Invisalign

Chicago Dental Esthetics

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Skokie, IL

If you want straighter teeth but don’t want a mouth full of metal, it’s time to talk to Samantha Rabor, DDS, about Invisalign®. With this groundbreaking teeth-straightening system, she offers a way to correct your smile with virtually invisible clear aligners. If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign, call Chicago Dental Esthetics in Skokie, Illinois, or book your appointment online today.

Invisalign

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a revolutionary way to straighten your teeth and improve your bite. But unlike traditional braces, which move your teeth by attaching brackets to the front of them and guiding those brackets along a stiff archwire, Invisalign straightens your teeth without a single piece of metal.

In lieu of metal, Invisalign straightens your smile with a set of clear plastic aligners. When you choose Invisalign, Dr. Rabor takes a 3D digital scan of your smile. Using this information, Invisalign 3D prints multiple sets of clear plastic aligners. They also trim them to fit along your gum line, giving you a comfortable fit and helping them be as minimally visible as possible.

You start Invisalign by wearing the first aligner in your series for one to two weeks, depending on Dr. Rabor’s recommendation based on your teeth and smile goals. As you wear it, the aligner shifts your teeth gradually.

After a few weeks, you switch to the next aligner in your series, which shifts your teeth closer to their ideal position. By the time you finish wearing your last aligner, you have a completely straight, even smile. 

What kind of smile issues can Invisalign correct?

Invisalign corrects a range of common orthodontic issues, including:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite


That said, some orthodontic problems — like rotated teeth — need different care. Visit Chicago Dental Esthetics and Dr. Rabor can tell you if Invisalign is right for you. 

How do I eat with Invisalign?

You don’t eat with your aligners in. You can pop them out when you’re eating, giving a presentation at work, playing a sport, or doing anything else during which you’d prefer to be without your aligners. In fact, you only need to wear your aligners 20–22 hours a day. 

When you’re done eating, simply brush your teeth to avoid staining the aligners and pop them back in. 

If you’re a parent considering Invisalign for your child but are concerned they might not wear their aligners enough, don’t worry. Dr. Rabor can fit them with blue compliance indicators offering you a way to confirm they’re being worn for a sufficient amount of time each day. 

To learn more about Invisalign or to get started with this nearly invisible teeth-straightening system, call Chicago Dental Esthetics or make an appointment online today.