FAQ: All About Invisalign

Dr. Brent Engelberg is an Invisalign provider in Arlington Heights, IL. As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Engelberg is here to help you achieve your dream smile. If you are considering undergoing treatment with Invisalign clear aligners, read the answers to frequently asked questions about this dental service below:

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a system of clear, plastic aligners designed to be worn over your teeth, similar to retainers. When in use, the aligners place small amounts of pressure on your dental structures and encourage them to shift into a straighter position. Patients are given all of their aligners upfront and instructed on when to change to their next pair of aligners based on their treatment plan.

What can Invisalign treat?

Invisalign is recommended for patients suffering from mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. For more severe orthodontic concerns, traditional braces may be recommended. Invisalign can address concerns like crooked or misaligned teeth, underbite, overbite, and crossbite.

How does Invisalign compare to traditional braces?

With traditional braces, metal brackets and wires are firmly secured to your dental structures for the entire duration of your treatment plan. With Invisalign, the clear, plastic aligners are see-through as well as removable, giving patients benefits that they simply would not get from treatment via traditional braces.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Many patients choose Invisalign because it is a discreet alternative to traditional braces. No one will be able to tell that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment unless you remove the aligners in front of them. Additionally, because Invisalign aligners are removable, this makes it easier to maintain your current dietary preferences as well as your oral hygiene routine. Simply remove the aligners whenever you want to eat, drink, or brush your teeth.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign?

The ideal candidates for Invisalign are patients who suffer from crooked teeth but are in otherwise good dental health. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign is to schedule an appointment with Arlington Heights, IL dentist Dr. Brent Engelberg. During your consultation, Dr. Engelberg will thoroughly evaluate the current health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone to ensure that Invisalign will be able to meet your needs.