In Orland Park
At Sonneveld Orthodontics, we aim to offer the best when you’re looking for orthodontics in the Oak Forest area. Not only do we provide a comfortable, relaxing office environment and high-quality orthodontic care, but we also strive to provide the latest and most advanced in orthodontic treatments. We understand that many patients are different and also have varying needs. Because of this reason, we want to allow you several options so you can choose the orthodontic treatment type that’s perfect for your situation. As your trusted Oak Forest orthodontist, one such option that we’re glad to offer you is Invisalign.
Invisalign is known as the alternative to braces. While traditional braces move your teeth using metal wires and brackets, Invisalign uses removable polyurethane plastic aligners to move your teeth into place. One of the major advantages of Invisalign is that it offers a virtually discreet orthodontic treatment process. Many adults may be hesitant to wear metal braces because they don’t want to be seen in them. Invisalign fixes that by using clear aligners so others won’t even realize that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign has the same essential function as traditional braces: applying carefully controlled forces to your teeth to move them into a better position. However, the way it goes about that process is vastly different and uses advanced digital technology to create a unique treatment plan for each patient. The process will follow these steps:
- First, you’ll come into our office so we can determine if you’re a candidate for Invisalign.
- If you’re a candidate, we’ll take pictures and X-rays of your teeth so that we can create 3-D images of them using Invisalign’s specialized computer software.
- Dr. Sonneveld will craft a plan for moving your teeth into the best possible alignment. Using this plan, a series of aligners will be created that are fitted specifically for you.
- These aligners are meant to be worn in the designated order for one to two week intervals each. After each interval, you’ll move on to the next set of aligners. You’ll continue this process until you’ve worn all of the aligners and your teeth have reached their intended positions.
While Invisalign was once only recommended for adults, we now offer Invisalign Teen, a treatment that’s perfectly suited for younger patients.
Hygiene with Invisalign
Caring for your teeth with Invisalign is actually just the same as caring for your teeth without it. Because the aligners are removable, you can continue brushing and flossing your teeth the same way you did before undergoing orthodontic treatment. In addition to brushing your teeth though, make sure to brush your aligners as well. You’ll have to clean them regularly by brushing them and then rinsing them in lukewarm water.