invisalign in chicago

what Is invisalign?

Invisalign is a type of “clear braces” or “clear aligners” treatment. Instead of using metal brackets and wires, It uses clear, plastic trays that adjust and reposition your teeth. The unique design and thin plastic of Invisalign mean that it’s completely clear and undetectable when worn. This makes it particularly popular with adults, who may wish to avoid the appearance of wearing braces. Schedule an appointment today at Gleam Dental Studio to see if you are the right candidate for Invisalign.

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Millions of people have chosen Invisalign instead of traditional braces. You can contact Gleam Dental Studio now to see if Invisalign is right for you.

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How invisalign works

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To begin the process of getting Invisalign, you’ll need to schedule a consultation at Gleam Dental Studio. Dr. Jeffery Korkus will examine your mouth and determine if Invisalign is a good option for you.

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Build A treatment Plan

If Dr. Korkus approves you for Invisalign, he will begin developing your treatment plan right away. Impressions and images will be taken of your teeth, and Dr. Korkus will work with Invisalign to create a customized treatment plan that will result in a picture-perfect smile.

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A few weeks after your initial consultation, you’ll come to our office to pick up your first several sets of aligners, as well as instruction on how to wear them. You will usually wear each set of aligners for 20-22 hours per day, and switch to a new set every 2 weeks.

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About every 4-6 weeks, you’ll come to our office for a quick checkup from Dr. Korkus, and to get your next few sets of Invisalign aligners. This basic process will be repeated until your treatment is complete.

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Are Clear Braces better than traditional wire and ceramic braces?

Clear braces like Invisalign do have a number of unique benefits compared to wire and ceramic braces. They are very comfortable, since they don’t poke at your mouth, they are much less obvious when worn, and they typically offer faster results.

However, wire and ceramic braces are more powerful and versatile. For patients who have serious orthodontic issues, braces are typically a better option than Invisalign. The question of what’s “better” for you depends on the specifics of your case, so contact Gleam Dental Studio today to get an appointment with Dr. Korkus and learn more.

Invisalign treatment time

Usually Invisalign treatment takes about 12 months, so it’s typically significantly faster than braces, which usually need to be worn for at least 12-18 months. However, you may have a shorter or longer treatment time depending on your case.

invisalign side effects

Like other methods of orthodontics, Invisalign will cause some minor discomfort while moving your teeth. This is to be expected, and Dr. Korkus can provide you with some tips on how to reduce discomfort. 

In addition to this, you may notice that you salivate excessively for a few days after you begin to wear your aligners. This will go away as you begin to adjust to wearing your new aligners. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to stop by our Chicago office located at 669 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60642.

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Over 1,000,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign

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Does Invisalign Hurt?

Invisalign does not hurt as much as traditional braces, since it tends to shift your teeth more gradually. However, it will still cause some discomfort, particularly when you switch to a new set of aligners. 

This will usually fade after 1-2 days. There are a few things you can do to help with this discomfort, including taking over-the-counter medicine, putting in new aligners before you sleep, and drinking ice water.

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Can I Eat Or Drink While Wearing Invisalign?

The only thing you should consume while wearing your Invisalign aligners is tap water or bottled water. You should not drink cola, seltzer, coffee, tea, juice, or any other beverage while wearing your aligners. This is because these beverages can stain your aligners. In addition, drinking sugary beverages while wearing aligners can lead to a higher risk of cavities.

You also should never chew or eat anything, including gum, while wearing Invisalign. This is because chewing can damage and warp your aligners, and cause complications with your treatment. Always remove your aligners and store them safely when eating.

Am I A Good Candidate For Invisalign?

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This depends on your oral health and the extent of your orthodontic problems. Invisalign is a powerful way to straighten your teeth, but it’s not quite as versatile as traditional metal braces. If you have very extensive issues with your bite and the alignment of your teeth, Invisalign may not be a good choice for you. 

To find out if Invisalign will work for you and see if you’re a good candidate, we recommend contacting Gleam Dental Studio for a consultation with Dr. Jeffery Korkus.

Will Invisalign Affect My Speech?

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No. Invisalign will not affect your ability to speak at all. You’ll be able to speak clearly and sound normal and natural while wearing your aligners.

However, when you first put in your Invisalign aligners, you may find that you sound a bit “slushy” when you speak. This is because your mouth is still adjusting to the aligners, and is creating extra saliva because it detects a foreign object in your mouth. Over the next few days, your mouth will get used to the aligners, and this issue will go away. 

Does Invisalign Require Me To Observe Dietary Restrictions?

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No. Unlike metal braces, which require you to avoid certain foods like popcorn, chips, and gummy candies, Invisalign does not require you to observe any dietary restrictions. You can eat whatever you want while wearing Invisalign, which makes it much more convenient.

How Often Do I Need To See The Dentist With Invisalign?

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Usually, Dr. Korkus will schedule a check-up every 4-6 weeks, but this may vary, depending on how many sets of Invisalign aligners he provides you with at each consultation. 

Each checkup takes only about 15 minutes at Gleam Dental Studio. Dr. Korkus will check your bite and your teeth alignment to make sure your treatment is progressing properly, then he’ll give you the next several sets of Invisalign aligners for your treatment, as well as instructions on when to switch to a new set. Then, you’ll be sent home. It’s that simple.

Did you know…

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Invisalign is a great option to consider for orthodontic treatment.

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