InvisalignArlington Heights, IL

Invisalign® An Overview

Arlington Heights dentists Dr. Brent Engelberg and Dr. Jennifer Mullarkey are certified Chicago area Invisalign® providers, often recommending this type of orthodontic treatment for teen and adult patients. Invisalign® can be used for both cosmetic and restorative purposes to straighten your teeth and improve your dental health. It is an effective and convenient alternative to traditional metal braces for patients who need mild to moderate orthodontia.

Invisalign® uses proprietary digital treatment planning software and a series of clear aligners. These comfortable, invisible aligners will gently reposition your teeth without the embarrassment and hassles associated with traditional metal braces. Although Invisalign is not for everyone, it can effectively treat many common dental concerns:

  • crooked or misaligned teeth
  • under bite
  • over bite
  • cross bite

Dr. Engelberg or Dr. Mullarkey will determine if Invisalign is right for you after a thorough dental examination and discussion of your dental and cosmetic concerns.

The Benefits of Invisalign®

Straightening your teeth has benefits beyond enhancing your smile. Crooked teeth can be the underlying cause of a range of dental problems including TMJ. Your treatment will improve your dental health with minimal discomfort.

The clear aligners will not irritate the soft tissues of the gums and can be removed for daily oral hygiene, enabling patients to effectively brush and floss during treatment. They can also be removed for eating and require no dietary restrictions.

One of the key benefits, what attracts most adult patients, is that they are invisible- no one has to know your are wearing braces.

"Drs. Engelberg and Mularkey are a fantastic duo. As a fellow dental professional I have the pleasure of working with them and seeing their fine dentistry. I can honestly say that they are of the highest caliber dentists and genuinely care about their patients. You can feel confident in choosing their practice."Emily S.
"I was in for my 6 month cleaning with Laura. I am always appreciative of her professionalism and thoroughness. When I leave, I know that everyone in the office has my best interests in mind. From Dr. Engelberg to the hygienists to the office staff, they all work diligently to make the dental experience an exceptional one. I would not hesitate to recommend this practice."Mark W.
"Dr. E is the absolute best! His professionalism and bedside manner makes me want to come to dentist! I've always been terrified! The entire office is spectacular- clean, comfortable, friendly! His assistants (especially Gosia) are so gentle, kind, funny and do an amazing job.whole family comes here and you should too!"Ellie S.
"The entire team makes going to the dentist as enjoyable as possible. This is by far the best dental practice I have ever been to, and Dr. Engelberg is big reason. He is highly personable, takes time to listen to figure out what the dental problems may be, and recommends the fix that is in the best interest of his patients. Dr. Engelberg is highly regarded in the dental community in the north shore, and receives glowing accolades from any other dental professionals he has needed to refer me to, such as an oral surgeon and endodontist."Sean C.
"This office truly cares about patients. I hate the dentist. So much so I make my husband come to help calm me down. This office is great with patients like me. They truly understand how difficult it can be for patients and will help to make you feel at ease. I will not go anywhere else. This office is no longer close to our new home but I will drive to come here. I have tried may offices that say they understand how I feel. Dr. Engelberg truly cares about his patients and understand how stressful it can be for people like me. I recommend this office to anyone who asks for a recommendation."Km H.
"Best dental office ever! This is a great dental practice, Dr. Engelberg is awesome, his hygienists are wonderful and his office staff is warm and inviting. I actually look forward to seeing everyone when I go in for an appointment. Dr. Engelberg is extremely knowledgeable and always thoroughly explains procedures before and during the time the work is being done. He's the best dentist I've ever had! My whole family goes to him and absolutely loves him!"Kate F.
"If your're looking for a dentist, you can stop right here. I've been with this practice for 25+ years which is a great testament to the quality of their service. Every time I have my checkup, they are always kind and courteous. Pam does a great job on cleanings and is wonderful to work with. Engelberg is outstanding and very knowledgeable on current dental trends; he also as a vast array of great jokes! If they recommend getting a bite guard for protection against teeth grinding, do it. I don't know what my teeth would look like without it. THANK YOU!!"Dan F.
"Had some dental work done with Dr. Engelberg and he was excellent. His staff was very friendly and knowledgable. I would highly recommend them."Mary C.
"Dr. Engelberg is a step above the rest. I went in on a referral due to a veneer emergency. Dr. Engelberg was a complete perfectionist and painlessly fixed my tooth, it looks perfect! I highly recommend Dr. Engelberg and this practice. I have had this tooth worked on in the past, and it was far from painless. Dr. Engelberg told me he would make sure I was as comfortable as possible while he worked, and that was no joke. I did not feel a thing. He walked me through every step of the process, clearly explaining what he was doing, and why. He was meticulous with his work and made me feel comfortable throughout the process. I will be back, and hopefully not with an emergency next time! Thank you Dr. Engelberg and AH Smiles for this very positive, pain-free, comfortable experience."Annie H.
"This is a great office. From the moment you walk in the door into the spa-like atmosphere, you are welcomed like family. Just had a crown done by Dr. Mullarkey, which was one of the best dental experiences I have ever had. She took her time, was very patient, and virtually painless. Pam is my favorite hygienist!! Love the warm lavender towels at the end of the appointments. If you are looking for a new dentist, I highly recommend this practice!!"Linda D.

