Many patients visit our Arlington Heights dentist office looking for solutions to resolve their orthodontic concerns. Orthodontic concerns do not only cause cosmetic concerns but may also impact the overall functionality of your smile. If you are facing orthodontic concerns but want to avoid the inconveniences associated with traditional metal braces, clear braces are a great alternative to consider. Learn why so many of our patients prefer clear braces compared to traditional metal braces below:
The Benefits of Clear Braces
With traditional orthodontic solutions, metal brackets and wires are securely attached to the surfaces of your teeth for the entire duration of your treatment. Orthodontic treatment of any kind will usually last several months or even years. It’s important to consider the impact this will have on your quality of life, especially considering traditional metal braces require patients to abide by certain dietary restrictions and take additional oral hygiene precautions to avoid damage to the orthodontic hardware. These lifestyle adjustments may be difficult to cope with and are often what holds patients back from addressing their orthodontic concerns in the first place.
Clear braces are a discreet alternative to traditional orthodontic solutions. Instead of metal brackets and wires, clear braces utilize sets of plastic aligners which apply pressure to your teeth and encourage them to shift into a straighter position. Similar to retainers, the clear aligners are removable. Patients are encouraged to remove their aligners when they are eating, drinking, or brushing their teeth. This makes their at-home oral hygiene routine much easier than it would be with traditional metal braces. Additionally, because you remove the aligners before you eat, this enables you to maintain your dietary preferences without worrying about their impact on your orthodontic treatment plan. As long as you wear your aligners for an average of 20-22 hours a day, your treatment plan will progress as intended.
Invisalign in Arlington Heights, IL
Dr. Engelberg offers Invisalign clear braces in our Arlington Heights, IL dentist office. Patients love Invisalign clear braces because they offer the same beautiful results without all of the inconveniences associated with traditional metal braces. With Invisalign, patients are given all of their aligners upfront and instructed on when to change aligners. Usually, patients will change aligner sets once every two weeks. While occasional follow-up appointments may be needed to ensure your treatment plan is progressing as intended, patients can look forward to spending much less time in the dentist office with Invisalign. While traditional metal braces must be tightened by a dental professional once every few weeks to maintain pressure, the Invisalign clear aligners can simply be swapped out from the comfort of your own home.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are interested in learning more about clear braces or want to begin your Invisalign journey soon, schedule an appointment with the AHSmiles team. Dr. Engelberg is a top cosmetic dentist serving the greater Chicago metro area. He has helped many patients achieve straighter smiles via Invisalign. We look forward to seeing you soon.