Crooked teeth can affect both the health and appearance of your smile, but traditional braces are bulky and uncomfortable.
Dr. Kenneth Coffey offers Invisalign® in Chicago, IL, as a comfortable and discreet alternative to conventional metal braces.
So why should you consider this advanced orthodontic option?
Invisalign aligners are crafted using a clear plastic material that is so discreet the people around you may not even realize you are wearing them.
Dr. Coffey can customize your Invisalign trays so they fit snugly over your teeth. In addition, the smooth material will not irritate the inside of your mouth the way that metal brackets often do.
Since Invisalign trays are removable, you can enjoy all your favorite foods without restriction. Also, it is easier to maintain your oral hygiene during treatment.
So how does Invisalign work?
So what can Invisalign address?
An underbite is when the lower teeth protrude over the upper teeth.
In a smile with an overbite, the upper teeth project too far forward.
A crossbite is a condition where the upper and lower teeth are horizontally misaligned.
When the upper and lower teeth do not meet properly, it is referred to as an open bite.
Extra space between teeth can interfere with your pronunciation and oral health.
When there is not enough space in your jaw, teeth can start to twist and overlap.
Wondering whether you qualify for Invisalign?
Teens and adults often choose Invisalign because they want to straighten their teeth discreetly.
Achieving your goals with Invisalign requires you to commit to wearing the aligners at least 20 to 22 hours each day.
If you have a more severe misalignment, Dr. Coffey may recommend a traditional orthodontic treatment, such as braces.
Trying to decide between Invisalign and braces?
In most cases, straightening your smile with Invisalign costs about the same as braces. There is also a good chance your dental insurance will cover at least a portion of the cost for Invisalign.
For some patients, Invisalign achieves results more quickly, which can save money overall. However, the final price of treatment will depend on your needs and goals.
Take a look at how Invisalign fits into your smile...
SmartTrack is the material used to create Invisalign trays. It provides several advantages, including:
We are proud to offer our patients the finest orthodontic solutions.
Your doctor will conduct a thorough examination of your bite and make impressions which will be sent to an Invisalign laboratory where technicians will create your custom aligners.
Once you receive your first set of aligners, you will wear them on a daily basis for at least 20 to 22 hours per day. You will switch to the next set of aligners about every two weeks.
Approximately every four to six weeks, you will visit your doctor for a checkup to evaluate your progress and ensure you are on track. The typical treatment timeline is about 12 to 18 months.
After your Invisalign treatment is complete, you will need to wear a retainer. While it is often recommended that you continue using a retainer for the rest of your life, you typically only need to wear it at night unless otherwise instructed. In addition to wearing your retainer as directed, you should ensure that you attend bi-annual visits so the doctor can monitor your bite and address any issues in the earliest stages possible. At home, you need to maintain proper oral hygiene including brushing your teeth twice and flossing once per day.
Dr. Coffey has been practicing dentistry since 1986. His goal is to ensure you feel excited about and empowered by your results. He is proud to be affiliated with a variety of organizations, including:
For more information about our Chicago office and our services, contact us online or call (708) 403-7888 today.
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