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By Dr. John Isbrandt
May 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Are you ready to improve your smile but aren't sure which orthodontic treatment is right for you? Invisalign offers a few benefits you won't invisalignreceive if you choose metal or ceramic braces. Our St. Charles, IL, dentist, Dr. John Isbrandt, can help you evaluate your orthodontic options during a visit to his office.

What is Invisalign?

Wires and brackets don't have to be a part of your orthodontic treatment when you choose Invisalign. The system uses clear, removable aligner trays to correct the position of your teeth. Trays are made of comfortable plastic and fit snugly against your teeth. A proper fit is essential to ensure that your aligner trays are virtually unnoticeable and don't interfere with speech.

During your first Invisalign appointment, your dentist will create a 3D image of your mouth using digital impressions, images, and X-rays. The image will be used to design a series of trays that you'll wear throughout your treatment. Trays are designed to be worn for two weeks, then replaced with the next set in the series.

What are the benefits of the Invisalign system?

Invisalign offers several important advantages, including:

  • Little Change to Your Appearance: Metal and ceramic braces may be effective, but many people resist wearing them due to concerns about their appearance. Invisalign aligner trays offer the ideal option if you want to straighten your smile discreetly.
  • No Adjustments: Metal and ceramic braces must be adjusted periodically by changing the tension of the wires. Although adjustments can be a little painful, they're absolutely essential. Adjustments aren't needed with Invisalign, although you'll still have to visit your St. Charles dentist regularly for follow-up appointments.
  • Comfort: Stray wires can cause painful canker sores or cuts in your mouth. Irritation or lacerations aren't a problem when you wear plastic aligner trays instead of traditional braces.
  • Convenience: Trays are removed when you eat, brush, and floss, play sports or attend special events. You won't have to eliminate certain foods during your treatment or learn a complicated oral hygiene routine.
  • Shorter Treatment Period for Adults: If you're an adult, you may be able to achieve your straightening goals after wearing your aligners for only one year. Teenagers will need to follow the same schedule, whether they choose Invisalign or metal or ceramic braces.

Straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign! Call St. Charles, IL, dentist, Dr. Isbrandt, at (630) 584-8787 to schedule your appointment.

By Dr. John Isbrandt
November 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

This clear orthodontic system could give you results without other people noticing your braces.invisalign

Sure, wearing braces as a child seems like a rite of passage akin to dealing with acne or learning to ride a bike; however, if you are an adult who is finally getting around to considering orthodontic treatment you may be less thrilled by the prospect of wearing metal on your teeth for the whole world to see. But what if our St. Charles, IL, dentist Dr. John Isbrandt told you that this isn’t the only way? Invisalign is the subtle way to straighten teeth without others immediately noticing.

How does Invisalign work?

Unlike the metal brackets and wires that you are used to when it comes to getting braces, the Invisalign system takes a completely different approach. Instead of bonding brackets to your teeth a series of clear, removable aligners will be created to cover over your top or bottom teeth. Each aligner is specifically designed based on the treatment plan our St. Charles, IL, general dentist creates. The treatment plan will determine what teeth will need to move and just how much they will need to move in order to get a straight smile.

What should I expect when wearing Invisalign?

This treatment is very different from traditional braces in so many ways. For one, you’ll enjoy the confidence of being able to talk to friends, classmates or colleagues without worrying that they will notice your braces first. The clear, custom-fit aligners ensure that your orthodontic treatment isn’t that noticeable.

Along with being nearly invisible, Invisalign can also be removed prior to eating, drinking, brushing or flossing. We know it’s a pain to give up your favorite foods during the course of your treatment. Now you don’t have to!

With traditional braces, people have to be careful what they eat and they also have to be more meticulous with the way they brush and floss since food can easily get trapped between the brackets and wires. Luckily, with Invisalign, nothing has to change. Just remove your aligners and you can enjoy your favorite foods or brush and floss as you normally would.

Of course, it’s important that you continue to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day to ensure that your treatment progresses as it should. The more you wear your aligners the better. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks, after which it is replaced with the next aligner in your treatment plan.

Don’t let a crooked smile get you down. Find out whether getting Invisalign in St. Charles, IL, could help turn your smile around for the better. Call our office today to learn more!

By Dr. John Isbrandt
December 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Learn more about Invisalign from your St. Charles dentist.

The Invisalign System is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without the restrictions that come with metal braces. Rather than metal invisalignbrackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that have been custom-made for your teeth. Dr. John Isbrandt in St. Charles, IL, offers Invisalign for a straighter smile. Read on to find out if Invisalign is appropriate for every age.

Kids & Invisalign

Children can need braces for any number of reasons, including overlapping, overcrowded, crooked teeth or a "bad bite." Most dentists do not recommend Invisalign for children because they do not have a full set of permanent teeth. The Invisalign System does not offer the flexibility that you would have with traditional braces and is not able to address many of the structural bite problems that you might find in younger children.

Teens & Invisalign

Invisalign is popular with teens who are self-conscious about wearing metal braces. With braces, there is a long list of foods your teen shouldn’t eat, from raw carrots to popcorn and apples. With the Invisalign System, there are no restrictions. The removable Invisalign aligners make it easy for your teen to floss and brush your teeth normally to maintain proper oral hygiene. With Invisalign, your teen can also continue playing musical instruments properly, without metal braces getting in the way.

Adults & Invisalign

Invisalign is recommended for adults of all ages. You've probably wanted to have straighter teeth for a while, but at this stage in your adult life, traditional metal braces are not a choice you are willing to consider. The Invisalign System offers you the convenience and flexibility to live life without the hassle associated with metal braces. You will achieve a beautiful smile with little interference in your daily life.

Say goodbye to that crooked smile. Millions of individuals across the globe have straightened their teeth with the Invisalign System. Perhaps it's time you joined them? If you live in the St. Charles, IL, area, call Dr. Isbrandt at (630) 584-8787 to schedule your next dental appointment. If you want a million-dollar smile, the Invisalign System is the clear path forward.