braces can make these restorations break, crack, or fail. Your plastic aligners are customized to fit over your top and bottom teeth.

Benefit 2: Reduced risk of tooth decay

Maintaining good oral hygiene can be a challenge for patients with braces. You have to navigate your toothbrush and floss around the brackets and wires. The plastic aligners in Invisalign®, by contrast, can be removed when you eat and clean your teeth. Not only does this allow you to brush and floss more thoroughly, but food particles won’t accumulate in or on your aligners since you remove them to eat.

Benefit 3: Higher self-esteem

One of the main advantages of Invisalign®, whether a patient is a teenager or an adult, is the discreet nature of the treatment. Because the aligners are transparent, they are nearly indistinguishable when worn. That means you can continue to smile and speak with confidence without being self-conscious about metal on your teeth.

Is Invisalign® right for me?

Now that you know about these additional benefits of Invisalign®, you might be interested in learning more. Despite these advantages, Invisalign® is not right for everyone. You need to be able to commit to wearing your aligners for at least 20 hours a day, in order to achieve ideal results. You also need enough schedule availability to return to our dental office in Lake Forest every few weeks to receive a new set of aligners. Patients with significant jaw misalignment also may not be best suited for Invisalign®. The only way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation with one of your dentists at Lake Forest Smiles.

Your certified Invisalign® provider for Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Lincolnshire in Illinois

Our dentists are certified providers of Invisalign®. If you are interested in learning more about straightening your teeth with clear orthodontic aligners, call the office of Lake Forest Smiles today at (847) 234-4800 to schedule your initial consultation.

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