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Orthodontic problems are usually associated with children and teenagers, when getting braces is most common and generally accepted as a rite of passage. However, adults are not immune to bite and alignment problems that require treatment. The problem is that for many older teenagers and adults, the prospect of wearing traditional metallic braces is not appealing for both professional and personal reasons. That's where Invisalign clear aligner trays come in. The dentists at Lynch Dental Center Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch offer orthodontic, cosmetic, and general dentistry services in River Forest and Chicago, IL.
Get Straighter Teeth with Invisalign
There are a number of malocclusions (bite and alignment issues) that require orthodontic treatment, some of which are more severe than others and are best treated with traditional orthodontics. Invisalign is a good option for mild to moderate problems such as:
- Open bite
A dental exam is the best way to determine whether Invisalign is the right option for your situation.
Benefits of Invisalign Clear Aligner Trays
Most people are drawn to Invisalign because they are the least invasive and most discreet option available to get straighter teeth. But there are a number of additional benefits that make Invisalign the ideal choice for many teenagers and adults. The trays can be removed for up to two hours a day, so there are no dietary restrictions like with braces. You can also continue to brush and floss, maintaining your oral hygiene routine throughout the treatment period. In some cases, the length of time it takes to straighten your teeth with Invisalign can be shorter than with traditional braces.
If you're ready to invest in a straighter, healthier smile - without getting braces - contact Lynch Dental Center today to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists by calling (708) 366-6411 in River Forest or (312) 263-3235 in Chicago.
If you have misaligned teeth or bite issues, you may have considered orthodontic care to straighten your smile. However, if the thought of traditional metal braces and their obvious appearance has held you back from pursuing treatment, you may be able to straighten your teeth discreetly with Invisalign. But what can Invisalign do for you? Are you a good candidate for this treatment? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch at Lynch Dental Center with locations in River Forest and Chicago, IL.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which, instead of using traditional metal brackets and wires, uses clear, plastic aligner trays worn in the mouth to straighten the smile. Though Invisalign is effective in its results, its appearance is subtle and discreet, meaning you will not have to compromise your look to get the smile you want.
Can Invisalign help my smile?
Dentists recommend Invisalign for patients who want to straighten their smile or address their bite issues. Common uses for Invisalign include treating:
- misaligned teeth
- overcrowded teeth
- under crowded teeth
- open bite
What can I expect during Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign’s aligner trays come in a series, the number of which depending on your treatment plan and the severity of your orthodontic issues. Treatment length usually averages about a year. Patients wear the trays for 22 hours a day, removing them to eat and perform their daily oral care tasks like brushing and flossing. You will wear each tray for two weeks before replacing it with the next tray in the series.
Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment in River Forest and Chicago, IL
Invisalign's removable design allows patients to eat the foods they love and brush and floss as they would have before braces. This treatment provides the same results as traditional metal braces and can help most patients who require orthodontic care. If you think you can benefit from Invisalign, a consultation with your dentist can help you determine if this is the best treatment for you.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch at Lynch Dental Center with locations in Chicago, IL, and River Forest, IL. Call (312) 263-3235 to schedule your appointment in Chicago or (708) 366-6411 to schedule your appointment in River Forest today!
Find out how this clear orthodontic system could potentially help you get a straighter smile.
As an adult, there are many things that you may feel too old to do: riding your local state fair’s kiddy rides or getting a lollipop after a dentist’s visit. Perhaps you think getting braces also belongs on that list. While most people assume that braces are just meant for children, our Chicago and River Forest, IL, dentists Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Frances Lynch and Dr. Sheila Lynch are here to dispel this myth and tell you why you may just want to consider getting Invisalign if you want to fix your crooked smile.
The Clear Alternative
This is the most obvious benefit to getting Invisalign and yet one we shouldn’t forget. While there are certainly tooth-colored brackets and wires that you can get, which are more discreet than their metal counterpart, you can still see these braces.
Instead, why don’t you opt for a system that uses a set of clear plastic removable aligners, which can be just as effective for shifting teeth into the proper place but doesn’t require you to wear braces that the whole world can see?
We know that you lead a busy life and having to visit our Chicago and River Forest, IL, general dentists every few weeks for routine checkups can really make getting braces more of a chore than a positive experience. Of course, when you get the Invisalign treatment you won’t have to come into the office nearly as much as you would with traditional braces, which means a little more time to spend doing what makes you happy.
Wearing metal all over your teeth is certainly no picnic, and it probably goes without saying that it can also be rather uncomfortable. The brackets and wires can rub against your cheeks and gums and cause some serious irritation. With Invisalign, you won’t have to worry about any of this. Each aligner is custom-made just for you from a special, flexible thermoplastic. While the aligners will offer a snug fit, the material is far more comfortable than traditional metal braces.
While your length of treatment will really depend on the severity of your dental issues, we find that by and large most adults who get Invisalign can get the results they want in about one year. Of course, minor misalignments may take far less time to treat. This is a much better option than traditional braces, which can take up to 2 years or more to get a straight smile.
Are you ready to find out if Invisalign is the best option for your smile? If so, the next step is to call Lynch Dental Center in Chicago and River Forest, IL, to schedule your consultation.
Straightening your smile is easier than ever, thanks to Invisalign, an innovative orthodontic approach that doesn't require wires or brackets. Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Frances Lynch and Dr. Sheila Lynch of Lynch Dental Center in Chicago and River Forest, IL, explain how Invisalign works.
A completely wire-free system
Invisalign uses a series of aligner trays to move your teeth, not wires. We custom design each set of trays in our Chicago and River Forest office using X-rays, images and impressions of your mouth. When you place the trays in your mouth, they apply gentle pressure to your teeth, gradually repositioning them.
One of the things people like most about Invisalign aligner trays is their appearance. Made of clear, comfortable plastic, the trays are nearly transparent and fit your teeth perfectly.
There are no complicated care routines when you wear Invisalign aligners. You'll take them out while you eat, which means you'll never have to struggle to remove tiny stuck-on pieces of food from your braces. After a meal, you'll rinse the aligners and place them back in your mouth. Oral hygiene is as simple as ever when you wear Invisalign aligners. Once you remove the aligners, you'll floss and brush as usual.
Worried about losing your trays when you take them out to eat at a prom, wedding or other event? Leave them at home! Because you'll only need to wear the trays for 20 hours a day, you can take them out when you attend special events or play sports.
Most people are good candidates for the Invisalign system. If you have a mild to moderate orthodontic issue, such as an overbite, underbite or crossbite, you can probably use the aligners. They're also a good choice if you're concerned about gaps or crowding. Invisalign offers an easy way to correct these and other orthodontic issues and is just as effective as traditional braces for most alignment and bite problems. If you're an adult, you may only need wear the trays for about a year to achieve optimum results.
Straighten your smile with Invisalign. Call Drs. John, Sheila and Frances Lynch of Lynch Dental Center in Chicago and River Forest, IL, at (312) 263-3235 to schedule an appointment.
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.”