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Are you ready to learn more about a nearly invisible system that will straighten your teeth?
As an adult with a crooked smile, you may just think that you are too old to fix your teeth, but this is simply untrue. Our Naperville, IL, dentist, Dr. Joon Sun, has helped countless adults get a straighter smile without even having to wear metal braces. That’s right! You don’t have to wear metal braces in order to get a smile you can be proud of. What you are looking for is Invisalign treatment.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a unique and clear approach to fixing certain alignment issues. Instead of the bracket-and-wire alternative, this orthodontic system uses custom-made aligners. These aligners look similar to mouthguards except they are made from clear plastic and each aligner is specifically made to fit your smile, so they will fit rather snugly around the teeth so they are less noticeable.
How does Invisalign work?
When you come in for your consultation and treatment planning, our Naperville general dentist will use special computer software to map out your treatment plan. This includes what teeth will need to shift, how much each tooth will have to move and how much each aligner will move teeth around.
From there, impressions will be taken of your smile and sent to an Invisalign-approved lab that will design your aligners. The controlled force that these form-fitted aligners offer is all that’s needed to move teeth around.
What should I expect when wearing Invisalign?
Each aligner is only worn for about two weeks at a time. Obviously, the more often you wear them every day the faster your treatment will go. It’s recommended that you wear your aligners at least 20 to 22 hours out of the day. Since aligners are removable this can be a major reason a lot of adults choose to get Invisalign, but it’s important to note that wearers should only be removing aligners prior to eating and drinking or before your oral routine.
If you are interested in finding out whether your smile could benefit from Invisalign, then call White Eagle Family Dentistry in Naperville, IL, today to book your next appointment with us.
Invisalign is the modern, discreet way to straighten your teeth
You want a straight, beautiful smile, but you don’t want to put up with wearing bulky, metal brackets and wires for a long period of time. Now, thanks to Invisalign, you can have a perfect on your own terms. Invisalign from your Naperville dentist will be virtually invisible to your friends. Only you and your dentist will know you are having orthodontic treatment. Dr. Joon Sun, of White Eagle Family Dentistry in Naperville, Illinois, wants to help you discover how Invisalign can give you the look you want and deserve.
Invisalign is the most modern, state-of-the-art treatment available to straighten your teeth. It gives you a beautiful, celebrity-like smile. The treatment is discreet and virtually invisible, but there are many other benefits. According to the makers of Invisalign, you can expect:
- Increased convenience, because you can take the appliance out when you want
- Increased comfort, because the appliance is smooth, contoured plastic with no metal to irritate your soft tissue
- Increased satisfaction, because you can eat the foods you love, without worrying about breakage
- Greater self-confidence, because your smile won’t be hidden under unsightly metal brackets and wires
- Improved dental health, because you can clean your teeth normally without using cumbersome tools
Dr. Sun will begin your Invisalign treatment by creating your first set of smooth plastic appliances, called aligners. You wear these for two weeks and then move on to another set of aligners. You change aligners every two weeks as your teeth gradually and comfortably move into alignment. Your Invisalign treatment will take between 9 to 15 months to complete. That’s it! No more uncomfortable brackets and wires! No more spending years wearing braces!
Like conventional braces, Invisalign can correct crowded, rotated or overlapping teeth. It can also correct major bite issues. This includes overbite, underbite, crossbite and open bite. The treatment can also close gaps and spaces between your teeth.
Get a straighter smile on your terms with Invisalign. Why settle for old methods of orthodontics when you can have modern, discreet teeth straightening? It’s time to call Dr. Joon Sun of White Eagle Family Dentistry in Naperville, Illinois and get started on your new smile with Invisalign. Call today and find out more!
Everyone knows Vanna White as the elegant co-host of the popular game show Wheel of Fortune. But here's one thing you may not know: White is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as television's most frequent clapper, with an average of 720 claps per show — that's over 28,000 per season! And here's something else: the star with the megawatt smile wore braces as a kid, and she's not too shy to talk about it.
“I only had to wear them for a year and it was a good experience for me,” she told an interviewer for Dear Doctor magazine. But when it was time for her son to get them, White noticed something different. “We used to have those silver bands that went all the way around each tooth, and they don't have that anymore. It is fascinating to see how far they have come.”
We're glad she noticed! In fact, orthodontic appliances have advanced a good deal in the past decade or so. Instead of using metal bands, brackets holding the wire part of braces are now typically attached directly to the teeth with a dental adhesive. For an even less obtrusive look, ask about using colorless brackets instead of metal ones — that way, the only part that's clearly visible is the thin wire itself. And in some situations, braces can be placed on the lingual (tongue) side of the teeth, making them all but invisible.
Another type of nearly invisible appliance is the clear orthodontic aligner. The aligner system consists of a series of precision-made transparent “trays” that fit over the teeth. Each tray is worn for a few weeks, and each moves your teeth by a small amount; together, they can help correct mild to moderate orthodontic problems. And the best part — they're really hard to notice! That makes them perfect for both adults concerned about a “professional” look, and image-conscious teens.
So if you're a TV star — or if you'd just like to have a brighter and better smile — it's never too late to get started! If you would like more information about orthodontics, please contact us for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Clear Orthodontic Aligners.”
Florence Henderson has inspired generations of people through her portrayal of America's most beloved TV mother, Carol Brady, on one of the longest running situational comedies, The Brady Brunch. Today Florence is still a role model but for a much different audience: senior citizens.
Henderson created the FloH Club as an organization to assist senior citizens with understanding and embracing technology, as she described in an interview with Dear Doctor magazine. “I was inspired to create the FloH Club because of my own fear of technology and because I didn't want to keep asking my children for help,” she said.
And while Henderson was blessed with naturally straight teeth and has had no cosmetic work done, she is not opposed to it. “I wouldn't care how old I was, if I had misaligned teeth or felt I needed cosmetic dentistry I would certainly do it!”
One teeth-straightening option many adults consider is clear orthodontic aligners. They are an excellent way for self-conscious adults to align their teeth without feeling that they will appear as an awkward “brace-faced” youth — a look that is commonplace for the teenage years.
But what are clear aligners? They are an alternative system to traditional braces that use a sequence of individual, custom-fitted trays that are clear and removable to gradually straighten teeth. They are usually recommended for correcting mild to moderate spacing problems or crowding of the teeth, and for cases in which there are no major issues with your bite (i.e., your back teeth fit together properly and biting forces are distributed evenly on all of your teeth).
To learn more about this method of aligning teeth, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Orthodontic Aligners.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and discuss what treatment options will be best for you. And to read the entire interview with Florence Henderson, please see the Dear Doctor article “Florence Henderson.”