Does Invisalign Really Work?

Does Invisalign Really Work?

For years, traditional braces have been the go-to method for straightening teeth. They’ve proven effective time and time again. If you haven’t had them yourself, you likely know people who got dazzling smiles by getting regular braces.

However, there’s been growing excitement about a newer treatment called Invisalign®. This treatment allows you to straighten your teeth without the bulky braces. Invisalign uses removable aligners that are made of medical-grade plastic. That means you can take them out when you need to and, what’s more, most people won’t even see them!

But, you may wonder: “Do they work? Can little plastic trays really straighten teeth?” For millions of people, the answer has been a resounding, “Yes!” In this blog, Howard Spector, DDS, of Millennium Park Orthodontics in Chicago, explains what Invisalign aligners can treat and how they work.

Does Invisalign work?

In most cases with teens and adults, Invisalign is just as effective as traditional braces in straightening teeth. Invisalign is especially effective with mild-to-moderate cases of the following issues:

To get treatment, Dr. Spector first performs a digital scan of your mouth. The results will show the layout of your teeth and allow Dr. Spector to map out how to shift your teeth. With this done, your aligner sets are made. Each set in the series will be slightly different so as to gradually move your teeth over time.

Once Dr. Spector gives you your series of aligners, you’ll wear a set for two weeks or so before switching it out with the next set in the series. And by the time you take out your last set, you’ll have the straight smile you desire.

You can remove the aligners when you eat, drink, and for special occasions, but to get their full effect, you’ll need to wear them for at least 22 hours a day. If you wear the aligners for less time than this, your treatment may take longer than originally planned.

And, every few weeks or so, you’ll go back to Millennium Park Orthodontics so Dr. Spector can check your progress.

Who should not use Invisalign?

Although Invisalign works in most instances where teeth need to be straightened, traditional braces may be more effective for severe orthodontic issues. Furthermore, Invisalign may not be appropriate for patients whose mouths are still developing.

Invisalign also works best with patients who are conscientious about following their treatment plan. Since the aligners need to be worn for a certain amount of time each day and switched out when required, Invisalign aligners may not be the best option for someone who might have trouble with these responsibilities.

To learn more about your options for straightening your teeth, such as Invisalign, clear braces, or adult braces, call 312-726-9528 to book an appointment with Millennium Park Orthodontics today.

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