Are you self-conscious about how your smile looks because your teeth aren’t straight? Maybe you’ve avoided treatment because you’re dreading the idea of how traditional metal wires and brackets look.
You’re not alone.
Our patient felt the exact same way.
She wasn’t happy with how her smile looked because of crowded teeth on the bottom arch, a misaligned deep bite, and an upper left canine jutting out.
Unfortunately, she visited multiple dentists without being offered viable treatment options.
Our patient thought the only way to straighten teeth was with traditional braces – but she didn’t want to deal with unsightly metal.
Dr. Khan specifically recommended Invisalign treatment because it’s:
- Adult-friendly: Invisalign is made for adults. Your clear aligners move teeth discreetly so you won’t ever have to feel the dreaded “brace-face” embarrassment.
- Convenient: You’ll have time to check things off your to-do list since you’ll spend less time in the dentist’s office than you would with braces
- Removable: Your aligners are removable, meaning you’ll be able to floss, eat, drink, and brush regularly
During her initial consultation, Dr. Khan took a quick digital impression of her teeth and discussed the issues and end goals.
Using ClinCheck® software… This text opens a new tab to the Invisalign website…, Dr. Khan mapped out our patient’s treatment plan and showed her a virtual preview of how her teeth would look like at the end.
Now that she could see the result of her new smile, she couldn’t wait to start treatment.
How Invisalign works
Dr. Khan clearly communicated with our patient what she could expect through the whole process, including:
- How many aligners she’ll need
- Her anticipated timeline
- The total cost
- Financing options
Our patient was genuinely happy Dr. Khan provided her with a treatment that fit her busy lifestyle. She returned a month later to receive her first set of aligners and had check-up appointments every four to eight weeks.
In the meantime, she was able to continue with her life, including:
- Going out for dinner
- Enjoying a snack
- Maintaining an uninterrupted oral hygiene schedule
All because her clear aligners … This text opens a new tab to the Invisalign website… are removable!
A happy ending
At the end of her treatment, our patient finally felt confident in her smile. For the first time in a while, she could smile freely without worry.
Not only did Invisalign change the patient’s smile, but this treatment also brought out the best aspects of her personality.
Now, more than ever, her self-esteem improved, and she’s able to express her happiness with no restraints.
Dr. Khan created a custom retainer to preserve her straight smile and provided her with a complimentary teeth whitening treatment to add extra sparkle to her new smile.
Our patient finally found the perfect orthodontic treatment for her – without having to compromise on her needs or wants.
Check out her before-and-after picture below!
What else does Invisalign fix?
- Mildly crooked teeth
- Central tooth overlaps
- Open bites
- Gap teeth
In our patient’s case:
Invisalign treatment shifted her teeth into optimal position and corrected her crowding bottom teeth, misalignment, and left canine into place.
Is Invisalign better than braces?
The orthodontic treatment that’ll work best for you depends on your case complexity.
Dr. Khan will determine which procedure is suited for your smile needs and goals.
In cases where your teeth are severely misaligned, your dentist may recommend braces instead.
In our patient’s case, she preferred the convenience and appearance of Invisalign clear aligners over traditional braces.
Keep reading to learn more about the comparison between Invisalign vs. braces.
What’s the price difference of Invisalign vs. braces?
The cost of Invisalign treatment depends on:
- The length of your treatment
- How many aligners you’ll need
- Case complexity
Overall, the price is comparable to traditional braces.
Your dentist may offer financing options or an in-house membership plan.
At Lake Bluff Family Dentistry, Dr. Khan is proud to offer The Fresh Membership, which includes a bonus gift: $500 savings on Invisalign.
Learn more about our membership plan now.
Is one more comfortable?
Braces or Invisalign work to move your teeth into place, and this may cause some discomfort or soreness.
Invisalign tends to be more comfortable because it gently moves teeth into place with less pressure. Plus, with modern technology, your personalized aligners are created to fit perfectly over your teeth without irritating your gums.
On the other hand:
Braces may have sharp edges that can cut your inner lip or tongue.
Which is more effective?
Effectiveness with Invisalign strongly depends on your compliance.
Since the aligners are removable, patients may not always remember to leave them in for the correct amount of time.
It’s strongly recommended to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day. Of course, you’re able to take them out when you need to – but putting them back in immediately is key.
Braces aren’t removable by the patient, so they’re effective in enforcing the straightening of your teeth 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Am I a candidate for Invisalign?
If you qualify for braces, you may be eligible for Invisalign too!
The only way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation with your dentist.
There are a couple of factors that are considered, including:
- Age: Teenagers and adults can both enjoy a modern orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. It’s most suitable for those who have all of their permanent teeth in.
- Health: Dr. Khan will examine your mouth before beginning treatment. Having healthy gums and teeth is essential in Invisalign treatment.
- Discipline: Compliance is key! You need to wear your trays for the instructed amount of time to straighten your teeth effectively.
Want to meet our Invisalign dentist?
Schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Khan today!
Dr. Khan’s passion for dentistry is fueled by seeing patients like you leave their appointments happy and smiling.
She’s a compassionate Invisalign provider who’ll help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted – just like she did with our patient in this case study.
Our office is conveniently located in Lake Bluff… This text opens a new tab to the Google Maps website…. We welcome patients from all over the surrounding areas, including Lake Forest and North Shore.