Invisalign® What to Expect

Your process will begin with a consultation with Dr. Engelberg or Dr. Mullarkey to determine if Invisalign is right for you and to create your personalized treatment plan. We will take digital impressions of your teeth and send them to the Invisalign laboratory to have a series of custom, clear aligners made for your teeth.

Most patients will receive several sets of trays, each pair is worn for about two weeks to gradually reposition the teeth. The length of treatment depends on your condition as well as your goals. Generally speaking, treatment takes 6 to 9 months, but some patients may achieve the results they want in as few as 3 or 4 months.

Your final aligner is a retainer that will serve to maintain your new, straighter smile. Routine dental visits with Dr. Engelberg are also an important part of keeping your new smile healthy and functional.

The cost of Invisalign invisible braces depends on the individual treatment. Factors that determine pricing include the number of setups and aligners needed to achieve the desired straightening results. When compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign is typically less expensive.

Are invisible braces covered by insurance?

Invisible braces are typically not covered by insurance. Our office will help you with any billing and paperwork to maximize your dental insurance benefits. We also offer third party financing and payment plans for patients concerned about the cost of Invisalign treatment.

Calculate Your Treatment

You may be surprised to find out how affordable Invisalign can be. Dr. Engelberg can help you find the monthly payment that fits your budget. Calculate your cost at: INVISALIGN.COM/COST

Schedule A Consultation

The first step towards a healthy, beautiful new smile is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Engelberg. Contact our cosmetic dentistry office at (847) 230-9703 or use our online appointment request form and we will contact you shortly. Dr. Engelberg’s Chicago area dentist office is convenient for patients in Long Grove, IL, Deerfield, IL, Northbrook, IL, Buffalo Grove, IL, Arlington Heights, IL and many suburbs in Northwest Chicago.

Invisalign® FAQs

Can I wear my Invisalign while eating?

If you want to eat something while wearing your Invisalign you should take it out before. Most people have a case or a specific place where they always store their appliance while eating so they do not misplace it. It is also always a good idea to clean your teeth and your Invisalign after eating.

What can I eat and drink while wearing Invisalign?

Many people form a habit of drinking coffee and other drinks while keeping their Invisalign in. This is not a good idea. Drinks can discolor your Invisalign quickly, making it look like you’re wearing a yellow appliance instead of a clear one. You can drink water while wearing an Invisalign, but that is the only suggested drink to intake.

How painful is Invisalign?

Invisalign is known to be uncomfortable for the first few days after it has been fitted, and when things are changed throughout the process. Majority of people describe this pain as mild, and slightly uncomfortable but completely bearable. After getting it changed or refitted it may feel tight, like wearing a really tight pair of pants, but pain is mild.