Invisalign®

Invisalign clear aligners make orthodontic treatment easy and effective, helping millions achieve better-looking smiles.

Invisalign® Clear Aligners in Palos Heights, IL

If you’ve been longing for straighter teeth, then it’s time to ask about Invisalign® in Palos Heights, IL.

Clear aligners like Invisalign® are effective and discreet orthodontic treatment options that are worn comfortably over your teeth to continuously adjust alignment and spacing. Invisalign® aligners are custom-made using models of both your current teeth and the end result you hope to achieve. With clear aligners, you will switch to new aligners about every two weeks with each set shifting the teeth slightly—this continues until you have achieved your final results, which usually takes anywhere from 6 months to two years.

person holding a set of clear aligners in hand
  • How does the Invisalign® process work?

    To get started with Invisalign®, we will first take photographs of your teeth and face, dental impressions of your teeth, and x-rays. These records will then be sent to Invisalign® along with detailed instructions on how you want your teeth to look at the end of the treatment. Invisalign® will use the impressions to create a 3D model of your teeth and work closely with your dentist to ensure the mold is perfectly proportioned. Once finalized, the trays will be made and sent to your dentist’s office. You will wear each set of trays for about two weeks at a time, for approximately 2 years, or as determined by your dentist.

  • Invisalign® vs. braces—what's the difference?

    There are many differences between Invisalign® aligners and braces; we’ve listed some of the largest ones here. Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but introducing clear aligners to the market introduced a more efficient, less painful way to straighten teeth.

    • Materials. Invisalign® aligners use clear transparent plastic, while braces use wires and brackets.
    • Removability. The user can remove Invisalign® aligners at any time, while a professional can only remove braces.
    • Food Restrictions. Invisalign® allows users to eat whatever they want and not make changes to their oral care practices, while braces restrict what they can safely eat and require special maintenance and care.
    • Injury Risks. Invisalign® aligners do not present injury risks, while braces can lead to cuts and other injuries.
    • Visibility. Invisalign® aligners are nearly impossible for others to notice, while braces are almost impossible to miss.
  • How much does Invisalign® cost?

    The cost of Invisalign® treatment is similar to that of metal braces. However, the actual price may vary depending on factors such as insurance coverage and the length/complexity of your treatment.

    1. Insurance coverage. In most cases, insurance plans cover Invisalign® aligners similarly to how they cover metal braces. However, it is rare for insurance to cover Invisalign® aligners for purely cosmetic reasons.
    2. Length/complexity of treatment. The number of aligners required for your treatment will also affect the cost. With Invisalign®, you get new clear aligners every couple of weeks, so the cost varies depending on whether your treatment requires more or fewer aligners.

    If you have any financial questions, please get in touch with our office. We will gladly discuss your insurance coverage or any additional available payment options.

  • Who can use clear aligners?

    Clear aligners are ideal for most teens and adults who require mild to moderate orthodontic corrections. These aligners can address crooked or misaligned teeth and noticeable spacing problems. Invisalign® can also help individuals with minor bite issues. However, it’s important to note that not all orthodontic problems can be treated with Invisalign®.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about Invisalign® or other orthodontic procedures, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

Palos Heights Family Dental

6446 W. 127th Street, Suite #1
Palos Heights, IL 60463
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Hours

Monday 10:30am–6:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am–4:00pm
Wednesday (every other) 9:30am–5:30pm
Thursday 10:30am–6:30pm
Friday (every other) 8:00am–1:00pm

Phone

708-448-7588